ABOUT GUELYLAND

"One of the smallest , independent kingdoms in the ciberuniverse. Nothing fancy. Population? Just me, myself and my jaguars, my movies and my books (and, at this very moment, YOU). Hided and secret like Skull Island or Opar, the ancients in Guelyland use to read the scrools of a minor god called Voor-Hes.
Most of the treasures of Guelyland are made of paper, plastic and vinyl.Guelyland dreams with expanding in deep more then in surface. The music of Nik Kershaw has been heard here. There are apes, lots of apes in Guelyland. Woody Allen and Bob Hope visit it quite often. Here we love books (the Kingdoms Library is both celebrated and secret) Here we are atheists but very tolerant and think of god a bit too often and much. Guelyland is, the stuff my dreams are made of..."

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PEOPLE WITH TASTE. YOU CAN BE ONE OF THEM!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

JACK & ANGELICA WISH YOU A COOL HAPPY NEW YEAR!


The german photographer Klaus Lucka Von Zelberschwecht made these splendid pictures of this trendy couple of the seventies. Remember that when the mellow Paul Simon's character in Annie Hall suggests as the coolest thing that:

"We're staying at the Pierre...and we're gonna meet Jack and Angelica, and have a drink there, and...if you'd like to come, uh, we'd love to have you."

Well , he was refering to these guys here. And yes! They were über cool!










Happy New Year! Boys and gals!!
From Jack & Angelica



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

SOLO PARA ADULTOS - FOR ADULTS ONLY



Eeeer... Yes because it could give an idea to the kids around if they find out about...
MOVIE STARS WHO NEVER FINISHED THE SCHOOL!!!!

Ehhh...Si,porque podría dar un mal ejemplo a los chicos si se enteran de
LAS ESTRELLAS DE CINE QUE NUNCA TERMINARON LA ESCUELA!!!!

Brigitte Bardot

Drew Barrymore
Nicholas Cage
Michael Caine

Jim Carrey
Cher

Sean Connery
Tom Cruise
Gerard Depardieu
Johnny Depp

Robert Downey Jr.
Lawrence Fishburne
James Garner
Cary Grant


Gene Hackman
Heath Ledger

Jerry Lewis
Sophia Loren
Rob Lowe

STEVE McQUEEN!!!
Dean Martin
Robert Mitchum

Demy Moore
Roger Moore

Olivia Newton John
Peter O'Toole

Al Pacino
Joe Pesci
Sidney Poitier
Richard Pryor

Anthony Quinn
Keanu Reeves
Renne Russo
Charlie Sheen

Frank Sinatra
Rod Steiger
Quentin Tarantino

Uma Thurman
John Travolta
Peter Ustinov
Robert Wagner

ANTOLOGÍA DEL CUENTO FANTÁSTICO DE ROGER CAILLOIS



Entre las varias antologías de literatura fantástica que me ha sido dado apreciar ésta destaca por su increible rareza (prácticamente imposible dar con una copia para comprar), por la excelencia de su selección, por su olvidada y casi secreta descripción en internet. Me pasé meses tratando de hallar un ejemplar hasta que dí con él. El índice de su contenido, si mis pesquizas han sido completas, son inéditos en este mundo digital y he tenido a bien transcribirlos con cariño para los guelylanders que gustan de la literatura fantástica (me consta la existencia de varios).

Recuerdo y confieso que fuí tentado, hace ya muchos años atrás en mis días de universitario, de hacer mia y sólo mia, la copía de este libro que la biblioteca de la Universidad de San Marcos, en Lima, atesoraba. Recuerdo mi intención de fotocopiarla toda y de hacerme mi propio ejemplar. Recuerdo haber desistido con pena de aquella empresa. Veinte años despues tengo en mi biblioteca mi propia, firme y amarillenta copia en pasta dura, Todo un pequeño portal de setecientas-setentaitantas páginas a mundo fantástico y secreto.

Aparecida originalmente en francés ("Anthologie du Fantastique", Gallimard, 1958) y donde ha sido reeditada y ampliada en dos volúmenes, nos limitamos aquí a indicar la edición en español (Editorial Sudamericana,1967).

