Daily Prompt: Inscrutable

As previously mentioned in the Blindman’s Bluff post, Uno is legally blind.  He is a lottery ticket seller on the street. His full nickname is Uno-Uno, which comes from how he pronounces the prizes or winning numbers.  The word inscrutable fits as we meet Uno in his transaction with the thief, Francisco, because Uno supresses his emotions, sometimes hiding behind  fake Rayban sunglasses. Also, not being able to look into someone’s eyes makes knowing how he feels difficult. This can be the case with someone who has limited vision. 

“Inscrutable, Uno rocked his head slightly from side to side, then gathered up the crush of material with both arms. Once outside Francisco’s lair, he began muttering half-hearted complaints all the way to his hovel diagonally across the dark hall.  The grains of rice crunched under his thick rubber-soled shoes.  Time to get some shut-eye before the day began. He was drained after waiting half the night for Francisco and, worse, he felt lonely with all those thoughts of Nieves and his village.”

via Daily Prompt: Inscrutable


Sant Martí

I thank the Transient Eye blog for so many fascinating angles on Barcelona. Difficult to choose. The black and white non-touristic shots remind me of the city’s gritty feel back in 1990 before the Olympics. Almost like behind the scenes in a theatre. Recent shots of street protests reveal the energy of this fascinating city.. Enjoy the armchair tour with an excellent photo guide.

Transient Eye

A short set of film images taken around the Glòries area of Sant Martí, Barcelona, and which form a coda to the previous piece about the Torre Glòries.

Taken with the Leica M7, 50mm C-Sonnar and Ilford Delta 400.

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Amenacer (Spanish): Dawn

 This is the first line from the Amenacer (Dawn/daybreak) section of my manuscript One Dress, One Day, the chronicle of a stolen #weddinggown. All action takes place within 24 hours, divided as in a Spanish day.


The bus turned off the highway. A faint mauve aura hovered above the horizon then the sun hit its windows.”

Note that this manuscript uses screen terms, as explained below. HORIZON reappears in the travelling shot. Camera angles fascinate me as a viewer and writer. Where you sit may determine what you see or do not see hence tell.


Close-up shot: Focus tight on face of actor or an object

Fade to black:  Image or scene does not blend into a new one; name says is all.

Intercut: Unlike a split screen, a series of images back and forth showing parallel events

Screen title:  word, graphic image, filling entire screen (old-fashioned)

Split screen: two sides of the screen with parallel or simultaneous action  (old-fashioned)

Tag shot:  An image on the screen added after the action seems to have stopped. Like a PS.

Often as credits begin rolling.

Traveling:  Camera follows the horizon or an object along a trajectory

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Blind man blinks, no bluff

Here is a moment in One Dress, One Day, in which a blind man reacts to the fantastic offer made to him by the wedding gown thief, Francisco. It may encourage the reader to think about any interaction with a blind person. Often the sighted forget smell, touch, taste as so many of our points of reference are visual landmarks.  Uno, the blind character senses the power, even enchantment, of the garment just by touch.

“Uno considered his provider role a sacred duty, so without thinking he nodded in agreement. Una boda por la iglesia… he would have to accept the fact. He blinked repeatedly, a bit of a tic, and his face slackened slightly at the jaw. Once again the wily Francisco closed another deal with little effort. A legally blind man can appreciate the sense of pageantry in folds of tulle flounced along a velveteen waistband decorated with a few satin flowerbuds.”

And this is only the beginning of the story!

via Daily Prompt: Blink

Daily Prompt: Almost

Here is the moment in ONE DRESS, ONE DAY when the thief, Francisco, realizes that he has found his victim, a young French bride.  Not only has this low-life stolen her wedding gown, he will extract a fee to return it. Notice that the Parisian is almost crying, not hysterical.

“Droplets of sweat formed along Francisco’s downy upper lip. The handsome young detective stopped cursing him as the Parisian began moaning about her situation, almost crying. The heat, fatigue, and frustration made her alternate between shrill and vulnerable.”  via Daily Prompt: Almost

Honeymoons on Film

One Dress, One Day features a honeymooning couple in Barcelona in 1990. Within 24 hours, they can’t wait to leave!

