Sadism in the Movies (1965) – George de Coulteray [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Belgian-born/New York-based canonical nobrow writer Luc Sante has a blog called Pinakothek. There is a funny post called “Vile Smut”, in which he reviews Sadism in the Movies by George de Coulteray, and comments on a chart reproduced in Lo Duca‘s L’Érotisme au cinéma (J.-J. Pauvert, 1957)
- “Take this chart, for example, which is worthy of Edward Tufte‘s books:”
- The movies are (1) The Blue Angel, (2) Ecstasy, (3) Tabu, (4) The Lady from Shanghai, (5) Notorious, (6) Bitter Rice, (7) Manon, (8) Los Olvidados, (9) Miss Julie, and (10) One Summer of Happiness. No, I’d never heard of that last one, either. Don’t you wish you could nonchalantly illustrate your humid reveries with charts so rigorously white-smocked? I certainly do.”
I’ve mentioned Luc Sante here , when I wrote about Guy Bourdin. Luc Sante has compiled a monograph on Bourdin: Exhibit A: Guy Bourdin (2001).
Encore: various book covers from L’Érotisme au cinéma series by Jean-Marie Lo Duca.
- Revolt of the Mannequins (original French: “La Révolte des Mannequins”) is a new production by Royal de Luxe, and follows their famous “Sultan’s Elephant” show that was performed in several cities worldwide from 2005 to 2007. In the Revolt of the Mannequins, 13 shop fronts in the city center are transformed into theater stages, where the mannequins perform a 10-day play. Every night, the Royal de Luxe team changes the positions of the mannequins, making the story jump to the next episode. 10 days, and 10 episodes per shop front, lead up to the final Revolt. The show took place in Nantes from October 1st to February 10 2008 and plays in Antwerp on the Meir as De opstand van de Paspoppen for Zva from July 11 to July 20.
It is time for WMC #54
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want“by Soulwax
I may have dismissed Philip Sherburne‘s piece on the current state of beats too quickly in my recent comment.
The piece came my way via Simon Reynolds a couple of days back:
- “Philip Sherburne addresses the malaise in electronic dance culture (i didn’t know the economic side of it had gotten that parlous) and convenes a kind of brain trust to come up with remedies.” –Simon Reynolds
And thus starts Sherburne’s piece:
“Everything feels fucked up. The environment, the economy, war, terrorism, …” –Philip Sherburne 
Regarding the economic side Sherburne says:
- “Still, dance music is suffering from some very real maladies, many of them economic. Record sales are declining– labels that once could confidently move 1,000 copies of a 12″ single now struggle to sell 250– and legal downloads, while presumably growing, aren’t taking up the slack.”
As I said in my comment I find it hard to imagine that beats are going out of fashion.
Witness these beats set to The Stones‘s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want“ remix by Belgian dance-punkers Soulwax. Listen for the choral arrangements by Jack Nitzsche.
Regarding beats going out of fashion from a theoretical point of view.
The beat is a celebration of dance, dance is a celebration of hedonism. Hedonism flourishes in economic booms. Today is an era of poverty. Beats do not fit in poverty. Perhaps. But. Counter example one: the beats of Lindy Hop during Depression America. So evidence inconclusive, but if I had to investigate I would follow the economic boom/malaise route.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in its original Stones version is WMC #54
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