Podemos resumir la idea de literatura fantástica de Caillois mencionando en que él diferencia esta de la mera Literatura Maravillosa o de Fantasía (que serían por ejemplo, Tolkien o los cuentos de hadas) al ocurrir la última en un mundo distinto al nuestro, mientras que la Literatura Fantástica implica la introducción de un elemento ajeno e incongruente, totalmente extraño en nuestro mundo, produciendo por esto terror y sorpresa. Este planteamiento está elegante e interesantemente explicado en el prefacio de trece páginas que precede a los sesenta relatos.

Monsieur Caillois (1913-1978), fue invitado en 1939 a la Argentina por esa matrona de la cultura hispanoamericana y fundadora de la mítica revista Sur que fué Victoria Ocampo, quedándose en su casa de Buenos Aires donde se enamoró de ella (no puedo resistirme a la tentación de poner en este paréntesis un fragmento de una carta a la dama en cuestión:

"Usted es verdaderamente una salvaje. Incluso su dulzura es una dulzura de animal salvaje. Los animales que sacan las garras son siempre mucho más dulces que los otros. Saben contenerse mejor, son más cariñosos, su pelaje es más sedoso, sus pupilas se cierran más fácilmente, pero aun así queda esa agitación imperceptible de la
raza, esa posibilidad de sacar repentinamente las garras como usted suele hacer, y el brillo de la mirada en ese momento, de los ojos que no claudican [...]" )
Caillois y Ocampo

Aparte, combatió el nazismo con su pluma hasta su regreso a Francia en 1945, donde se dedicaría a traducir y difundir en francés con su colección Cruz del Sur, editada por Gallimard, a gigantes de la literatura como Borges, Neruda y Carpentier.
Casi ingenuamente, Caillois separó en "dominios" las diferentes procedencias de su selección. Aquí están:

DOMINIO INGLES

CHARLES DICKENS: Un proceso criminal
CHARLES DICKENS: El señalero
MONTAGE RHODES JAMES: Corazones perdidos
W.W. JACOBS: La pata de mono
RUDYARD KIPLING: La marca de la bestia
ALGERNON BLACKWOOD: La muñeca
OLIVER ONIONS: Io

DOMINIO IRLANDES
CHARLES ROBERT MATURIN: El castillo de Leixlip
JOHN SHERIDAN LE FANU: El asedio de la casa roja
FITZ JAMES O'BRIEN: El forjador de maravillas

DOMINIO NORTEAMERICANO
WILLIAM AUSTIN: Peter Rugg, el desaparecido
WASHINGTON IRVING: Aventura de un estudiante alemán
EDGAR POE: Berenice
EDGAR POE: La caida de la Casa Usher
AMBROSE BIERCE: La muerte de Halpin Frayser
EDWARD LUCAS WHITE: Lukundoo

DOMINIO ALEMAN
E.T.A. HOFFMANN: Las minas de Falun
ACHIN VON ARNIM: Marie Melück Blainville
HANS HEINZ EWERS: La araña

DOMINIO FLAMENCO
JEAN RAY: El manuscrito francés


DOMINIO FRANCES
HONORÉ BALZAC: El elixir de la larga vida
PROSPER MÉRIMÉE: La Venus de Ille
AUGUSTE VILLIERS DE L'ISLE-ADAM: Vera
GUY DE MAUPASSANT: La noche
GUY DE MAUPASSANT: El horla
JEAN-LOUIS BOUQUET: Aluca o la Comedia de los muertos
LEÓN-PAUL FARGUE: La droga
JACK YONNET: Mina, la gata

DOMINIO ITALIANO
GIOVANNI PAPINI: La última visita del caballero enfermo
DINO BUZZATI: El caso de Asis Maio

DOMINIO ESPAÑOL
PEDRO A. DE ALARCON: La mujer alta
GUSTAVO ADOLFO BÉCQUER: El monte de las ánimas


