“Desire is Hunger is the Fire I breathe” … Patti Smith & The Great Red Dragon

After a lot of intense stargazing which resulted in an equal lot of blogposts over the weekend about on-screen and off-screen chemistry between Richard Armitage and several actors & directors (including Rutina Wesley!) and not least myself & “The Witches of Erebor“, I finally managed to watch Hannibal 3.10 very late last night in bed – the perfect setting in review ;-).

About two months ago in “Richard Armitage, Hannibal and the 7 Year Itch” I had “predicted” that the episode airing on august 6 might be the most intense of the series. Well, we don’t know what will happen in the next three ones, but this was undoubtedly the highlight among the first three!

This experience was topped by some intense “Kopfkino” today: when I drove to work this morning, hearing Patti Smith’s classic “Because the Night” on my random playlist, flooded my mind with vivid pictures of the episode. This really made me wonder if any of the actors had this song on his on-set-playlist – Rutina perhaps? 😉

Anyway, beautiful, magnificent song … and heartbreaking, breathtaking episode. So I’ve added the wonderful lyrics and music for everyone else to muse about it too … welcome to my “Kopfkino” 😉

Because The Night
(written by Bruce Springsteen & Patti Smith, 1977)

Take me now baby here as I am
Pull me close, try and understand
Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe
Love is a banquet on which we feed

Come on now try and understand
The way I feel when I’m in your hands
Take my hand come undercover
They can’t hurt you now,
Can’t hurt you now, can’t hurt you now
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us

Have I doubt when I’m alone
Love is a ring, the telephone
Love is an angel disguised as lust
Here in our bed until the morning comes
Come on now try and understand
The way I feel under your command
Take my hand as the sun descends
They can’t touch you now,
Can’t touch you now, can’t touch you now
Because the night belongs to lovers …

With love we sleep
With doubt the vicious circle
Turn and burns
Without you I cannot live
Forgive, the yearning burning
I believe it’s time, too real to feel
So touch me now, touch me now, touch me now
Because the night belongs to lovers …

Because tonight there are two lovers
If we believe in the night we trust
Because tonight there are two lovers …

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My first contact with Butoh dance …

… actually happened quite some time ago.

The 2008 drama “Hanami – Cherry Blossoms” from (really fabulous) german director Doris Dörrie tells the story of an old couple from Bavaria. Trudi always wanted to be a famous Butoh dancer but sacrificed this dream for having a family. But when her husband is diagnosed with a deadly disease, things start to take a strange turn.

I won’t spoiler, as you really should watch the whole movie and participate in their journey as it happens.

But I’d like to share the one most haunting scene from that film, that moved me beyond anything: Their dance in front of mount Fuji. This is just one of those rare great moments in filmhistory. Enjoy.

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in other news … “Linden Tar” kickstarter project will be made!

A while ago I’d pointed out a very lovely russian stop-motion short-film project titled “Linden Tar”.
I’m pleased to announce, that they (with a small contribution from me & 262 fellow dreamers) reached their goal on kickstarter and will hopefully be able to finish this project now in time to meet the deadline of prestigous @annecyfestival.
I’m very happy to be a small part of this 🙂
You can vote for “project of the week” on indiewire here:

and follow them on twitter @LindenTar to get news-updates and gain some insight in the wonderfully complicated process of making a stop-motion movie … the movie will be only 5 (!) minutes long and they now still need about 6 months to finish it, so you can imagine how much dedication and hard work will be put into this project 🙂

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Am I wasting my time for a cold genius?

Staring into the unknown for the better part of last night due to the Muse’s “Airport-Gate” filled my head with Nomi.

What power art thou?
Who from below
Hast made me rise?
Unwillingly and slow
From beds of everlasting snow!

See’st thou not how stiff
And wondrous old?
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold…

I can scarcely move
Or draw my breath
I can scarcely move
Or draw my breath

Let me, let me
Let me, let me
Freeze again…

Let me, let me
Freeze again to death!

