Ko-Ko’s’s Conquest 1929

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The Fleischers had been producing sound cartoons since 1924 by this point, almost always efforts that would evolve into their Screen Songs when they did this very late Ko-Ko silent. In fact, they would make only half a dozen more and end the series after a dozen years.

I suspect this had been planned for the last of the series a a sentimental effort. It does not even star Max in the role of Ko-Ko’s artist, but Dave Fleischer — who was also the model for Ko-Ko. Dave shows off a model and tells Ko-Ko he got it for saving a town from a flood, and Ko-Ko winds up in a melodramatic situation in which, with Fitz’s connivance he saves a beautiful blonde girl from a melodramatic captor. There are the usual surrealistic gags, including a very nice one in which the villain throws knives at him into a wall, and Ko-Ko escapes by climbing them like a ladder.

Ko-Ko was the most successful silent cartoon character after Felix the Cat. Neither would survive the coming of sound, although the Fleischers would use him occasionally over the next decade. Their future lay with characters like Betty Boop and Popeye. Still, it’s good to see Ko-Ko go out with a fine effort like this.

by boblipton (New York City)

Director: Dave Fleischer
Star: Dave Fleischer

 

The Island of the Blessed 1913

 

Also known as Die Insel der Seligen (English captions)

Max Reinhardt’s ‘Isle of the Blessed’ (1913) attracted attention due to its erotic nature. Its ancient mythical setting included sea gods, nymphs, and fauns, and the actors appeared naked. The actors had to live up to the demands of double roles.

Not a great print. However, it is watchable, and it is fun.  Worth a look.

Director: Max Reinhardt
Writer: Arthur Kahane
Stars: Paul Davidson, Erika De Planque, Wilhelm Diegelmann

 

 

 

Ko-ko’s Earth Control 1927

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Koko the Clown and his dog Fitz walk into a building where levers that control various aspects of the Earth are located. After Fitz presses a particular lever, the world goes topsy-turvy and out-of-control.
Director: Max & Dave Fleischer

Max Fleischer was a Polish-American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer Studios.

Fleischer’s cartoons were very different from the Disney product, both in concept and in execution. They were rough, rather than refined. The Fleischer approach was sophisticated, focused on surrealism, dark humor, adult psychological elements, and sexuality. The Fleischer environments were grittier and urbane, often set in squalid surroundings—a reflection of the Depression as well as German Expressionism which Max embraced.

Construction processes and machinery were found in some stories, mirroring Max’s view of mechanics as the art form of the 20th Century. But most of all, Fleischer saw animation as “the cartoonist’s cartoon” and in his earlier works avoided the literal approach that Disney was taking. As Fleischer stated, “if it can be done in real life, it isn’t animation.”

Her Indian Hero 1912

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The oldest known film to have been shot in Hollywood by a Hollywood studio. D.W. Griffith shot “In Old California” in Hollywood at an earlier date, but that was for NYC’s Biograph Company.

