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    This Just In! (From Robert Allen Bartlett's FB Page)


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    Thanks. They don't make 'em like they used to...

    Don’t let the delusion of reality confuse you regarding the reality of the illusion.


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    In watching this I was torn between how adorable it was, how much I wanted a lab that size and how very nifty it was to see this short film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabelle_lee View Post
    In watching this I was torn between how adorable it was, how much I wanted a lab that size and how very nifty it was to see this short film.
    http://alchymie.ca/Bin/The%20Home%20...Laboratory.pdf

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    Méliès is always lovely!!!

    If you like old films that have a connection with Alchemy, then these ones are cool (none of them is as old as Méliès... but he was one of the pioneers of cinema, of course):

    The Golem (Carl Boese & Paul Wegener), which was inspired in the novel of Gustav Meyrink (though it's hardly a literal version). A lot of views of an alchemy lab.


    The Starfish (Robert Desnos and Man Ray). It's a pity that I think there are no versions in youtube translated to English... some people here speaks French though. The film is credited as "inspired in a poem by Robert Desnos"... though actually Desnos wrote the whole technical script of every scene.
    Desnos, a lot of people doesn't know him a lot nowadays, he was extremely close to Antonin Artaud... And very much one of the very few persons that didn't turn his back to Artaud when Artaud had to spend a long time in an insane asylum.
    The film is a simple tale about a love triangle, but also a metaphor about the 4 elements and the spirit.
    No alchemical labs, though the alchemical references are quite explicit:


    The seashell and the Clergyman (Germaine Dulac using a script by Antonin Artaud):
    Artaud made it very explicit that his main inspiration for thinking about theater and cinema was alchemy. Did you read his book "The theater and its Double"? If you didn't, then you must read it... it is probably one of the most interesting meetings between alchemy and perfomance art.
    It is known that Dulac did everything to have Artaud away from the studio whilst filming this movie... and it's also true that the very first time that Artaud saw the film he hated it so much that thought that Dulac had betrayed evey idea he had and went to the cinema with a bag full of stones and, in rage, threw the stones at the screen.
    However, the movie is still worth watching.


    There's also a lot of alchemical references in a lot of other silent films (probably in 50% of the German expressionist films, specially Murau's Nosferatu and Fritz Lang's Metropolis... Jean Cocteau's "The Blood of a Poet").

    Thanks for posting the video!!! Though I already knew Méliès, it's been a LONG time since I had watched this movie... so it was nice to watch it again.
    There is something very alchemical about filming, specially in film (non digital)... I assume this relationship was more consious during the first decades of cinema and then we became so used to it that we stopped noticing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkostheGnostic View Post
    Steve Kalec is actually one of my favorite modern day alchemists, both for his insight, photographic depiction of his work and generally pleasant personality. The Yahoo! group that I belong to has Steve as its moderator. His homemade laboratory is one of my many alchemy PDFs. So many to go through, so little time!

    Thanks for the hint Markos! :-)

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    Wow! Nice collection! Unfortunately, I am only monolingual. (I don't think cunnilingual counts here ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by annabelle_lee View Post
    Steve Kalec is actually one of my favorite modern day alchemists, both for his insight, photographic depiction of his work and generally pleasant personality. The Yahoo! group that I belong to has Steve as its moderator. His homemade laboratory is one of my many alchemy PDFs. So many to go through, so little time!

    Thanks for the hint Markos! :-)
    "Hint?" Nah. Just responding to your admiration for alchemical labs.


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    @Markos If I could drool over a photo album of peoples laboratories I would. *le sigh*

    Also cunnilingual counts in any tongue!

    (Get it- any tongue?)

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    I tried to watch these videos, but none of them work ! they may be updated somehow?

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