Friday, July 25, 2008

SKYWATCH - THE UNBALANCED MANXMAN

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No fiery sunsets this week. It's been pretty dull grey and wet. Today( about 4pm in case you saw me) we had a slightly blue sky a little flash of sun through clouds a light breeze and and camera. I have been on the hunt for weeks for the Isle of Man flag to be flying in full to show you and today it was. Also a chance to play around with angles. Wanted the flag full on and the lamppost to cut from corner to corner, just to break up the sky. This was the second shot. The sun flash on the first was too garish. Why photoshop, when you can just take another shot.

A Manxman is a resident of the Isle of Man. It's also the name of an old black and white silent Alfred Hitchcock film he made prior to moving Hollywood.

The Manxman

The Manxman is a 1929 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on a romantic novel by Hall Caine, the director began work on the film just two weeks after the birth of his daughter, Patricia Hitchcock. This was the last silent film Hitchcock directed before he made the transition to sound.

The film tells the story of two childhood friends, a poor fisherman, Pete Quilliam (Carl Brisson), and a lawyer, Philip Christian (Malcolm Keen). Pete is in love with Kate (Anny Ondra), but when her father, Old Caesar (Randie Ayrton), refuses to consent to their marriage, Pete sets off for Africa to make his fortune, asking Philip to take care of Kate until he returns.

In his absence, Kate and Philip fall in love. When news reaches them that Pete was killed, they begin planning their lives together, as Philip prepares to assume the position of Deemster, the island's chief magistrate. The news is false however, and Pete returns to the island a wealthy man. Old Caesar agrees to let Kate marry him, and neither she nor Philip have it in them to break Pete's heart. As the wedding party proceeds in an old mill, Old Caesar sternly warns the newlyweds to remember how serious the vows of marriage are.

Kate is still in love with Philip. Shortly after a daughter is born, she decides to leave Pete, leaving him both the child and a note saying that she loves another man. However, Philip is about to become the Deemster and is unwilling to give up his career for her. Frustrated, she returns to Pete to take the baby, telling him that he is not the father, but he refuses to believe her or hand the child over. Distraught, Kate leaves and attempts to commit suicide by throwing herself off the quay, a crime on the Isle of Man.

Kate is brought to trial on the first day that Philip serves as Deemster. He is reluctant to sentence her, and when Pete appears in the courtroom to plead for his wife, he agrees to hand her over to him. Kate refuses to go, and Old Caesar, who is watching, gets up and condemns Philip for being the "other man". Philip admits this and leaves the court.

In the final scene, Philip and Kate prepare to leave the Isle of Man and come to Pete's house to pick up the baby. In a shot reminiscent of the theater, Kate picks up the child, while Philip and Pete stand at opposite ends of the room. She brings the child over to Pete to say one last goodbye, and he breaks down, having lost everything. Philip and Kate leave the cottage to the jeers of the villagers, who have been watching the scene.

I dedicate this post to all the unbalanced Manxman, and many more who think I should stop the blog. What good have you done for the island lately?

If you want to participate in skywatch see the new blog we have, SKYWATCH
Only genuine skywatchers need apply. None of your advertising for sales sites please. This is for enthusiasts only and hosted by Jane & Tom of the fabulous WIGGERS WORLD

Ps. Does anyone know anthing about a site called feedage as it it a good idea to have a rss feed for your blog? I am on feedage but I didn't add myself.

100 comments:

Luiz Ramos said...

Good shot and report.

Neal said...

Nice shot! Interesting.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I love the tales you tell along with the photos. Thanks so much for researching the facts and enlightening us about the Isle of Man.

melanie said...

Belle composition ! Et vive le soleil

brad, boston said...

I'm new to your blog, came your way one time this week. Ingenious shooting.

me ann my camera said...

Although you angled for the angle you got the lightest part of the sky in the center! Very neat photo, also interesting background infromation to the flag and the film.

Carletta said...

Love this shot and the angle you choose!

kjpweb said...

Cool perspective and great info to go with it! You rock!
For the feed thingie - every Blogger site is already set up to provide a feed - in your case it's not RSS, but Atom. Any remotely decent Feedreader handles both RSS and Atom.
So you don't actually have to sign up anywhere to provide a feed.
Hope that helps.
Cheers, Klaus

Louis la Vache said...

Great shot and story (as usual!) Babooshka!

"Louis" thanks you for all your visits, too!

karl said...

What flag is that? Perspective and compostion very creative.

irish daisies said...

very nice shot. i dont know the flag but it looks nice

B. Roan said...

I love hearing how you planned the shot, which is very interesting. Love it and the story.

April said...

Great job on the angles! Nice clouds behind the Manxman flag. I enjoyed the tragic love story, too.

George Townboy said...

Great shot!!

Beantown Today said...

Awesome photo! Thanks for the article too.

Rachel* said...

This is a great photo. I love how the sky is so bright against the dark pole and flag. Very capturing.

Fish Whisperer said...

Great angle and take on the sky.
Cheers

Lynette said...

