Copenhagen: a film by Mark Raso

Copenhagen. You would think upon reading the title that this is a film centered around the capital of Denmark in the vein of the usual movies that tackle the subject of a certain city’s mysteries. But Copenhagen is not only a film about the discovery of a city; it is also about the discovery of one’s self: a journey of self-discovery and family ties.

William, a 28 year-old immature guy, arrives in Copenhagen looking for answers about his father. All he has is a letter written in Danish. During his stay, he befriends a local girl Effy who decides to help him in his quest. The two create a bond over the next few days and William is surprised to discover that the girl of his dreams is only 14 years old, a fact that he was unaware of up until now.

The director Mark Raso deals with a sensitive issue through great delicacy, making us fall in love with the story as the two protagonists discover their feelings for one another on their way through the streets of Copenhagen.

This sort of build-up romance is cut short by William’s discovery of Effy’s age. It’s like a wakeup call that it’s time to man up just like the tagline of the film suggests:

“When the girl of your dreams is half your age, it’s time to grow up.”

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The Three Graces – James Pradier

The Three Graces, sculpture by James Pradier

The Three Graces, sculpture by James Pradier

They are named Aglaea, Euphrosyne, and Thalia or more commonly “The Three Graces” in Greek mythology. Daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, they symbolize respectively beauty, joy, and fertility.

Minor goddesses, they were considered by Homer handmaidens of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. They were represented in Art by numerous sculptors and painters throughout history, among them Raphael, Botticelli and Rubens.

This marble sculpture by Jean-Jacques Pradier, known as James Pradier is found in the Louvre museum.

The First Cold – Miquel Blay

This sculpture entitled “The First Cold” by Miquel Blay is found in the National Museum of Catalonian Art in Barcelona commonly known as MNAC. The work of Art, carved in white marble representing an old man and a little girl, is classified as a Modernist piece. What is striking is the emotion reflected in the character’s figures although little is known about the interpretation of the sculpture and the allegory it denotes. The same regarding the Spanish artist who carved this piece of Art in 1982.

Miquel Blay was trained at the School of Painting of Olot and later in Italy and France where he attended the workshop of the sculptor Henri Chapu in Paris.

For his work “The First Cold”, he received in 1982 the first medal of the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Madrid. With his modernism depicting extreme naturalism, he influenced an entire generation of Catalan sculptors. This work was also awarded a gold medal in Barcelona in 1894.

In 1900, it won first prize at the “Exposition Universelle” in Paris, and Blay was also awarded the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1901. He remained in Paris until 1906 until he moved to Madrid.

He collaborated with the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner on the sculpture entitled “The Folk Song” which adorns a corner of the Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona, a complete modernist design.

In 1909, Blay was appointed professor at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, a position he held until 1925.