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Random: The Perfect Male Form 
6th-Aug-2009 10:13 pm
John Paul II - World Youth Day Dancer
A lot of people would probably pick Michelangelo's David as the perfect male form, if asked. I cannot think of any more classic and universal image of the male body, unless it were Leonardo's Vitruvian Man. I had so been saturated with pictures of the David growing up and in studying art that I really wasn't too concerned with seeing it when I was in Florence, and I was therefore unprepared for how different and overwhelming the experience was in person, as I've related elsewhere. I'm a big Michelangelo fan, and I cannot fault anyone who would feel that the David is the greatest representation of the male form. But if that perfect form could then perfectly move....

Tonight as I sat down to a dinner of a chicken breast and some veggies in a light sesame sauce, I flipped on Turner Classic Movies to see if there was something there that would distract me while I ate, and I discovered that they were showing Summer Stock, which I had never seen. For my money, there is no greater representation of the beauty of the male form than Gene Kelly doing some utterly casual-looking and seemingly-improvisational piece of dance....
7th-Aug-2009 03:32 am (UTC)

Also: GOD that movie is depressing -- I can't get the reality behind the filming out of my head.
7th-Aug-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that I knew about, too: I just wanted to try to see the film for itself, though, too....
7th-Aug-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this regarding the David. I need to go back and look at all your journal entries from when you were in Italy. I have reservations to view the David on Sunday, December 27th. SO......Can you take pictures if you do not use a flash?????
7th-Aug-2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'd be sneaky about it: outside of the Sistine Chapel, I've never seen so many photography police. And understandably so. I made sure everything I took was without flash, moreso because I feel strongly about preservation myself than fear of the photo-police.
7th-Aug-2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Brad Pitt... game over.
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My husband..no contest!
Amy Lloyd made a comment about your note "Random: The Perfect Male Form":
"The David" is much less impressive when it's a centerpiece at an Italian Fest. Just seems wrong to have it in the middle of all of the fried food and Frank Sinatra impersonators.
11th-Aug-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Parts of Summer Stock are hard to watch - poor Judy - but that number with Gene, the newspaper, and the creaky board is pure joy.
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