Saturday, 20 January 2018

"Oh, Scarlett". "Oh, Rhett" !!! "Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give A Damn". "I Bet You Say THAT To All The Girls !!!"

"Tara's Theme".
"Gone With The Wind".
Available on YouTube at

Film Poster for
"Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Employee(s) of MGM.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Clark Gable (playing Rhett Butler)
from the trailer for the film "Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Trailer screenshot.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Vivien Leigh (playing Scarlett O'Hara)
from the trailer for the film "Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Trailer screenshotLicencing information :
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

"Gone With The Wind" is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming.

Set in the American South against the backdrop of The American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

Production was difficult from the start. Filming was delayed for two years due to Selznick's determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, and the "search for Scarlett" led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part.

The original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard, but underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length. The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming had begun and was replaced by Fleming, who in turn was briefly replaced by Sam Wood, while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion.

After romantic relationships with Howard Hughes, James Stewart, and John Huston, Olivia de Havilland (sister of Joan Fontaine) married author Marcus Goodrich, with whom she had a son, Benjamin. Following her divorce from Goodrich in 1953, she moved to Paris and married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the French journal Paris Match, with whom she had a daughter, Gisèle.

In 1962, she published Every Frenchman Has One, an account of her life in France. De Havilland and Joan Fontaine are the only siblings to have won Academy Awards in a lead acting category. A lifelong rivalry between the two actresses resulted in an estrangement that lasted over three decades. She has lived in Paris since 1956, and celebrated her 100th birthday on 1 July 2016.

In June 2017, two weeks before her 101st birthday, de Havilland was appointed Dame Commander of The Order of The British Empire in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for Services to Drama. It makes her the oldest woman ever to receive the honour. In a statement, she called it "the most gratifying of birthday presents".

Friday, 19 January 2018

Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax, Abachum. Martyrs. Feast Day 19 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax, Abachum.
Feast Day 19 January.


Red Vestments.

The Martyrdom of Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax, Abachum.
Even though these Holy Saints lived, and suffered Martyrdom, nearly 2,000 Years ago, we
would do well by recalling their Holiness each year on their Feast Day of 19 January.
It is a modern error to regard only the most recent Saints, or most recent events,
as applicable to us. We can learn from the lives of all of the Saints from all times.
Illustration: A CATHOLIC LIFE

Marius and Martha, his wife, were Persian nobles, who, with their two sons, Audifax and Abachum, came to Rome to Worship God in the Reign of Emperor Claudius II. There they visited Christians cast into prison for their Faith: "You had compassion on prisoners," says the Epistle.

They devoted themselves in many ways to the service of Religion; but, soon, they had, themselves, to suffer for The Faith: For "they were tortured and put to death" (Gospel).

"Without fearing the persecutors" (Communion), they underwent all these torments with Prayers of Thanksgiving on their lips, for, in them, they saw like "the sparrow liberated from the bird-catcher's net and who escapes towards Heaven" (Offertory), the means of going to enjoy God for evermore (Introit).

They were Martyred in 270 A.D.

Let us ask Jesus Christ "Who showed Himself so admirably in these Martyrs" (Alleluia) also to make manifest in our Souls the effects of His Divine Power, so that "enjoying Peace in this life, we may in the other receive the eternal reward" (Collect).

MassJusti epuléntur.
CommemorationOf Saint Canute.
GospelSedénte Jesu.

Saint Canute IV. King And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 19 January.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Canute IV.
   King and Martyr.
   Feast Day 19 January.


Red Vestments.

The death of Saint Canute IV of Denmark,
in the Church of Saint Albanus (1086).
Author: Christian Albrecht von Benzon (1816 - 1849).
Date: 1843.
This File: 21 February 2006.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Canute, having ascended the Throne of Denmark (1080-1086), ardently endeavoured to spread The Faith in his Kingdom. His Charity, and his zeal for Religion, soon made him enemies, who put him to death while he was Praying at the foot of the Altar in the Church of Saint Alban.

