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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /usr/local/www/poodle/modules/aggregator/aggregator.pages.inc on line 259.
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Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Amuses, but Misses Opportunities

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 18:49
This film is clearly the work of dog people, and traffics — like nearly every other movie in its genre — in some tired anti-feline stereotypes.
Categories: dailies

Trekkies, Set Phasers to Fun for a Trip to Starfleet Academy

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 18:27
“Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience,” at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, lets you be an academy cadet in the 26th century.
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The Great American Obstacle Course

The New Yorker - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 17:00

At the heart of Esquire’s “American Ninja Warrior” is the Great American Obstacle Course, and its obstacles, like those of American life, are meant to teach us lessons. Plan your route through the rope jungle carefully. Never be afraid of the mini-trampoline, because it will sense your fear and punish you for it. Momentum is crucial on the spin cycle. Hesitate and you’re done. Watch your forerunners carefully. One ninja’s mistake is another ninja’s education. Forerunners, literally: the ones who ran the course before you.

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darkmatter Web Admin/Developer

darkmatter - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 16:11

darkmatter, an open access, independent online journal established in 2007 that is committed to pursuing contemporary anti-racist/post-colonial critique. We’re keen to recruit a WordPress web admin/developer (or if you have equivalent php coding experience).

Your role will technically support the…

Categories: blogs

The Brooklyn Street Crews That Boosted Ralph Lauren and Invented Their Own Style

The New Yorker - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 14:00

Bury Me with the Lo On,” a new book by the rapper Thirstin Howl III and the photographer Tom Gould, begins in the mid-nineteen-eighties, as the story of Ralphie’s Kids and the United Shoplifters Association, two Brooklyn street crews locally famous for wearing nothing but Polo Ralph Lauren, which they almost never paid for. They crossed paths often on the subway, and, given the two groups’ predilection for merely taking what they wanted, it seemed inevitable that they would begin robbing each other for their gear. But something unexpected happened. One night, both crews were hanging out in Times Square, where photographers used to set up with airbrushed backdrops of city sights and designer logos. The United Shoplifters came upon Ralphie’s Kids taking a group picture in front of a Polo background. They were the only ones who could truly appreciate the meticulousness of each other’s outfits, and so they decided to take the picture together. They soon realized that it made sense to join forces. In 1988, united by a nerdish devotion to Ralph Lauren and an implicit understanding that department-store security guards were ill-equipped to deal with packs of forty or fifty kids at once, they christened themselves the Lo Lifes.

See the rest of the story at newyorker.com

Related:
Made in America (at Least)
Shoplifting Across the Decades
In the News: Counting the World’s Books, Literary Last Words

Disney Gets Its Head in the Bad Lip Reading Game

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 13:52
Disney XD is to air a version of “High School Musical,” skewered by Bad Lip Reading, of YouTube fame, on Monday.
Categories: dailies

The Story After ‘Chariots of Fire’

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:31
“The Last Race’’ recounts the last years of Eric Liddell, a British Olympic runner who died in a Japanese labor camp in China.
Categories: dailies

American Exceptionalism on Ice

The New Yorker - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:00

For the week of July 4th, we asked writers to describe a person, object, or experience that they think captures a distinctly American spirit.

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Related:
The Corrupted American Innocence of Archie Comics
Coyotes, the Ultimate American Tricksters
My Struggle with American Small Talk

Review: In ‘Under the Sun,’ Two Views of North Korea

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 10:00
Vitaly Mansky’s final film is something different from what his handlers in Pyongyang had in mind.
Categories: dailies

Before They Began to Shrink

granta magazine - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 09:30

 

Who owns the land where musket-balls are buried . . . ?
– Richard Murphy, The Battle of Aughrim

 

In 2010 I went to Ireland, the country of my birth, on a private errand and pilgrimage – I wanted to return something I felt wasn’t mine to own. My uncle had given it to me when I was in my twenties. He asked me if I was still interested in Ireland’s Jacobite war – his ancestors had fought on the Irish side – then handed me a small jeweller’s box that once contained a ring. Inside was a musket ball.

‘It’s from Aughrim,’ he said, winking at me. For years after, the musket ball sat on a shelf in my office in Bangkok next to Buddha statues and Khmer Rouge bank notes. It was only when my uncle died that I decided to return it to the battlefield where it belonged.

