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Dinner last night: spinach salad with smoked trout, tart apple, raspberries, and toasted almonds with an olive oil and dijon dressing. We ate the salad with a warmed ciabatta and a bottle of 2000 Meursault.

With the rest of the wine we cuddled up on the couch and watched our dvd of Kumonosu jo, or Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's transposition of Macbeth in the style of kabuki and noh. I think it's the best adaptation of Macbeth in existence.





The wine was a gift and it was a really good bottle, unfortunately it gave me an instant migraine as some wines do. I've had it since I went to bed and when I woke up this morning. I went back to bed for 2 hours and I still have it, despite taking as many ibuprofen as I safely can.

I think I'll have to go back to bed in a minute.
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On May 2nd, 2003 05:04 am (UTC), atlaz commented:
We need to buy Kagemusha too, I think it's actually my favourite Kurosawa film.
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On May 2nd, 2003 05:55 am (UTC), andyroyal replied:
Kagemusha is a fabulous film, I particularly like the ending, but I probably prefer The Seven Samurai. Throne of Blood is Toshiro Mifune's best film IMO.
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On May 2nd, 2003 09:56 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Yes, we should, I'd like to see it.

I'd like to see all of Kurosawa's films.
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On May 4th, 2003 04:40 pm (UTC), vulgarlad replied:
Dreams was just released on DVD here about a month ago. the digital transfer is faboo. it's definitely one of my favorite films of his, right behind Ran.

~the lad
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On May 6th, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
So far I've only seen The Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood. I've read about his other films and I think I may see Ran or The Hidden Fortress next, although I just looked up Dreams and it sounds like something very different from his other films and has a premise that really interests me. I'll have to look around for it.
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On May 2nd, 2003 05:17 am (UTC), mrbad commented:
An the winner is: you
Smoked Trout and Meursault.

Meursault is my fav bar none.
Good whites are so hard to find.

The best smoked trout I ever had was on
a fishing trip up north where we stayed in
an old log cabin. It ws done outside in a oil barrel {size}
by some Indian guy.
It was about 10 times better than smoked salmon {and I like salmon}

I rarely see smoked tout around here...
That salad is fine also.

Good stuff :)
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On May 2nd, 2003 10:00 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: An the winner is: you
That bottle of Meursault was one of the best whites I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

mm freshly smoked trout, that's not something I've experienced. Although I've eaten a lot of freshly smoked salmon in my life, which a huge thing in the pacific northwest and I think it still remains one of my favorite foods.
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On May 2nd, 2003 07:50 am (UTC), ambient1 commented:
I remember watching The Hidden Fortress for the first time and being struck by how familiar the characters and storyline seemed, then going Aha! Lucas borrowed heavily from the movie for Star Wars.
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On May 2nd, 2003 10:03 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I still haven't seen The Hidden Fortress but I did hear
that it was the inspiration for Star Wars. It is impressive
how much Kurosawa's work has affected so many Western directors.
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On May 3rd, 2003 12:52 am (UTC), hal_obrien commented:
I mostly like Kumonosu jo, although I must admit, I found the foggy forest scene a bit silly. Mind you, I haven't seen the movie since college, but this is roughly how I remember it:

My lord, look! The forest is suddenly foggy!
Yes, so it is.
Perhaps if we ride our horses over there, the fog will lift!

{hooves clatter}

What do you think, My Lord?
I think it's still foggy.
Such a discerning Lord you are. How about... Over there!

{hooves clatter again}

I dunno, My Lord, it still looks foggy to me.
Don't blame me. I'm more senior than you, and this spot was your idea, anyway.
True, My Lord, very true. Curse this fog! Maybe... Over there?

{hooves clatter again}



etc, etc, ad insillium
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On May 6th, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I also thought that was the weakest part of the film. The way the horses always whinnied exactly the same every time they were out of eyeshot made me feel like I was watching the same shot replayed over and over. Next time I watch it I'm going to count how many times they disappear and reappear. :)
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On May 6th, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC), bizzong commented:
your lovely salad inspired me to make a similar one over the weekend. my monger had some amazingly fresh scallops that i seared and used instead of the trout and i used a balsamic/olive oil/raspberry puree for the dressing. thanks for the inspiration.
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On May 6th, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
mmm I love scallops. Your take on the salad sounds lovely.

