carney! what you do!
(Garfield minus Garfield Christmas Special) Jon Arbuckle, an awkward young man dealing with the aftermath of his childhood schizophrenia, revisits the rural town he grew up in for the Holidays. While home, he learns the true meaning of Christmas when he spends some much needed time with his grandmother who is dealing with the early effects of Alzheimer’s.
from Not Afraid of Super 8: Films from Studio één (1988 – 2005)
In addition to Scivias she wrote two other major works of visionary writing Liber vitae meritorum (1150-63) (Book of Life’s Merits) and Liber divinorum operum(1163) (“Book of Divine Works”), in which she further expounded on her theology of microcosm and macrocosm-man being the peak of god’s creation, man as a mirror through which the splendor of the macrocosm was reflected. Hildegard also authored Physica and Causae et Curae (1150), both works on natural history and curative powers of various natural objects, which are together known as Liber subtilatum (“The book of subtleties of the Diverse Nature of Things”). These works were uncharacteristic of Hildegard’s writings, including her correspondences, in that they were not presented in a visionary form and don’t contain any references to divine source or revelation. However, like her religious writings they reflected her religious philosophy-that the man was the peak of god’s creation and everything was put in the world for man to use.
Her scientific views were derived from the ancient Greek cosmology of the four elements-fire, air, water, and earth-with their complementary qualities of heat, dryness, moisture, and cold, and the corresponding four humours in the body-choler (yellow bile), blood, phlegm, and melancholy (black bile). Human constitution was based on the preponderance of one or two of the humours. Indeed, we still use words “choleric”, “sanguine”, “phlegmatic” and “melancholy” to describe personalities. Sickness upset the delicate balance of the humours, and only consuming the right plant or animal which had that quality you were missing, could restore the healthy balance to the body. That is why in giving descriptions of plants, trees, birds, animals, stones, Hildegard is mostly concerned in describing that object’s quality and giving its medicinal use. Thus, “Reyan (tansy) is hot and a little damp and is good against all superfluous flowing humours and whoever suffers from catarrh and has a cough, let him eat tansy. It will bind humors so that they do not overflow, and thus will lessen.”
Hildegard’s writings are also unique for their generally positive view of sexual relations and her description of pleasure from the point of view of a woman. They might also contain the first description of the female orgasm.
When a woman is making love with a man, a sense of heat in her brain, which brings with it sensual delight, communicates the taste of that delight during the act and summons forth the emission of the man’s seed. And when the seed has fallen into its place, that vehement heat descending from her brain draws the seed to itself and holds it, and soon the woman’s sexual organs contract, and all the parts that are ready to open up during the time of menstruation now close, in the same way as a strong man can old something enclosed in his fist.
She also wrote that strength of semen determined the sex of the child, while the amount of love and passion determine child’s disposition. The worst case, where the seed is weak and parents feel no love, leads to a bitter daughter.
Long ago, Earth was dominated by supernatural beings: spirits who lived in the forest and in the ocean. To live in harmony with them, Man had to learn to respect nature and animals.
Today the Masters of the Spirits are the guardians of ancient beliefs uniting men and animals: by respecting these eternal legends, Man continues to live incredible adventures with animals, hoping to receive the spirit`s protection.
For its 13 extraordinary and true stories, the series entitled ” The Master of the Spirits” has sought out civilizations who still believe in magic, and whose people continue to share remarkable experriences with animals, hoping to win the favor of the spirits.
From the mysterious fishermen of the Himalayan rivers to the last eagle tamers of the Kirgisthan mountains, this collection recounts the most beautiful legends fearturing exceptional relationships between Man and animals.
Very little information available on this series, it’s not even on IMDB that I can tell, but it’s produced by a company called ZED, based in France I believe, and a lot of their documentaries seem to be produced by someone named Jean Queyrat.
This one looks great too.
Guardian article, Sep. 5 2001:
Arts: Why do we go to the movies?: Not for the sake of high art, but for
simple escapism, argues legendary film critic Pauline Kael, who died this
week. In this extract from her most famous essay, she explains why we
should not be ashamed of what we like to watch
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music
USA, 228 min (Director’s Cut, 1994)