Professor Discovers Lost Footage of Proust

By February 16, 2017Authors, News, Video

A Canadian Professor has discovered a short clip from a wedding that he claims is the only existing moving footage of French author Marcel Proust. Sadly the black and white footage isn’t literary, and doesn’t contain any sound. It’s the 1904 wedding cortege from the marriage of Elaine Greffulhe, daughter of Countess Gruffulhe, Proust’s close friend.

The footage shows just a brief glimpse of the man, wearing a neat moustache, bowler hat and formal suit as he descends a flight of stairs alone in what is a sea of couples.

Luc Fraisse, director of the Revue of Proustian Studies told Le Point magazine that he is in no doubt that the footage is Proust, due to what academics know about the author’s early years. But while the professor is quite definite about the identification, other academics do remain cautious and while calling this a valuable document are quick to point out there is no absolute proof as to whether the author is featured.

Marcel Proust is considered one of the greatest authors of all time, and died aged 51 in 1922. His most famous work is In Search of Lost Time, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

H.P. Lovecraft Inspires New Anime!

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Yamatoworks presents Force of Will, a movie inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu.

In the movie a young girl has the power to give life to the stories she writes, and although little is known about the release, the people involved are well-renowned for their high quality work. Tokyo Ghoul‘s Yutuka Yamada is in charge of the soundtrack so we are in for a real tour-de-force, especially since he is working alongside director Shuhei Morita, known for the critically acclaimed ‘Possessions’ (2013). 

Check out the trailer below for a glimpse into the dramatic anime, coming soon!

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First Full Trailer of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Doesn’t Shy from Political Parallels

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When activists arrived at Texas Senate Chambers last week to oppose two anti-choice bills dressed in full red robes as homage to The Handmaid’s Tale it was hard not to draw parallels between the events that start the horrors in the dystopian novel, and the reality of politics right now.

If you were in any doubt then the full trailer of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale should push that away as producers promise to bring all the gritty events in the book to life. Read More

Book Shops Versus Clothes Shops

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If you’re one of those people who is filled with dread at the thought of clothes shopping, but could spend many a relaxing hour wandering around a bookshop then you might think you’re a bit odd. But you’re not alone, I love it too, and I’m sure there are many of us who feel soothed at the very act of walking through the door of a bookshop.

I hate shopping, it’s my least favourite thing in all the world, but give me a bookshop, especially a second hand one, and I could wander for hours! Read More

Howl by Allen Ginsburg (and how it was seized on grounds of obscenity)

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On 25th March, 1957 US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsburg’s poem Howl on grounds of obscenity, securing the poem’s place in cult classic history. The ensuing events saw City Lights Bookstore owner, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsburg arrested as both played the ‘I’m Spartacus’ role of both claiming to be the author. The pair were charged with disseminating obscene literature and both were arrested with a court case to follow. Read More



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