BCB After Darkish: Cleveland what?


Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the night club for night owls, early birds, new parents and Boys Fans abroad. I am glad that you could come to us. We saved you a table. Bring your own drink. Make sure you tip the waiter.

BCB After Dark is the place to go to talk about baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need to break your chest, as long as it goes by the rules of the site. The late night owls are encouraged to start the party, but everyone else is invited to join when you wake up the next morning and into the afternoon.

today Cubs’ 7-3 win over the Nationals Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber were returning to Wrigley on the other side for the first time. (Also Starlin Castro, but he’s back before.) It was a great win too, with home runs from Jason Heyward, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez. Also, Tommy Nance made his major league debut and a lot of people shared something that Nance wrote in 2017 when he was recovering from an injury.

It took him four more years, but that dream came true tonight. Congratulations, Tommy.

If you want to talk about today’s game with the Nationals, you can do so here.

Last Thursday I asked you who you think would win NL Central and 63% of you said arch-rivals Cardinals would walk away with the division pennant. The Cubs came in second with 20%, which indicates that 1 in 5 of you still believe.

Oddly enough, the pirates got two votes and the reds none. I will pass the two pirate voices on to trolls or pirate fans who have migrated here, but the Reds are a decent team and maybe that’s all it takes to win headquarters.

Here’s where I start talking about jazz and old movies. Feel free to jump on the baseball stuff at the end. You won’t hurt my feelings.

Today’s jazz piece comes from guitarist Wes Montgomery, who was certainly one of the giants of the jazz guitar.

Montgomery had a unique way of playing the guitar, which you can tell by listening to it. He played with the side of his thumb, a technique he learned from trying to play softly so as not to disturb the neighbors when he was young and just starting out.

This is where Montgomery plays “Here is that rainy day” [VIDEO] on television in 1965. Notice towards the end that he misplayed a note. He just smiles and ends the song. Mike Trout strikes and Wes Montgomery can blow a note.

If you watch a lot of old movies, you will find material that is “problematic,” to use the term that is often tossed around. Perhaps the most famous of these is Gone With the Wind, a glorious epic film that has rightly been considered racist in recent years for portraying Antebellum South as a place of virtue and honor rather than a place of brutal slavery and violence. It’s still a classic movie. I would argue that 1947 Black Narcissus is another problematic film, the beauty and performance of which allow it to rise above a rather delicate ideological context.

Black Narcissus is an English film about a group of Anglican nuns, led by an inexperienced sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr, who I recently learned that pronounced her name like “Auto” rather than “Cur”) trying to create a Hospital and hospital to set up high school in the Indian Himalayas. There they meet with the young “general” (Sabu), who rules this region and wants to bring the advantages of western civilization closer to his people. You will also be met by the handsome Englishman Mr. Dean (David Farrar), who “settled in” long ago and acts as the general’s agent. Mr. Dean warns the nuns that they will be gone in a few months.

Over time, the culture of the Indian Himalayas changed the nuns far more than the locals. The nuns lose track of their mission. They are distracted by their sexual and other desires. Mr. Dean is a definite distraction as Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) is obsessed with him and a fantasy that Mr. Dean loves her. Sister Ruth is also consumed with jealous thoughts about Sister Clodagh’s much closer relationship with Mr. Dean.

Let’s start with what’s good about this movie. First of all, director Michael Powell and cinematographer Jack Cardiff (who won an Oscar for it) made an absolutely great film. Getting the right colors in film wasn’t easy in 1947, but Cardiff made brilliant pinks, blues, and other colors shine brightly on the screen. The entire film was shot in England, but Powell did an incredible job making it look like India, or at least what we imagine India to be. Even the matt painted backgrounds look more “mystical” than “false”.

The services are also very, very good. Kerr is doing well as a nun who is constantly torn between her perceived duty to God and her own earthly desires. But Byron ends up stealing the show as the crazy sister Ruth. The film is only worth watching for its performance.

The film was released just weeks before the end of British rule in India and was widely viewed as an allegory for British rule there at the time. And this is where the film becomes problematic for me. I am not as troubled by the brown-faced Jean Simmons as I am by the idea that the problem with British rule over India is what it does to the British, not what it has done to the Indians.

In the golden age of imperialism from 1860 (or so) to 1940 (or so) there were two types of arguments against taking colonies and ruling people on behalf of a king (or president!) Many thousands of miles away. One argument was what we think of today – that it was wrong to conquer people, rule them, and use their resources. The more common argument against it was not humanitarian, but that contact with these “inferior” peoples naturally corrupts the conquerors. (A similar argument was made against slavery in the early days of the American Republic.) In Black Narcissus, the white nuns seek to bring civilization and Christianity to the natives of this high mountain outpost. The nuns are never portrayed as perfect people, but as people who work hard to overcome their mistakes through faith in Christ and England.

But in this wild land on the edge of the world (literally you should see the glorious shots of the cliffs in this film) the nuns’ control of their “base” nature is crumbling. Instead of taming the sexual nature of this alien culture, the culture controls it instead. The nuns’ failure to establish an outpost is analogous to the failure of the British in India. The nuns (and the British) had to leave India because it did them to them, not because they did it to the Indians.

With that in mind, however, I highly recommend Black Narcissus. It’s a beautiful classic. Just be aware of the historical context of the movie’s themes.

You made a TV miniseries out of it just last year. I didn’t see it All I could think of when I saw the ads was, “Why would anyone want to remake Black Narcissus?” What would the point be? I suppose getting people who don’t see something 70 years old to see it. But since I’m not one of those people, I can’t think of any good reason to spend three hours seeing something I’ve already seen.

Here is the Trailer for Black Narcissus. [VIDEO] The broadcast on this video isn’t great, but I hope you can see a little how beautiful this movie is.

Welcome back to the baseball fans.

We all know the Cleveland American League baseball team is going to change its name next year, so I’m going to ask you what the new name will be. There is no discussion here of whether or not to change their name – that argument has ended and they are changing it. Instead, I would ask you to rejoice and ask what we are going to call her next year.

The “spiders” is the name that gets the most attention, but I don’t like it for several reasons. First, spiders are gross. OK, I admit that’s a personal preference. The better reason, however, is that the name “spiders” has been linked to the worst scandal in baseball history. The owner of the spiders also bought the team we now call the Cardinals. He traded the best players in Cleveland for the worst players in St. Louis to form a “super team”. The remains of the Cleveland Spiders are still the worst team in history. They stopped playing home games in the middle of the year because no one in Cleveland would see this atrocity. This should not be celebrated.

Other names that have been suggested are the “Rocks” or “Rockers” because of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the “Buckeyes” after an old Negro League team; “Naperchen” was the name of the team before its current name and in honor of Nap Lajoie; and “Guardians,” which I have been told refer to a bridge over the Cuyahoga.

Then there is “Cleveland baseball team, “That you can decide for yourself why someone thinks this is a good idea. Maybe you think it’s a good idea and you can explain it to us.

Maybe we can start a movement for the Cleveland Black Narcissus. No no.

So when you’ve made the choice, what do we call Cleveland next season?


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See you tomorrow night with an abbreviated BCB AD.