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Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain, William Blake Rooms

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Here are some of my favorite William Blake pieces I saw at the Tate Britain during my visit!

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Elohim Creating Adam 1795/circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

Elohim Creating Adam

Newton 1795/circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

Newton

Pity circa 1795 by William Blake 1757-1827

Pity

The House of Death 1795/circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

The House of Death

David Delivered out of Many Waters circa 1805 by William Blake 1757-1827

David Delivered out of Many Waters

The Blasphemer c.1800 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Blasphemer

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve c.1826 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve

Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils circa 1826 by William Blake 1757-1827

Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils

An Allegory of the Bible. Verso: The Shins of an Écorché Male Figure circa 1780-5, ?circa 1780 by William Blake 1757-1827

An Allegory of the Bible. Verso: The Shins of an Écorché Male Figure

The Inscription over the Gate 1824-7 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Inscription over the Gate

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car 1824-7 by William Blake 1757-1827

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car

Cerberus 1824-7 by William Blake 1757-1827

Cerberus

First Book of Urizen pl. 17 1796, circa 1818 by William Blake 1757-1827

First Book of Urizen pl. 17

First Book of Urizen pl. 15 1796, circa 1818 by William Blake 1757-1827

First Book of Urizen pl. 15

First Book of Urizen pl. 21 1796, circa 1818 by William Blake 1757-1827

First Book of Urizen pl. 21

The Ghost of a Flea circa 1819-20 by William Blake 1757-1827

The Ghost of a Flea

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Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain

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Here are some of my favorite pieces I saw at the Tate Britain during my visit!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images!!

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1. W. Graham Robertson by John Singer Sargent

W. Graham Robertson by John Singer Sargent

2. Symphony in White, No. 2 by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Symphony in White, No. 2 by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Lady Macbeth Seizing the Daggers ?exhibited 1812 by Henry Fuseli 1741-1825

Lady Macbeth Seizing the Daggers by Henry Fuseli

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent

The Woman in White by Frederick Walker

The Woman in White by Frederick Walker

The Fat Woman by Aubrey Beardsley

The Fat Woman by Aubrey Beardsley

Sisyphus by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Sisyphus by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Tantalus by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Tantalus by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones

The Doll's House by Sir William Rothenstein

The Doll’s House by Sir William Rothenstein

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Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th

For the first time in two weeks, I was able to get a full night’s sleep. I knew I would need it for the busy day ahead.

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View outside my hotel window.

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Tunnel on the way to the V&A.

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Hello V&A!

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Architectural detail of the V&A.

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So excited to go inside!

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I could spend days in here!

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Another architectural detail of the V&A.

After some breakfast at Le Pain Quotidian (haven’t eaten there since I lived in Manhattan), I lined up for “David Bowie is” at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I’ve loved Bowie ever since I saw him perform live when I was in high school and I really admire him as a true multi-talented artist/Renaissance man. The exhibit itself was a bit sensory overload at first. But once I got used to it, I had a great time. The clothing/costumes in particular impressed me, especially the powder blue suit from the “Life on Mars” music video and the silver Pierrot from the “Ashes to Ashes” music video. It was really inspiring to see Bowie’s handwritten lyrics for “Space Oddity” and “Ashes to Ashes.” Also, I was delighted to see Bowie’s hand-drawn storyboard for the “Ashes to Ashes” music video, a note to Bowie from Christopher Isherwood and a painting by Bowie of Yukio Mishima. Of course, I spent some time in the gift shop buying Bowie souvenirs for friends and family.

I had a little bit of time to run around the rest of the V&A, but one really needs a lifetime to see every nook and cranny of that museum. I saw some beautiful William Morris pieces (wallpaper, etc.) and, by chance, the costume designs from the original production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Then, I ran quickly through the Regency period rooms as well as the Medieval/Renaissance rooms.

After that, I went over to the Tate Britain. It was somewhat overwhelming seeing William Blake’s paintings in person for the first time, especially The Ghost of a Flea. In person, one can really see the textures and colors that don’t get picked up on a digital reproduction. I spent a long time in the Blake rooms, and almost didn’t want to leave. I also saw paintings by some of my other favorite artists like John Singer Sargent, which was quite a treat.

