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Archetypes | WOMAN KING

And she speaks in a voice that sets men trembling, with eyes painted gold and a throne built on the bones of those who would challenge her rule. Cults of ascetics dance ecstasies in her honour and write her words in blood across their altars. Her body is a holy temple and her power springs from the divine source of her own terrible will. She is not of mortal flesh, they will whisper, as she wheels on her stallion and screams warchants to the heavens, emerging from battle wreathed in the blood and soil of a new kingdom. She rules with iron fists, with the cracking of cathedrals, with the love and the fear of her vast wild armies. She harbours a sword within her unquiet roaring heart, and with it has carved herself a new space, outside of law or nature or humankind. She is the mother of an empire; she is the mother of herself. Watch her rise.

    #she is a force of nature; beyond control; beyond definition almost     #men worship at her altar and desire her; but in the way men have always desired the untouchable; the divine     #she embodies their aspiration and their fear of the dark glory lurking behind that aspiration     #she fights wars like she is praying; and so with every sword swung; with ever banner rippling; with ever bullet shot     #they are singing to her     #she is the high priestess of a kingdom     #and the kingdom is held within her bosom     #a woman king will always be greater and more terrible than a king     #because she has risen beyond the human level; on the human level she would be a queen not a king     #to be king; she transcends her womanhood by transcending even her humanity     #she must be iron and shining and alien     #she must be the lady of war; the divine; the witching and the unknown     #that’s it     #that’s the key     #her body and her self must be a space of necessary unknowability     #if she was known; she would be human     #there must be that beyondness to her     #whether it comes from war; from death; from magic; from divinity; from the sheer fact of her being violent better and more beautifully th…     #than anything else on earth     #a woman king is always a warrior     #sometimes it’s literal and sometimes it’s figurative     #but she is always waging war against nature and the encroaching suffocation of civility and society and knowability     #so she rises     #someday we may see a woman king   

This movie came out nearly 30 years ago and this statement is STILL true.


Jessica Chastain photographed by Amy Troost for Madame Figaro, September 2014.

I love my skin!


During rehearsals, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton found out that they both hated the new Volkswagen Beetle with a passion, and for the scene where Tyler and The Narrator are hitting cars with baseball bats, Pitt and Norton insisted that one of the cars be a Beetle. As Norton explains on the DVD commentary, he hates the car because the Beetle was one of the primary symbols of 60s youth culture and freedom. However, the youth of the 60s had become the corporate bosses of the 90s, and had repackaged the symbol of their own youth, selling it to the youth of another generation as if it didn’t mean anything. Both Norton and Pitt felt that this kind of corporate selling out was exactly what the film was railing against, hence the inclusion of the car; “It’s a perfect example of the Baby Boomer generation marketing its youth culture to us. As if our happiness is going to come by buying the symbol of their youth movement, even with the little flower holder in the plastic molding. It’s appalling to me. I hate it.” 


Bucky in the 21st Century: Bonus #1

Idea credits to captainjaye (from this post)! 

PART 1 | PART 2 

“So then. I shall become a nun. For I shall never love a husband as I love you, Cesare.”


→ dressed to rule, dressed to love, dressed to kill.