Maria Germanova as The Witch in The Blue Bird (Maurice Maeterlinck) of Moscow Art Theatre (1908)
i really don’t like christmas. however, i do like this and the original.
Fortune teller. Early 1870s.
Because,” explained Mary Rommely simply, “the child must have a valuable thing which is called imagination. The child must have a secret world in which things that never were. It is necessary that she believe. She must start out by believing in things not of the world. Then when the world becomes too ugly for living in, the child can reach back and live in her imagination. I, myself, even in this day and at my age, have great need of recalling the miraculous lives of the Saints and the great miracles that have come to pass on earth. Only by having these things in my mind can I live beyond what I have to live for.
—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
Nadja à Paris, Eric Rohmer, 1964.