Monday, September 26, 2011
One of those rainy days!
Date: Wed., Sept. 21, 2011 4:08:23 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time
Hi, Diane. How’s it going?
Oh, what a lousy day!
One of those wet days, eh?
Today, however, you look sparklingly beautiful!
I really mean it!
How come you look so young?—at least 10 years younger!!
I know…I know…you viewed “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” last night, didn’t you?
No, you didn’t?
Well…in that case, your expectation to step into the world of Lady Chatterley has worked a marvellous wonder on you, and makes you feel much, much younger and also makes you look sparklingly beautiful!!
I wonder if the DVD film you’ve got was made by that French female director.
Well, you might as well want to read the article.
D.H. Lawrence Heritage
■“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”
I hope you’ll feel much younger and beautiful.
Your truly skinny admirer,
I miss the summer sunshine!
Date: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 4:25 pm.
Pacific Daylight Saving Time
Oh, you’re such a kidder.
I never did get a chance to see that DVD but I’m looking forward to it; probably won’t be home in the evening until Sunday night.
I don’t know how I can wait until then.
Yes, it is the one with the female French Director.
I believe it’s in French with English subtitles.
I specifically looked for that particular Director and the librarian here (the young shy guy with the short dark hair) was kind enough to find it for me and reserve it.
He didn’t even raise his eyebrows! :)
I’m sure I’ll feel much younger and fresher by Monday!
Thanks for this …
Love, Diane ~
So, Diane, you viewed the DVD movie directed by Pascale Ferran, didn’t you?
Yes, I did.
“It is known that three original manuscripts of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ remain today.
The first manuscript is something like a draft.
The second was published in the form of a fiction, and the third turned into a film three times in the past.
I made the forth film based on the second manuscript.
In the third manuscript, many characters talked about their own actions while, in the second, unexplained parts remain yet psychological changes revealed themselves, impressing me greatly.
I’ve found a pure love in the story as if a love story was told for the first time in the human history.
Constance (Lady Chatterley) and the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, went naked in a hut in the woods and gave each other a floral head decoration. To me, it was two hearts combined together.
Then both lovers ran around in the buff like two playful children while their whole bodies expressed a heart-felt joy. Both scenes are included in the original manuscript and became two important scenes in my film.
I wanted to capture their psychological changes as well as sensual pleasure and smell.
In other words, I wanted to make my film appeal to the senses of the audience.
Translated by Kato
“Obscenity and Lady Chatterley”
(Decmber 2, 2010)
How did you like it?
I became so hot.
Oh, did you? :)
Yes, not because of the movie, but due to the weird weather—hot and humid. How come we had such a weird weather.
Diane, you’re mistaken. The thing is, you were sexually excited, weren’t you?
Don’t be silly, Kato. I’m not such a simple-headed girl.
Oh…? So, you weren’t impressed by the movie, were you?
Yes, I was. Actually it was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.
Oh, do you really think so, Diane?
Yes, most certainly.
But you didn’t become sexually hot, did you?
Oh, Kato, you’re preoccupied by sex, aren’t you?
Well…everybody is thinking about sex regardless of gender and age.
How come you’re saying that?
‘Cause I’ve recently read the following passage:
Sex and Elderly Folks
About five years ago, in rural Denmark, there happened this incident.
There was a hard-working, reputable female home-helper who cared for the old folks.
She took a good care of elderly men who once in a while got into the romantic mood.
As a result, she became pregnant.
Who was the father of a baby?
She took care of two men, one of whom was in his 60s; the other in his 80s.
Guess which man?
However, both men denied.
So naturally the local police stepped into the matter and made a DNA test on both men.
To eveybody’s surprise, the father turned out to be the man in his 80s.
With the news, the octogenarian became radiant with his rejuvenation and accepted obediently the result, saying, “I’ll look after the child until adulthood.”
I wonder if he realized that he would become over 100 years of age when the baby would reach adulthood.
When asked of this episode, the Danish people became amused, but never considered it to be salacious and abominable.
If the same incident had occurred in Japan, the home-helper and her boss would have been fired immediately. The old man might have been put into a jail. The national Diet might have discussed the matter seriously.
(translated by Kato)
“Northern European Culture Guide”
First edition second printing
published on February 26, 2001
by Travel Journal Co.
This incident has nothing to do with “Lady Chatterley’s Lover.”
Yes, of course, it has. “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” is about sex, you know.
You’re wrong, Kato. Pascale Ferran said, “I’ve found a pure love in the story as if a love story was told for the first time in the human history.” It is about love, not sex.
But nobody would see the movie if it were about pure love—I mean, Platonic love.
Kato, you’re preoccupied by sex. And most people think as you do. But the main subject of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is not the sexual passages that were the subject of such debate but the search for integrity and wholeness.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
In Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Lawrence comes full circle to argue once again for individual regeneration, which can be found only through the relationship between man and woman (and, he asserts sometimes, man and man).
Love and personal relationships are the threads that bind this novel together.
Lawrence explores a wide range of different types of relationships.
The reader sees the brutal, bullying relationship between Mellors and his wife Bertha, who punishes him by preventing his pleasure.
There is Tommy Dukes, who has no relationship because he cannot find a woman whom he respects intellectually and, at the same time, finds desirable.
There is also the perverse, maternal relationship that ultimately develops between Clifford and Mrs. Bolton, his caring nurse, after Connie has left.
Mind and body
Richard Hoggart argues that the main subject of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is not the sexual passages that were the subject of such debate but the search for integrity and wholeness.
Key to this integrity is cohesion between the mind and the body for “body without mind is brutish; mind without body…is a running away from our double being.”
