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Knight Rise Skyspace – James Turrell is 72 years old

May 6th, 2015

Internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell has been creating skyspaces since 1975. Knight Rise, located in the Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Garden at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, is one of only 14 skyspaces open to the public in the United States.

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    Above photos by Fung Lin Hall

    The World of Satyajit Ray – Mini Retrospective- May 2, 2015

    May 2nd, 2015
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  • 20 films directed by Satyajit Ray – see photos slideshow here.

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  • Ray of hope – two documentaries Previous post

    Encounter with Jean Renoir

    Of all the films of Renoir, Ray admired La Regle du Jeu the most, a personal favorite of Renoir himself. Regarding filmmaking Renoir said that a filmmaker need not show a lot of things in a film but to show only the right things. Ray diligently followed the same advice that Renoir offered him in 1952: “You don’t have to have too many elements in a film, but whatever you use must be the right elements, the expressive elements.” From Renoir, Ray learnt that there was nothing more important to a film than the emotional integrity of human relationship in the film.

    Western Influences on Satyajit Ray

  • Joni Mitchell Update – April 2015

    April 28th, 2015
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  • She is not in comma..

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  • An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

    Fifteen – Two or Three – April 2015 – Images by Fung Lin Hall

    April 22nd, 2015
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  • See more art by Fung Lin Hall (Gold Bird Variations)

  • Desert Time – more art here by FLH.

  • Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon
  • Last Life in the Lens Universe - (with bonus film links)

  • Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

  • What is Cinema? Andre Bazin – Film Critic & Theorist

    April 18th, 2015
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    Andre Bazin (18 April 1918 – 11 November 1958)
    was a renowned and influential French film critic and film theorist.

    His personal friendships with many directors he wrote about also furthered his analysis of their work. He became a central figure not only in film critique, but in bringing about certain collaborators, as well. Bazin also preferred long takes to montage editing. He believed that less was more, and that narrative was key to great film.

    Bazin, who was influenced by personalism, believed that a film should represent a director’s personal vision. This idea had a pivotal importance in the development of the auteur theory, the manifesto for which François Truffaut’s article, “A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema”, was published by his mentor Bazin in Cahiers in 1954. Bazin also is known as a proponent of “appreciative criticism”, the notion that only critics who like a film should review it, thus encouraging constructive criticism.

  • François Truffaut dedicated The 400 Blows to Bazin, who died one day after shooting commenced on the film.
    Jean Renoir dedicated the revival of The Rules of the Game to the memory of Bazin.
    David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest references Bazin in regard to film and film criticism.

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    Bazin started to write about film in 1943 and was a co-founder of the renowned film magazine Cahiers du cinéma in 1951

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  • Latin American Writer, Eduardo Galeano – Champion of Social Justice Dies

    April 14th, 2015
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    Eduardo Galeano Open Veins of Latin America Dies

  • My Hero, Eduardo Galeano – by Tariq Ali

    Was he optimistic or pessimistic? Both, often together, but he never gave up hope. The right to dream, he insisted, should be inscribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That remained strong all his life. It is visible in his lyrical works on South American history. History written as poetry, three volumes of vignettes, each of them a pearl that went to make a stunning necklace. It is there in his journalism from Marcha in 1960s Uruguay to La Jornada in Mexico today. He was never dogmatic, always open to new ideas.

  • Democracy Now – Remembering Eduardo Galeano - Championo of Social Justice.

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    Hugo Chavez gives the book Open Veins of Latin America to Obama.

  • Imogen Cunningham – Believed in Self Learning & Ruth Asawa was a Friend

    April 13th, 2015
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    Cunningham was named Imogen after the heroine of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

    I was invited to photograph Hollywood. They asked me what I would like to photograph. I said, Ugly men.

    I don’t know what love means. (her quotes)

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    Ruth Asawa photo by Imogen Cunningham (previous post Ruth Asawa Art & Activism – San Francisco)
    Ruth Asawa and Imogen Cunningham were good friends.

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    Mark Adams, Tapestry Designer, and His Wife, the Printmaker

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    Photo of David Park, 1958 by Imogen

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  • Les Poètes Maudits, Wild Love of Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud

    April 9th, 2015
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    Total Eclipse (youtube here) (a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on his play. Verlaine was portrayed by David Thewlis and Leonardo DiCaprio played Rimbaud.)


  • Where is Rimbaud (previous post )

    Scroll down to see some Verlaine related erotic drawings

    4 poems by Paul Verlaine

    Claire de Lune (youtube)

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    Manoel de Oliveira Dies at 106

    April 4th, 2015
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    The Movies’ Grandest Oldest Man: Manoel de Oliveira Dies at 106

  • Manoel de Oliveira at 100 (previous post)


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  • Japanese Photographer Kenro Izu – Echoes of Prayer & People

    April 2nd, 2015
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    More photos at Kenro Izu (homepage)

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    Varanasi, India 2013. At the “House of Liberation” a free housing where people come to die near the holy river Ganges

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    Kenro Izu (井津 建郎 Izu Kenrō?, born 1949) is a Japanese-born photographer based in the United States.[1]

    Izu attended Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo from 1969-1972. After moving to the United States in 1972, he spent two years working as a photo assistant in New York City and subsequently established his own studio, specializing in still life photography. Since 1979, in addition to his well established commercial work, Kenro began his serious professional commitment to his fine art photography, traveling the world to capture the sacred ancient stone monuments in their natural settings. He traveled and documented Egypt, Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Mexico, France and Easter Island (Chile).

    He has also focused on Buddhism and Hindu monuments in South East Asia: Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Through them, he captures profound beauty with natural states of decay. Izu founded Friends Without a Border, an organization devoted to raising funds for children’s hospitals in Cambodia. Profits from select prints sales and his book, Light Over Ancient Angkor, are donated to this cause. Izu is the recipient of the 2007 Lucie Awards’ Visionary Photographer award, and was published by En Foco’s photographic journal Nueva Luz.

  • The Social & Political films of Michael Winterbottom

    March 29th, 2015
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    Bio

    Three of his films — Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People — have been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festiva (via his wiki)

  • Winterbottom to direct Amanda Knox Murder Trial – The Face of an Angel starring Daniel Bruhl.

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    Michael Winterbottom has made an almost unbearably moving film that follows the lives of a prisoner’s family through the years

  • In this world Left to right: Jamal Udin Torabi as Jamal and Enayatullah as Enayat

    See In this World full film – (youtube)

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  • Has made three movies based on novels by Thomas Hardy: Jude (1996), based on “Jude the Obscure,” The Claim (2000), re-setting “The Mayor of Casterbridge” from rustic England to a California mining town, and Trishna (2011), an update of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.”.(via Bio)

    Jude (Thomas Hardy) – Full film (Kate Winslett one of her finest performances).

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  • Pierre Boulez is 90 years old Today

    March 26th, 2015
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    Ivan Hewett pays tribute to classical music’s most contentious revolutionary

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