Archive for October, 2011

Centuries Old Practice of ‘Primogeniture’ becomes a thing of the Past

October 31st, 2011

The time-honored tradition of primogeniture, in which succession of the Royal throne is handed down to the first male child in the family,was laid to rest on Friday, when the 16 Commonwealth nations that acknowledge Queen Elizabeth II as their monarch, announced that male heirs will no longer take precedence over their sisters in succession. The new reform ends a 300-year old tradition in which the only way a woman could ascend the throne was if the previous monarch had no sons.

The reform was announced by David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, attended by the Queen, in Perth, Australia.  Cameron said the historic rules were “at odds with the modern countries that we have become” and that  “put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen.”

Mozart Had A Sister?

October 31st, 2011

 It seems that 18th century musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was not the only one in his family who displayed a musical genius from an early age. His sister Maria Annaa Walburga Ignatia Mozart, better known as Nannerl, was a talented harpsicord virtuoso in her own right. Her musical legacy however, has been lost for the most part, having fallen victim to both her gender and the era in which she was born. Nannerl’s life and musical genius is the inspiration for French writer-director, Rene Feret’s newest biopic, “Mozart’s Sister.” The film, according to Feret, is 40 percent reality and 60 percent fiction.”  According to the Washington Post, Feret decided to focus on Nannerl’s family life as a way into her story, paying particular attention to her complicated relationship with her famously exacting father, Leopold, who first encouraged and later discouraged her musical progress.

The film opens Friday at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, the Shrilington 7 in Arlington and Cinema Arts in Fairfax. The film is 120 minutes and is unrated.