Honeymoons remain fashionable in Hollywood. Many honeymoon-themed films have been made over the years, including several in in idyllic locations. Although every honeymoon, like every couple, is different, you’d be surprised by the insights you can get (not to mention amusement) in watching how others’ romantic vacations begin and ultimately turn out. Overall, it is surprising how many movies  include a wedding or honeymoon, e.g., The Sound of Music, 10 and the various weddings in the Godfather films.  Cue theme music!

Once Upon a Honeymoon  (1943) starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers classic WWII love story. Grant stars as a radio reporter named Pat O’Toole who is investigating Austrian Baron Van Luber, suspected of Nazi ties. Meanwhile, Van Luber marries an American burlesque girl named Katie O’Hara a social climber. O’Toole follows Van Luber and O’Hara around Europe, falls in love with Katie, and discovers that Van Luber is indeed a Nazi. Dance meets Propaganda?
Honeymoon in Vegas (1990)

This film tops most people’s list in any straw poll or cocktail chat.  Nicholas Cage, James Caan, and Sarah Jessica Parker play. Betsy and Jack head to Vegas to finally tie the knot. Before they say “I do”, a rich gambler arranges for Jack to lose $65,000 at poker. The gambler will waive the debt for a weekend with Jack’s fiancé. As expected, Jack becomes jealous. Doesn’t this sound like the Redford film Indecent Proposal ?

The Honeymooners Classic 39, Volume 1  (1955-56)

Although they never strayed far from their grim one-bedroom apartment, Honeymooners Alice (Audrey Meadows) and Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) proved through 39 black and white episodes that you can live on love and a bus driver’s salary. The Honeymooners was based on a recurring skit of the same name that had been part of  Gleason’s variety show. Almost a socio-historical course that reflects another time in America. Could be used in marriage counsellor training courses.

The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

This is a remake of the 1972 romantic comedy of the same name! It features both Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan who meet on the street following a minor incident and soon get married. However, on the honeymoon, Eddie (Ben) realizes just how poorly matched they are. He  finds his perfect match in Miranda, vacationing at that honeymoon destination with her family. Note: Much of the movie was filmed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Amor, Amor  + LOCATION, LOCATION!

The Heartbreak Kid (1972)

Lenny and Lila, two Jewish New Yorkers, have just gotten married. On the three day drive from New York to a Miami Beach, honeymoon, Lenny begins to be bothered by every little thing about Lila. His belief that the marriage is a mistake is strengthened when he meets student Kelly Corcoran, a beautiful blonde Midwesterner on vacation in Miami Beach. Neil Simon and Elaine May worked on the screenplay. Talent+Talent. Many wonder why the Farrelly brothers’ remake was ever made.

Haunted Honeymoon (1986)

What a comic couple,the (late) Gilda Radner and (late) Gene Wilder. This 80’s comedy centers around two radio stars in the Manhattan Mystery Theater who decide to marry. However, Abbott (Wilder) develops speech impediments after his proposal, putting his job at risk. Abbott’s uncle wants to treat him with a form of shock therapy and decides the perfect time is at the site of their wedding, a mansion in upstate New York. Spooky or silly?

Just Married (2003)

This  is a vehicle for Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy who head as  newlyweds to Europe for a magical honeymoon. Unfortunately, the trip spins out of control when the girl’s parents send her ex-boyfriend to ruin the young marriage.  Not the usual twist!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

This film stars the usual Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.  This movie centers around Bella’s marriage and honeymoon with Edward. The couple travels to Rio de Janeiro and a private island called Isle Esme [Spoiler Alert: note name of future offspring] off the coast of Brazil before a chain of events soon impacts their lives forever. Of course, everything is forever in the Twilight universe

Honeymoon in Vegas (1990)

Funny, heart-breaking, with irresistible Elvis Presley music and Hawaiian scenery may inspire you to start planning a honeymoon there. Reminds me vaguely of Billy Crystal and Robert de Niro in Analyze This!

Just Married (2003)

Although the script is questionable, actors Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher are charming in this everything-has-to-go-wrong-on-our-honeymoon romp. Venice, almost like a character, provides the backdrop for several scenes. Sad note: the beautiful, talented Murphy died in 2009.

Post-Script:   Hollywood influences weddings and honeymoons. For more on how movies affect weddings (gowns, venues and decorations) and honeymoons, check out online “7 Movies and a Regression Model to Predict How Austenland Will Impact Weddings” by Carmen Feliciano.