This is your year
Ugh… so I really shouldn’t worry about notes on tumblr, but…
My write-up to The Wind Rises has 18 notes after a dry spell where my previous ten write-ups failed to get multiple notes. This ALWAYS happens with any anime I post compared to anything classic film-y.
I’m not even an anime expert (a third of my irl followers are exactly that or close to that) and this still happens! Is it me connecting Ghibli’s films with classic Japanese cinema or what (I have to admit, though… there’s very little literature on how they’ve been influenced by the great Japanese directors)? Also this tells me something rather important: the anime fanboys and fangirls who follow me haven’t seen enough classic films.
Don’t forget to spring forward your clocks an hour American followers. Good night!
Do we all holy rites;
Let there be sung ‘Non nobis’ and ‘Te Deum’;
The dead with charity enclosed in clay:
And then to Calais; and to England then:
Where ne’er from France arrived more happy men.
"Non Nobis Domine" from Henry V (1989) - composed by Patrick Doyle; traditional Latin lyrics; performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Simon Rattle
From Shakespeare’s historical play Henry V, “Non Nobis Domine” is sung in the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt - the centerpiece of the play that appears at the end of Act IV (of course, in Shakespeare’s time, they didn’t have the means to recreate sweeping battles as film allows for nowadays so the actual battle isn’t depicted). The critical success of this film - directed and starring Kenneth Branagh as Henry V - allowed Branagh to go forward with his unabridged production of Hamlet several years later.
Non nobis domine
Sed nomini tuo da gloriam.
Early Summer - Yasujirô Ozu - 1951
Some child somewhere must be crying…
"You see, dogs like us, we ain’t such dogs as we think we are."