• Art,  Places

    Jaroslav Kral and Antonin Prochazka in Spilberk Castle

    During a recent visit to the Czech Republic I visited the modern art exhibition at Spilberk Castle in Brno. The majority of the paintings were from Jaroslav Kral (1883-1942) and Antonin Prochazka (1882-1945), two painters born in the city, who were working on the borders between expressionism, cubism and naive art. Not much is available about them online and in English.  Until I can find more, I’ll let the paintings below speak for themselves. Jaroslav Kral Jaroslav Kral died in 1942 in Auschwitz. His work is reminiscent of early cubism and Diego Rivera. Antonin Prochazka Died in 1945. Reminds me of Henri Rousseau, though he claimed more inspiration from Edvard Munch. Linka Prochazka Linka…

  • Film

    The Loves of Pharaoh

    The Loves of Pharaoh is a 1922 German spectacle film, about a cruel ruler who falls in love and loses his Kingdom. The film features really quite impressive sets, large well managed crowds, and an ever charismatic Emil Jannings. Which easily helps you overlook the plot holes you can drive a truck through. Emil Janning really carries away the whole film. Particularly towards the very end, when he is begging for death, or grasping towards his throne. His operatic performance style is quite fitting for the story (the plot is similar to Aida), and shows off some of the very interesting things that could be done with silent film that would…