God made manifest the Holiness of His servant by numerous Miracles wrought at his tomb.

Mass: In virtúte tua.

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

Canute IV (Circa 1042 – 10 July 1086), later known as Canute The Holy (Danish: Knud IV den Hellige) or Saint Canute (Sankt Knud), was King of Denmark from 1080 until 1086. Canute was an ambitious King who sought to strengthen The Danish Monarchy, devotedly supported The Roman Catholic Church, and had designs on The English Throne.

Slain by rebels in 1086, he was the first Danish King to be Canonised. He was recognised by The Roman Catholic Church as Patron Saint of Denmark in 1101.



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Heart-Wrenchingly Beautiful. "Glück, Das Mir Verblieb". From "Die Tote Stadt". By Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Sung By Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. And Renée Fleming.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Illustration: ARTS JOURNAL

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf sings "Glück, das mir verblieb",
from Die Tote Stadt, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Hamburger Rundfunkorchester.
Wilhelm Schüchter, conductor.
Available on YouTube at

A rare and practically unknown recording by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, that is not widely available on records, from an obscure 1952 radio broadcast.

She sings the celebrated aria "Glück, das mir verblieb", from the opera "Die Tote Stadt", by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, with The Hamburg Rundfunkorchester, conducted by Wilhelm Schüchter.
Schwarzkopf never sang this opera, nor indeed any other work by Korngold, not even his Lieder,
as far as I am aware - a great pity, given the rapt quality she brings to this much recorded aria,
that few can match. The photos of Schwarzkopf (circa 1950) and that of Korngold (1922)
are from my private collection, says Brendan Carroll.

Renée Fleming.

Renée Fleming sings
"Glück, das mir verblieb"
(Marietta´s Lied),
from Die Tote Stadt, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Moscow. 2006.
Available on YouTube at

Glück, das mir verblieb,
rück zu mir, mein treues Lieb.
Abend sinkt im Hag
bist mir Licht und Tag.
Bange pochet Herz an Herz
Hoffnung schwingt sich himmelwärts.

Wie wahr, ein traurig Lied.
Das Lied vom treuen Lieb,
das sterben muss.

Ich kenne das Lied.
Ich hört es oft in jungen,
in schöneren Tagen.
Es hat noch eine Strophe—
weiß ich sie noch?

Naht auch Sorge trüb,
rück zu mir, mein treues Lieb.
Neig dein blaß Gesicht
Sterben trennt uns nicht.
Mußt du einmal von mir gehn,
glaub, es gibt ein Auferstehn.

Joy, that near to me remains,
Come to me, my true love.
Night sinks into the grove
You are my light and day.
Anxiously beats heart on heart
Hope itself soars heavenward.

How true, a sad song.
The song of true love,
that must die.

I know the song.
I heard it often in younger,
in better days.
It has yet another verse—
Do I know it still ?

Though sorrow becomes dark,
Come to me, my true love.
Lean (to me) your pale face
Death will not separate us.
If you must leave me one day,
Believe, there is an afterlife.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

"The Most Beautiful Thing This Side Of Heaven" - Fr. Faber.

Illustration: PINTEREST

The following Text and this Illustration: CATHOLICISM PURE AND SIMPLE

It is the Mass, that Cardinal Newman,
the leader of The Oxford Movement into
The Church, said that he could attend
forever, and not be tired.

Father Faber, Priest of The Brompton Oratory in the last Century, described The Mass as: "The most beautiful thing this side of Heaven”, and he continued:

“It came forth out of the grand mind of The Church,
and lifted us out of Earth and out of self, and wrapped
us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than Angelic Liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the Celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what Earth can give”.

Father Adrian Fortescue, a great English Liturgical historian, has said that
The Mass of The Roman Rite is the
most Venerable Rite in Christendom.
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