I don’t remember exactly when I first saw the signpost, but I always remember it as peeling and dilapidated. As soon as I’d see it, it was gone, but like the outline of a bulb switched off in a dark room it was branded on my mind’s eye: two crossed sabres, the single word ‘Aughrim’, and a date – 1691.

 

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When I had to produce a history project for class in school, I chose Aughrim and threw myself into the research. I soon found there were plenty of books about the battle of the Boyne, but almost nothing about Aughrim. In the National Library in Dublin, I found a brief account published days after the battle – I still remember the thrill of holding those yellowed pages.

Every time my family went on our holidays we passed the battlefield. At my insistence, we would stop and explore. At the top of a hill I would survey the sweep of the battlefield and imagine thousands of soldiers marching through the smoke of battle. With no signposts to narrate my progress, I was free to wander in my own private world, caught in the spell of morbid enchantment. It was impossible not to feel the scale of the loss of life.

It seemed no accident that Aughrim remained largely forgotten. I came to believe it was a contrived amnesia, fed by a deeper shame.

 

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The battle was the final episode of a war in Ireland that began in 1689, part of a larger continental conflict between the Protestant William of Orange and the Catholic King Louis XIV of France. The Irish Jacobites – supporters of the Catholic King James II and allied to Louis – were fighting for sovereignty, religious freedom and their lands.

The French commander of the Irish army, General St Ruth, decided to make a stand at Aughrim – he positioned the Irish Jacobite army along a hill, facing east over an impassable bog. On either end of the hill were two passes: to his left was the small village of Aughrim and a ruined castle that guarded a causeway; to his right the pass at Urraghry, bisected by a stream. According to the Rev George Story, who wrote an eyewitness account from the Williamite side, ‘nature itself could not have furnished him with a better’ position.

In the early morning of Sunday, 12 July 1691, a thick mist engulfed the Irish camp. Numerous candles flickered on temporary altars as Mass was held. The battle began at about eleven. Smoke billowed from the Williamite batteries as projectiles hissed across the bog at the lines of soldiers patiently standing in formation. The balls smashed into stone walls in explosions of sparks, rock and earth, throwing men into the air, creating instant gaps in their ranks.

The two opposing armies melted into one across a battlefield stretching over a mile and a half in length. ‘There was nothing but continued fire, and a very hot dispute all along the line,’ wrote another eyewitness. So intense was the fighting that the battle could be heard thirty miles away in Galway city.

The tide was turning in favour of the Irish as they continued to repulse attack after bloody attack. One Irish regiment pushed the enemy back across the bog with such determination they overran an artillery battery on the other side. Suddenly, it looked as though the Irish were on the verge of a great victory.

But then a series of disasters befell the Jacobites. General St Ruth was decapitated by a stray cannonball – his bodyguards threw a cloak over his remains and gathered up the body in an attempt to conceal his death, news of St Ruth’s demise soon spread down the line. The Irish defence began to waver. Irish musketeers at the castle ran out of ammunition and were forced to tear the buttons from their tunics to use as shot. The castle was overrun, and shortly after the cavalry on the left flank retreated, abandoning the infantry to face the enemy alone. The Irish positions began to collapse and panic spread.

Thousands were hacked to pieces before they could reach the relative safety of the bogs further west. Few prisoners were taken and most were executed, their bodies left to rot where they fell.

 

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The day after the battle, William’s army set about gathering weapons and stripping the dead. Graves were dug and religious services held. The Williamites then marched on to Galway, leaving the Irish dead where they fell. Their bodies lay strewn across the countryside for months afterwards, ‘like a great flock of sheep.’

The numbers killed at Aughrim that day will never be known. It is generally accepted that the total was somewhere in the region of 4,000 Irish and 2,000 Williamites; almost double the number of casualties on all of the D-Day beaches combined.

Today, the spot where St Ruth was killed is marked by a single blackthorn tree in the middle of a field.

 

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Aughrim was where I began taking photographs. It was an early beginning for a career that took me to places of upheaval around the world, which often prompted questions of national identity. The photographs here were taken after eighteen years of living in Asia, returning to Aughrim to return the musket ball my uncle had given me.

Taking photographs of a seventeenth century battlefield presented a challenge – there is an inherent drama to photojournalism, but Aughrim’s bleak and empty fields were unremarkable. I was facing the limitations of the ordinary. I decided to take a series of images that might evoke the days of early photography and, with its imperfections, allude to the unreliability of memory itself.

