Laurel, Hardy and the girl

Note architecture in clip from Laurel and Hardy film. (

Note architecture in clip from Laurel and Hardy film. (

My friend Lee Juskalian sent me a video that reminds me of a video from that I posted as “Painted girl evolves,” with the excuse that the stop-motion painting of the face of a girl named Elvis Schmoulianoff had something to say about art and beauty, if not necessarily architecture.

Lee’s video, ILHAMA feat. DJ OGB, (whatever that means), had similarly strange music and I think the girl may be the same, but I can find no conclusive evidence that she is Elvis. Still, the video is striking, sort of a mix between the Elvis girl opus and another video, a string of clips of Rita Hayworth dancing to the BeeGees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Except that ILHAMA features clips from Laurel and Hardy films, with what might be the same Elvis girl dancing intermittently between L&H clips, with and without others, and a DJ scraping some disc in the hip-hop manner.

All this appealed to me and I hope it will to you. Maybe you can suggest who she is and whether they are the same girl. To illustrate this post I will try to find a clip with some sort of architecture in the backdrop of a shot of Laurel and Hardy. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

A tip of the hat to Malcolm Millais, author of Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture (2009), for sending along this site, Jewish Humor Central, that gives the provenance of this swell video, including a video on how it was made. It stars Azerbaijani singer Ilhama Gasimova.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Laurel, Hardy and the girl

  1. Reblogged this on Architecture Here and There and commented:

    Adds new information on the featured singer, Ilhama Gasimova, the history of the song and a video on how the video was made.


  2. John Haigis says:

    Vundebar…Thank you!


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