La Vie en Rose and The Hours-
TV movies this week.
Both films won Best Actress Oscars for their leading ladies
and utilise the theme of angst in the Artistic Genius.
Marion Cotillard was great as the legendary French chanteuse
|Source: Edith Piaf's Paris.|
Poor Piaf lived a life of neglect, abuse, tragedy, car crashes, addictions..
But of course, that is what gave her voice that heart-rending, distinctive and arresting quality.
I always get the shivers when I hear her sing La Vie en Rose.
My Blue Rose is blooming these days,
and has the most heavenly scent.
Blue was the mood of Virginia Wolff, as portrayed by
Our Nicole Kidman, in her Oscar-winning movie The Hours.
Wolff's great novel Mrs Dalloway, is of course the basis for a fascinating film,
interlinking three story threads:
Virginia in the hours leading to her suicide in the River Ouse,
and two fictitious and interwoven tales utilising themes from Mrs Dalloway -
I loved this book when I studied it at uni, and wrote enthusiastic essays about it, Virginia Wolff, and the whole Bloomsbury Group.
Years ago we were in Brighton, UK, for a conference, and I was able to organise a wonderful afternoon visiting Monks House, the home of Virginia and Leonard Wolff in Rodmell, near Lewes, then Charleston, home of her sister Vanessa Bell, played by Miranda Richardson in the film.
This is Monks House today:
My purchases, from the gift shop in the outbuildings, were prints of two of Vanessa's flower paintings.
People often confuse them with Matisse:
and my treasured wooden coathanger, painted in the Omega style:
If you are still reading this, you can imagine my excitement early this year when, breakfasting at a B&B in New Zealand, we shared a table with a lovely English couple on their 40th Wedding Anniversary tour.
It emerged that she had worked as Duncan Grant's secretary, at Charleston, sorting his papers in the years just prior to his death in 1978, aged 93.
She knew Angelica, who is still alive in her 90s, and another gifted artist.
I was trembling as I shook this dear lady's hand.
Art Historians are like that.