The Chief’s son, Silver Water, returns from college and is met at the station by the tribe. The Indians make merry to celebrate his homecoming. Hal Benton, an easterner, rides on to ask his way to the hotel, where he is stopping with some friends, among them his fiancée, Veda Mead, and her father. Knowing that the Indian ceremonies will interest his friends, Hal obtains permission to come the next day and bring his friends. The Chief calls Morning Star, an Indian maiden, telling his son that she is to be his squaw. Silver Water is pleased with her. The next day Hal Benton and his friends arrive. While the others inspect the camp, Veda Mead amuses herself with Silver Water and ere long is thoroughly infatuated with him, while the Indian’s vanity is touched by the attentions of the society coquette, and he promises to meet her the next day. Their little tete-a-tete is cut short by the entrance of Morning Star. The next day they meet and, after coquetting with Silver Water until he forgets his Indian sweetheart, the eastern girl gives him her calling card, upon which she writes “To my Indian Hero” and asks him to call upon her in the east. Several months pass, and Hal Benton and Veda Mead are preparing to wed, when a letter arrives addressed to Mr. Mead from Silver Water, telling him that as he is in the east, he will do himself the honor to call upon them that evening. To Veda, who had been reading of the Indians’ lives and customs after her meeting with Silver Water, the news is very terrifying. Recalling how she played with him, she fears that he may now make trouble. She goes to the veranda and sits down to think over the situation. Suddenly she sees Silver Water in full war-paint and feathers coming up the steps, he sees her and advances. Touching her upon the shoulder, he beckons her to follow. She obeys. As they reach the garden be tells her of his love, reminds her of her promises when they last met and insists upon her fulfilling them now. She cries out, and her cry brings Hal. Silver Water tells Hal why he has come for Veda, and Hal agrees that she must go with him, but Silver Water is not satisfied. He throws down his knife and insists upon Hal fighting with him for the girl. At a given signal, both men start for the knife. The Indian secures it and soon kills Hal, then, throwing his blanket over the terrified Veda, he drags her off to his camp and commands her to fetch and carry and cook his meals. Veda sinks to the ground as Silver Water stalks off, but no sooner has he gone than Morning Star slips out from her tepee and, creeping down upon Veda, raises her knife to strike the girl dead. Just as the knife descends, Veda forces herself to rise, only to find herself in Hal’s arms on the veranda, for the young man has been trying to awaken her to tell his sweetheart that their Indian friend, Silver Water, has arrived, and at that moment stands beside them in the most correct evening dress. At the first glance she gives him, Silver Water realizes that it would be impossible to ever win the white girl, so leaving her with Hal, he tears up her card and returns to the blanket and Morning Star, his sweetheart, before he has learned the white man’s ways.
– Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Directors: Al Christie, Jack Conway
Stars: Jack Conway, George Gebhardt, Dorothy Davenport |

White Shadows in the South Seas 1928

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Imdb 7.2

On a Polynesian island, Dr. Matthew Lloyd (Monte Blue) is disgusted by the way trader Sebastian (Robert Anderson) exploits the natives, and he’s cast off the island for his views. He finds himself on another isle of the South Seas, where an isolated tribe welcomes him into their harmonious community. But, in this paradise of simplicity, Lloyd discovers a wealth of pearls. He gathers the treasure and, overtaken by greed, sends rescue signals. Unfortunately, Sebastian and his men answer….

Directors: W. S. Van Dyke, Robert J. Flaherty
Cast: Raquel Torres, Monte Blue, Bob Anderson
Awards: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Screenplay: John Colton, Jack Cunningham, Ray Doyle
Music composed by: William Axt, David Mendoza

Stars: Monte Blue, Raquel Torres, Robert Anderson

 

Holidays – Denmark

 

First, stop Copenhagen

We stayed in the holiday home of Jeup and Allan which is about 50 minutes drive from the city. Jeup is my partner’s daughter and Allan is her husband.

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Well, if you visit Copenhagen a must is a visit to the *Little Mermaid. This Poor misfortunate has in recent times been decapitated twice, had an arm cut off and paint thrown over her on a number of occasions. Amazingly, after all these misfortunes she manages to reincarnate into her former self.

The statue was donated to the city by the brewer Edvard Eriksen of Carlsberg fame.

A note on the plaque states climbing on the monument is forbidden. Interestingly enough nothing is said about hacking limbs off.

To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

*The Little Mermaid is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

Visit Carlsberg Brewery

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One of my friends labelled this picture Steptoe and Son after the British TV comedy series about a London East End rag and bone merchant.

The Brewery garden has some nice sculptures and is worth a visit

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Above sculpture by Aguste Rodin titled Meditation

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We did not leave without a drink or two

“Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chambers of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies,
Come to life and fade away:
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.”

Edgar Allan Poe

River Cruise

The reason we took the river cruise was we were running short on hours and Allan suggested this was the best way to see the city given the time constraints.