Related Posts: Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain and Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain, William Blake Rooms.

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South Kensington tube station.

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Approaching Tate Britain.

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Statue of Sir John Everett Millais.

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Finally at the Tate!

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Inside the Tate.

After some rest, I headed over to 17th South Molton Street for the Blake Society talk. What an amazing experience! Tim Heath — the chairman of the society who I have been in contact with through e-mail — was so kind, patient, and knowledgable. We managed to get my slideshow working and projected the images on the walls of Blake’s flat. Originally, Tim said there would only be room for 14 guests, but about 24 guests showed up and we managed to squeeze them in. Everyone had such interesting questions to ask me and their own insights on The Ghost of a Flea. Jesús came, which was great. So did Sarah Goode, who was absolutely lovely. One lady even came hoping to buy 25 copies of The Poet and the Flea for her book club (sorry, it’s not finished yet)! Also, the society gave me as a gift 3 high-quality (on a printer with 16 colors) prints/reproductions of Blake’s work, so maybe I’ll get them framed when I get home. Many, many thanks to the Blake Society and everyone in attendance!

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17th South Molton Street.

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More of 17th South Molton Street.

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Across the street.

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More South Molton Street.

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Inside 17th South Molton Street.

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Blake’s rooms!!

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We got the projector to work!

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So exciting!

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Cannes/London 2013: Monday, May 27th

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Goodbye for now!

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At the airport in Nice, France.

Au revoir, Cannes — Hello, London!

Today was, as you can image, a bit exhausting — flying from Cannes via Brussels to London. I enjoyed seeing the Belgium landscape from the sky — all the little houses and even an old castle-like estate. The airport in Brussels however was a real pain! So I was quite happy when I arrived at Heathrow.

I took the Heathrow Express into town, which was so easy, and a taxi from Paddington Station (so I wouldn’t have to schlep my enormous suitcase around) to Russell Square. The taxi driver was so friendly and even talked with me about David Bowie! Plus, he had a super cool turquoise cab. 🙂

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Inside Paddington Station.

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Love those classic British taxis!

After getting settled at the hotel, I explored Russell Square. The green square is quite beautiful, the British Museum is right on the other side, and the tube station is very convenient.

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The Hotel Russell.

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Can I stay here next time?

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Now I feel like a tourist.

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Beautiful Russell Square.

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More Russell Square.

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Statue of Francis Russell, Duke of Bedford.

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Detail of the Hotel Russell.

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Now I really feel like a tourist.

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Russell Station.

At 8 p.m., Simon (shipscooksstuff.wordpress.com) and co. picked me up at my hotel to take me to some local pubs and tell me the history of the city I would otherwise never hear. They were all so friendly, patient, and knowledgable. And I had a truly wonderful time with them!!

Thankfully, we didn’t stay out too late because I have quite a busy (but exciting) day tomorrow.

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After my trip, Simon sent me an incredibly detailed account of everything we saw and did. Many many many thanks to Simon!!

1) The Newman Arms as featured in Michael Powel’s film Peeping Tom was the pub with the passage down the side that was shut. That was in Fitzrovia named after the Duke of Fitzroy, one of Charles II’s illegitimate offspring.

2) Then, we crossed Oxford Street into Soho, visited Soho Square with the statue of Charles II and the Huguenot Church. Mary Seacole lived there.

3) Garlic and Shots was the place in Frith Street where we had the honey and garlic vodka.

4) Upstairs at The French House was where we had the pastis (the French substitute for Absinth). Favourite pub of Robert Plant, but also loved by Oliver Reed, Guns N’ Roses and Aleister Crowley.

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Inside The French House.

5) The Coach and Horses was the traditional British pub much loved by journos, Sean Bean and Tom Baker that was recreated on stage for the play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.

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Inside The Coach and Horses.

6) Then, we took a walk through Chinatown.

7) Then, we visited De Hems Dutch Cafe Bar, where I had the strawberry beer Fruli from Belgium.

