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Emir Kusturica’s Documentary of Uruguay President + A Spy Thriller “Farewell”

January 19th, 2020
  • El Pepe Uruguay President – Intimate Documentary by Emir Kusturica

    Former Uruguayan president José (Pepe) Mujica is drinking mate. Emir Kusturica is smoking his cigar. The Serbian director, so happy sharing the spotlight with his stars, be it Monica Bellucci (On the Milky Road) or Maradona (Maradona by Kusturica), is quietly watching the subject of his documentary. By the end of El Pepe, A Supreme Life, it’s Mujica who’s watching, smiling playfully at Kusturica’s novice mate-drinking skills, the two of them having shared talks on a vast range of topics, from world economics to gardening, from Uruguayan politics to the politics of love. And Kusturica has clearly fallen under the spell of this most unusual voice in world affairs.


  • Farewell

    Rottentomatoes-Movie Info

    Engaging, emotional and riveting, “Farewell” is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history — about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece of history — largely unknown until now, “one of the most important espionage cases of the 20th century.”

    Francis Alÿs, Film Sandlines, Selfie in Mosul

    January 13th, 2020
  • On January 21, 2020, Francis Alÿs will receive the Art Icon Award . The award will be given at an evening event hosted by Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick, OBE, and Swarovski Executive Board member Nadja Swarovski.


    (photo by Parwar Tariq)

    Francis Alÿs will debut his new film Sandlines (2018) in the “New Frontiers” category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Filmed during multiple trips over the past few years, the work is part of a larger body of work focused on Iraq, the beginnings of which were first exhibited at the Iraqi Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale.

    Sandlines the story of history
    (Sundance Institute, Saturday, January 25th 9:00 PM Temple Theatre Park City Theaters)


  • (Film still from Sandlines)


  • With Kurdish Army in Mosul (Artforum-Interview)

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Francis Alys via Phoenix Art Museum (With other Latin American artists)

    Francis Alÿs (See his projects here – like this one “Cut” )

    Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan & Bruce Lee

    January 12th, 2020

  • (Nancy Kwan, Bruce Lee and Sharon Tate)


  • (Sharon Tate with Vittorio Gassman )

  • Vittorio Gassman (previous post)

    Buck Henry, Left to Join Bowie in Heaven on his Birthday

    January 9th, 2020

  • Buck Henry as Oliver Farnsworth from The Man Who Fell to Earth)
    Buck Henry passed away on the anniversay of David Bowie’s birthday Jan 8.

    He was twice nominated for an Academy Award, in 1968 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Graduate and in 1979 for Best Director for Heaven Can Wait alongside Warren Beatty. His long career began on television with work on shows with Steve Allen in The New Steve Allen Show (1961). He went on to co-create Get Smart (1965-1970) with Mel Brooks, and hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times from 1976 to 1980. He later guest starred in shows such as Murphy Brown, Will & Grace, and 30 Rock.

    Buck Henry Appreiciation

    the master of despair whose comedies seduced Hollywood
    He helped shape one of the most revolutionary films of the 1960s (The Graduate), co-wrote one of the funniest of all time (What’s Up, Doc?) and scripted the movie that became the springboard for Nicole Kidman’s career (To Die For).

  • During the October 30, 1976, episode, Buck Henry was injured in the forehead by John Belushi’s katana in the samurai sketch. Henry’s head began to bleed and he was forced to wear a large bandage on his forehead for the rest of the show. As a gag, the members of the SNL cast each wore a bandage on their foreheads as well.

    With Humphrey Bogarde and Buck Henry (Maltese Falcon – Mystery)

  • RIP John Baldessari will not make more boring art

    January 5th, 2020
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    (Beethoven’s Trumpet John Baldessari)

  • John Baldessari Radically Influential, Conceptual Artist, Dies at 88 (LA times)

  • Art News obit

    John Baldessari, Fearless Conceptual Artist Who Put Big Ideas Before Pretty Pictures, Is Dead at 88

    Baldessari was frequently asked where he got his ideas, and he often cited art history itself. He was an admirer of art from all periods of art history, and he even named his dogs Goya and Giotto. In a New York Times interview from 2016, he fantasized about an alternate life in which he became a historian who could be called Dr. Baldessari, adding, “I do believe that art comes from art.”

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    Baldessari’s Yellow Fin and Tristram

  • I’m at a rare loss of words now that John [Baldessari] is gone. He was literate. He was witty. He was a curmudgeon. But I remember him always having a list of jokes he had heard.” – Lawrence Weiner (thanks to Marian Goodman Gallery)

  • See more from previous post Recycling John Baldessari


  • Rollercoaster – 1989-90

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  • John Baldessari photographed in his studio in Santa Monica by Larry Sultan

    Posted by Pascal Blanchard on Monday, January 6, 2020

  • Jacob Dylan – Echo in the Canyon

    January 4th, 2020

  • Jacob Dylan

    Dylan has written notable hits such as “6th Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight”, which is listed at number 58 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs”. He has won two Grammy Awards, and released two solo albums: Seeing Things in 2008 and Women + Country in 2010. Women + Country became Dylan’s highest-charting album since the Wallflowers’ 1996 breakthrough Bringing Down the Horse, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

    Echo in the Canyon (Laurel Canyon Music Scene documentary) – Rolling Stone

    The film, directed by Dylan’s manager and former record exec Andy Slater, combines history lessons with new performances of the era’s music (from “In My Room” to “Goin’ Back”) from Fiona Apple, Beck and others. Dylan found himself nostalgic for an era before his birth. “There was a lot of support,” he says, “and a lot of tradition.”

