This month I’ve been inspired by lots of things; from Czech New Wave, Prague and Egon Schiele to La Belle Epoque, films by Ken Loach and books ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith and ‘The Incorrigible Optimists Club’ by Jean-Michel Guenassia.
I have quite a few films to recommend: Career Girls (1997) by Mike Leigh starring the always off-beat and interesting Katrin Cartlidge, Kes (1969), Looks and Smiles (1981) and Poor Cow (1967) by Ken Loach, Violette Noziere (1978) with Isabelle Huppert as a pretty prostitute and a cold murderer, Barefoot in the Park (1967) with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, Georgy Girl (1966), and then the Czech ones: Daisies (1966), Valerie and her Week of Wonders (1970), Morgiana (1972) and Alice (1988) – these are the quirky ones I really loved, and The Loves of a Blonde (1965) by Milos Forman is a more kitchen sink drama style.
I also really loved the song ‘Working Class Hero’ by John Lennon, although I prefer the Marianne Faithfull version:
‘Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free,
But you’re still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be…‘