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- We are starting this month’s list with a documentary, because Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is just the kind of thought provoking gem we want to share with you, path openers. Who is Alice? Well, not someone that comes to mind when one talks about movie history. In 1895, when the Lumière brothers introduced the world to the wonders and possibilities of moving images, among the spectators was a young secretary who ended up writing, directing and producing one of the first narrative films ever made. Enchanted by the fast evolution of film and the new techniques, she founded her own company, and, spanning a two-decade career, she made hundreds of films. Then she disappeared into oblivion, until a few years ago.
You also might enjoy reading this article on another woman director who we hardly know enough about, Lois Weber.
- TIME Magazine has released its much-appreciated 100 Most Influential People List, and if you’re just as keen as us to keep pace with the world, its leaders, its pioneers and its changemakers, you should definitely give it a read. Among those featured are lesser known names like Dream Hampton (the director of the courageous yet tender documentary Surviving R. Kelly) or Loujain al-Hathloul (a Saudi activist who challenges laws and fights for women rights in a male dominated country where women were allowed to drive in – believe it or not – June 2018). Also on the list are Chrissy Teigen, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, some amazing women MURMUR is proud to have dressed.
- Madame X. Madonna, a constant inspiration for MURMUR designer Andreea Badala, has announced her 14th album and released an introductory video in which she wears our Snap Skirt. The album is a collection of 15 songs which celebrate Madonna’s creative affair with Latin music, and which bear the marks of her having lived in Lisbon over the past several years.
Madame X, in Madonna’s words, is “a dancer, a professor, a head of state, a housekeeper, an equestrian, a prisoner, a student, a mother, a child, a teacher, a nun, a singer, a saint, a whore (…) a spy in the house of love.” Madame X is also the name Martha Graham gave Madonna when she came to New York to train at her dance company. “I’m going to give you a new name: Madame X.”, Martha said, according to Madonna. “Every day, you come to school and I don’t recognize you. Every day, you change your identity. You’re a mystery to me.” Expect hearing songs from this album when visiting our showroom this summer.
- Stanley Kubrick was undoubtedly one of the most provocative filmmakers of the 20th century. He was also an obsessive genius, who had to oversee each inch of the creative design process when working on a film. So if you are keen to find out how he came up with the brilliantly anomalous worlds in The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket or 2001: A Space Odyssey, head straight to Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, which lands at the Design Museum in London, from 26 April to 15 September. The show features props, costumes, films and scripts, equipments he used, and photos he took during his youth. Kubrick’s fascination with design and architecture is reflected by his collaboration with key designers of his generation, including Hardy Amies, Saul Bass, Milena Canonero, and Ken Adam, so there will be plenty of fun and revelations for design buffs.
BFI Southbank joined the fun with a two-month Kubrick season (April and May), so you can watch Kubrick’s masterpieces on the big screen, right in the city that most inspired him. You can enjoy a 30% discount to the films by showing a valid ticket for the exhibition at the BFI ticket desk.