Thursday, May 21, 2009

Her Week of Wonders


"The stars were shining brightly. How wonderful it would be to sit in a carriage and have it take her far away, to someplace without these strange beings who terrified her!"


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"Involuntarily, she put her right hand to her ear as if to check that her earrings were in place. Both were gone."


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"Valerie flung herself into bed and clamped her fists over her ears to block out the sounds of the vanishing night."


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"She was so exhausted she didn't have the strength to undress. She lay down and fell into a deep sleep."


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Shake your earrings over my head
Lay down your dreams on my pillow
Before bed


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Good night, my gentle magician,

hear your nymph as she sobs aloud.

Hear her weep in her dejection,

as the night weaves her a shroud.


Good night, my golden-haired maiden,

Good night and may you sweetly sleep,

and when you wake, my ladylove,

for ever and aye your secret keep.


2 comments:

Hectocotylus said...

Images from Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) by Jaromil Jireš.
Words from Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1935) by Vítězslav Nezval.
Song (and additional words): Valerie by Broadcast.

"The film has gradually acquired an underground following, not merely among horror* film enthusiasts, but by those intoxicated by its music and imagery. When its complete soundtrack was released on CD in 2006, Andy Votel noted that bands such as Espers, Broadcast, and Circulus had all taken inspiration from its score -- that it had indirectly 'trickled through the bloodline of many contemporary record collections.' It is a film that has certainly found its audience and continues to resonate..."

*If I were forced to choose a genre, I'd go with fantasy.

(Note: The US region 1 DVD of Valerie suffers from a very poor transfer (and poorly translated subtitles). The images above are from the Second Run (region 2) DVD. Information and comparisons of the different DVD versions can be found HERE.)

Hectocotylus said...

The Valerie Project. (My favorite MP3 is "The Feast.")