You surely do have the angles here! I've had to wear my motion sickness bracelets since yesterday morning when vertigo hit suddenly, so I was able to enjoy your photo without any consequences from my tendency to get dizzy when viewing sights out of plumb. I'm glad the flag cooperated!

napaboaniya said...

I like the picture a lot together with your introduction to it :) Thanks for sharing!!
Have a blessed weekend!

Titania said...

Interesting shot. I was wondering what it was. Never heard of a manx man, but I had once a manx cat here in Australia. Have never seen an other one since mine died from a white tick, which is a great menace here in our part of the world. Tommy was a tabby manx.

Anonymous said...

Artistic leaning.

alicesg said...

Yes, been cloudy and raining over this part of the world too. Interesting story there. Have a nice weekend.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Hitchcock flick. I'll have to have a look! I love the graffiti, below!

Jules said...

You and I were on the same wave-length or should I say angle today!!!

Whitney said...

This is a cool shot and very interesting post!!

Keith said...

Interesting flag and information. Makes me want to track down the film.

Can't understand why anyone would want you to stop the blog. They are definitely a tiny minority. I hope you don't stop.

Jim said...

Hey, Ba... I like the flag of Isle of Man. You got a good view here with the clouds and all.
We were visiting in Isle of Man last fall. I blogged a little about it, three posts.
I meant to post some more but just didn't get to it.
We took the train to Ramsey, I'll be you have done that lots of times. I would like to go back.

My Grandfather's family came from Isle of Man, his last name was Corkill. The first night there the lady in the Douglas welcome center said her maiden name was Corkill. We also saw Corkill's auto repair shop on the way to the airport.
Those posts are at
http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/Isle%20of%20Man

Thank you for peeking in on my Kansas sky Skywatch blog.
..

Joyce on her Justified Journey said...

Patience is a virtue, right? You got a great shot!

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: A wonderful look into the Sky and a cool post also.

Indrani said...
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Indrani said...

Great story, I haven't seen the movie yet. Thanks for sharing. :)

Norm said...

great shot! sky is wonderful and thanks for the information, take care and happy Thursday..

Laerte Pupo said...

I love Hitchcock movies, but I did'n see this one.

Nice photo e unusual flag.

Neva said...

I love your Isle of Mann blog and would ignore all attempts to censor you......tell them to take a long walk off a short pier....
Nice SWF.

Suzanne said...

I really like this sky it has some atomshpere and drama. Happy SWF.

Pietro said...

I like this shot. The light is very attractive.

D Herrod said...

Great shot & thanks for sharing the info.

Blue said...

Terrific shot.
It's the first time I've heard of the film, it's a powerful tale.
I want to watch it now.

Have good weekend!
Blue

Aileni said...

For once, a film before my ime.
Nice shot - our skies have been pretty dour also.

Kris McCracken said...

First, my apologies for a bit of a cut and paste commenting. I have been doing the rounds via Bloglines and looking at all the pictures from my favourite photo blogs, but haven’t been leaving comments. Generally, I try to comment every three or so days (I know how good it is for ‘morale’ to know that someone is out there appreciating them), but after the birth of my second son, I am a bit knackered to think up something witty and insightful on the hop. Thus the resort to Control+C and Control+P!

Kris from Hobart, Tasmania.

Olivier said...

j'avais complètement oublié la période muette d'Hitchock, faut avouer que c'est pas la meilleure (enfin d'après moi) mais le maitre apprenait.
J'aime bien le vendredi, on voit plein de superbe ciel dans le monde des blogs. beau choix de ta part.
I had completely forgotten the period of silent Hitchock, must admit that this is not the best (well after me) but the master taught.
I like Friday, you see lots of beautiful sky in the world of blogs. beautiful part of your choice.

Maria said...

Very good shot and interesting composition! I also prefer taking another shot insted of working with photoshop.
Thanks for visiting my SWF.
Wish you a pleasant TGIF! ;)

Denise said...

Awesome! So atmospheric and let's face it, typical of the skies we have been getting!

Anonymous said...

I really like the 'unbalanced' look! Good atmosphere too ;)

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Nice post - it was interesting to learn more about The Manxman. I enjoyed reading this one, a bit like your IOM History Week!
Ciao

Scarlet

magiceye said...

wonderfully composed picture and commentary!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

very interesting story about the film
stop the blog? why? is manxland private???

pim said...

Very cool image.

Julie said...

Nice shot of a flag at full gallop. Cutting the sky up like that with the light pole gives it great drama. I like ...

coolgirlsar said...

Love the angle of this and even the little capture of movement in the flag. Happy Skywatch Friday.

J.C. said...

Happy SkyWatch Friday, Bibi!

And interesting story!

Ces said...

An intersting angle and fascinating information to boot! I love Alfred Hitchcock.

Jim said...

I love the sun behind the flag and cloud. Different looking flag.

Dan said...

Creative shot today and great background on AF and Manxman. I had no idea AF was a silent film director before taking up a career in scaring the heck out of me! Do you know whether he made a cameo appearance in his silent flicks as he does in all his talkies?

Angie said...

A really great shot.thanks also for the very interesting write-up.

imac said...

