By Ed Sikov
The mythical Hollywood famous person blazes a fiery path during this spell binding portrait of a super actress and the flicks her expertise increased to greatness
She was once significant and exasperating in equivalent degree. Jack Warner known as her "an explosive little extensive with a pointy left." Humphrey Bogart as soon as remarked, "Unless you're very tremendous she will knock you down." Bette Davis was once a strength of nature—an idiosyncratic expertise who however outlined the phrases "movie star" for greater than part a century and who created a unprecedented physique of labor jam-packed with unforgettable performances.
In Dark Victory, the famous movie critic and biographer Ed Sikov paints the main precise photograph ever added of this clever, opinionated, and weird lady who was—in the phrases of a detailed friend—"one of the foremost occasions of the 20th century." Drawing on new interviews with pals, administrators, and admirers, in addition to archival learn and a clean examine the flicks, this trendy, intimate biography unearths Davis's own in addition to expert lifestyles in a manner that's either revealing and sympathetic. together with his clever and well-informed tackle the creation and accomplishments of such motion picture milestones as Jezebel, All approximately Eve, and Now, Voyager, in addition to the turbulent lifestyles and intricate character of the actress who made them, Sikov's Dark Victory brings to lifestyles the two-time Academy Award–winning actress's unmistakable display variety, and exhibits the reader how Davis's artwork used to be her personal darkish victory.
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One of Bardi's proteges, the singer and composer Giulio Caccini (1551-1618), later called this group Bardi's "Camerata," that is, a circle of comrades or a salon. Music was a frequent topic, and Mei's letters, which dealt mainly with Greek music and its importance for modern practice, were read and discussed. Inspired by these conversations, Galilei wrote an imaginary dialogue in which he represented Bardi as the principal interlocutor conversing with an amateur musician and composer Piero Strozzi (ca.
Brill, 1978), 34-62. For a fuller discussion of Kepler's Mysterium cosmographicum (1596) and Harmoniees mundi, see Koesder, Sleepwalkers, pt. 4, chs. 2 and 9 ("The 'Cosmic Mystery'" and "Chaos and Harmony"). 30See Ulf Scharlau, Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680) ali Musikschriftsteller: Ein Beitrag iJir Musikanschauung des Barock, Studien zur hessischen Musikgeschichte, vol. 2 (Kassel: Biirenreiter, 1969), 84-86; and Joscelyn Godwin, Athanasius Kircher: A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge (London: Thames and Hudson, 1979), 66-71.
Zarlino lists more such analogies, which altogether consecrated six as the number to contain the sanctum of consonance. Ratios of the first six numbers, arrayed from the lowest pitches to the highest-2:1, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, and 6:5-produce the stack of intervals octave-fifth-fourth-major third-minor third. Zarlino recognized that to our ears the resulting chord (for example, C-c-g-c'-e'-g,) has the best sounding arrangement of these consonances. "25 Its naturalness was demonstrated in the seventeenth century, when it was discovered that a string at a given tension vibrates at the frequencies of all these pitches and some higher ones at the same time.
Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis by Ed Sikov