DOMINIO IBEROAMERICANO
JUAN RULFO: Luvina
JORGE LUIS BORGES: Las ruinas circulares
JORGE LUIS BORGES: El espejo de tinta
JULIO CORTAZAR: La noche boca arriba


DOMINIO HAITIANO
JACQUES STÉPHEN ALEXIS: El inspector de apariencias

DOMINIO POLACO
JAN POTOCKI: Historia del comendador de Toralva
STEFAN GRABINSKI: La vía muerta

DOMINIO RUSO
NICOLÁS GOGOL: Viy
ALEJO TOLSTOI: La familia del Vurdalak
IVÁN TURGUENIEV: El sueño
NICOLÁS LESKOV: El águila blanca

DOMINIO FINES
HEIKKI TOPPILA: El hombre de la muerte

DOMINIO CHINO
KAN PAO: Historia de Ts'in kiu-Po
P'U SUNG-LING: Cuatro cuentos del Leao Chai che Yi

DOMINIO VIETNAMITA
NGUYEN-DU: Historia del Kapok

DOMINIO JAPONES
MINAMOTO NO TAKAKUNI: Siete relatos del Konjaku Monogatari
DEL AUTOR DEL UJISHUI-MONOGATARI: Historia de un demonio en la logia de Ichijo
UEDA AKINARI: La caldera de Kibitsu
YAKUMO KOISUMI (LAFCADIO HEARN): Mujina
YAKUMO KOISUMI (LAFCADIO HEARN): La leyenda de Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi

Buscando una vez más información sobre este libro me doy con una buena noticia para el posible bibliófilo que lee esta entrada a buen tiempo. Existe un ejemplar en Amazon (USA)! y copio lo que dice porque de alguna manera confirma lo que menciono sobre esta rara obra:

"First Edition in Spanish so hard to find! The only reason why the condition is acceptable is because the book is missing the hard cover part of the binding in the back!, the front and back Hard Cover are in good shape, very light signs of shelf wear. Pages are great! very light tan. From the private collection of a fine erudite book lover."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

THINK BIG!

So, this is it folks: How little we are. How alone or not. How meaningless and how meaningfull. How in the middle of nowhere. How uneasy to find. One step beyond from Pale Blue Dot, where no man...Oh well, you get the drill. And then, what comes after...or before. Now go and complain about something you think is big and see how far the effect goes. Somehow i think we matter to ourselves, nevertheless. A waste of space? I like to think not.
Just notice how far our first radio signals are, so far can we eventually be noticed.
Big as a mountain? Ehhr...Ja, ja and JA!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

THE MAIN THING IS TO LOVE


When i think in a strong dramatic film there is one that always comes to my mind. One that, until today, I haven't seen like in twenty years. Directed by Andrzrej Zulawski (Lviv, Poland (now Ukraine) 1940) he is my director of choice when it comes to testing a film book index. And i have to confess i have only seen two of his films (the other is Possession from 1981) but i'm getting two more soon.

Intense, powerfull, strong, let me tell you somethings about: L'important c'est d' aimer (1975).
Nadine is a beautiful looser actress facing middle age (Romy Schneider) while making softcore porn in order to survive. She is in love with a nice clowning guy (Jacques Dutronc) who is obssesed with film memorabilia and an imaginary job (he just goes to the cinema everyday) But they are in love with each other. They really are.
Enter Servais (Favio Testi), a hunk photographer, ussually of ehrrrr... gay porn and raised by the producer of them ("If it wasn't for me You would be in That place"), that sees this sad falling angel and decides to redeem her by trying to find her a more honorable gig in the theater (in order to do that he gets some money via his porn maffia conections) . Now , Nadine wants to stay loyal to Jacques. Jacques wants to let her go for her own good. So Servais is accepted by Jacques but denied by Nadine. As a cherry on the top we get a flamboyant rich (by family) homosexual, crazy actor with great panache and madness in the eyes (Klaus Kinski, stealing every scene he's in), formidable fighting skills and some twisted good heart ("I'm not crazy, I am rich!!"). In a few words a bunch of a beautiful loosers trying to survive by loving their next in a sewer of violence, money debts, gay wrestling porn, photography, dogs eating cat food, drugs, bad samurai Shakespeare theater, blood, film posters, hundreds of lobby cards and bizarre maffia thugs with philosophical aspirations.

