January 24, 2014

Madrid. November, 2013

Ouch! Ever seen Trip to the Moon, the wonderful early silent film from French pioneer director Georges Méliès? I used to show it to my students when I taught high school. The special effects are primitive and wonderful. And when the space capsule is loaded for its voyage to the moon, the chorus line of young ladies who load it face the camera, remove their bonnets and wave them at us. Lovely. This banner was heralding an exhibition at Madrid’s CaixaForum, which had a line of hundreds of screaming schoolkids waiting to get in as we passed happily on our way down the street.

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