Summer

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Summer on the Seine

Ah, Paris in the summertime! The Olympic Games returned to the French capital in 1924. Having previously hosted the second Games in 1900, Paris became the first city to organize the event twice. The Olympic Games in Paris 1924 1924174 MINUTES, BLACK & WHITE, SILENTJean de Rovera Like the Chamonix winter film produced earlier in […]

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Learning by doing (wrong)

We’re back in France (and back on schedule)! After all the holiday travel and baked goods, it was hard to even think about jumping back into the kitchen to cook anything except veggies. And honestly France has been the hardest country to find recipes for, since many require gluten or dairy or nuts, so this […]

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Finally, Risotto!

Once again we’re visiting Italy for the blog, so I had to make one of my favorites: risotto. I make this so often I have my own recipe, so I’ll be posting a full recipe for the first time! It was also time to use up some tahini I had in the fridge, so I […]

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The Dutch Narrative

As discussed last time, there are two official films associated with the 1928 Amsterdam Games. Aside from documenting sporting achievements, together this pair of silent films seems to represent an important split between recording and storytelling in sports documentaries. Until now the genre seemed mostly concerned with archive creation. The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928 1928192 […]

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A Less Disastrous Dutch Experiment

There was a lot more success in the kitchen this week, though I set a low bar after the last post…. We have two cookie recipes for you and both were kid (and adult) approved. As in, kids were shoving cookies in their mouths while their parents tried to get them out of our house. […]

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An Amsterdam Marathon

The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam // AMSTERDAM 1928 The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam 1928251 MINUTES, BLACK & WHITE, SILENTDirector unknown This week we’re discussing The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam, the film of the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games. This is actually one of two official films produced. Without getting too deep into the details, this film […]

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Dutch Disaster?

This week’s experiments in the kitchen were … interesting. One was an absolute success, and the other made us drunk. (So maybe that was a success too?) Local fare There weren’t any Dutch cookbooks on the shelf at our local library, so I turned to the Internet for this week’s recipe. Advocaat captured my attention […]

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California Glory

16 Days of Glory // LOS ANGELES 1984 16 Days of Glory 1986284 minutes, colorDirected byBud Greenspan 16 Days of Glory, the story of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, is a logical place to kick off this collaboration, full of familiar faces and stories. It is also the first in a string of 11 […]