I took a video of the cruise but quality wise it was not good so it’s gone to the bin which really means it needed a lot of editing and I was too lazy to do that.

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Above is an incinerator plant smack bang in the middle of the city. Reputed to be the cleanest in the world. The structure you see around the plant which has not yet been finished is going to be a ski slope – Wow

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Jazz on the quay side.

Thoughts on cities

All major cities have their sights – Museums, art galleries, historic buildings and so on…  one, really only gets to knows a city by researching, walking and scratching its underbelly and I did not have time for that. What a shame.

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi

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Dinner in the holiday home – Good food, good wine, good friends, good times.

Jutland

The windy part of Northern Denmark – the wind seems to blow forever. We stayed in a holiday home near the town of Lønstrup which was nice and cosy

Lønstrup gets up to about 10,00 visitors per week in high season. In the winter the population drops down to about 500 weather beaten hardy souls

Just south of Lønstrup is the site of the former Mårup Church, a medieval church that is now dismantled due to coastal erosion  Built around 1250, it was originally 1 kilometre from the coast. It is believed the church will be rebuilt in Copenhagen. This has caused outrage within the local area.Time will tell what the outcome will be

Going South from the church is another abandoned structure, the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse. Partially buried in sand, the lighthouse was built at the turn of the 20th century. You can in places near the lighthouse see the outline of buildings now totally covered in sand

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The great Danish desert!

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The  church before it was dismantled – photo courtesy of  Wikipedia

Below all that remains

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The Anchor that you see is that of a British sailing ship that foundered nearby in the eighteen century – It has been moved from the church to the graveyard. In time the graveyard will also have to be moved

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On Skagen’s northeastern outskirts, Grenen Beach is where the Skagerrak and the Kattegat seas converge

The Skagerrak is a strait running between the southeast coast of Norway, the southwest coast of Sweden, and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat sea area, which leads to the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea drains into the Kattegat through the Danish Straits. The sea area is a continuation of the Skagerrak and may be seen as a bay where the two seas converge

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This the spot where the two seas meet.  Tan paddling like a female Moses about to create a great watery divide…Let’s walk to Sweden

Sculpture park – Blokhus

A great place to visit and relax.

The park is Denmark’s largest open-air art exhibition. The more than 20.000 m2 park contains sculptures made from materials such as sand, wood, iron, metal, stone and bronze.

I will let some photos do the talking

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The images are of Hans Christian Andersen – Interpretation is up to you – let your imagination go to work. The rising of a fairy tale?

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The God Thor does battle with the great serpent during a mythic war waged at Ragnarök. Thor slays the dragon and saves the world from destruction but Thor himself has been mortally inflicted with venom from the beast and shortly after dies

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Gulliver in the Land of Giants

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Sculpture by Niall Magee.

In Greek mythology, Minotauros was a creature with a head like a bull and a body like a human.

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Quick Impressions of Denmark

A well-manicured country with an outwardly contented and self-satisfied populace.  The jury is out on levels of fun and happiness. However, I will say I had a good time and enjoyed myself. For some weird reason travelling around Denmark, constantly reminded me of the movie the Stepford Wives.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

The End

PS Airports I had seven flights over the holiday period and I don’t wont to see an airport queue for quite some time.

The Puppet’s Nightmare (Le cauchemar de Fantoche) 1908

 The puppets nightmare

Director: Émile Cohl

Émile Cohl (January 4, 1857, Paris — January 20, 1938), born Émile
Eugène Jean Louis Courtet,
 Émile Cohl was an important early independent cartoonist and animator, who was a caricaturist in the “Incoherent Movement” and has often been called “The Father of the Animated Cartoon.”was a French caricaturist of the largely
forgotten Incoherent Movement.
For further info follow the following link    http://rarebit.org/?people=emile-eugene-jean-louis-courtet