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Most Amazing Discovery Of Day

Said Stunning Discovery:

Moulin Rouge = La Traviata.

I was reading a book on Verdi today and read the synopsis of La Traviata. Was utterly stunned. Said Verdi book is one of those books I never seem to have room on my card to borrow, but am utterly fascinated by. I blame it on studying the Unification of Italy. Always found it one of the most romantic *cough* topics in the syllabus. Studying it was anything but romantic, seeing as how the Italians people of the Italian Peninsula (as my teacher would take great pains to correct us, there was no "Italy" as of then) had three wars as the final aspect of unification, but:

Shall quote from the book:

"La Traviata means "one who has gone astray", a very nice expression for a "fallen" woman.

Much of Traviata's popularity is due to the heroine. The tragic, beautiful, noble, young and doomed woman has also become a figure in popular iconography."

The lady on whom La Traviata was based was Marie Duplessis.

"Marie's spectacular rise, such as it was, was destined to be brief. An indeterminate illness made her thin and pale, which only added to her allure. It became apparent that she had consumption, which was the most fashionable terminal illness one could

Said Stunning Discovery:

Moulin Rouge = La Traviata.

I was reading a book on Verdi today and read the synopsis of La Traviata. Was utterly stunned. Said Verdi book is one of those books I never seem to have room on my card to borrow, but am utterly fascinated by. I blame it on studying the Unification of Italy. Always found it one of the most romantic *cough* topics in the syllabus. Studying it was anything but romantic, seeing as how the Italians people of the Italian Peninsula (as my teacher would take great pains to correct us, there was no "Italy" as of then) had three wars as the final aspect of unification, but:

Shall quote from the book:

"La Traviata means "one who has gone astray", a very nice expression for a "fallen" woman.

Much of Traviata's popularity is due to the heroine. The tragic, beautiful, noble, young and doomed woman has also become a figure in popular iconography.

For example, in Act III, a great ensemble is built around the moment when Alfredo, as the hero is called, insults Violetta publicly by flinging money at her, saying that she is now repaid"

Also it is rather important to know that Violetta suffers from consumption.

"Life is only pleasure, she (Violetta) suggests. Only when one can no longer love, answers Alfredo. She warns him not to speak of love to one who does not know it. "Such is my destiny," he retorts."

And then...

Alfredo's father appears on the scene. His daughter, Alfredo's sister, is to be married soon. But her fiance refuses to marry her as long as Alfredo is tied to this fallen woman. So... for the good of Alfredo's sister, Violetta is persuaded to end it with Alfredo.

"Violetta asks what she must do. Tell him you don't love him. Alfredo wouldn't believe that. Leave him. Alfredo would follow. Then..."

Then she goes off with none other than The Baron.

And the lovers are reconciled just before Violetta dies.

Last Saturday, some friends and I ordered pizza and planned to watch Moulin Rouge for the night. I went to get the pizza, and the delivery man's name was Ewan. Of all names.

Someone Up There must be trying to tell me something.

And coincidentally, "Black Hawk Down" was on cable that night.
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