It seems that I am sick. Boo. Massimo says he thinks it’s because I’m not used to the cold (and I’m the one planning to go to Sweden in January?! Good choices), so I spent all of today under blankets watching Casablanca (so good) an eating pasta and absentmindedly researching various playwriting things. I hope I’m better tomorrow, because the plan was to go to Elena’s grandma’s house for lunch, with Elena and all of her cousins! She says her grandma is a fantastic cook… And this weekend I celebrate Alessia’s brirthday with the mask I’ve been working on all week (you’ll see…), so yes, I really hope I recover soon!
To make everyone happier, here are some pictures of Lillian Gish from Broken Blossoms, a D.W. Griffith film I watched on Monday. Please see it. After being called racist for Birth of a Nation (in which the KKK are the good guys and the African Americans are vilified — I’d say it’s okay to start judging Griffith right about NOW), Dee Dubbya decided to show the world he actually liked non-whites by making Broken Blossoms. This is hilarious/ironic to me because Broken Blossoms relies so heavily upon stereotypes of Chinese people, exemplified by the use of “yellow-face” — when a white actor wears make up to make himself look Asian. Furthermore, the yellow-faced actor’s character was aptly named “The Yellow Man”. Keeping his eyes half-closed throughout the entire film succeeded only in making him look perpetually stoned.
And finally, a shout-out to the eight glorious actors performing in “The Secret of Asteraceae”* right now! I’m so honored, and cannot WAIT to see the footage of the show!
*I wrote it! Commissioned by my middle school drama teacher. Woohoo!