". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Filming Vonda N. McIntyre's The Moon and Sun

The film production of Vonda N. McIntyre's 18th century French alternative historical novel (featuring Pierce Brosnan as Louis XIV) flew McIntyre over to watch some of it in progress.

She provides an account, with photos, here

More photos here, with a link to a YouTube video, that begins with a beat of Vonda McIntyre sitting next to Brosnan.

YAY! Go Vonda!


Sarah Johnson said...

Wow! I had no idea The Moon and the Sun was being turned into a film. And with Pierce Brosnan, too. Obviously I've been living under a rock. I read her novel years ago and remember enjoying it very much. My French is rather rusty now, but with the help of the French captioning (which is amusingly off in places) I managed to catch a good chunk of what they were saying in the video. Thanks for the heads up. :)

Foxessa said...

It couldn't have happened to a better person - writer either!

They actually do some of the shooting in Versailles with lighted candles and everything, Vonda told me today. I wouldn't have thought that to be allowed.

But when the French do historical period dramas, they do it like no one else, not even the English.

Still, this is a US production, not a French one. Amazing.

Love, C.