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May 4, 2007 8:11 AM   Subscribe

Orson Whales, book/video/audio mash of the novel Moby Dick, Orson Welles from an Italian movie, Led Zeppelin and original artwork by Alex Itn. See also Ulysees.
posted by stbalbach (27 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Both of those are among the coolest things I've seen in a long long time. Fabulous.
posted by OmieWise at 8:28 AM on May 4, 2007


great, thanks.
posted by johnny novak at 8:29 AM on May 4, 2007


Excellent! I also highly recommend you watch Laurie Anderson's "Life On A String", her take on Moby Dick, as a chaser.
posted by Dizzy at 8:29 AM on May 4, 2007


I mean listen to it. Unsure if it is a video. Saw the original stage production at BAM years ago and was enchanted.
posted by Dizzy at 8:36 AM on May 4, 2007


That is really fantastic.
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 8:37 AM on May 4, 2007


Yeah, having watched them both again, I just have to leave another comment to say how awesome these both are.
posted by OmieWise at 8:46 AM on May 4, 2007


Beautiful! Except for the end - the black and white Citizen Kane clips detract from the amazing animation. It feels quite heavy handed.
posted by aladfar at 8:46 AM on May 4, 2007


Hm. I can't get through to the Orson link at all.
It's not Ulysses he's reading in that 2nd one though - it's Finnegans Wake.
posted by peacay at 8:51 AM on May 4, 2007


Someone combined three of my favorite things and It. Is. Awesome.
posted by rusty at 9:02 AM on May 4, 2007


What, no Moby?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:10 AM on May 4, 2007


Excellent stuff!
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:25 AM on May 4, 2007


Agreed, aladfar; the Kane clip takes something away from the piece, but goddam if the rest of it isn't 100% Best of The WebTM. Awesome!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:25 AM on May 4, 2007


I hated that. Thanks!
posted by phaedon at 9:36 AM on May 4, 2007


That's just about the coolest thing ever. Thanks, stalbach.
posted by juv3nal at 11:14 AM on May 4, 2007


stbalbach even.
posted by juv3nal at 11:45 AM on May 4, 2007


Who's reading Finnegan's Wake in the Ulysees piece?
posted by blahblahblah at 11:59 AM on May 4, 2007


Joyce.
posted by OmieWise at 12:01 PM on May 4, 2007


The Orson Whales piece is awesome. I could also have done without the CK scene at the end, but, hey, still great stuff.
posted by maxwelton at 1:00 PM on May 4, 2007


[this is good]
posted by es_de_bah at 1:16 PM on May 4, 2007


She quotes Moby Dick at length on Mister Heartbreak Diz. See Blue Lagoon.
posted by vronsky at 2:48 PM on May 4, 2007


Days, I dive by the wreck. Nights, I swim in the blue lagoon.
Always used to wonder who I'd bring to a desert island.

Days, I remember cities. Nights, I dream about a perfect place.
Days, I dive by the wreck. Nights, I swim in the blue lagoon.
Full fathom five thy father lies. Of his bones are coral made.
Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade.
But that suffers a sea change. Into something rich and strange.
And I alone am left to tell the tale.
Call me Ishmael.

I got your letter. Thanks a lot.
I've been getting lots of sun. And lots of rest. It's really hot.
Always used to wonder who I'd bring to a desert island.
Days, I remember rooms. Nights, I swim in the blue lagoon.

I saw a plane today. Flying low over the island.
But my mind was somewhere else.
And if you ever get this letter. Thinking of you.
Love and kisses. Blue Pacific. Signing off.
posted by vronsky at 2:54 PM on May 4, 2007


wow. fuckin' a.
posted by funkbrain at 3:12 PM on May 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


That was good stuff.

I love that novel, Moby Dick. A great starting point for the study of literature, particularly if you take Frye's approach.

This gives me new inspiration to make my bio-pic about Orson Swells. The greatest porn actor/director of all time. No one cared about the plots or the voice, particularly the producers. He had such a hard time getting funding but the actors loved working with him.
posted by juiceCake at 4:10 PM on May 4, 2007


I love vronsky and I don't care who knows it.
posted by Dizzy at 4:57 PM on May 4, 2007


I want this playing on a wall projection in my office on continuous loop for the next year.

and I want vronsky to read that poem to me every night while he strokes my hair and then sings Toorah Loorah Loorah while playing a lyre gently.... so.... gent..... zzzzzzzzzzzz....
posted by tkchrist at 6:17 PM on May 4, 2007


blows a kiss to diz and tk.
posted by vronsky at 7:02 PM on May 4, 2007


Original and interesting, thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 7:33 PM on May 4, 2007


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