Saturday was the Second Annual St. George's Day George Sanders Film Festival! This year's theme was the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible (I'll bet you were wondering how I was going to work that in this year), so I watched Four Men and a Prayer and Rage in Heaven as well as two biblical epics: Samson and Delilah and Solomon and Sheba. I made true sacrifices in the service of cinema.
In Four Men and a Prayer (1938), George Sanders and his three brothers (David Niven plays one of them) work to clear the name of their dishonorably discharged father (C. Aubrey Smith) with the help of Loretta Young. There's romance, gun-running and South American revolutions. What more could the movie-going public desire? So, it's not the greatest movie ever, but it was pretty entertaining. (Available on DVD as part of the Ford at Fox Collection.)
|Original lobby card from Wikipedia|
Since this film isn't available on DVD, here's a link to watch it online.
Now on to the films I can't really recommend on their own merits. If you're a big fan of bad movies or you're really really bored, these two biblical epics might be worth the watch. Maybe. This comes from a person who watches The Ten Commandments every year. Admittedly, I only watch the first part before Moses decides he wants to leave the Egyptian court. After that, it just gets super-unglamorous. Who wants to watch people wander in the desert? Anyway, I digress...
|French poster from Wikipedia|
Unfortunately(?) it's not available on DVD, but you can watch this film online, should you feel in need of cinematic self-flagellation:
I exaggerate a bit. Samson and Delilah is ten times better than...
|Lobby card from Wikipedia|
1/2 lb Judges 5:25
1/2 lb Jeremiah 6:20
1 tablespoon 1 Samuel 14:25
3 Jeremiah 17:11
1/2 lb 1 Samuel 30:12
1/2 lb Nahum 3:12
2 ounces Numbers 17:8
1 lb 1 Kings 4:22
Season to taste with 2 Chronicles 9:9
pinch of Leviticus 2:13
1 teaspoon Amos 4:5
3 tablespoons Judges 4:19-21
(from Jane Grigson's British Cookery)
I know the ingredient list works with the authorized King James Version (my copy is from the Oxford University Press), but I can't guarantee other translations. So-- here's my recipe, adapted from Jane Grigson's and from The Great British Book of Baking:
This recipe is also available on food.com.
The recipe for mixed spice is here. If you're not sure what to do with all of it, here's a link to a few recipes.
This cake has a really lovely flavor, but I'd probably replace the figs with another dried fruit next time, but I didn't want to bother with reading through the bible to change the recipe, so do what you like. I'd even use rum or brandy to soak the dried fruit, but don't tell the fundamentalists.
|It's great for breakfast, too!|
I've been given a Liebster Blog award from Kate and I've been tagged by Soapy Mermaid to list ten of my favorite things (besides George Sanders). I'm going to combine the two and pass the award on to my favorite less-than-300-followers blogs and ask them to list their favorite things, as well (except for Soapy Mermaid, who has already listed her favorites!).
- PG Tips... but also Tanqueray.
- Händel...but also Nine Inch Nails.*
- Peter Lely...but also Cecil Beaton.
- peonies...but also dandelions.
- the library...but also my Kindle.
- eating outside...but also eating on the couch while watching Battlestar Galactica (damn engineer husband).
- TCM...but also MSNBC.
- bad monarchs...but not bad politicians.**
- spring...but I love autumn more.
- reading French novels in French...but I love reading English novels in English more!
As My Whimsy Takes Me
By gum, by golly!
A Cat Among the Pigeons
My Moving Finger Writes
My Pretty Baby Cried She Was a Bird
Pin Tucks and Pin Curls
Practice in Time
Sailing Over a Cardboard Sea
A Sip of Sarsaparilla
The Swing of Things
This Old Life
Those Were Very Good Years
Two for Tea
Where the Sidework Ends
If you decide to participate, just leave a comment with a link to your post. Thanks!
**James I of King James Bible fame being one of those bad monarchs. I studied the Stuarts, so there were lots of bad kings to go around.