Walk: Hood on a glorious, nippy, sunny day at last! inclucing Mostly British Festival (Elizabeth) Distance: 4 miles
Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's 1992 movie
And: The late and missed Roger Ebert's review:
Shekhar Kapur, who directed "The Bandit Queen" (1995) about a fierce modern Indian Robin Hood, here clothes Elizabeth, her court and her architecture in the colors and texture of medieval India. The film is largely set in vast, echoing halls, their pillars reaching up into the shadows. He is attentive to the rustle of dresses and the clank of armor, gives us a barge on the Thames like a houseboat on a lake in Kashmir. Action is glimpsed through iron filigree screens, dresses are rich with embroidery, hairstyles are ornately elaborated, and yet there is the feeling that just out of sight of these riches are the rats in the kitchen and the slop-pots in the halls. This is not the Ye Olde approach, but a society still inventing gentility; sex is so linked with politics that old Sir William demands to inspect Elizabeth's sheets every morning, to keep tabs on possibly alarming developments in her private life.
At the end of the film, Elizabeth announces, "I have become a virgin." And so she remained, ruling over and in some sense creating the England that gave us Shakespeare. Think what a play he might have written about her, if commoners had been allowed to create characters out of reigning monarchs. No doubt he retired in sheer frustration.
Walk: 1. Hood 2. Mostly British Film Festival (Edie, Looking for Lennon) 3. Cinema Club (STYX) Distance: 1. 3 Rainy, Breezy Miles, yoga 2. 1.5 cold miles 3. 2 chilly miles, Yoga
Blue tape starts small, then gets bigger and bigger as Ciwt gets bolder and more ruthless. For the past few days Ciwt has been deep into her closets, bookshelves, under her bed and noticing again all the things that have been hiding in plain sight over the years. All the while carrying her roll of blue tape, ripping it and sticking it onto all the objects that will be taken away by a couple of organizer/drill sergeants on Wednesday.
Lots of her friends have done these deep clean outs over the years in the process of moving to new homes, but this is Ciwt's first experience with an 'almost moving' purge. She's been pre-selecting with her blue tape in order to practice imagining her place wihout these objects/friends/identity/whatever they may mean to her. How will it feel when there is empty space where they have been sitting all these years? Free, open, airy, spacious she hopes, but it is still a bit unnerving.
Walk: Pre-Atmospheric River Errands and SF Playhouse (King of the Lees) Distance: 4.5 miles
Just home from the first few hours of our latest 'atmospheric river,' the first few days of SF Playhouse's production of King of the Yees and an after play talk with the actors. Excellent experience all the way around, but, yawn, now it is late. Tomorrow.
Walk: 1. No (Cold & Rain & Wind, all day) 2. Later (but still cold and showers)
Distance: 1. 0 and Too Boared, ooops, bored to do yoga 2. 3.4 Forced miles, Forced yoga
Constant (seeming) rain and cold, no new movies, closets capered, book group books read, basically All rainy day projects completed. No matter how she looks at it Ciwt is B-O-R-E-D. (She'll recover...)