Quite shocking to see the story about a tv anchor mocking Prince George for taking and enjoying ballet classes. What is more shocking perhaps is the degree of acceptance that is given to Lara Spencer’s apology. It is almost as cheap and insulting as the original joke.
Her joke is sexist, probably homophobic, certainly arrogant, bullying and insensitive. It is also at the expense of a child. But it took a day or two before she and her tv station cronies realised how crass and wrong it was. Is this a reflection of the new spirit that Trump has ushered into the US? it is deeply disappointing.
Here is a link to Prologue from Youtube
It makes harrowing watching but is simply remarkable in terms of anatomy and action as well as in the pre mastery of camera moves. The is exactly what Hitchcock’s “Rope” should have been like- a constantly wandering camera lens picking out detail and following the action. I love the way, though that Williams does two things- a) the final man standing is so absorbed in his victory that he and us do not see the last attack and b) I love the fact that all this is actually observed by a girl we never see until the end. She runs off to her grandmother-0 another figure we never see on what otherwise seems to be a flat open plain. It is entirely magical.
The other day, Mr Trump proposed buying Greenland. This is so absurd, it could be part of the plot for an old MGM Musical- imagine one of the first songs by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen!
These pages were part of a pack I was given by Richard Williams in 1972. By this point, he had already changed the film’s name from “Nasruddin!” to “The thief and the Cobbler” though it is possible that the second page was something I collected from a later visit…
When I was 11, I wrote to Richard Williams who invited me up to 13 Soho square and I never looked back. We met a few more times after that and I know personally of his kindness, his drive and his immense talent. He is the author of the bible of animation, a signed copy of which is in my bathroom, and another two copies on my desk and in my briefcase. He is also the director of “A Christmas carol” (1972 oscar winner), “Who framed Roger Rabbit?” (another 2 oscars) and the unfinished film “the Thief and the Cobbler”
and the magnificent prologue
Quite simply the best!
and circus drawings:
Here are some earlier pictures from earlier posts about RICHARD WILLIAMS:
Mrs Slocombe lived with her cat tiddles after her husband walked out and became successful in property.