(Aria of the Cold Genius from Henry Purcell’s 17th century opera “King Arthur”)

Just when I thought the selfproclaimed “moody actor” had been stepping down his foot like “You don’t own me” … he’d backpaddled into humble numbness that reminded me of Purcell’s aria of the ‘Cold Genius’. So, am I “Wasting my Time” ? … please, Lieblings-Muse, I feel for you. I can even understand your motives but I don’t think this stunt you’re pulling here is a healthy one.

For those who don’t know Nomi (btw “You don’t Nomi” – was one of his favorite wordplays 😉 Klaus Nomi was a gay German pastry-chef and countertenor who moved to NYC in the early 70s and died there as one of the first “famous” victims of AIDS in 1983. I really like that video for “you don’t own me”, in the small episodes where he appears as a pastry-chef on a tv-show, you can see that he was obviously a quite lovely person.
In 2004 Andrew Horn put together a documentary titled “The Nomi Song” – a wonderful hommage to a strange little man full of life, with an enormous voice who died way too early – check it out 🙂

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July 14 … time to share some of my favorite french movies!

La Belle et La Bête – Jean Cocteau – 1946
The beauty of this classic lies in its calmness and wonderful melancholy.

Delicatessen – Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro – 1991
A strange, poetic and slightly bloody boy-meets-girl story.

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain – Jean-Pierre Jeunet – 2001
Amélie is one of my all time favorite love stories. Plus you really get eargasms from Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack.

2 Days in Paris – Julie Delpy – 2007
This one tells you a lot about “real” Paris & “real” relationships.

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius – 2011
One of those rare movies when you get out and want to go straight back in and watch it again.

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Francis Armitage … Richard Dolarhyde … Let that Lion roar!

“Let that lion roar! Jump – and the net will appear!”
these were the exact words written at the end of my letter – full of astrological musings and whatnot – to Richard Armitage on december 2, 2014.

Seeing the ComicCon trailer for the second half of Hannibal’s season 3, I’d like to think he took my advice serious – let’s call this wishful thinking by Frau von Elm-Dings 😉 but anyway: HE DID IT! HE FUCKING DID IT!

This is the first time, I really see him “unhinged” (in a good way!), absolutely, totally immersed in a role and completely believable. Apart from the fact, that just everything in Hannibal is fake, this doesn’t scream “fake” to me at any point. These six episodes are going to be a real feast. And I really hope he doesn’t stop further exploring his inner depths – there is so much more to discover.

Just in case you are reading this Mr A.:
I hope by playing Dolarhyde you “tasted blood” (pun intended) – this is the way – strip bare of vanity, clothes 😉 leave old fears behind, shed your skin and discover the power of your naked soul.

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Romancing the Nose.

A lot of men out there are unhappy with their big noses. Honestly, I don’t know why? I’ve always liked guys with aquiline or “hawk” profiles. This really sounds a bit shallow, but a somewhat shorter or *beware* stubby nose is a total no-go for me … there will just be no second glance at his owner #sadbuttrue. And this has nothing to do with the possible connection re the size of other ‘features’ 😉

Remember the 80s movie “Crocodile Dundee” with Paul Hogan? That scene when a guy threatens him with a switchblade and demands his wallet? When he just grins, saying “That’s not a knife…” and pulls out his REALLY REALLY BIG BOWIE KNIFE, “THAT’s a knife!” I think it’s the most memorable scene of the whole movie ->

So, you can see Mr Hogan (who’s got a quite nice nose himself) on the left side of the pic on top of this article, wielding his bowie, while the right side features the man who’s picture was the only thing that made looking at my latin books bearable at school: Julius Caesar. Seriously, all you guys out there with prominent noses (including my dear ‘Muse’ Richard Armitage) – despair not! You’ve got the very thing! THAT’s a nose! Anything else is just fit for breathing or, as Crocodile Dundee would put it “Just kids having fun”.


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