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Scarlet Sails inspiration

Scarlet Sails inspiration

Scarlet Sails inspiration. Anastasiya Vertinskaya as Assol in ‘Scarlet Sails’ – 1961 film by Alexander Ptushko

In a small seaside village lives a retired sailor Longren, who has left sea to raise his daughter Assol. The widower makes toy boats to sell them. The father barely makes ends meet. Once, his daughter Assol meets an old man who predicts:
– You will be grown, Assol. Yes, you will be grown. And one day, far out to sea, the sun will shine upon a white ship with scarlet sails. The white ship will slice through the waves and move right toward you. The miracle ship will sail silently, without shouts or shots, amidst the sounds of beautiful music. The ship will approach majestically, and a fast skiff, gilded and decorated with flowers will come from it. And you will see a brave and handsome young prince… And will leave forever for a splendid country where the stars will descend from the heavens to greet you.
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1965 thriller The collector

Terence Stamp as Frederick Clegg in 1965 thriller The collector

Terence Stamp as Frederick Clegg in 1965 thriller The collector

1965 thriller The collector is an American-British psychological movie filmed fifty years ago. The film is based on the 1963 novel “The Collector” by John Fowles and directed by William Wyler. A great idea was to start a film with episodes of catching butterflies. The film is about a man, or rather a monster, who can’t just admire beauty with his eyes, he wants to fully enjoy, subdue and hide it from everyone. A true collector! This instance of moral ugliness though considers himself a connoisseur of beauty, in fact is empty and rotten.
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The Scarlet Flower by Yulia Selina

Russian artist Yulia Selina

Russian artist Yulia Selina

The Scarlet Flower by Yulia Selina. Russian artist Yulia Selina (Lia Selina) lives in Ramenskoe, Moscow region. Young and beautiful artist likes fairy tales and trees, purple color and witch hats, fairies and beetles, and she loves illustrating books. She began to draw as a child, like all children – painted houses in albums, then in copybooks, using gouache on Whatman paper, oil on plywood. Yulia Selina is a self-taught illustrator, and sometimes she regrets about it. Her first job while studying at the University of Management was as a designer in one of the printers of her small town. Safely received the diploma of the prestigious university, she realized that does not want to work where her ability to draw is not needed.
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Summer Reading Paintings by Paul Beliveau

Summer Reading Paintings by Paul Beliveau

Summer Reading Paintings by Paul Beliveau, Canadian artist

Summer Reading Paintings by Paul Beliveau. Canadian artist, draftsman and engraver Paul Beliveau was born August 10, 1954, in Quebec City. He studied drawing and lithography from 1977 to 1983 at the Laval University. The talented artist creates amazing realistic paintings, as Paul is an expert in drawing, painting and engraving. His work is based on database of literally thousands of personal and historical photographs. With painstaking accuracy, Beliveau paints culturally significant artifacts such as his own book collection, placing volumes on Friedrich, Futurism, and Van Gogh beside the poetry of Friedrich von Schiller and Beethoven. Beliveau says, “I like to use painted books as a strategy against loss, even though worn books evoke the passage of time and reveal one’s own fineness.”
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Date a girl who reads

Date a girl who reads. Ophelia, 1870. Pierre Auguste Cot (1837 – 1883), French painter

Ophelia, 1870. Pierre Auguste Cot (1837 – 1883), French painter. Date a girl who reads

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve. It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does. Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

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Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset

Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset

Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset

Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) – Nobel Prize winner, whose books were banned in Nazi Germany, and her name entered the Gestapo lists of particularly dangerous individuals. Sigrid Undset was born May 20, 1882 in the small Danish town of Kalundborg. Her father was a famous Norwegian archaeologist, and her mother was involved in archaeological work of her husband. Shortly after the birth of Sigrid the family had to move to Norway. There, in the capital city of Oslo she spent her childhood and teenage years. From early age, through her father, Sigrid was interested in Norwegian history and culture. In 1893, after a long illness Sigrid Undset’s father died and 16-year-old Sigrid Undset had to start working as a secretary in an engineering company. Beautiful talented girl Sigrid hated her job, she was profoundly alien to it, when she thought about the work she wanted to die. She was 16 years old when started writing her manuscript, a historical novel set in medieval Denmark.
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European Chained libraries

European Chained libraries

European Chained libraries. 16th-century chained library of Zutphen, the Netherlands

European Chained libraries still exist. Books in chains – a way of storing books in public libraries in medieval Europe, where the books were riveted to the shelves. In England, these libraries are called Chained library (e.g. Francis Trigge Chained Library). The chains holding the books were long enough to remove the book from the shelf and read it, but to take the book from the library was forbidden. This practice was common at libraries from the Middle Ages to XVIII century, which was due to a large value of each copy of the book, chains were designed to ensure the safe storage of expensive books.
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