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  •  Makes more sense... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... than a German girl singing English lyrics with a bad Aussie accent.  That's who won the 2010 Eurovision contest in Oslo.  I about passed out from shock.  She was awful, awful, awful...!  Later I saw on a blog that Germany had a new venue in which to perform and they could host the show better; the country of the winner hosts the show the following year.  The best was a duet of Paula Seling and Ovi from Romania..., sung in English.  Most songs are sung in English, even if they win singing in their native language when they are chosen, as what happens in Iceland; last year the best pre-show video was from Iceland and sung in English, but they didn't perform as well in person.

    Also, re: The Lion in Winter.  Watch Becket first for historical context.  Peter O'Toole also played Henry II in that movie, and the events took place before the (fictionalized) events in The Lion in Winter.  The events spoken about in the dialogue are historically accurate, but there was no Xmas court at Chinon in 1178.  The histories and biographies of the Plantagenets is pretty interesting, actually.

    Both original full-length movies are currently on YouTube.  I don't know how long they'll stay online before someone comes along and takes them down for copyright violation.  I have the videos and/or DVDs of same, and I've lost track of the number of times I've watched Shakespeare in Love.  I took classes on Shakespeare in college, so I get the "inside jokes" spoken of in the dialogue.  Good stuff!

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:36:54 PM PST

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    •  1183, actually. (1+ / 0-)
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      They reference The Young King (Henry) dying that summer.  I find that particular era of history, and those characters, fascinating, so I have read a great deal on it.  I have seen Becket, as well, and it is an interesting fact that O'Toole was nominated for Best Actor for playing the same character in two different movies (among his record 8 nominations without a win)!

      GOP Agenda: Repeal 20th Century.

      by NormAl1792 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:24:21 AM PST

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      •  Ooooops!!! Sorry, my bad! (0+ / 0-)

        Criminy, I know better, too!  Like you, I've watched the movie so often I know some of the dialogue.  [I can only plead subconscious thoughts about an ancestor and events in his life for 1778, so my fingers goofed into an enormous typo.]  Sorry, and thanks for correcting me.

        One of my favorite scenes (and why Katharine Hepburn deserved the Academy Award for her role as Eleanor of Aquitaine):

        Besides Plantagenet England, the only subject about which I've read more - much more, actually - is the Tudor period, specifically Queen Elizabeth I..., altho I've read so much of the era over some 30+ years I even accidentally memorized the Tudor genealogy from Wales to the last Tudor monarch.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:49:46 PM PST

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