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Tarzan – the beauty of the adventure

The Legend of Tarzan, 2016

Upon second viewing of this movie, I was struck with the subtle underlying tone which, surfacing from time to time throughout, underpinned the whole affair. The richness of the storytelling was not sacrificed for just adventure nor the mere thrill of gravity-defiance. Here is the love of one’s personal history, fellow man, and life-partner, gathered within a heady mix of historically inspired plot…what more could one ask for? Oh yes, to be exquisitely faithful to the originator of the iconic literary Tarzan: Edgar Rice Burroughs. His was a Tarzan of substance, complexity, and depth that had been essentially ignored through 98 years of celluloid. No wonder audiences have managed to confound critics’ prognostications and propel this movie for ten days so far (and perhaps many more) beyond industry expectations. It gives a person such as myself some hope, some reassurance, and some faith in both regular people (who will pay good money for worthwhile entertainment) as well as the elite few who are monetarily enabled to produce such a product. My heart is warmed.

Dr. Scheiner reviews Mahlon Blaine ~ One-Eyed Visionary

Mahlon Blaine * One-Eyed Visionary library version
Mahlon Blaine * One-Eyed Visionary by Roland Trenary

 

Amazon prohibited Dr. Scheiner posting his review, but here it is:

Roland Trenary’s self published “Mahlon Blaine ~ One-Eyed
Visionary” is a magnificent achievement, and to date the
definitive biography of the sadly forgotten pastiche artist
Mahlon Blaine. When first approached by Roland, it seems 40
years ago, many of us believed Blaine had been born in
Canada, married an American Indian Princess, lost his eye to
Malay pirates, and we doubted his tales of working in
Hollywood. Roland has gathered the visual evidence for the
true story, in an amazing presentation of personal letters
and photos few would have thought would have survived, and
he gives a social insight into little known aspects of early
Hollywood behind the scenes. The check list of books is an
invaluable guide for any one who wants to collect Blaine. It
is wonderful to see here so much never before published
Blaine art work, and hopefully this book will flush into the
market place many privately done Blaine original art items
which have not been publicly seen since their creation. The
art reproduced in Trenary’s book helps support Blaine’s
frequent boast that he could imitate any artist and had
dozens of his paintings hanging in major US museums, all
attributed to “name” artists. (I was recently offered a
George Grosz color drawing that was actually a Blaine
imitation of a Vizet book illustration, and which had been
given to Grosz and received the Grosz estate stamp when it
was found in the deceased Grosz’s home)!
There is still much to be published about Mahlon Blaine,
especially in the area of his erotic art and mechanicals.
Hopefully Roland Trenary will turn his considerable talents
to this project.
Five stars for certain.
C.J. Scheiner, M.D., Ph.D.

Officially ranked #1 on Amazon bestsellers! True.

That’s right. Read it here:

MB5 rank #1 Dec18 Amazon

I held this position for one day – Dec 18th.

By the 19th, I had dropped to #2.

MB5 rank #2 Dec19

For the three days following, I held on to 3rd place.

I am awaiting some more reviews to post on Amazon.

Imagine! Roland Trenary a number one bestselling author of a novel. Mahlon Blaine would be proud, or at least astonished. Now, if only the adult coloring book, Sindbad, would click in…

Self Portrait you say?

A nude woman peddling a bicycle.

A large animal’s horned skull.

A tightrope.

A gourd and a whiskbroom.

A cinderblock and a corrugated wall.

Tell me if I’m wrong; let me know if I’m off-base; disabuse me of my fantasy… if you can! But here’s the thing: it seems to fit.

Mahlon is the cleverly assembled skull-creature with the nude on his mind. It’s as simple as that.

The naked figure (the aforementioned athletic nude, with slippers) is not abstract, in fact she’s quite factually portrayed in her improbable double-duty balancing act across his line of vision. On the tightrope, the bicycle wheels become the eyeglasses for him, but the left eye is Mahlon’s vacant left socket. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The right eye cannot be seen as it is blocked to the viewer by the heavy bone brow.

The gourd is certainly a prominent proboscis, not unlike the artist’s own I would argue. And the whisk-bristly mustache is a reflection of his own perennial facial adornment.

(more surmises to follow)