Café on the Rue de Remarques
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Don’t bother looking for the café on the Rue de Remarques on a map of France. It exists only in the fictional Anglo-French town of Stepford-on-Sea. ‘Rue de Remarques’ is pronounced ‘rude remarks.’ (I find that I have to explain all my jokes!)
When Caroline arrived, she had endless advice for Rebecca, although Rebecca had been around far longer!
Perry of the Doll Forum created the vintage colours in this image, complete with wartime notice, based on my original photograph.
This was before I glued Caroline’s mouth shut.
That’s Virginia on the left and Joanna sitting up and discussing the arrangement with the subject of this documentary made in Canada, pioneering photographer Elena Dorfman, out of view on the right.
So many personnel turned up for this that they could not all fit in the house and some milled about or sat on their many equipment cases outside. Fortunately, the weather was fine.
Anoushka’s arrival day (she was made in Vladivostok, Russia) coincided with a photo shoot for Closer magazine.
Annabelle, Rebecca, and Anoushka in 2011. The painting (a print) is Secret Memories by Sherree Valentine Daines. I have blurred it to protect copyright.
German women pass by the compressed mass of girls, glance at them as at a normal, every-day phenomenon. And walk on.
Fräuleins, teen-age couples, brown-uniformed Hitler Youth stroll by, cast a glance–and go on with their chit-chat.
Passing children unwrap the sweets their mothers bought for them, without looking up. All pass by, as if the Jewgirls surrounded by levelled machine guns were a normal, commonplace occurrence: part of the natural order of things; something which no longer draws the attention, having long ago lost its attraction.
— From House of Dolls by Ka-Tzetnik 135633, 1956, translated from the Hebrew by Moshe M. Kohn
Body & Mind Architect, web site of performance artist, musician, and author Azusa Itagaki
ELENA DORFMAN including her doll photographs under STILL LOVERS