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    Bob Dylan

    To Edna Gundersen, USA Today:
    GUNDERSEN: Your son Jakob has been very much in the spotlight this year. Do you worry about him?
    DYLAN: I’m proud of his accomplishments. He’s still young, and he’s come a long way in a short time. I worried about him when he started out. I just didn’t want to see him get roughed up. This business can really throw you into deep water. He’s had his ups and downs. What he does with the future remains to be seen, but he and his band have done rather well. In the contemporary music scene, they have got a voice to be heard.

  • The Passion of Pete Postlethwaite

    January 2nd, 2020
  • Pete Postlethwaite http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2011/01/03/in-the-name-of-pete-postlethwaite/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Tuesday, February 7, 2012


    (Ralph Fiennes and Pete Postlethwaite from the Constant Gardner)

  • In the Name of Pete Postlethwaite
    (See and read more from here, enjoy!)

    Tsundoku, Picking Up a Book & not Reading

    December 25th, 2019
  • Tsundoku (Japanese: 積ん読) is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them

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  • (Screenplay-Hidden Life)


  • (Screenplay- Jojo Rabbit)

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    Picked up a book today. David Foster Wallace – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2019/12/25/tsundoku-picking-up-a-book-not-reading/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Saturday, November 23, 2019

    Found this book “Archive Fever” – A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida.. from neighbor’s friendly book recycle box, this morning. Now I am curious about the former owner of this book.

    “Derrida, convincingly argues that, although the archive is a public entity, is nevertheless is the reposittory of the private and personal, including even intimate details” – Choice_

    Found this book "Archive Fever" – A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida.. from neighbor's friendly book recycle…

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Monday, October 7, 2019

    Winter’s Tale – 2019

    December 24th, 2019
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    Eric Rohmer

  • Brick Eiffel or Brick Xmas Tree – Dec 24, 2015.

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Thursday, December 24, 2015

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  • Todd Haynes on Cate Blanchett, Saul Leiter and Queer Cinema
    Carol – Todd Haynes

    Baba Ram Dass died peacefully at home in Maui on December 22, 2019

    December 23rd, 2019
  • Richard Alpert
    (Photo via Tell Truth Love Everybody )

  • Thank you for everything Baba Ram Dass (Richard Alpert).
    Attended his lecture and shook hands with him. I recommended his Grist for the Mill to a troubled teenager.. the book changed his life around..he got it.

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    Edgard Varese Frank Zappa Connection

    December 22nd, 2019

  • Letter to Edgard Varese, Zappa was 16 years old

    Dear Sir:

    Perhaps you might remember me from my stupid phone call last January, if not, my name again is Frank Zappa Jr. I am 16 years old … that might explain partly my disturbing you last winter. The reason for my letter at this time is that I am visiting relatives in Baltimore and as long as I am on the East Coast I hope I can get to see you.

    It might seem strange but ever since I was 13 I have been interested in your music. The whole thing stems from the time when the keeper of this little record store sold me your album “The Complete Works of Edgard Varèse, Vol.l.” The only reason I knew it existed was that an article in either LOOK or the POST mentioned it as being noisy and unmusical and only good for trying out the sound systems in high fidelity units (referring to your “IONIZATIONS” [sic]). I don’t know how the store I got it from ever obtained it, but, after several hearings, I became curious and bought it for $5.40, which, at the time seemed awfully high and being so young, kept me broke for three weeks. Now I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I am looking around for another copy as the one I have is very worn and scratchy.

  • Frank Zappa – Birth date, December 21
    Edard Varese – Birth date, December 22

  • Soviet Santa

    December 19th, 2019

  • (Snegurochka and Ded Moroz crossing a Moscow street in 1968)
    Soviet Santa

    How Santa Survived the Soviet Era
    Of all the variations on the beloved character, Russia’s Ded Moroz might have the strangest history.


  • (Actor Alexander Khvylya plays Ded Moroz at a New Year performance the Kremlin in 1969.)

    Ded Moroz emerged around the late 19th century. One of the first major cultural introductions of the character was in the 1873 play The Snow Maiden, by Alexander Ostrovsky, one of the most important playwrights in Russian history. Ostrovsky was often a political writer, and The Snow Maiden is an odd entry in his oeuvre. It’s a fairytale, based in part on obscure and largely forgotten pre-Christian pagan mythology, and designed to promote a different kind of Russian patriotism than the Imperial government’s brand. The play was published—not necessarily a given for Ostrovsky, who had many of his plays censored or banned—and eventually rewritten as an opera, which was performed many times.

  • Christmas sounds like Kurushimimasu (suffering in Japanese)
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