Tipping the Velvet (2002)

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Have I really never posted about this BBC mini-serie Tipping the Velvet before? Can hardly believe it! This is an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ other novel besides The Fingersmith.

The story is about a young woman Nance Astley (in the picture, she’s on the left side) who falls in love with a male impersonator named Kitty Butler and the journey brought her to London, together with Kitty. The tragedy started when Nance came back to London from Whitstable earlier than expected just to find out that Kitty had an affair with their manager, Walter and was going to marry him. Nance went away, wandering alone in the city, experiencing poverty, and her new life wandering through the streets in a male costumes, satisfying male costumers for money. She was kind of “do what I can do today to survive” person until she met her true love

This story really made me think and imagine of how life as a lesbian really was like back in the Victorian era. After reading the background story of the novel’s author, mrs. Waters, this story has somewhat her own experience in which she was 19 when she joined a student house in Whitstable, sharing bed and falling in love with another young woman.

The story is very touching! Life full of sadness, disappointment, slavery, poverty, and longing for true love…it’s nicely written and the mini-serie is nicely acted! More info here

I’ve watched this BBC mini-serie for a few times and still love it! :)

Kinski Paganini (1989)

Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary “devil violinist” Niccolo Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through whose personality Kinski offers an incredibly profound and honest insight intohis own life; a life of extremities.

My first impression about this movie? Hmmm…..that typical old movie with no good lightning, dark, unclear, and oh……you know typical noob who tries to play violin and thinks himself as Paganini? Yeah, that! Kinski held his violin wrong and his bow hold was WRONG! I am not going into the detail of this movie, I haven’t finished watching because it’s so bad! It made me feel ashamed every time he played violin because I play violin, too and I know that what he’s doing is just totally wrong! The music doesn’t even match his bow movements. And….another reason why I haven’t finished watching is because this movie contains more sexual content! So if you’re underage, I strongly don’t recommend this to you, or JUST DON’T WATCH no matter how old you are! The movie is disgusting! And oh….those women in old era obviously didn’t shave their hmmm…yeah…”that” *LOL*

The worsest classic movie I’ve known. It would make the real Paganini feel the worst if he was still alive and watched this.