Friday, February 27, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Five)


Today's film is "The Virgin Spring" or "Jungfrukällan".

Women:

Märeta
Ingeri
Karin
Frida

Men:

Simon
Töre

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Four)


Today's we have "All These Women" or "For att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor".

Women:

Humlan - "Bumblebee" in Swedish
Isolde
Traviata
Adelaide
Cecilia
Beatrica

Men:

Tristan
Cornelius
Jillker

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Three)


Today's film is "Summer Interlude" or "Sommarlek".

Women:

Marie
Kaj
Maja
Elisabeth

Men:

Erland
Henrik
Karl
Nisse
David Nyström

Monday, February 23, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part Two)


Today's film is "Wild Strawberries" or "Smultronstallet".

Women:

Sara
Agda
Marianne Borg
Berit Alman
Karin Borg
Kristina Borg
Birgitta Borg
Olga
Charlotta Borg
Sigbritt Borg
Eva Akerman
Angelica Borg

Men:

Professor Isak Borg
Evald Borg
Viktor
Anders
Sten Alman
Henrik Akerman
Aron
Sigfrid Borg

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Names Taken from Ingmar Bergman (Part One)

Ingmar Bergman is perceived as one of the greatest and most influential directors of all time. His films were dark, dealing with things people were afraid to talk about; death, insanity, betrayal, and women's sexuality, just to name a few. Among his many awards are three Academy Awards, and a nomination for a Palm d'Or. He directed over sixty productions, his last movie was made when he was eighty-four.
Today's film is "Fanny and Alexander" or "Fanny och Alexander".

Women:

Fanny Ekdahl
Emilie Ekdahl
Maj
Rosa
Lydia Ekdahl
Helena Ekdahl
Alma Ekdahl
Emma
Tander
Karna
Petra
Eva Ekdahl
Jenny
Anna von Bohlen
Miss Vega
Siri
Pauline
Elsa Bergius
Blenda Vergerus
Alida
Justina
Selma
Lisen
Berta
Henrietta Vergerus
Miss Ester
Esmeralda
Hanna Schwartz
Grete Holm

Men:

Alexander Ekdahl
Carl Ekdahl
Oscar Ekdahl
Edvard Vergerus
Isak Jacobi
Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Putte
Ismael Retzinsky
Filip Landahl
Tomas Graal
Aron Retzinsky
Mikael Bergman

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Children of Maria Josepha of Saxony

"Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France" by Jean-Marc Nattier
Maria Josepha, of Saxony, Dauphine of France, also known as Marie Josèphe, was born Maria Josepha Karolina Eleonore Franziska Xaveria to Augustus III of Poland and Maria Josepha of Austria. She married Louis, Dauphin of France, who was born Louis Ferdinand.
Their children were:

Marie Zéphyrine, "Marie Zéphyrine of France", "Madame Royale", or "la Petite Madame" (Died at age 5)

Louis Joseph Xavier, "Louis, Duke of Burgundy" (Died at age 9)

Xavier Marie Joseph, "Xavier, Duke of Aquitaine" (Died at 6 months)

Louis-Auguste, "Louis-Auguste, Duke of Berry", later "Louis XVI of France"

Louis Stanislas Xavier, "Louis, Count of Provence", later "Louis XVIII of France"

Charles Philippe, "Charles, Count of Artois", later "Charles X"

Marie Adélaïde Clotilde Xavière, "Marie Clotilde of France", "Gros-Madame", or "Madame Clotilde"

Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène, "Princess Élisabeth of France", or "Madame Élisabeth"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Names Worn By Marie Cabel

Marie Cabel
We're changing it up a bit by doing a post on a opera singer, Marie Cabel. Born Marie-Josèphe Dreulette in Liège, Belgium, to an officer father who eventually came to work as an accountant for a few differnet theatres. After the death of her father, she started giving music lessons to help support her family. She married the brother of one of her voice teachers, but it was an unhappy marriage that ended in divorce. Her operatic debut came in 1848 at Théâtre Chateau des Fleurs, where she was hardly noticed. In Lyon, she was discovered by Jules Seveste who then hired her to work at Théâtre Lyrique, where she debuted in "Le bijou perdu", originating the role of Toinon. François-Joseph Fétis, a composer, musicologist, and critic described her as such: "young, fresh, winsome, cheerful, having the devil of a body, lacking at the time taste and musical style, but blessed with an adorable voice, of a marvelous purity, whose brilliant and silvery timbre produced an amazing effect on the public, with which she launched the most difficult lines with amazing confidence and assurance…"
She then became quite popular, and the theatre, which was in a working class part of Paris, started to have customers from more well-bred backgrounds, including Napoleon III and his wife, Eugénie de Montijo.

After the death of Seveste, although she was now no longer under contract, the new owner Émile Perrin, was able to persuade Marie to stay, and she signed a five year contract. Marie became more and more popular, and even her less-appreciated roles drew crowds. The famous "Laughing song" or "Éclat de rire" in its original French, was said to have been created for her. One of her most famous roles was of that of Philine in "Mignon". She continued to work for many years, but sadly was taken to an asylum after her mental health decreased, and died. I was surprised by how simple and rather easy her life was compared to many of her time, even though her end was a sad one.

Athénaïs - "Les mousquetaires de la reine" - This lovely French name comes from the Greek Athenais which came from the name of the Goddess Athena. It is pronounced "a-tay-na-EES".

Toinon - "Le bijou perdu" - I have to say I've never seen this name before, though it seems to be used mainly as a surname. It has also been suggested as a form of Antonia or Antoinette.

Corbin - "Georgette ou Le moulin de Fontneoy" - I found this one especially unusual, as it is usually used for men. Corbin comes from the French corbeau meaning "raven", and was usually used for someone who had dark hair. I rather like this for a girl.

Rosine - "Peines d'amour perdues" - One of the prettiest Rose names, Rosine is a French diminutive of it. Early actress Sarah Bernhardt was born Rosine.

Dinorah - "Dinorah" or "Le pardon de Ploërmel" - This name is sometimes cited as a form of Dinah, coming from the Hebrew din, meaning "trial" or "judgement". It has also been credited as being of Arabic origin and coming from dinur, "of fire".

Philine - "Mignon" - Possibly her most famous role, Marie was the original Philine. It could be a form of the Greek philai, meaning "to love, to caress". It has a soft, romantic sound, and would make a great way to honor a Philip.