I ambled over the part of the battlefield where the fighting had been so intense that soldiers ‘fought until the blood flowed into their shoes’. As a boy, that kind of detail thrilled me. Walking over the field now, all I could think of was the sight of blood on my own shoes when I slid on the streets of Bangkok after the army opened fire on protesters. I wanted to recall my boyish excitement, but all I could see was congealed blood in the grass.

 

Photographs © Nic Dunlop

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Anatomy of a Scene: Matt Ross Narrates a Scene From ‘Captain Fantastic’

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 06:50
The writer and director discusses a scene from his film featuring Viggo Mortensen.
Categories: dailies

An Appraisal: How Abbas Kiarostami Had Me Thinking in Persian

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 05:00
The Iranian director, who died on Monday at 76, was as steeped in Persian literary traditions as he was devoted to the transparency of the photographic image.
Categories: dailies

Movie Listings for July 8-14

New York Times Movies - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 02:47
A guide to movies playing at theaters in the New York City area, as well as select festivals and film series.
Categories: dailies

This Week’s Movies | July 8, 2016

New York Times Movies - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 22:12
The New York Times film critics review “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Our Little Sister.”
Categories: dailies

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” and the Death of the Hollywood Comedy

The New Yorker - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 20:28

Hollywood comedies are hardly funny anymore, because the producers, directors, and writers of comedies have set up a template—largely improvised talk about sex to fundamentally ethical ends—that has its own obsolescence built in. Such comedies were on their last legs half a decade ago, and directors without new ideas about the genre continue to squeeze fine actors into their ever more limiting bounds. There’s a prime new example opening this week: the boisterous, amiable, whimsical “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” which offers prominent roles to some of the industry’s best young actors, whom it shoves into tired stereotypes while raising a few chuckles at best.

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Op-Docs: Not Dead Yet

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Protected: Black Rot and Mildew

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Il Cinema Ritrovato 2016 - John M. Stahl

dirty laundry - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 12:44
Back Street, 1932

Although I understand some of the reservations some friends articulated after the screening (especially about the last part set in Paris), for me this was a thoroughly great and devastating film. Stahl translates objective social relations into crystal clear affection-images without the help, protection, and relief of Sirkian irony. The final superimposition of Dunne's face and the bandstand is incredibly affecting - private desire confronted with its own impossibility, frozen into a single image.

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Cruelty inscribed not into speech acts, but into the structure of language: "But what will become of me?" - "I love you."

Only Yesterday, 1933

The many similarities in storyline and casting to Back Street accentuate the differences between the films all the more. It plays like an "enlightened" version of the earlier film, but it's also a bit chaotic, and probably not totally thought through (feels like being contaminated by Stefan Zweig and the world financial crisis at the same time). The main difference is Margaret Sullavan instead of Irene Dunne though. Sullavan’s agility transforms a world of classic, almost ancient melodrama into a theatrical space of gaze and countergaze, especially during the wonderful New Year’s party scene.

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One especially nice touch: the rather bizarre staircase in the aunt's home, a beautiful, modernist space of social experiments.
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Filme der Fünfziger XX: Bonjour Kathrin (1956)

