Personal Canon: “The Nightingale” (Faerie Tale Theatre, Season 2, Episode 2)
This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the sheltered Emperor of Cathay who finds friendship in a kitchen maid and a nightingale who are more than they appear stars Mick Jagger, Barbara Hershey, Edward James Olmos, and (in his second FTT appearance) Bud Cort. Let’s just get this out of the way: I do wish they had used more Asian actors. Keye Luke, Mako and Chao Li Chi make too-short appearances…
I remember this as being another episode that my little sister found strange and scary, but this time, I’m not sure why. It does mainly take place in darkness, but it’s quite delicate and lovely. Though I do feel sorry for the Emperor who prized the mechanical over the natural beauty before him.
This segment was directed by Ivan Passer, who had recently directed the excellent Cutter’s Way, and who, in 1965, wrote Milos Forman’s excellent Loves of a Blonde. The adaptation was written by Joan Micklin Silver, who had previously worked with series producer Shelley Duvall as director and writer of the TV movie of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bernice Bobs Her Hair. She would go on to direct HBO mainstay Finnegan Begin Again and Susan Sandler’s Crossing Delancey.
Shelley Duvall also voices the nightingale, and you can’t tell, but the two fairies are played by Anjelica Huston and Jerry Hall!
"V" 1983 Jane Badler, TV Movie
Personal Canon: “The Minstrels” (Fraggle Rock, Season 1, Episode 18)
This is my favorite episode of the entire series, mainly because of this song and Jim Henson’s wise, mystical, philosophical character Cantus the Minstrel. A lot of my spirituality—and it is there, trust me—comes from this character, and other characters Jim Henson played.
"Jouez Avec la Carte du Soleil", Vogue France, May 1983
Photographer : Albert Watson
Model : Beth Rupert
Commercial break: Burger King.
WarGames really exploited that fear we all had in 1983 of getting destroyed by nuclear war.
Journalist Gerd Heidemann claimed that 60 volumes of diaries by Adolf Hitler had been smuggled out of East Germany. Over the course of 18 months, the diaries were collected in great secrecy by West German publisher Gruner + Jahr, who arranged handwriting analyses that identified the writing as Hitler’s. However, due to fear of leaks, forensic analyses were delayed and World War II historians were not allowed to look at them for further verification. A bidding war for serialization rights erupted, with Times Newspapers in the UK and Newsweek in the US spending a great deal to obtain them.
The publication was a disaster. Within two weeks, the West German Bundesarchiv, now able to complete forensic tests, declared the Hitler Diaries “grotesquely superficial fakes.” The paper was modern, as was the ink, and they were full of historical inaccuracies. Much of the content was largely copied speeches of Hitler’s. An autograph expert, Kenneth W. Rendell, concluded that the diaries weren’t even particularly good forgeries.
The fallout claimed the careers of Stern’s editors, as well as the editors of the Times and Newsweek who had played a part. Those who had declared them authentic saw irreparable damage to their reputations.
In 2012, Rupert Murdoch acknowledged that he had played a role in the Times publication of the excerpt, even after an expert had retracted his support of authenticity.
Heidemann had perpetrated a hoax on Stern along with forger Konrad Kujau, who went to prison for 42 months for forgery and embezzlement. They had been paid over 9 million German marks for the diaries.