8) Then, on our way up Dean Street, we passed Quo Vadis the exclusive restaurant in the building where Karl Marx lived when he was in London.

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Cannes/London 2013: Sunday, May 26th

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Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in “Only Lovers Left Alive.”
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I think I love this movie for all the wrong reasons…
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Today was my last real day in Cannes and I had a very fun time!

In the early afternoon, I met up with Sarah to see Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, which was great to see on a big screen (since it’s only playing on HBO in the U.S.). I thought Matt Damon and Michael Douglas were very convincing in the roles and the costumes/makeup were amazing!

Afterwards, I went to see Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and loved it. I really don’t know if it was supposed to be, but I found the film absolutely hilarious. I mean, there were so many lines/references that made me laugh out loud and I way really the only one in the audience who laughed! I very much enjoyed all the actor’s performances — Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffery Wright. Also, the cinematography was very clever and the whole feel of the movie was a side of Jarmusch I haven’t seen before. I’d like to see it again once it’s released in the States! 🙂

Almost done packing. Off to London tomorrow!

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Cannes/London 2013: Saturday, May 25th

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Another view of the city.

Today, I tried to get into the afternoon screening of Only Lovers Left Alive, but didn’t get in. So hopefully I’ll be able to see it tomorrow. After standing in line, I had lunch with Alex(andra) and we geeked out about silly things like Being Human (BBC) and cosplaying.

Later, I met up with Sarah and went to the screening of Hitchcock’s Vertigo with her. Kim Novak was there and expressed some strange but interesting opinions. We ended up sitting about three seats away from her (!!!!!) and saw her outside the theater afterwards.

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Kim Novak in “Vertigo.”
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Then, we had a tasty but late dinner. Sarah is hilarious and we were laughing so hard about movies like The Room and Mystery Men.

Tomorrow, I’m going to try and see a few more screenings and start to pack for London. 🙂

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Cannes/London 2013: Friday, May 24th

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Had a pretty laid back day today, mostly because I knew I already had a ticket to Michael Kohlhaas (so I didn’t have to worry about getting a ticket at the raffle or waiting in the rush line).

By the way, my dad e-mailed me an interesting tidbit about Michael Kohlhaas. Apparently, the original novella/character was the inspiration for the character Coalhouse Walker in E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime — one of my favorite novels!

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Mary forgot her wallet at home today, so I went to the American Pavilion for a few minutes to hand it to her. There, I ran into Pip who told me that Walter (another American Pavilion mentor) said I was doing a great job on “Pip Squad” — getting there early and actually helping people by answering their questions, giving extra helpful information, and being patient. So that was nice. 🙂

I worked outside on the balcony for a few hours on my new short script Those Endless Nights and I think it’s going well. I’m actually almost done writing it!

While walking to the screening tonight and passing all the restaurants, I found myself standing about a foot away from Tilda Swinton!!! I think she might have been finishing a dinner meeting since I saw her shaking hands with someone. She seemed very tall and vibrant, and was wearing a very chic black suit. The whole thing was extremely surreal and I admit I almost hyperventilated afterwards, ha ha ha. I’m interested in seeing Only Lovers Left Alive, but I won’t attempt the gala screening because I don’t feel like fighting all the Tom Hiddleston fans.

Michael Kohlhaas was a difficult but interesting film — very hyper realistic, but not as violent as I expected (I guess I was preparing myself for ultra-violence like Valhalla Rising). I can definitely see how Doctorow was inspired by the novella and I’d be interested to read it (available for free on Wikisource). What was most amazing was watching the film in the same audience as Mads Mikkelsen!!! And it was great being able to clap for him where he could actually hear it. 😀

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Mads Mikkelsen and his wife Hanne Jacobsen on the red carpet!
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P.S. I think I forgot to mention this story from a few days ago. I was walking in the film market past TBS and found myself standing two feet away from Takashi Miike! It was very funny because he was being very touristy and taking lots of photos.

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Waiting in line for “Michael Kohlhaas.”

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Can’t get enough photos of this!

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The Grand Théâtre Lumière.

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