fredag den 31. oktober 2008

Hanging with the dead in October

Thinking of Halloween and the spookiest night of the year, it seems appropriate to connect this to the place of the month since this is also a haunted place.

Copenhagen does not have that many parks or green spaces, so when we Copenhageners really search for a green oasis, we go to the cemeteries. Hanging out among the graves is actually not as morbid as it sounds, because the city’s graveyards are very green and cozy – yes, I use the word cozy in connection with graves and tombstones, because they often are more like parks , than graveyards.

I actually have a few favorite cemeteries around town that I visit now and then. These places have such a calming and peaceful effect on you. The one I’ll write about tonight is the most famous one in Copenhagen due to the many Danish celebrities being buried here. Assistens Kirkegård is located in the heart of my neighborhood, Nørrebro. Here lie such great Danes as Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kirkeaard and other great Danish artists, politicians and writers.

And the ghosts are definitely here, walking around you really feel the presence of the historic figures. The cemetery’s administrative center even offers guided tours in the evening to the most famous graves with stories about their lives and deaths.

But the famous dead inhabitants are not the real reason why I like this place. It is a huge garden, big enough to serve both as a park and a mourning place, where you want to be alone. Another really nice thing about this place is that even though it is located between two very busy streets, there is totally quiet - like entering into another world.
So whenever I need a break from the city haze I go into Assistens and relax...

onsdag den 29. oktober 2008

Everything else was borrowed on Monday night

The Streets hit Copenhagen Monday night and fortunately for us Mike Skinner’s immune system had him back on stage after a cancellation in Oslo the day before. His performances at the Roskilde festival last summer and the year before have become legendary, and the fact that he loves Copenhagen (or at least that’s what the news papers say) just persuades you to like him even more.

And Monday night at KB Hallen Mr. Skinner did help to make my start of the week a lot nicer. For some reason this guy who started out with the whole hooligan, London geezer attitude has turned into a nature-loving, all embracing, positive party maniac. I still love his music – the lyrics are brilliant and many of them have become classics in my book. So as the dark winter is closing in on us here and it was so nice disappear in to a party of jumping and singing lead by The Streets.
The set list was great – all the hits together with good ones from his new album.

mandag den 20. oktober 2008

A Nazi-docu - and why a swimming bath became place of the month in September

Leni Reifenstahl’s ’Fest der Schönheit’ at the swimming bath
Place of the month in September (I know it’s a bit late) is Øbro Swimming bathjust because of this amazing experience. I know this sound insane but it’s true. Hitler’s favourite movie director was a very interesting women. Leni Riefenstahl is the woman behind the camera in the famous documentary about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and it was shown at a public swimming bath here in Copenhagen last month.
It was such a cool experience. This film is very very special in the sense that it celebrates the beauty of the human body. The cinematography is amazing even though it is a sort of propaganda film for the ‘pure race’, the perfect athletic body - and to some degree also the Nazi-regime. The setting of the swimming bath was perfect as the architecture dates back to the same period with columns and grand spaces. Live comments were brought throughout the filmn by Danish film legend Jørgen Leth.

This exclusive event happened last month during the Copenhagen historic festival Golden Days - a festival every second year dealing with a new historical period and this time about the 1920s and 1930s. - So there is a reason for my 1920s style obsession -
Anyway, this documentary is about the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, but it is so artistic, you should see some of it for yourself in this clip.

Leni Riefenstahl is a very interesting woman and she is a sure candidate for Nerd Girl's next inquiry at the local library.

mandag den 6. oktober 2008

The return....

Ever since I saw the poster for it I've been excited about it. From the poster 'Brideshead revisited' looked like it would bring more of that wonderful 1920s follies.
I must admit that I've never read the book or seen the whole TV-series. But I do remember the setting, which was brilliant - and the costumes.

In fact I was a little disappointed by Julia’s costumes, who I loved the TV-show for the exact 20s chick style. In the movie version it was the men’s fashion that I found the most interesting - well apart from this Julia in this lovely dress below:

The men's fashion focused around the old British college style, with which I guess you can never go wrong. It's the scenes with Charles and Sebastian that make this film interesting. Matthew Good as Charles and Ben Whishaw as Sebastian have a beautiful balance of both intimacy and distance.

I’m however never really convinced by Charles’ fascination with Sebastian’s family and wealth and ufortunately the lovestory between Julia and Charles never seems real - I'm not sure why.