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A Jules Verne film journey in Packard Theater in Culpeper

A Jules Verne film journey in Packard Theater in Culpeper

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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 5:30 pm

"My cousin gave me his Classics Illustrated comic book of 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' and I was entranced," said Taves, an author, movie historian and film archivist with the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper. 

He hopes to share that wonder with the public as part of this week's free film tribute to the iconic French novelist in the Packard Theater on Mount Pony. Taves programmed and will introduce a trio of Verne-inspired movies showing Thursday, Friday and Saturday after recently completing his latest book, appropriately titled, "Hollywood Presents Jules Verne: the Father of Science Fiction on Screen," published 2015 by The University Press of Kentucky.
Around the time Taves first became a fan of the science fiction pioneer, he said, "The press often noted how Verne's 1865 novel, 'From the Earth to the Moon,' provided a near-exact blueprint for the 1968 flight of Apollo 8 and the Apollo capsule, including the Florida launch, weightlessness, the hours to travel to the moon, the lunar orbit and Pacific splashdown. His stories offer a 19th century view of the future of science with many of his predictions fulfilled, but many more still to be realized."
The stories of Jules Verne (1828-1905) - including "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "Around the World in 80 Days" - have been brought to the screen more than 300 times around the world through feature films, television specials, miniseries, and live-action and animated series, according to Taves, while another 100 documentaries have told of his life.
The local film archivist's new book focuses on the 90 screen versions originally made in English, spanning 1908 to 2012.
"From the outset of his career as a novelist in the 1860s, Jules Verne was an author who broke the rules," Taves wrote in his introduction to 'Hollywood Presents.' "He not only defined a new genre, science fiction, but also appealed to a wide audience - readers of all ages around the world. Now, going on 150 years later, his novels continue to sell in all languages as well as in condensations for children and comic books."
Just as Verne's writing broke the rules, Taves continued, so did the screen adaptations.
"There is no one-to-one correspondence between a novel and a film; Verne's stories have given rise to multiple versions, adjusted for various mediums, produced for all audiences," Taves wrote. "Few writers have enjoyed such enduring screen success as Verne in so many forms."
The French writer's name is synonymous with scientific progress and the challenges, glories and disasters it has brought, Taves wrote: "More than simply an author, Verne is a phenomenon of the scientific age; in him we see both a reflection of our advances and the perils they have engendered."
More than a third of the novelist's books feature the U.S., its citizens or the American continent, Taves wrote: "The United States was the land of Yankee ingenuity, inventiveness, and industrialization, part of the technological wave that formed the undercurrent for his series 'Extraordinary Journeys.' ... However, Verne also saw the United States as full of cranks, frauds and schemers for whom no undertaking was too audacious or extravagant and who often were possessed by the hubris of self-destructive greed ..."
Verne made his only visit to America in 1867, and the highlight of his trip - just a couple of years after the Civil War - was a visit to Niagara Falls, according to Taves.  In his new book, the Culpeper author explores Hollywood's treatment of an author spanning more than a century.
"Verne and the film industry have become inseparable," Taves wrote in his 360-page book, his seventh title on film history and popular culture.
Writing keeps him busy on weekends, Taves said. In addition to his books, he's contributed some 25 chapters to anthologies and written more than 100 magazine articles. Taves is also editor of the Palik series for the North American Jules Verne Society.
"A late member left us a bequest to bring to publication Verne stories and plays which have never appeared in English before," he said. "Ed Palik's gift allowed the society to hire the best translators, and experts have contributed critical material. Eight volumes of an anticipated dozen are currently in print and I'll have some examples for sale at the screening."
Taves, who holds a doctorate in film studies from the University of Southern California, hopes this weekend's program in Culpeper will give attendees a chance to sample, on the big screen, contrasting types of Verne films that are held in the Library of Congress collection on Mount Pony. Many more titles are readily found on DVD and Turner Classic Movies.
"I encourage going back to the more modern publications of the author that may have only been encountered in watered-down versions as children, and exploring the many wondrous other screen adaptations," Taves said.
His book on the legendary novelist has earned rave reviews.
"Fortunately for us all, Brian Taves has no snobbery for 'the liveliest art,' and those of us who adore Jules Verne movies are in for a major treat," said John Goodwin, an Emmy-winning makeup artist.
Author Ted Okuda said that Taves' vast knowledge as a Verne scholar provides a fascinating look at cinema based on one of the most acclaimed authors.
"Through exhaustive research, detailed descriptions, trenchant insights and evocative images, Taves takes us on an incredible journey worthy of Verne himself," Okuda wrote.
Rick Worland, author of "The Horror Film: An Introduction," described Taves' book as among the most detailed and knowledgeable summaries of Jules Verne film adaptations.
"It's a volume that all subsequent scholars will cite and against which subsequent work will be judged," Worland reviewed. "Taves has a remarkable, seemingly inexhaustible store of information and insight on Verne's work."
"Hollywood Presents" is available in hardcover for $39.95 through the University Press of Kentucky and on Amazon. It's also available as an Ebook.
Reservations are not required for the upcoming free film series in the Packard Theater, featuring:
>> Thursday at 7:30 p.m. - "The Southern Star" (Columbia, 1969), a comedy crime adventure starring Orson Welles, based on "The Vanished Diamond" by Verne.
>> Friday at 7:30 p.m. - "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (New Line Cinema, 2012), starring Dwayne Johnson, based on Verne's titular novel, "Twenty Thousand Leagues" and "The Golden Volcano," recently translated for the first time.
>> Saturday at 2 p.m. - "In Search of the Castaways" (Disney/Buena Vista, 1962), starring Maurice Chevalier, based on Verne's 1868 adventure novel, "Captain Grant's Children." 