new filmkritik - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 12:17

Im November 1954 erschien in der Bundesrepublik Caterina Valentes Platte „Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe“. Die Melodie war von Cole Porter, Kurt Feltz schrieb den deutschen Text, das Orchester Kurt Edelhagen begleitete die Sängerin. Das Lied war mit 900.000 verkauften Singles ein Riesenerfolg. Der „Spiegel“ (Nr. 15/1955) brachte eine Titelstory über Caterina Valente; Arthur Brauner produzierte 1955 mit Valente, ihrem Bruder Sylvio Francesco und Peter Alexander noch in schwarz/weiß den Film „Liebe, Tanz und 1000 Schlager“ mit dem Orchester Kurt Edelhagen und Schlagertexten von Kurt Feltz. „Bonjour Kathrin“ ist der Nachfolgefilm, diesmal in Farbe, inszeniert von Karl Anton. Anton war schon seit 1921 im Filmgeschäft und hatte u.a. die Revuefilme „Wir tanzen um die Welt“ (1939) und „Stern von Rio“ (1940) inszeniert. Produzent war diesmal Alfred Greven, der im zweiten Weltkrieg während der deutschen Besetzung von Frankreich die französische Filmindustrie fest im Griff hatte. Zu Alfred Greven gibt es einen interessanten Artikel in FilmGeschichte (Nr. 14, September 2000).
Kurt Feltz schrieb auch das Drehbuch und damit jeder mitbekommt, dass neben Feltz auch Kurt Edelhagen wieder mit von der Partie ist, klappt im Film eine Dame eine Karte auf, auf der der Name „Orchester Kurt Edelhagen“ steht; dann gibt es eine furiose Einlage des Orchesters mit Kurt Edelhagen und seinem riesigen Schatten, der an die Wand projiziert wird.
Für den Film wurden echte Schauspieler engagiert, auch wenn das eigentlich nicht nötig gewesen wäre. Dietmar Schönherr spielt einen Komponisten mit Pfeife und Dauerlächeln, Rudolf Vogel und Helen Vita sind die üblichen Chargen, leider diesmal ohne Ausbrüche ins Exzessive. Wieder einmal kommt das Fernsehen vor, und wieder einmal – wie in „Alle kann ich nicht heiraten“ – ist es ein Medium der Denunziation. Die Diva sieht ihre Konkurrentin auf der Bühne. Hans Joachim Kulenkampff kann noch nicht einmal chargieren; seine Stärke besteht darin, Räume gravitätisch zu durchschreiten. Für Komparsen und kleinere Sprechrollen wurden alle freien Kräfte der Wiesbadener und Frankfurter Bühnen mobilisiert; leider werden sie nirgendwo genannt. In einer kleinen Szene spielt Kurt Schwarzkopf, der später im Fernsehen durch den „Kommissar“ bekannt wurde. Andrej Andrejew, der schon für G.W. Pabst und Carol Reed gearbeitet hatte, besorgte die Ausstattung. Aufgefallen sind mir viele französische Plakate – die Geschichte spielt in Paris -, ganz flache Hintergrundmalerei und die allerschrecklichsten abstrakten Gemälde. Aus den USA holte man den Choreographen Billy Daniels, der schon für Marylin Monroe und die Marx-Brothers gearbeitet hatte, nach „Bonjour Kathrin“ in Deuschland blieb und eine Zeit lang nur für Caterina Valente arbeitete. Eine besondere Qualität habe ich nicht erkannt – es gibt ja auch keine Handlung, die sich in Choreographie auflösen könnte, sondern nur eine Nummernrevue.
Vieles soll komisch sein. Komisch sind beispielsweise Brillenträger, egal ob Männer oder Frauen. Wenn Peter Alexander, Caterina Valente und Sylvio Francesco wie im Kindergarten hintereinander her spazieren oder Caterina Valente mit einem Bügelbrett unabsichtlich andere vor den Kopf und die Tischdekorationen umstößt, dann hat das auch nur eine sehr bescheidene humoristische Qualität. Selbst eine Art Fitness-Raum – sonst immer eine Gelegenheit, die abstrusesten Foltergeräte vorzuführen – lässt keine Schadenfreude aufkommen. Aber alle sind natürlich in aufgeräunter Stimmung, denn der Schlagerfilm war ja eine Geldmaschine, ein Spielautomat mit garantierter Gewinnausschüttung. Da brauchte man sich nur ganz wenig Mühe geben.
Es gibt eine Geschichte – natürlich die Erfolgsgeschichte dreier armer Musikanten und ihres Komponisten -, aber die ist kaum ausgearbeitet. Die Songs sind Kurzversionen der Plattenaufnahmen, die durch die Polydor schon vor der Filmpremiere veröffentlicht wurden. Weil der Film erst im Januar 1956 gestartet wurde, wollte man sich doch das schöne Weihnachtsgeschäft nicht verderben lassen. Auch hatte man die Erfahrung gemacht, dass nach der Premiere des Films „Südliche Nächte“ (1953; R: R.A. Stemmle) der Plattenumsatz der in dem Film gesungenen Lieder zurückgegangen war.
Die Bewohner eines Mietshauses sind auch in vielen anderen Szenen zu sehen – im Mietshaus, auf der Bühne, bei den Proben, als Publikum. Die Welt ist halt eine große Familie und deshalb singen wir jetzt alle zusammen: “Komm ein bißchen mit, nach Italien – widdewiddewitt – ans blaue Meer/ Und wir tun als ob das Leben eine schöne Reise wär.“ Wer nicht mitklatscht, muß das Lied zur Strafe noch mal singen.

Mit „Bonjour Kathrin“ wird am 23. August die Reihe „Tausend Takte Übermut“ eröffnet.

Nicht auf DVD, aber im Internet der komplette Film auf http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21ccsj_bonjour-kathrin-1956_shortfilms

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