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Artists have been celebrating the carefree lifestyle and lustfulness of the Gypsies since dubbed “bohemians”, a term that later came to identify a special class of anti-establishment artists.....
The disastrous timing of their arrival into Europe coinciding with the Tatar and Turkish invasions led to accusations as spies. Their “oddball” behavior like fortunetelling and.....
The Gypsy presence in literature started up as early as Shakespeare’s casual Roma references in Othello, The Tempest, As You Like It and in Midsummer Night’s Dream: “the lover, all as frantic, sees Helen’s beauty in the brow of Egypt”. The lover finds beauty even in the face of the dark ....
Shortly after Tiginada’s debut Alexander Pushkin began hanging around a Gypsy camp where he fell in love with a beautiful Gypsy girl, later writing a poem about his experience called The Gypsies based on the burning question - “what if I made her mine”.
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“Depart from us, oh man of pride!
We are but wild, a lawless nation,
We keep no rack or hempen knot,
Need neither blood nor lamentation –
But live with slayers we will not.
The heathen freedom you have known,
You claim it for yourself alone;
Your voice henceforth would awe and grieve us,
For we are meek and kind of heart,
And you are fierce and wicked – leave us,
And peace be with you as we part.”
Pushkin’s poem was so well received that it became the inspiration for dozens of other works of fiction including ....
The next evening, however, the count came into the room, sat beside Jonathan, and handed him the letter he had written to Mina. The letter had been opened. The gold piece, of course, was gone.”
Meanwhile, the great composer Franz Liszt was becoming a regular around the Gypsy camp, ....
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While the Gypsy character usually held minor roles bringing a flash of humor or mystique to the storyline. ....
Hollywood, known to follow trends till ad nauseam, followed up the billion dollar success of the crime family themed The Godfather, series along a gypsy path with King of the Gypsies staring an entire “gajo” cast, if I may borrow the Romani term identifying non-Gypsies, of Eric Roberts, Judd Hirsch, Shelly Winters, Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields as the Gypsies. A short time later filmmakers started a new trend of ....
The Gypsies burst onto American screens with the 1983 hit Angelo my Love, the story of a family of New York Gypsies hustling their way through life. The film was conceived when writer and director Robert Duval stumbled upon the eight year old star of the movie on the streets of NYC having what sounded like a lovers' quarrel with a woman in her late 20’s. The kid and his family were naturals. Even though Mr. Duval wrote the screen play, much of the dialogue had been improvised by the actors.
The internal debate raging between the financial gains of the stereotypes versus self-respect parallels the Italian-American dispute with the film industry’s heavy use of the mafia stereotype. There’s money to be made in the stereotypes as displayed in both Gypsy and Italian-American themed reality shows instigating outlandish behavior. At a writers' symposium in 1999, Frank Renzulli, co-writer of the hit HBO series The Sopronos, about an Italian-American mafia family, made this conundrum perfectly clear when he commented that if the Italian-American gangster characters were removed from programming, there would be "no Italians on television."… In other words, play the part or - “next!”
Article by Chuck Todaro
Article by Chuck Todaro