Saturday, 30 April 2016

Ahead of riots in 1920s Berlin

For many 1920s Berlin residents and visitors, tomorrow is one of the most action-packed days: May Day riots. Communist revolutionaries will be clashing with the police, and there will be a lot of violence and shooting that normally you can't see on the streets of the sim.

Thinking about the event, I searched for my posts about the riots from previous years. The 2013 event was the first for me as a relatively new resident. I remember it as an exciting event and an interesting opportunity to learn more about the infamous Blutmai. I was reporting on it a year later, for a 2014 Tumblr post (I was still ginger back then!), from the safety of a food store. While others were killing each other, I was munching on something and having a beer. Such an Abi thing to do... Make pastry, not war!

This year I'll probably skip the event, preferring something more quiet. Yesterday I packed my suitcases...

...bought a ticket to Sylt via Hamburg, and hopped on a train.

This morning I was already sunbathing on a sandy northern beach. It was rather chilly, and I was the single only person there. But at least I was far away from all the kerfuffle in Berlin...

If you do see me in the city tomorrow, I'll be there incognito, baking in my kitchen. I can't tend wounds, but if you're for a glass of wine and some wienerbrød, do pop by...

P.S. If you want to take part or observe, the riots start tomorrow, May 1, at 2pm SLT.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

May movie night: Sunrise - a Song of Two Humans

Coming to Norgaard Island open-air cinema in May: Sunrise - a Song of Two Humans.

This silent movie made history: released in 1927, it won the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture in 1929. Since then, it has consistently been voted one of the best movies in the history of film.

Based on Hermann Sudermann's short story "Die Reise nach Tilsit" (The Excursion to Tilsit"), it was directed by the celebrated German director F. W. Murnau, who brought Expressionist style and design to Hollywood. In fact, this was the first film he made in the U.S. It featured numerous innovations and at the time was one of the most expensive films ever made.

To learn more about it, have a look at the following articles:

Pamela Hutchinsons' review in The Guardian
Wikipedia entry on Sunrise
TCM entry and reviews

We'll be watching it on Friday, May 13, starting at 1pm SLT, at this location.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

April movie night: "Different from the Others"

Spring has arrived on Norgaard Island and with it nice, warm weather. I've put some blankets, chairs, and camp fire in the park, in preparation of the first movie night.

This coming Friday, April 15, we'll be watching a 1919 German silent movie Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others). Produced as part of the efforts to repeal the infamous Paragraph 175 which criminalized homosexuality, the film was one of the earliest cinematic portrayals of same-sex love.

The subject fits well with another event I recently hosted, the Love in Sepia exhibition, showing old photographs and daguerreotypes depicting same-sex intimacy, dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. Images displayed in the exhibition are still available as part of a slide show on the island.

Projection will start at 1pm SLT and if you can spare about an hour, do come and join us (the movie lasts c. 50 minutes). You can reach the island by following this SLurl.