What I liked about the smoked trout in the salad was the contrast between the saltiness of the fish and the sweetness of the apple and raspberries. Although next time I think I'll use a little less trout because it became slightly overpowering.
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On June 23rd, 2003 11:02 am (UTC), gulch commented:
Thanks for reminding me of that film's name - I saw it at the cinema last year, it's the only version of MacBeth I've ever seen, so it was strange seeing an animated version on TV a few weeks ago and interpreting it in relation to the Kurosawa, the name of which I couldn't then recall.
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On June 25th, 2003 04:11 am (UTC), nomi replied:
An animated version? That sounds interesting. I imagine it seems quite different seeing the Kurosawa version the first time, were you previously familiar with the story at all?

A couple years ago in Port Townsend some friends of ours performed MacBeth in the park where Max and I were married. The play went on all around us, not just on stage. They pulled it off beautifully and made a truly immersive experience.
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On June 25th, 2003 05:07 am (UTC), gulch replied:
The animation was a schools program, broadcast at about 3am for teachers to video. I was kinda insomniac at the time.

I was kind of familiar - of course parts of the story are pretty much folklore, like the witches and Lady MacBeth's ambition, but I don't think I'd ever seen or read the original. I did, however, used to be a bit of an RPG freak, and my personal favourite was the game Warhammer - I owned a scenario pack for this called "McDeath" which again was loosely (probably much looser than the Kurosawa) based on the Shakespear. I don't remember much of it but McDeath had a dog called Spot ("out, out damn Spot!"), and at the end a forest of Ents walks up the hill to attack his castle.

So you see, my entire knowledge of MacBeth is based upon strange adaptations! Actually, I don't know a huge amount of Shakespeare (though I once played Starveling the Tailor in Midsummer Night's Dream, and played Hamlet in A Twenty Minute Hamlet, which I also remember nothing about). I was just wondering last night whether, if I was stuck in the Big Brother house and needed a big book, I would take with me the Bible or the Complete Works of Shakespear. I dunno, tough call.

(funny, I just did a search for "MacDeath" and "Warhammer" and hit upon
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The animation was a schools program, broadcast at about 3am for teachers to video. I was kinda insomniac at the time.

I was kind of familiar - of course parts of the story are pretty much folklore, like the witches and Lady MacBeth's ambition, but I don't think I'd ever seen or read the original. I did, however, used to be a bit of an RPG freak, and my personal favourite was the game Warhammer - I owned a scenario pack for this called <a href="http://strike-to-stun.com/WFB/Albion/mcdeath.htm">"McDeath"</a> which again was loosely (probably much looser than the Kurosawa) based on the Shakespear. I don't remember much of it but McDeath had a dog called Spot ("out, out damn Spot!"), and at the end a forest of Ents walks up the hill to attack his castle.

So you see, my entire knowledge of MacBeth is based upon strange adaptations! Actually, I don't know a huge amount of Shakespeare (though I once played Starveling the Tailor in Midsummer Night's Dream, and played Hamlet in A Twenty Minute Hamlet, which I also remember nothing about). I was just wondering last night whether, if I was stuck in the Big Brother house and needed a big book, I would take with me the Bible or the Complete Works of Shakespear. I dunno, tough call.

(funny, I just did a search for "MacDeath" and "Warhammer" and hit upon <a href"http://www.warhammer.net/maillist/archive/1997/10/msg00221.html">this page</a> - a response to a post I made years ago and had completely forgotten about - I love it when I rediscover bits of my life through the web)
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On June 25th, 2003 05:08 am (UTC), gulch replied:
Oops, "this page" = this page
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On July 11th, 2003 06:37 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I would take the Complete Works of Shakespeare! I read the Bible so many times years ago, but I have hardly dented my copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare (it's still in storage in the states, I miss my books!) My favorite Shakespeare plays are the slightly darker ones, such as Titus Andronicus and Richard III. I really enjoyed seeing King Lear performed at The Old Vic. Next I would love to see a play at The Globe.

I've never acted in any Shakespeare though. I didn't realize you acted at all, I would love to feel confident enough with myself to act but around my late teens I developed unbearable stage fright.
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On July 11th, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC), gulch replied:
I'd really love to act again, and have been thinking about it quite a bit recently. Haven't done it since I was 18. I used to get a bit of stagefright, but I actually really enjoyed that part, it was like a drug, getting a bit of a buzz before going on. I tend to feel a lot more nervous about doing things in real life, but if I get on stage and am allowed to be another character then I find it very liberating and don't mind doing to a crowd something I would never do in ordinary life.

I experienced a similar thing the first time we went to India - we were on an exchange trip, and so went to some fairly distant parts well off the tourist tracks where we were a real unusual sight for the locals. Being so utterly alien to these people already (especially with ear and nose-rings, a pink streak in my hair and fairly unusual attire - it was around about this time) I had no fears about behaving extravagently in front of crowds of 200 people.
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