Victorian Parlour Games, Giallo Films, and Sarah Slean

While doing research, I often make such great and interesting discoveries. I just finished a read of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.  I determined to read it again after viewing Scrooge last week, a musical production of the Family Church in West Monroe, Louisiana.  Every year, this church presents Scrooge.  Reading Christmas Carol, I began chasing words and phrases and reader-response thoughts on the Internet and I realized how little I knew about Victorian society.  For example, I discovered there were numerous palour games played during our Christmas season.  Here’s the website that describes those games:

I just saw a movie, Passchendaele. Here’s the movie’s website: It’s about a military campaign of WW I. And what a touching movie!  It also captured the emotions of that terrible war through this Canadian Unit’s eyes effectively. As the film ended, I heard Sarah Slean sing, “After the War” and determined that it was another song I needed to add to my Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day programs I do. I couldn’t find where to purchase the song, but there’s a good YouTube video the song here:  You can read about the talented and beautiful Sarah Slean on her website here:

I also somehow encountered the Italian film genre of Giallo.. This website, defines Giallo as the Italian mystery/horror genre that was most prominent from 1970 to 1975. It takes its name from the term for the mystery novels being published in Italy around the same time. These novels had yellow covers (Giallo is Italian for “Yellow.”) The films eventually gained a reputation for gratuitous violence and sexuality and their murder scenes served as a big influence on the American Slasher film. I decided this was a film genre I wanted to explore, as well as Grand Guignol, which seems to be similar in some ways.