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My Inspiration for May III

31 May

As you may have noticed, I deliberately chose a romantic theme for May, ‘romantic’ to me means Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelites, Shelley, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde etc. Also, I’ve read some stories from Decameron by Boccaccio and Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel, again, because I can relate to it in some aspects.

The best film I watched this month was Taxi Driver (1976) with Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster. Other films I loved were: Smashing Time (1967), Rumble Fish (1983), Desperate Romantics, To Sir, With Love (1967), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) with Cillian Murphy, All or Nothing (2002) and Life is Sweet (2002) – both by Mike Leigh, and surprisingly Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) – it was quirky and Matt Smith was amusing as Mr Collins. As it so happens, I really love kitchen sink dramas, which I discovered a few months ago, and I watched Cathy Come Home (1966), Room at the Top (1959) and Look Back in Anger (1959); the latter is the best in my opinion.

1852. Ophelia by John Everett Millais1976. Jodie Foster as Iris in 'Taxi Driver' 51976. Jodie Foster as Iris in 'Taxi Driver' 6

1857. The Sister’s Grave by Thomas Brooks

Cotehele, Cornwall, United Kingdom1967. Smashing Time with Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave 41967. Smashing Time with Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave 31854. Wedding dresses, Le Conseiller des Dames 1The Falling (2014) 31967. Judy Geeson in 'To Sir, with Love' (1967) 31967. Judy Geeson in 'To Sir, with Love' (1967) 7TO SIR WITH LOVE, Judy Geeson, Lulu, 1967

1850. Ecce Ancilla Domini (Latin 'Behold the handmaiden of the Lord'), or The Annunciation, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti,1966. Cathy Come Home - Ray Brooks as Reg, and Carol White as Cathy 1

Picture shows: (l-r) SAMUEL BARNETT as John Millais, AIDAN TURNER as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, RAFE SPALL as William Holman Hunt, SAM CRANE as Fred Walters. Generic.TX: BBC TWO Tuesday 21st July 2009

1850s Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Elizabeth Siddal, study for 'Delia' in the 'Return1874. Roman widow - Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1850. Painting by John Ruskin (date unknown)desperate romantics 131963. Brigitte Bardot - “Le Mépris” (1963)

1916. The Enchanted Garden - J. W. Waterhouse1857. The Eve of Saint Agnes - William Holman Hunt Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Beata Beatrix, ca 1864-70.1959. Look Back in Anger with Richard Burton 1 1990. Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh) 21990. Life is Sweet (Mike Leigh) 3

all or nothing 2002

Breakfast on Pluto (2005) with Cillian Murphy 3   1833-the-execution-of-lady-jane-grey-by-paul-delaroche-a 1843-joan-of-arcs-death-at-the-stake-hermann-anton-stilkeian curtis 3

1963. Bitter Harvest 1976. Jodie Foster as Iris in 'Taxi Driver' 19 1990s kate moss 279 1878-girl-with-a-rose-by-gustave-leonard-de-jonghe1968. Petulia with Julie Christie 2Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) 16