Círculo de Lectores (Años90)

Edición de 1993 de La isla misteriosa. Cartoné con ilustraciones originales y
 cortes azules.

Círculo de Lectores (Años 90)

Edición de 1993 de la obra Agencia Thompson y Cía. Cartoné con cortes azules e ilustraciones.

Oxford (Año 2003)

Cuadernillo en inglés basado en la obra La vuelta al Mundo en ochenta días. 
Año 2003.

Debate (Años 80)

Edición de 1987 de El capitán Hatteras. Publicado por Debate en cartoné 
con ilustraciones. 
Este es el segundo tomo de la obra.

Sopena (Años 60)

Edición de bolsillo de 1960 de la obra La isla misteriosa publicada 
por Sopena. Sin ilustraciones.

Tomado de http://www.julesverne.es/

lunes, 3 de agosto de 2015

Medio siglo hablando cultura

Viernes 31 Julio, 2015

Medio siglo hablando cultura

Aprender idiomas va más allá de un tecnicismo y práctica intelectual para enfrentar mejor la globalización, los retos culturales que ésta trae y desafiar con éxito el mundo laboral del siglo XXI.
El aprendizaje de otras lenguas desarrolla un espíritu crítico y una apertura cultural en los estudiantes quienes se deciden por diferentes idiomas de acuerdo con sus gustos y necesidades.
La enseñanza y aprendizaje se convierten en un vínculo al conocimiento, respeto y amor hacia otras civilizaciones, desarrollando en la persona el placer por la diversidad cultural, expandiendo sus fronteras intelectuales y espirituales.
Es el caso de los estudiantes de la Alianza Francesa, que este año celebra su 50 aniversario de permanencia en Costa Rica. La asociación se creó en 1949, pero, en 1965, se establece de forma permanente en Barrio Amón, en la casa que hoy es patrimonio arquitectónico nacional.
Sin embargo, este centro de cultura nació en París, el 21 de julio de 1883, creado, entre otros, por el escritor futurista Julio Verne y el científico Louis Pasteur; mientras pintores como Cézanne y Monet tenían 43 y 44 años respectivamente. Hoy, parte de sus vidas y obras son enseñadas en textos utilizados por este centro cultural para el aprendizaje de la lengua de Voltaire.
Además de transmitir la cultura francesa, se llama “Alianza” porque de igual forma promueve y coopera con la internacionalización de la cultura de los países en la que se encuentra y el nuestro no es la excepción.
Desde simposios sobre literatura costarricense, hasta exposiciones de arte nacional, la Alianza Francesa es una transmisora de los valores culturales y artísticos de nuestro país, a través de las múltiples actividades que promociona y gestiona todo el año en sus sedes de Barrio Amón y Sabana Sur.
Es “la primera organización no gubernamental cultural en el mundo por su número de estudiantes, que ya en el 2013 alcanzaba los 500 mil alrededor del planeta. Es laica y neutral a nivel político”, confiesa su Director en Costa Rica, Pierre Mateo.
La segunda, pero no menos importante huella cultural de la Alianza en nuestro país, es la preparación de algunos estudiantes de la Universidad Técnica Nacional, quienes irían a hacer posgrados a Francia. También asesora a colegios y da apoyo a la división bilingüe del Ministerio de Educación Pública, de acuerdo con Mateo.
Las celebraciones continuarán por el resto del año con “la nuit blanche” o “noche en blanco”, que consiste en la presentación de espectáculos culturales en San José, el próximo 20 de noviembre; además de un particular “bon art petit” o “unión del arte con gastronomía”, del 8 al 10 de diciembre de 2015 en el Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo del Ministerio de Cultura. 
Cabe destacar que desde el pasado 29 de noviembre, Costa Rica es Miembro Observador de la “Organización Internacional de la Francofonía”, por decisión  unánime de los 57 Jefes de Estado que la componen. Los representantes reunidos en Dakar, valoraron vigorosamente la democracia consolidada con la que cuenta nuestro país.
El francés es hoy la segunda lengua extranjera más aprendida después del inglés y la tercera lengua de negocios más utilizada después del inglés y el chino. En el mundo, 274 millones de personas la hablan.
Pero, quizá, el aporte más importante en el aprendizaje de idiomas, y en este caso particular, del francés y el rol de la Alianza Francesa en estos 50 años en Costa Rica y en el mundo, ha sido la difusión de la cultura como instrumento de paz entre las naciones, basada en los tres ejes de la Revolución Francesa (1789): “Libertad, igualdad y fraternidad”. 

