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1. Scylla and Charybdis, the names of two rocks between Italy and Sicily, and only a short distance from one another. In the midst of the one of these rocks which was nearest to Italy, there dwelt, according to Homer, Scylla, a daughter of Crataeis, a fearful monster, barking like a dog, with twelve feet, six long necks and mouths, each of which contained three rows of sharp teeth. The opposite rock, which was much lower, contained an immense fig-tree, under which there dwelt Charybdis, who thrice every day swallowed down the waters of the sea, and thrice threw them up again : both were formidable to the ships which had to pass between them. Later traditions represent Scylla as a daughter of Phorcys or Phorbas, by Hecate Crataeis, or by Lamia; while others make her a daughter of Triton, or Poseidon and Crataeis, or of Typhon and Echidna. Some, again, describe her as a monster with six heads of different animals, or with only three heads
One tradition relates that Scylla originally was a beautiful maiden, who often played with the nymphs of the sea, and was beloved by the marine god Glaucus. He applied to Circe for means to make Scylla return his love; but Circe, jealous of the fair maiden, threw magic herbs into the well in which Scylla was wont to bathe, and by these herbs the maiden was metamorphosed in such a manner, that the upper part of her body remained that of a woman, while the lower part was changed into the tail of a fish or serpent, surrounded by dogs. Another tradition related that Scylla was beloved by Poseidon, and that Amphitrite, from jealousy, metamorphosed her into a monster. Heracles is said to have killed her, because she had stolen some of the oxen of Geryon; but Phorcys is said to have restored her to life. Virgil speaks of several Scyllae, and places them in the lower world.
Charybdis is described as a daughter of Poseidon and Gaea, and as a voracious woman,who stole oxen from Heracles, and was hurled by the thunderbolt of Zeus into the sea, where she retained her voracious nature.
2. A daughter of King Nisus of Megara, who, in consequence of her love of Minos, cut off the golden hair from her father's head, and thereby caused his death. She has sometimes been confounded with the monster Scylla.
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Neither good nor (perceived) evil wins, rather it leaves one with food for thought, which was a very 1960s intent, yet one still sees the same situation going on today, deciding what is natural/good versus artificial/evil. This doesn't solve it, only shows it.
Sorry, despite the above intellectuality, it's a fun flick with a thoughtful residual. The acting is a little stilted, but above "B" standards.
Artist Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) was an incredibly talented and prolific Australian artist, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeler, and boxer (Wickipedia). Examples of his paintings may be seen at (...)
"Sirens" is a quirky, humorous, fictionalized story that accurately portrays the controversies and consternation resulting from Lindsay's work. I don't know if Lindsay was an atheist or not, but he accurately cast "The Church" in the role of self-righteous destroyer of all things sensual, sexual, and oppressor and suppressor of the most beautiful creation in all of God's Creation: The nude, sensual, borderline (and not-so-borderline) erotic female body. I am most certainly not an atheist, but I fully agree with Lindsay's philosophy about organized religion.
The story has an envoy from the Church of England (Hugh Grant) and his wife (Tara FitzGerald) who are tasked with visiting artist Norman Lindsay (Sam Neill) and trying to talk him into withdrawing one of his paintings (Crucifixian of Venus) from an art exhibition. Lindsay welcomes the opportunity to have a rousing debate on the subject of religious censorship.
Australian supermodel Elle MacPherson plays one of his nude models in her film debut, and I understand she had to put on weight for the role. Kate Fischer is another saucy model (and an obnoxious Stalinist at a time when the airheads of the world thought Communism was the foundation for paradise), and Pamela Rabe plays Lindsays wife, who also models for him. Portia de Rossi plays a maid who has been invited to pose as well, and Mark Gerber plays a mute (maybe) and mostly blind (maybe) odd job man who also poses. The movie is really about Estella (Tara FitzGerald) and her awakening to a much larger world of sensuality and passion.
BTW: In an example of crass hyperbole, the DVD jacket quotes Playboy as describing the movie as "The most EROTIC movie of the year!" NONSENSE! There is nothing erotic about it. There are no sex scenes beyond suggestive inferences. However, casual nudity and sensuality is a prominent feature of the movie, and yes, the ladies are ravishing. The ladies in the audience might also consider Mark Gerber to be ravishing. But erotic? Sexual? No.
I won't say any more for fear of spoiling the plot, but if you are like me you will watch the movie again and again to catch all the extrfa little nuances that make it so fascinating. I just wish the particular version I bought had subtitles.