Lady Chatterley’s Lover focuses on the incoherence of living a life that is “all mind”, which Lawrence saw as particularly true among the young members of the aristocratic classes, as in his description of Constance’s and her sister Hilda’s “tentative love-affairs” in their youth:
So they had given the gift of themselves, each to the youth with whom she had the most subtle and intimate arguments.
The arguments, the discussions were the great thing: the love-making and connexion were only sort of primitive reversion and a bit of an anti-climax.
The contrast between mind and body can be seen in the dissatisfaction each has with their previous relationships: Constance’s lack of intimacy with her husband who is “all mind” and Mellors’s choice to live apart from his wife because of her “brutish” sexual nature.
These dissatisfactions lead them into a relationship that builds very slowly and is based upon tenderness, physical passion, and mutual respect.
As the relationship between Lady Chatterley and Mellors develops, they learn more about the interrelation of the mind and the body; she learns that sex is more than a shameful and disappointing act, and he learns about the spiritual challenges that come from physical love.
Neuro-psychoanalyst Mark Blechner identifies the “Lady Chatterley phenomenon” in which the same sexual act can affect people in different ways at different times, depending on their subjectivity.
He bases it on the passage in which Lady Chatterley feels disengaged from Mellors and thinks disparagingly about the sex act: “And this time the sharp ecstasy of her own passion did not overcome her; she lay with hands inert on his striving body, and do what she might, her spirit seemed to look on from the top of her head, and the butting of his haunches seemed ridiculous to her, and the sort of anxiety of his penis to come to its little evacuating crisis seemed farcical.
Yes, this was love, this ridiculous bouncing of the buttocks, and the wilting of the poor insignificant, moist little penis.”
Shortly thereafter, they make love again, and this time, she experiences enormous physical and emotional involvement: “And it seemed she was like the sea, nothing but dark waves rising and heaving, heaving with a great swell, so that slowly her whole darkness was in motion, and she was ocean rolling its dark, dumb mass.”
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Wikipedia
PICTURES: from the Denman Library
Besides, I see class struggles in the story.
Oh, yes…you see, Kato, there were struggles between the aristocratic class and the working class. The husband of Lady Chatterley represnts the aristocracy and Mellors the working class.
The story also tells us about the women’s liberation from the aristocratic codes of sexual conducts as well as the British subjects’ liberation from the aristocracy-led society. The flip-side of the story is actually about liberty, not sex. That’s the way I see it.
Wow! I didn’t know that you’re such a sophisticated philosopher.
Oh…, you didn’t, Kato? I’m a female Socrates in a good shape…ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,…
By the way, Diane, I’m leaving for Tokyo tomorrow.
You gotta be kidding!
I really mean it, Diane.
How could I possibly live in Vancouver without you?
Don’t be silly, Diane. We always meet on the Net.
That’s nonsense! Face-to-face intercourse is the most important of all.
Diane, you need liberation from the rigid reality. You and I are always together in the heart-to-heart communication.
Well…, anyway, have a nice trip and enjoy a pleasant stay in Japan.
Thanx much, Diane. Whenever you feel lonely, view the following video clips:
Wow! Did you see the official trailer?
I think it’s a bit obscene and salacious—especially when both make love in the woods.
de Pascale Ferran (2006)
Constance (Lady Chatterley) mounted on the thighs of the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors.
She absorbed in the oozing sensation.
Oh, what a sensual scene!
Don’t you think so?
My heart throbbed like mad while I watched the above trailer.
Unity between mind and body is one thing; romance is another.
Come to think of it, I’ve never met a decent man in my life.
How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Diane met Kato.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■“Catherine de Medici”
■“Catherine the Great”
■“I wish you were there!”
■“Jane Eyre Again”
■“Jane Eyre in Vancouver”
■“Jane Eyre Special”
■“Love & Death of Cleopatra”
■“Spiritual Work or What?”
■“What a coincidence!”
■“Wind and Water”
■“Yoga and Happiness”
■“You’re in a good shape”
■“Net Travel & Jane”
■“Madame Riviera and Burger”
■“Roly-poly in the North”
■“Diane in Paris”
■“Diane in Montmartre”
■“Diane Well Read”
■“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”
■“Tulips and Diane”
■“Diane in Bustle Skirt”
■“Diane and Beauty”
■“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”
■ 『ちょっと変わった 新しい古代日本史』
■ 『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』
■ 『 ○ 笑う者には福が来る ○ 』
Hi, I’m June Adames.
I like Sylvia Kristel’s Lady Chatterley.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Sylvia Kristel (1981)
Talking of Sylvia Kristel, you might as well
remember Lady Emmanuelle.
Emmanuelle 1 – Ouverture
Emmanuelle 2: L’antivierge
Sylvia Kristel (1975)
Well…if you love to visit Paris,
please enjoy the Paris theme:
Sous le Ciel de Paris
by Hideshi Kibi（日本人）
You can find some Japanese musicians in Paris.
Fujiko Hemming also likes Édith Piaf
who sings “Sous le ciel de Paris.”
Sous le ciel de Paris
by Édith Piaf
I like Chanson Française (French song).
How about you?
Kato also love Édith Piaf,
but he considers Juliette Greco’s
“Sous le Ciel de Paris” much beter.
Sous le Ciel de Paris
by Juliette Greco
I believe Yves Montand’s “Sous le Ciel de Paris” is the best of all.
Sous le Ciel de Paris
by Yves Montand
I love Paris, but Vancouver isn’t bad at all.
To tell you the truth, Vancouver is a paradise to me.