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news with natalie 08302010

time for an update! here are the most important things of the day (if you happen to be looking at the world through a kaleidoscope, like i am).

ONE: corgis on a treadmill? why??? check out this adorable video. i know there are really only two corgis…but are there really only two corgis?! YOU decide!

TWO: iowa contributes to national news? this is definitely newsworthy. iowa state used their carillon to play lady gaga’s BAD ROMANCE. the video is over five minutes long (which may be longer than the actual song), so don’t waste your time watching it. just revel in the fact that iowa is once again leaving its mark on this amazing nation.

THREE: angry man tries to pay his property tax with 33,000 pennies. i love this story so much, but that’s really all there is to it. he went to the treasurers office and tried to pay his $330 property tax, in pennies, but was DENIED. justice? where is the JUSTICE? if you want to read more about this amazing story, check it out here on gawker.

FOUR: oh my godddd, can you even handle this photograph? i love this so much, mostly because of this quote: ‘once the shock wears off, i’m sure she’ll say yes.’ yeah? are you sure? who is this guy anyway? it doesn’t matter. anyway, in reference to this photo, i say mostly because let’s not forget his amazing pants, tan, or tattoos. his dead stare makes me wish he was asking me. but i digress.

FIVE: this faaaantastic gem of a german man, thilo sarrazin finally broke the silence about jews, and said that ‘all jews share a certain gene.’ yeah? cool! maybe we should put them somewhere where they can all be together, comfortably. maybe…in a…camp! sorry thilo, someone already thought of that. read more on that here.

well, that’s that! see you next week for news with natalie!

love always,

Theodore Adorno – On Popular Music

I just got done reading this essay by Theodore Adorno. According to wikipedia, he “was a German-born international sociologist, philosopher, musicologist, and composer“. But who cares, right?!

stop being so cool, ted!

The essay is called “On Popular Music”. Basically… it’s an essay written in 1941 about “popular” music compared to “serious” music. It starts of as just a sort of comparison of the two, but ends up as an analysis of the popular music industry and its consumers. Although I don’t agree with everything he states, I found the whole thing to be an interesting read.


(and then we’ll have a scholarly discussion in the comments section)



One of the most tantalizing prospects for art and/or pop culture enthusiasts is the “lost” work…a piece that once existed and now does not, or something that never was in the first place. An offshot of this is the truncated or fragmented work, where elements of a project are available but, for whatever reason, the final product as envisioned is no longer available or was never allowed to reach fruition. In music, perhaps the most famous example is the album Smile, The Beach Boys‘ follow-up to their masterpiece Pet Sounds. As for comics, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga was only allowed a few years of publication before being cancelled. But it’s probably the movies that have lost the most: around 80% of all the films made between 1894 and 1930 no longer exist.
The reason for such a low survival rate for movies of this period can be attributed to several factors: the film stock of the time was highly flammable and prone to deterioration, the studios at the time saw little reason to keep movies that had played through their theatrical run and subsequently trashed, or prints were destroyed in order to obtain silver nitrate to strike new prints from, to name but a few. With all of these obstacles in the way of a film from the silent era surviving to the present day, it’s always heartening when one that was thought lost is found; but when a complete print of an all-time cinema classic is uncovered for the first time in 80 years, it’s little short of a miracle. Yet this is what happened when yesterday it was announced that the full 210 minute version of German autuer Fritz Lang‘s science fiction masterpiece Metropolis has been found…in Argentina, of all places.

I won’t go into the whole story…if you’re interested, you can click here. Basically, a copy of the original version of Lang’s film was sent from Berlin to Buenos Aires in 1928. There it stayed, changing hands over the decades while the cinematic world believed the full-length version to have been lost forever. Since then, various different cuts of the film have floated around, the most complete of which was released by Kino in 2002. Even so, this version is only 118 minutes long, with missing scenes supplamented by title cards explaining what happened within the gaps. With this discovery of the 210 minute print, a huge chunk of Metropolis can be seen by modern audiences for the first time. Though this print is apparently in rough shape and in need of work, it does seem to be complete. Martin Koerber, the man behind the most recent restoration of the film says that “no matter how bad the condition of the material may be, the original intention of the film, including all of its minor characters and subplots, is now once again tangible for the normal viewer. The rhythm of the film has been restored.”


I own Metropolis, but have yet to watch it. Part of me wants to wait, and see the full cut someday the way Fritz Lang intended. Another part wants to watch the 118 min version, in order to compare it to the complete one. Regardless, this is an amazing find: the complete version of a masterpiece from one of the most influential directors who ever lived. It also allows for hope that other lost movies may be rediscovered. I plan on writing another post about lost and/or recovered films soon. In the meantime, hold out hope that your favorite “lost” work might be found….it’s probably just behind someone’s couch in Peru, waiting to be rediscovered…