Fuente: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (comunicado del 29/11/2014).
Carmen Juncos y Ricardo Sossa
Editores jefes
- See more at: https://www.larepublica.net/app/cms/www/index.php?pk_articulo=533331397#sthash.WdKv7FYt.dpuf


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Professor H's Wayback Machine-Jules Verne, Part 34

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Jules Verne, Part 34

(Continued from Jules Verne, Part 33)


First published in 1864, this has been probably my FAVORITE Jules Verne story since I was a kid.

cover by ??   (Henry L. Shepard & Co. / Boston  /  1874)
The novel was serialized in several of the earliest issues
of AMAZING STORIES magazine!

cover by FRANK R. PAUL   (Experimenter Publishing Company  /  June 1926)
interior illustration by FRANK R. PAUL 
If memory serves, I saw this particular edition in the "Captain Company" mail-order catalog in the various Warren Publishing horror comics magazines.  I used to wonder why music albums so often had different cover art on reissues, but the music biz has nothing on the book publishing biz on that score.  The "Headed For Alien Territory" website had an interesting comment about this particular cover...  "It’s a very nice cave with some bones and a boy scout in a baseball cap. Wait. What? This book is explicitly set in 1863, and plucky nephews weren’t wearing jeans and a baseball cap at that time. We are very amused. Otherwise…. it’s a fine cover."  Well, it does say "A new modern translation".  Is it possible the book has been "updated" to 1956? 

cover by ??   (Ace Books  /  1956)
Gilberton's CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED series finally got around to tackling Verne's "JOURNEY" in 1957-- only 2 years before 20th Century-Fox did their big-budget feature film version (which no doubt was inspired by the tremendous success of the 1954 Disney version of "20,000 LEAGUES").  As with many of their comics, this one has been reprinted multiple times over the years since.

Sometime in the 70s (I think it was in high school), I read a comics version of "JOURNEY" was, to my amazement, was included in the contents of a thick, hardbound, English-class reading book.  I can't be sure... but I have a strong feeling it may well have been this one.

cover by ??   (Gilberton  /  May 1957)
Page 19  /  art by NORMAN NODEL
Read the Norman Nodel CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED adaptation
     at the Tom's Place site! 

In the wake of the 1954 Disney film of "20,000 LEAGUES", a whole slew of Jules Verne films were made.  One of the biggest was the 1959 adaptation of "Journey".  As with the 1954 film, severe liberties were taken with the original story for dramatic purposes.  While Axel had originally been the Professor's nephew, instead, Alex was engaged to the Professor's niece; Hans the guide had a companion in Gertude the duck (harkening back to Ismael the sea-lion); and the expedition of discovery became a race between Lindenrook, his rival Guterberg, and once he was killed, no less than Count Saknussem, evil descendant of Arne, in whose footsteps they all trod.  Perhaps completely out of place was the lost city of Atlantis, seen in the book "20,000 LEAGUES" but missing from that film.

From the IMDB site:  "Although the film substantially strayed from the novel, the latter plodded along, while the script was fast-paced and engaging. And where there was no villain except nature herself, the film had Thayer David as the self-serving-downright nasty - Count Saknussem. With James Mason heading the cast and-then-teen heartthrob Pat Boone drawing in as well a young female audience, the film and its special effects made for a rousing good time."

poster art by ??   (20th Century-Fox  /  1959)
Naturally, Dell Comics did the adaptation of the movie.
Adatption was by Robert Schaefer, art by John Ushler.

