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Created by John Eipper on 11/01/20 3:28 AM

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Screen Legend Sean Connery, RIP (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 11/01/20 3:28 am)

Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90.  RIP.

He was a great actor who appeared in many beautiful films. My daughter has seen them many times and she knows many of them by memory.

I had a colleague who was a port captain.  He never wanted to move for good to Chicago, but was the double of Connery and very "successful" with the local ladies. He started a relationship stating that he was separated. This was technically true since he was in Chicago, and his wife was back in Genoa. Between the two cities there is a great "separation" of land and ocean.

Then when he returned home or his wife would come to Chicago to visit, he dropped the local lady, citing incompatible cultural difference such as country music versus opera or spaghetti versus a succulent burger.

However, speaking as a politically correct fellow (I am not one as you well know), Sean Connery should be banned for two reasons:

1) He was a traitor of the UK, who accepted a decoration from Queen Elizabeth while supporting (rightly) the independence of Scotland.

2) One of his famous quotes is "A soldier does not think. He only obeys" (The Man Who Would be King, 1975). Defeated combatants who presented such excuses at the victors' tribunal were often hanged.

JE comments:  And of course there was the incomparable Bond.  James Bond.  Has there ever been a more successful or long-lived film franchise?  My father took the family to each and every Bond film as it came out, although this was already in the Roger Moore era.  (Moore passed away in 2017.)

Here's a good distraction for Election Week:  what is your favorite Connery film and why?  The Kipling-based Man Who Would be King might be my choice.  It should have been required viewing for anyone interested in invading Afghanistan, such as the Soviets and (later) the US.


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  • Favorite Sean Connery Film (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 11/02/20 3:33 AM)
    I liked very much Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose (1986), from the only good (in my opinion) book by Umberto Eco.

    The book and the movie are historically very interesting.


    JE comments:  Excellent choice.  My favorite character in Il nome della rosa is the elderly blind monk, Jorge de Burgos, an homage to Jorge Luis Borges. Eco's novel was a fascinating exercise:  a semiotician-critical theorist (Eco) used all the tools of his trade to produce a bestseller.  Most academics who try this fail miserably.  The only other example I can think of is Erich Segal of Yale and Princeton (Love Story).

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  • My Favorite Sean Connery Film (Patrick Mears, -Germany 11/07/20 3:17 PM)
    Well, John, I can't resist responding to your Sean Connery question.

    As for my "favourite Connery film," which is a fairly general question, I can honestly answer Darby O'Gill and the Little People from 1959, which featured the young Sean Connery and was released by Walt Disney Productions. Now the film is a bit over the top when it comes to depicting serious beings from Irish folklore, such as the Banshee, the Pooka and Leprechauns a/k/a "The Good People." One does not joke about fairies and spirits when one comes across in Ireland a fairy rath or a hawthorn bush, especially on October 31st, which is the Celtic feast of Samhain.


    The film, which I saw as a child upon its release, is based on two books by Herminie (McGibney) Templeton Kavanagh (1861-1933), (i) Darby O'Gill and the Good People, and (ii) Ashes of Old Wishes and Other Darby O'Gill Tales. Herminie was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, but her father, Major George McGibney, hailed from County Longford in the Irish Midlands. After the death of her first husband, she married her second husband, former Cook County Judge Marcus Kavanagh, of whom I bet WAISer David Duggan knows. This second marriage took place in 1907 or 1908 in either (i) Waterford County, Ireland, (ii) Dublin, Ireland, or (iii) Des Moines, Iowa. How's that for mystery?


    The film also featured some fine Irish actors, e.g., Albert Sharpe, who played the lead role of clever Darby O'Gill, and Jimmy O'Dea, who played the scurrilous King Brian, the Taoiseach of the Good People. O'Dea was famous in his own right as a songwriter and performer of Dublin ballads. One of his more famous songs is "The Charladies' Ball," here performed by the well-known Irish balladeer, Frank Harte. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4xK2uZoHa8 . Another of O'Dea's specialties is "Biddy Mulligan," which celebrates, more or less, the Dublin neighbourhood, The Coombe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRVNpXLoWUc . The Dubliners also gave a fine, recorded performance of "Biddy" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfjsi1OgLIw .


    Mo beannacht Dé libh,


    Pat


    P.S. Here is a link to the Leprechauns' fiddle dance, where Darby outsmarts King Brian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIT_ov0lOXo&t=90s .


    JE comments:  Pat, after a grueling election cycle, it's a joy to return to more whimsical and "lite" WAIS content.  A splendid film recommendation!  And dang, those little folks (final link) can dance!


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