Kinski, as usual, was so mad in his acting method that he punched other actors for real, take after take, and they hated him for it. And so did Romy with Fabio Testi because she hated the arrogance of the then narcissist italian actor.
I'll live you with the opening scene of this movie. We gonna see the first encounter between two of the main characters and the reason why and how he falls in love with her.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

HARRISON FORD CLONE

So good is spooky!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

PACINO'S REVOLUTION



Revolution (Hugh ("Greystoke")Hudson, 1985) Al Pacino, Nastassja Kinski, Donald Sutherland, Richard ("Riff-Raff") O'Brien, Annie Lennox (!), Graham Greene (a favorite cult actor for this guelylander).
I don't think this movie is bad at all. Is not boring. The acting is good, so the cinematography, the story and the music. It just has not much make up and a lot of mud. Not too much action, in the blockbuster sense of the word. I guess it was a bit ahead of it's time: the 80's Reagan-Rambo Era. Okay, Pacino seems to be a bit out of place, but after a few minutes he blends with the the story, I buy it and i don't have any problem with it.Revolution (we are talking about the American Revolution here) was a big big flop. So big that Pacino went away from the movies for four years (I think he made a comeback with Sea of Love in 1989).
The brits were decadent, the americans trashy but we should be able to deal with that.
I like the unconvetional spirit of the story. Kind of realistic. Not so "Hollywood". I love the atmosphere of the forrest scene when they are escaping after the rescue. The fact that Pacino character doesn't turn in to the typical "american" that first doesn't wanna get involve (a la Rick in Casablanca and many others later on) but we know he will turn into a leader fighter or a heroe, so common in freedom movies. The paralel between Donald Sutherland and Al Pacino's relationship with their respective sons is interesting. The long and spaced love relationship between the couple (Al and Kinski) works for me.
I just found an old copy of the original region 2 DVD (I saw the movie many years ago). I knew it was rare already. I just didn't know that it has been recently "revisited" in a different version. I haven't seen it. So, I am recomending you very much at least the unfairly underrated original version.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

THE WOODSTER IS 74!

And i wanna thank him not only for the books, the music and records but above everything for this pile of DVDs that made me laugh and think for so many years. I know the collection is missing a couple or three but I just hope there are still many more to come.






NOOO!! Woody. Please don't even think about it!!


Foto test for Spider-Man? (I don't think so)


Three Queens (Ursula, Raquel and HRM Isabel II) and a Joker!


With the great and adorable Diane Keaton


With his little alter ego in Love & Death


For 4 decades he is giving us virtually one movie a year. That's like 40 MOVIES. And in all those movies i've felt like dissapointed only once (yep, i didn't like Interiors, 1978) but what a heck! The movie came between Annie Hall(1977) and Manhattan(1979).
This guy is one of my real heroes!
Here, the ten first minutes of the one i have seen most. A perfect one!



Monday, November 23, 2009

COOL SCARLETT TURNS 25


Nerdy or a sexy femme fatale, Scarlett Johansson (New York, november, 22 ,1984) is no doubt one of the biggest stars of this decade. She just turned 25 and have more then thirty films in her CV.
Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, the Coen brothers, Brian De Palma, Christopher Nolan, Redford, errrh...Michael Bay , among others directors liked her enough to cast her in their movies (and i got the feeling that there are more coming).
I don't always like her because sometimes she seems to be a bit dumb. But she has been in many movies i enjoyed and i have to accept that when the camera loves her, she's hard to ignore. Quite hard.
I remember, when many years ago, Letterman laughed at her because she called Robert Redford simply "Robert". Today he wouldn't.
So without further ado i give you some pictures of her i like enough to place them here, on the walls of Guelyland.









































Just one more! Without the Hollywood glamour (or a top photographer).

And just a piece of trivia for those who made it this long, okay? Her height. She is not too tall 5'3'' (1.60 cm)

WATCH ME, WATCHING YOU WATCHING ME

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