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Robin Hood in Munich

17 Jul

Okay, so the title may be a bit misleading but I did want to share this.

There is an annual festival of classic music at Odeonsplatz here in Munich which usually features, well, classic music. This year, however, it showcased classic movie scores and „The Adventures of Robin Hood“ was among them – much to my surprise as you rarely hear this kind of movie score when they advertise classic movie scores. It‘s usually more in the lines of Star Wars or Harry Potter (which, to us, probably doesn‘t even qualify as „classic“).

Anyway, I wanted to share the video in case you want to enjoy this great live performance in a beautiful setting. „Robin Hood“ starts around 36:00 but of course the whole concert is worth watching.

www.ardmediathek.de/video/Y3JpZDovL2Rhc2Vyc3RlLmRlL211c2lrc2VuZHVuZ2VuIGltIGVyc3Rlbi85MjZmMDJmMS03NzhiLTRhMmEtOTU1YS1kYTEyMDczNjJjYjQ…

— Claudia

 

Tracing Errol‘s Footsteps on Mallorca

23 Mar

Hello dear Flynnthusiasts,

I was fortunate enough to spend a bit over a week on Mallorca this month and, besides admiring the spectacular scenery and fascinating history, visited some of the places connected to our man Flynn.

First and foremost I spent a night at the Hotel Maricel (couldn‘t afford more) where Errol stayed several times. Of course it has been completely refurbished and modernized since then but on the outside it hasn‘t changed much.

Hotel Maricel

Hotel Maricel

Hotel Maricel

Lobby of the Hotel Maricel

Here is a view from the terrace of the Maricel – Es Moli was just behind the ugly condo buildings.

View from the terrace of the Maricel - Es Moli was just behind those ugly buildings

Of course I also looked for the remains of Es Moli. When it was demolished, a part of the tower was salvaged and set up in a small park close to the original location. It is now called Plaza la Gargola – unfortunately there is no sign explaining the origins but it is nice to know that they saved at least a small part of the building.

Plaza la Gargola

Very close by it is possible to access the beach where Es Moli once stood. Now the bay is surrounded by ugly condo buildings but if you compare today‘s view to the old picture you get a good idea of how nice it must have been there back then.

Today

Es Moli

View from the former location of Es Moli

Last but not least I looked for the commemorative plaque set up for Errol and Pat. It wasn‘t easy to find although it is right next to a busy street but in the end I managed. I found it very touching that people there obviously had such good memories of their stay that they set up this plaque.

Plaque

— Claudia

 

In Errol‘s Footsteps on Mallorca

20 Feb

Hello fellow Flynnthusiasts,

I will be spending a bit over a week on Mallorca in March and would love to check out some places that Errol visited or stayed at. I already booked a room at the Hotel Maricel for one night (that‘s about as much as my budget will allow). Would have loved to stay at the Bon Sol as well but that‘s still closed in March.
Could anybody point out some more places that I should put on my list? I‘m particularly interested in the plaque that commemorates Pat and Errol‘s stay as well as the location of Es Moli – does anybody have directions how to find these locations?
I‘ll be more than happy to share pictures when I‘m back.

Thank you all!

— Claudia

 

Juliette Greco dies aged 93

24 Sep

www.brecorder.com…

PARIS: Legendary French singer Juliette Greco has died aged 93 after a career spanning over half a century, her family told AFP.

“Juliette Greco died this Wednesday surrounded by her family in the house she loved so much. Her life was one like no other,” her family said in a statement.

“She was still making French songs shine at the age of 89” when her career was ended by a stroke, it added.

“I miss it terribly. My reason for living is to sing! To sing is everything, there is the body, the instinct, the head,” she told the Telerama magazine in an interview in July.

She also lost her only daughter, Laurence-Marie, in 2016, the same year as the stroke.

“It is a very great woman who has left us,” Alexandre Baud, the producer of her final tour in 2015, told AFP.

“Juliette had been tired for some time but she had kept her extremely sharp mind, as shown by her very open interview with Telerama,” he added.

President Emmanuel Macron offered a generous tribute to Greco, a leading cultural figure in radical chic post-war Paris, praising her “elegance” and saying that in death she took her place in the “Pantheon of French chanson.”

“Juliette Greco joins (Jacques) Brel, (Leo) Ferre, (Georges) Brassens, (Charles) Aznavour … in the Pantheon of French chanson. her face and her voice will continue to accompany our lives. The ‘muse of Saint-Germain-des-Pres’ (a well-heeled Parisian suburb) is immortal,” Macron tweeted.

Usually clad in stylish but sombre black, Greco had debuted as a young dancer at the Paris ballet school when the Nazis invaded France. She was arrested and her older sister and her mother — a member of the French Resistance — were both sent to a concentration camp but survived and were liberated.

The lover of both Hollywood studio boss Darryl F Zanuck and jazz legend Miles Davis, Greco interpreted texts by the likes of Sartre, poets Jacques Prevert and Jean Cocteau, playwright Bertolt Brecht and composers such as Leo Ferre, Guy Beart, Georges Brassens and Serge Gainsbourg.

Her best-loved hits “Jolie mome” (cute kid) by Ferre and Gainsbourg’s “La javanaise” were written for her.

She compared singing to sex, suggesting that “an audience is like a lover. You have to start slowly, softly, with a thousand caresses, tears and doubts… then give everything so that they love you.”

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— Claudia

 
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French Flynn

07 Feb

I just came across two French interviews with Le Flynn – thought you might enjoy them. How thrilling to hear him speak French!

www.ina.fr/audio/PHD99001025/entretien-avec-errol-flynn-en-francais-audio.html…

www.ina.fr/audio/PHD99001195/interview-d-errol-flynn-audio.html…

— Claudia