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Beau Brummell, né George Bryan Brummell (7 June 1778, London, England – 30 March 1840 (aged 61), Caen, France), was the arbiter of men’s fashion in Regency England and a friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. He established the mode of men wearing understated, but fitted, beautifully cut clothes, adorned with an elaborately-knotted cravat.

Beau Brummell is credited with introducing and establishing as fashion the modern man’s suit, worn with a tie. He claimed to take five hours to dress, and recommended that boots be polished with champagne. His style of dress was known as dandyism.

Apparently, Brummell is the main figure in a series of murder mystery books…That’s quite curious!

There are as much as two Brummell movies: this one and this one, and a BBC four series. I’m a big fan of the historical BBC series, usually they’re very accurate and interesting, and beautifully made. You can watch some clips of it on the site!

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This post is the second part of Byron sources, part one is located here

The other day I attended a theatre show, where the tv program where a dateable girl has to pick one of three bachelors was played. The girl was Richardson’s Pamela, and her choice of men were Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Oscar Wilde (he left early because he was gay.) In the end, Pamela was dragged off stage by Lord Byron, who cackled.

BBC’s Byron
The BBC serie about Byron was by far the most interesting thing I ever saw. If you know BBC series, you know they’re not shy about the, er, less pretty facts of someone’s life, so this serie might not be one you want to show to young children. (Although it’s not very explicit.) The best thing I think is, because it’s so beautiful and interesting, you remember a lot and can appear as a smart person to your peers because you know all kinds of facts about Byron, just by watching a movie. It seems very honest in its representation of Byron’s life.
My only remark would be: show us a little bit more Shelley!

Here are some Byron icons from the BBC series, if you feel Byron should represent you on various messageboards across the net.

You can send your child to Byron Bible Camp. I was very surprised for a minute, until I realised it’s probably named after a different Byron.

You can visit Byron’s home, which is very beautiful.

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Olive Parker’s version of Oscar Wilde’s play ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ is a movie which I’m really in two minds about. If you don’t pay a lot of attention to the anachronisms (the clothes seem more Austen than Wilde in colours and fabrics,) the curious in-between scenes which remind more of King Arthur movies, and the confusion now and then, it’s a truly enjoyable movie. My advise would be to watch it like you would watch a feelgood-movie: enjoy it, and then forget it ;)

I would write a plot synopsis but it’s utterly confusing, luckily, Wikipedia has one. So here’s some pictures instead:

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The movie ‘Immortal Beloved’ is a movie that I have mixed feelings about. Visually, this movie is great: beautiful interiors; the costumes are, even though not totally historically correct, very beautiful; the haircuts are a lot more varied then the ‘curly updo’ thing you usually see in costume movies. It’s also one of the few movies using mittaines (little gloves covering the wrist) and big shawls which to me are essential for Victorian outfits. And of course during the entire movie you can hear the beautiful music of Beethoven.
The use of two Dutch actors for two important roles seems curious, but their accented speech gives the movie a fitting, foreign, feeling.

What bothered me is above all, Gary Oldman, but that’s a personal quirk. The movie moves between different timeperiods so it’s hard to keep track of what happens sometimes. The movie shows Beethoven as a crazy, unlovable person, keen on bothering and annoying others. The movie puts Johanna van Beethoven forward as the Immortal Beloved, while current popular opinion favours Antonie Brentano.
The letter to the Unsterbliche Geliebte (immortal beloved) actually exists, but there is no consensus among Beethoven scholars as to the true identity of the intended recipient. Ladies who are considered possible recipients are: Giulietta Guicciardi, Therese von Brunswick, Antonie Brentano, Johanna van Beethoven, and Countess Anna-Marie Erdődy, almost all are featured in the movie.

Scholars have never identified who the woman was, but the film’s director, Bernard Rose, has controversially claimed in an interview that he has successfully identified the woman whom Beethoven loved and he shows his opinion in the movie.

In conclusion, this movie is beautifully made, with stunning visuals and music. Whether it is believable from a more academic point of view is to be debated. Some Beethoven lovers favour ‘Un Grand Amour de Beethoven’, so if you have the chance, make sure to watch it!

For more info on Beethoven himself you might want to check out this site (scroll past the Dutch intro), it has a great faq with lots of resources for further reading.

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Today it’s exactly 190 years ago (a memorable date indeed!) that the movie Roundhay Garden was filmed by the French inventor Louis le Prince. It’s shot using 12 frames per second, with a total of 52 frames, so the entire movie lasts for…yeah, 2.11 seconds.
The movie was filmed at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, England in 1888.

It features Adolphe Le Prince, Sarah Whitley, Joseph Whitley and Harriet Hartley in the garden, walking around and laughing.

You can watch the movie here!

The movie is surrounded by mysterious deaths, and in 1890 Louis le Prince vanished while on a train trip to London. Spooky!

The best part of it? The dead-serious reviews and spoiler-posts on the Imdb website, talking about director’s cut, widescreen version, and the 3-disc special edition DVD
“The garden scene, so dear to the Victorians, only re-enforces the drab faux-drollery that passed for humor amongst a certain subset of the time. It’s effectively a cinematic variant of the opera comique” in the sense that it aggressively pursues the goal of glamour over substance, and achieving neither to any great satisfaction. This is especially evident during the denouement because we are operating under the impression that the sequence of events is inconsequential — a very real danger in comedies of manners. So I can only give it a 9.25 score because the vision was insufficiently realized.”
Found here

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