WEIRDLAND: Jake Gyllenhaal "le charming lover", Kristen Stewart the romantic heroine

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Jake Gyllenhaal "le charming lover", Kristen Stewart the romantic heroine

Jake Gyllenhaal in Elle (France) magazine photoshoot.

Kristen Stewart on the cover of "Elle" magazine
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"I asked Sarah to explain why “Twilight” has become such a phenomenon with women of all ages. The mythology, she informed me, is the embodiment of the romantic ideal. The men in this ideal are quintessentially perfect — beautiful, profoundly strong, single-mindedly devoted, chivalrous protectors — and thus interchangeable.Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Edward and Bella in "Eclipse" (2010)

Sarah is married, so she well knows (in a way most of her teen compatriots cannot) that the ideal is every bit as much an unrealistic fantasy as the existence of supernatural shapeshifters. But then again, most ideals are. For the few days one is lost in the pages of Stephanie Meyer’s books or the two hours one is absorbed in the film, anything — including a chaste, courtly love of unblemished purity — is possible. A woman never loses the dream for the perfect romance, Sarah told me. Just because it doesn’t exist doesn’t mean the desire for it ever fades".

Scan of Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton as Prince Dastan and Princess Tamina in Elle (France) magazine photoshoot.

"Dastan and Tamina have just the right adversarial chemistry that turns into a satisfying love story. She’s spunky, angry and determined. She voices her opinions of Dastan loudly. He gives as good as he gets, but retains a chivalrous core.
Micky Maus (German Comic)Tele 7 Jours (France)

When the end ties up with a nice bow and a sweet lesson on brotherhood, the last arrow has fallen to the ground, the last whip cracked, and the last kiss kissed, you’ll be glad you took that Disney ride".

"Lavinia and Eneas are the first courtly lovers in German narrative. If one compares Heinrich von Veldeke's account in the Eneasroman with that in his French source, one sees that he has rewritten their falling in love in ways that bring the bodies of his lovers into conformity with what will turn out to be a specifically German ideal. When the French heroine looks down from a window and sees Eneas "he seemed most handsome and noble to her". When Eneas falls in love with Lavinia, Veldeke makes substantial changes. According to the French account, the hero looks up at the window and sees Lavinia: "He took note of her eyes and her mouth. At that very moment, Amor pierced him with a golden spear, leaving a painful wound, and Venus, his mother, brought to pass that the maiden became as dear to him as his own life". As they regard one another, "li uns a l'autre son cuer anble" (each steals the other's heart)
In composing the scene where Parzival first meets his wife, Wolfram von Eschenbach substracts from the account he found in Chr├Ętien's "Conte du graal". Parzival is greeted by "the radiance of a lovely face, balm to his eyes, a bright light that emanated from the queen
". -extracted from "Courtly love, the love of courtliness, and the history of sexuality" by James Alfred Schultz, published by University Of Chicago Press in 2006

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