Great shot, and the film story thanks, I like Hitchcock

Dusty Lens said...

We need a touch of unbalance in our lives, it gives us balance. Interesting about the negative comments. I find it strange, rather odd, that someone that dislikes this blog actually keeps reading it.

Thank you for the cropping suggestion on my Jr Firefighter photo, greatly appriciated. That's the advise I am looking for!

Craver Vii said...

I really liked that shot. The angle was perfect!

Kim said...

Great post and information. I have actually never seen a Hitchcock film, maybe I should :)

I added an RSS feed to my blog about a week ago. I just added the one that comes with blogger, and I'm not quit sure how to tell how many people subscribe or anything else for that matter.

I can't believe anyone would want you to stop your blog. Who are these people, and why are they so mean?

Have a good weekend :)

Small City Scenes said...

What a story. Now I am all worn out. whew. MB

Jump Back! said...

Nice angle on the sky.

AphotoAday said...

I had never heard of Hitchcock's Manxman... Interesting summary.

Dewdrop said...

I love the angle of your shot. I think you should ignore the negativity. Your work is terrific. They are just bad eggs.

the teach said...

Love the photo which is remarkabley creative. And the flag of the Isle of Man, Manxman... :)

Lew said...

Great angle and interesting subject! Thanks for your comment on my sky watch.

Katarina i Kullavik said...

That was interesting! I've never seen that flag before, so this was great!
/Katarina

Luke Wiley said...

Nice composition!

Knoxville Girl said...

Your narratives are always so interesting. And thanks for a good shot of the flag - it's an interesting design. Looks like it's seen a lot of high winds too.

mannanan said...

Nice pic. keep up the good work and don't be put off by those who want you to post only the good. Life does have bad.it wouldn't be the same if all was nice like a chocolate box cover or candy floss now would it?

Becky said...

I love the angle. And I'm totally with you on the "Why Photoshop when you can just take another?" And really, does every photo posted online have to be perfect? I hope not, because I don't really take perfect shots a majority of the time!

I really like this photo.

juliana said...

excellent shot.
and i didn't know about this hitchcock film so thank you for the info

Carla said...

Good shot! I like the photo and your unbalanced perspective. :-)

mousetrap said...

that is a really cool sky shot!

Dragonstar said...

That shot works well. It was worth working for it.

Andrea said...

Great shot and interesting post

AMDC said...

Nice shot!

Josy said...

Pretty!

What do the three legs symbolize?

Do you seriously have "haters" who want you to "stop the blog?" Why?

Rebecca said...

That's really pretty. :)

starnitesky said...

I really like the angle, and worth waiting to get the flag flying straight out.

Denise said...

A beautiful sky and a cool post. congratulations.
I thank her visit in my blog.
Denise

Lily Hydrangea said...

So creative and thoughtful of you, that is why it is such a successful shot! Good for you!
I don't know much about feeds, but I know it makes it easier for people to subscribe to your blog. I use bloglines. They have a lot of info on their site that explains it a lot better than I can.

Rose said...

I agree with you about learning something new everyday when reading blogs... !

Carole said...

Well, see. I learned something new from you today. A couple of things, actually. And the photo is terrific too!

tyler d said...

Sort of here by a search, Hitchcock fan. Was Manxman shot on the island?
Strange photo, sort of freaks me.

Kelly said...

Beautiful pictures! Very interesting readings also!

Yrsa said...

Interesting viewpoint and the red flag adds some good drama :)

Gattina said...

Nice photo, and interesting !

Marie said...

Great post!

a said...

Hey Babooshka! Now this is a coool angle* and amazing capture..I so love to also learn something new so thanks for that as well, and for your comments on my photos..I appreciate them!

Kathiesbirds said...

That's one interesting flag! Interesting angle too. Your experiment worked!

Chuck Pefley said...

My feelings are hurt ... being relegated to 91st position in the comment race :)

Your Manxman looks as if he's running in a circle. Does progress really happen on the isle, or is it just more of the same, time after time?

pierre l said...

I do enjoy your daily picture and your interesting words, Babooshka (and I can even spell your name without looking it up now). Please don't let your ennemies stop you. Thanks to you, I have discovered several other daily photo blogs.

marley said...

Nice pic for sky watch. I enjoyed, as always, your tale to accompany your photo :)

Raven said...

Lovely photo. I love the angle you shot it at. I think I saw that movie back in the dim past. Hope people stop giving you trouble about your blog. I think it's very interesting and informative.

chanpheng said...

Interesting shot and the summary of the film. Like other people who commented, I'd never heard of it. I guess Hitchcock got better known because of sound, and the development of the Hollywood film corporations.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you keep yours up - I don't think I would think about the Isle of Mann if it weren't for your blog!

Tina Coruth said...

Very nice shot and fascinating article to go with it!! Thank you!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful shot love the story as well

Torsdag said...

Nice created photo whit a hard diagonal cut.
Good to have the story with the photo.
Thanks for visiting my blog again.

kRiZ cPEc said...

pretty unusual shot and nice post. :)

simon said...

Unusual angle.Don't know the flag.

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