Monday, January 28, 2008

"The Wind and the Lion"

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Jay Rolfe has been reading about Matisse's time in Tangier Morocco in the winter of 1912 in the Hilary Spurling bio "Matisse The Master." While Matisse was there, the French signed a treaty with the Sultan in Fez and made Morocco a French protectorate. That sounded a little like an old movie Jay Rolfe enjoyed, "The Wind and the Lion" made in 1975 starring Sean Connery and Candice Bergen with John Huston and Brian Keith. In the winter of 1913 Matisse was back in Tangier and wrote postcards to his son Jean. "One showed a Riff tribesman from the same village as the bandit king Raisouli, a local Robin Hood famous for charging exorbitant ransoms to release Westerners ... whom he kidnapped on the outskirts of Tangier." In the movie, Sean Connery played a Riff tribal leader named Raisouli who kidnapped an American woman played by Candi Bergen. The movie is a great adventure, and the idea at least seems to be drawn from history. Jay Rolfe recommends "The Wind and the Lion" as a charming historical adventure. It is rated PG and available on DVD from Netflix.

Candi Bergen attended Penn while Jay Rolfe was at Penn Law School. They never met. It was before her acting career, but Candi was famous as Edgar Bergen's daughter (Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy), a model, and dating Hollywood leading men. Today most people know Candi as Murphy Brown from the long-running TV show.

That's the latest step of artist Jay Rolfe on his Journey From Starving Artist To 21st Century Picasso. You may view some of Jay Rolfe's Unique Artistic Idea, his innovative 3-D Shaped Stretched Canvas paintings, on his website at Artist Jay Rolfe uses vibrant color, 3-D, recognizable shape, and huge size to reveal beauty, touch emotion in a positive way, and create Uplifting Conversation Pieces.

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