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From the forthcoming illustrated adventures of Casimer&Casimir by Larissa Zageris (http://all-skate.tumblr.com)

From the forthcoming illustrated adventures of Casimer&Casimir by Larissa Zageris (http://all-skate.tumblr.com)

W. Somerset Maugham Looked Good on Paper

Novelist, playwright, physician, and British spy, W. Somerset Maugham, was an honorably unique cocktail of professions and enthusiasms. Blessed with natural gifts of wit, charm, and poise, his works offered an air of dignity and class prepared expressly in distinguished, middlebrow masterstrokes - his cherished body of work was just as much an appeal to the wade of the commonwealth as it was to the academic faculty lounge. He believed that art was the liberation of the soul and, evidenced by the myriad of Maugham portraits presently adorning the walls of galleries across Europe, this dictum has manifested with the liberation of Maugham’s creative spirit that rests in the souls of artists interdisciplinarily, and intergenerationally.

Lend your eyes: 

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{by Philip Steegman, c. 1931; National Portrait Gallery, London}

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{by Edouard Macavoy, c. 1947; Museum of Fine Arts, Nice}

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{by Marie Laurencin, c. 1936; Mayor Gallery, London} 

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{by Graham Sutherland, c. 1949; Tate Gallery, London]

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{by Bernard Perlin, c. 1946; Perlin’s private collection}

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{by Graham Vivian Sutherland; National Portrait Gallery, London}

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{by Graham Vivian Sutherland; National Portrait Gallery, London}

Klaus Kinski in Zoo Zero.

Klaus Kinski in Zoo Zero.

Cosmic Casimir

Cosmic Casimir

C&C GRAMOPHONE: Marc Chagall’s son David McNeil’s pop psyche single ‘Linda’

Marc Chagall’s son David McNeil’s pop psyche single ‘Linda’

Murray Melvin
by Cecil Beatonbromide print, 1968

Murray Melvin

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1968

C&C Late Night Film Fest: Stephen Weeks’ Ghost Story (1974)

Revered, misunderstood and oft-discussed, Stephen Weeks’ rarely seen 1974 dreamlike chiller is the absolute definition of a cult British Horror film. Set in 1920’s England it tells of three former public schoolmates, Larry Dann (The Bill), Murray Melvin (The Devils) and the enigmatic Vivian Mackerell (the inspiration for Bruce Robinson’s creation ‘Withnail’, seen here in his only major screen role), who reunite in a country mansion haunted by the spirit of insane former resident Marianne Faithfull (Girl On a Motorcycle). The haunting transports them to a surreal world of demonic dolls, sadistic doctors, incest and murder.

Hammer fans will see Barbara Shelley (Dracula Prince Of Darkness) and Leigh Lawson (Hammer House Of Horror), among the cast, ‘cult TV’ enthusiasts will recognise Anthony Bate (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Beasts), and sitcom lovers will enjoy a cameo from Penelope Keith (The Good LifeTo The Manor Born).
This combination of 1970’s Britsploitation and 1920’s quaintness, realised perfectly by Weeks and soundtracked by Pink Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin, have made Ghost Story legendary. 
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Murray Melvin
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The film’s composer, Ron Geesin, has an amazing resume from being the the orchestrator and savior of Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother” in 1970 to a multitude of experimental oddities that found their way as incidental music on the BBC, commercials, and obscuro LPs.

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POST SCRIPT: Marianne Faithfull stars in the film.

C&C Gramophone: Françoise Hardy - Je te cherche (1974)

C&C Gramophone: Pierre Barouh’s ‘In Our Shadow”

I can’t stop listening to this lovely song from the Un Homme et une Femme soundtrack (1966)

Lovely, lovely time performing with @MilagresBand. These boys know how to write a song. Thanks for having us.

Lovely, lovely time performing with @MilagresBand. These boys know how to write a song. Thanks for having us.