Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky and Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. At midnight the devil Chernabog summons evil spirits and restless souls from their graves. The spirits dance and fly through the air until driven back by the sound of an Angelus bell as night fades into dawn. A chorus is heard singing Ave Maria as a line of robed monks is depicted walking with lighted torches through a forest and into the ruins of a cathedral.(x)
After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Carol J. Clover, film theorist and Medieval scholar, coined the term ‘final girl’ and authored the essential horror study Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Here is the basic essay which was expanded upon therein:
Rousseau’s writings gave birth to a hope for a new world of liberty, equality and fraternity. These ideas would fuel the greatest social upheaval in history - the French Revolution.
In Britain, these ‘Romantic’ ideals would burst into the public arena in art and poetry.
The Industrial Revolution sought to dominate Nature as a means to create profit. Romantic artists would seek to replace this relationship of domination with one of reverence and understanding.
After the revolutions of the late 18th century, people had to define who they were without regard to the sanctions of religion or the Church.
The Romantics would delve into the uncharted depths of the unconscious to find the keys to their identity: they would emerge with new ways of thinking and of leading their lives.
Recently I found this very well made, French-produced, biographical documentary aboutFrankensteinauthor Mary Shelley.
In school my professor focused primarily on her life prior to, during, and just after the writing and publication ofFrankenstein; or The Modern Prometheusand this documentary goes beyond that. It delves into her relationship with her father, step-mother, and her sisters as well as her relationship with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. Those interviewed in the film predominantly speak English, however, because it is French-produced a few scholars are French speakers and so there is quite a bit of subtitles.