Friday, October 07, 2011
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1986)
Just a snippet today, from a claymation special that freaked me out as a kid.
Twain wrote multiple versions of the The Mysterious Stranger, each unfinished and involving the character of "Satan". The story ends abruptly in the middle of a scene, suggesting Twain died before he finished writing it.
Twain wasn't really a cheery guy, but he's the same fellow who wrote The War Prayer and Letters from The Earth.
On Halloween, traditionally, we dress up like devils and witches and vampires and other evil things. We do that to mock the evil. We aren't afraid of the thin time of All Hollows Eve. We carve out pumpkins and put fires in them for the souls in Purgatory. Summer is over and the dead celebrate. The nights have become longer than the days. Evil must be kept at bay.
And here's a bit of music from the Orchestre National de Barbes. Barbés is an Algerian neighborhood in Paris, a refuge for exiles who could tell you a thing or two about evil in the world.