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Cuéntame como pasó

I am a late discoverer of Cuéntame como pasó and watching it, I realize I am Spanish. I, too, remember the things this program remembers, and feel interpellated by the “nosotros” in the theme song.

The show speaks to everyone, and is light as it must be, for television. The episode here embedded is heavy, though, and everyone should see it. I think it is suggesting that after all, despite Franco, things went better in Spain or resolved themselves sooner than they did back in the USSR. There is another, less conciliatory episode, however, where the new Spanish state is described by a dark character as a kingdom of forgetfulness.

Here is one academic piece on the series. Here is another. Send me more.

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Des cannibales

The Little Frenchman fails in his attempt to understand the Other. Indeed, he never ceases misunderstanding his role in the Tupi scheme of things or the consequences of his actions. For example, he tries to transform his status as a prisoner to be consumed into that of an equal and friend by making gunpowder for Cunhambebe. The Little Frenchman’s success, however, entirely backfires; his usefulness in war against the Tupiniquin doesn’t win him freedom, rather, it ensures his demise as a warrior powerful enough to be worth eating.

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Can we see this here? A question

There are many video and streaming activities I cannot yet make work in Linux. I must learn how and the instructions I am finding, are not working. Do you have Linux? Is there a Linux users’ group in your area?

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Tilsammans

Were people really like that? Did they really worry about revolution and the washing up? Did they really behave like that? Perhaps they did. They definitely did. I quite liked the film — which I found because watch Scandinavian film exclusively now.

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Le retour à la raison

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Iceland 2009

This film is like an art installation.

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In which the past is more past than it once was

I am looking up a branch of the family. At the level of our parents, many were born in the teens and twenties and that, in Denmark and the Faroes, was long ago — or so it seems to me; society has changed so very greatly there.

Håkon Brinch, our grandfather the doctor, was born in 1888 in Sønderho. He built this nursing home that is now a vacation camp. He and our grandmother had a child five years before they ever married, that I did not know about. Our grandmother was half German, her father having come from Hessia. I had forgotten this; she was from Copenhagen.

Håkon’s father, our great-grandfather, was born in Sønderho in 1848. It would have been more isolated and desolate then than now but perhaps not — it was in its shipping heyday.

And if  were in Iceland I would buy this dress, and it would cost 146 euros. I have at least acquired these shoes and they look very Northern.

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