(Dell  /  1959)
MY introduction to "JOURNEY"-- and the beginning of my fascination with it-- came in-- of all things-- an amusement park ride in Dorney Park at Allentown, PA.  I only just learned that the ride had started life in 1927 under the name "The Old Mill", but in 1960 (no doubt inspired by the movie!) it was re-formatted as "Journey The The Center Of The Earth", with dinosaurs!  Click on this linkto read about the history of the ride.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH  /  amusement park boat ride
Dorney Park  /  1960
Airmont Books1965 paperback edition was the one I had in my collection, and which I eventually got around to reading on the train to and from art school in the late 80s.   I must confess, the cover, which depicts a group of men wearing heavy, protective suits, and employing a piece of machinery that looks like some kind of underground vehicle, looks as if it was done for an entirely different book about underground caverns!

cover by ??   (Airmont Books  /  1965)
Here's a really nice cover to a 1966 edition I found online.
I spent most of a day cleaning up this image!

cover by MORT KUNSTLER   (NY Scholastic  /  1966)
My 2nd exposure to "JOURNEY" was the 1967 Filmation Saturday morning cartoon series, which was based somewhat on the 1959 film.   The Professor's niece was changed from Jenny to Cindy, and she came along on the trip rather than the more mature Mrs. Guterberg.  Count Saknussem, from the film, was more evil than ever, and was forever accompanied by his "brute-like manservant", Torg.  Apart from the inferior writing & animation, the thing that really bugged me was there was no "pilot" (the start of the story was explained in the opening credits), and-- worse-- no ending.  On the other hand, it did have a terrific theme song!  I had to wait until I finally saw the '59 film before I found out how the story ended, although I've always imagined the Filmation version would have been quite diffferent, had they ever actually done it.
Professor Oliver Lindenbrook, Cindy, Alex, and Count Saknussem
Gertrude, Lars, the group
actual animation cel!
Click here to see the opening credits of the 1967 Filmation JOURNEY cartoon!
Watch the 1st episode of Filmation's JOURNEY cartoon! 

In late 1967Marvel published a one-shot anthology centered around ABC-TV's Saturday morning line-up... including Filmation's "JOURNEY" series.  It looks like artist Paul Reinman didn't even TRY to match the look of the characters from the TV cartoon.

cover by various   (Marvel  /  1967)
"Journey To The Center Of The Earth"
story by ??  /  art by PAUL REINMAN 
Although there wasn't anything related to "JOURNEY" or Jules Verne inside, the cover of this Warren horror comic magazine paid tribute to the Frank R. Paulcover of AMAZING STORIES #3 (1926).

cover by VIC PREZIO   (Warren Publishing  /  January 1968)
Whitman Publishing did a "Big Little Book" based
     on the 1967 cartoon show.

cover by ??   (Whitman Publishing  /  1968)
Whitman Publishing also did a jigsaw puzzle based
     on the 1967 cartoon show!

cover by ??   (Whitman Publishing  /  1969) 
Don't miss the 2nd half of this overview!

(Continued in Jules Verne, Part 35)

Copyright (C) the various artists & publishers

Scan of 1874 Henry L. Shepard & Co. edition from the Wikipedia site
Scan of 1926 Amazing Stories cover from the Heritage Auctions site
Scan of 1926 Amazing Stories interior page from the Archives.Org site
Scan of 1956 Ace Books edition from the Headed For Alien Territory site 
Scan of 1957 Gilberton version cover from the Heritage Auctions site
Scan of 1957 Gilberton version interior from the Tom's Place site 
Scan of 1959 20th Century-Fox feature film poster from the FlickFacts site
Scan of 1959 Dell version from the GCD site
Scan of Dorney Park ride from the Cardcow site
     Special thanks to the Laff In The Dark site
Scan of 1965 Airmont Books edition from my collection
Scan of 1966 NY Scholastic edition from the Ragged Claw site
Scans of 1967 Filmation cartoon from the SF Signal,
     Goodcomics and Aveleyman sites 
Scan of 1967 America's Best Comics cover from Nick Caputo's blog
Scan of 1967 America's Best Comics interior from the Booksteve blog
Scan of 1968 Creepy cover from the GCD site
Scan of 1968 Whitman Big Little Book from the My Comics Shop site
Scan of 1969 Whitman jugsaw puzzle from the Bye My Life site 

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

For more:
Read about the book at the Wikipedia site! 
Visit the Jules Verne website
     to see various editions of the novel over the years!
Read about the history of Gilberton & Classics Illustrated at Wikipedia
Read about the 1959 20th Century Fox movie at Wikipedia!
Read about the music of the 1959 film at A Lost Film.com
Read Perspective magazine's article on Dell Movie Classics
Read about the "JOURNEY" theme park ride at Laff In The Dark.com 
Read about the 1967 Filmation "JOURNEY" TV series at Wikipedia

See Edouard Riou's illustrations for "JOURNEY" at the Tom's Place site!
Read the Norman Nodel JOURNEY adaptation at the Tom's Place site!
Watch the 1st episode of Filmation's JOURNEY cartoon!
Read the Ernie Colon JOURNEY adaptation!

See the 20,000 LEAGUES overview!
See the JOURNEY overview!
See the MYSTERIOUS ISLAND overview!