Friday, 26 September 2008

Anagnorisis - back to basics

'History of Theater 2 - Development of Greek Tragedy'
Posted on YouTube by beta0net on May 21, 2008 (link HERE)

There are three good reasons why I wanted to post this great little video: one, it's got mighty quiet on this blog (been busy here, there, and elsewhere), but it will get more worthwhile visiting here again, especially as I am currently inspired to write about a couple of films I've been thinking about in the context of 'recognition' and 'insight', namely The Sweet Hereafter and Mulholland Dr. (the latter partly thanks to a comment posted by Nicholas Galvin); two, this blog clearly gets hits from people seeking basic, but good information about 'anagnorisis' and its origins in Greek tragic drama; and three, I'm just about to go and see a new production of Sophocles' Oedipus, in a new version by Frank McGuinness at the National Theatre, London., starring Ralph Fiennes (also see HERE). So, see you soon/Qa ta poume.

[For more discussion of this subject see the class notes on 'Classical Drama and Theatre' by Mark Damen of Utah State University (link HERE).]

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

R.I.P. Don LaFontaine

That most recognizable of unrecognizable men passed away, sadly, on Monday. Don LaFontaine, who voiced over 5,000 film trailers during his career, died in Los Angeles of complications caused by an ongoing lung-related illness.

The BBC website reported that 'LaFontaine insisted he never cared that no one knew his name or his face, though millions of film fans knew his voice.'