by Jina Bacarr
I’ve been writing about Lady Eve Marlowe’s adventures in 1928 Weimar Berlin in my Berlin Sex Diary blog. For Lady Marlowe, it was as if those days came alive again. She was kind enough to assist me in making a book trailer (â€You mean like the film trailers? Iâ€™d be delightedâ€¦) about her adventures in â€œCleopatraâ€™s Perfumeâ€ during World War II in London, Cairo and Berlin.
We shot the video and picked out a charming piece of music called â€œParisâ€ by Dan Graham. When we looked at the final cut, Lady Eve turned to me and said, â€œItâ€™s lovely, Jina, but so many great films during the Second World War were shot in black and white.â€
â€œYou mean like Casablanca?â€ I asked, remembering the dramatic lighting and emotional tension so beautifully filmed by Michael Curtiz.
Lady Eve nodded. â€œWhat if we produced two videosâ€“one in color and one in black and white?â€
And thatâ€™s what we did. Here are two versions of the book trailer for Cleopatraâ€™s Perfume: one in color:
And one in black and white:
Which do you prefer?
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