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Night on Earth with Armin Mueller Stahl – 2014

December 17th, 2014
  • Armin Mueller Stahl 1ArminStahl is 84 years old today.
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    German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl has had careers – and success – in three different countries under three very different systems. First in communist East Germany, where he was a heartthrob and matinee idol, then in West Germany where he worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder in films including Lola and Verona Voss, and, finally, in Hollywood, where he has worked with directors such as David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, Ron Howard and Barry Levinson. (via Hollywood reporter)

    He appeared in such films as Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lola (1981), Veronika Voss (1982), Andrzej Wajda’s A Love in Germany (1984),
    Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland), The Music Box, Avalon, Shine, and Eastern Promises.

    Previous post -2010 (Buddenbrooks + showing off Armin’s paintings)

    Eastern Promises (youtube) (love this film).

    Armin directed Conversation with Beast (youtube)

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    Blog Vitro Nasu is 10 years old.
    See the first post – here..

    Contact (2005 – fun stuff) or the Archive.

    R.I.P Jane Freilicher – Portraits of Frank O’Hara, Koch & Ashbery

    December 14th, 2014
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    Jane Freilicher (in film star pose) Water Mill, NY, 1958
    By John Jonas Gruen

    R.I.P Jane Freilichner an outsider in era of Abstract Expressionism dies at 90.

    The prevailing critical current, for most of her career, devalued the landscape and still-life genres. In landscape, what Mr. Ashbery called her “sweetness of tone” drew unfavorable comparisons with Mr. Porter’s moodier treatment of similar scenes.

    “My work was deviant enough to explain why I was not rising through the ranks,” she told The New York Times in 1998. “But I liked not having the demands made on me a big career would have made. It allowed me a certain freedom to fool around.”

  • art news obit In 1958, the poet James Schuyler termed her “a poet’s painter who may yet become the public’s painter”—an apt description for her entire career.

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    Jane with Ruth Kligman and DeKooning.

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    Ashbery and O’Hara regularly sought her advice for poems in process. Urbane, affectionate, and gossipy, the letters put the artist’s legendary wit on display.
    O’Hara wrote his celebrated series of “Jane poems,” weaving her name into the titles.(via)

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    See more paintings by Jane here.

  • See Jane with Hartigan and Larry Rivers

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    The poet John Ashbery, with whom she shared a six-decade friendship, wrote, “Her pictures always have an air of just coming into being, of tentativeness that is the lifeblood of art.” The two met when Ashbery, fresh out of college, came to stay at the poet Kenneth Koch’s apartment at East 16th Street and Third Avenue, and Freilicher, who lived one floor above, provided the key to let him in. –

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  • Jane and her friends

    The depth of Koch’s friendship with Freilicher is equally evident. There’s a typed manuscript page for his script for The Automotive Story, a 1954 short film directed by Rudy Buckhardt featuring Jane Frelicher; likewise the painter’s portraits of Koch are reproduced, as is Freilicher’s painting The Car, alongside the painter and poet’s jokey collaborative text “A Car” (“Dashboard: I am my setting sun, a dashboard. / Clutch: I clutch. We like each other.”).

    Shuji Terayama – Labyrinth Tale, Tarot & Klaus Kinski

    December 9th, 2014
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    Klaus Kinski in Fruits of Passion directed by Terayama Shuji

  • Pencil Dracula Terayamay Shuji animation gif Shuji Terayama (previous post)

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    Arielle Dombasle – (married to Henri Bernard Levy) and Klaus Kinski in Fruits of Passion.

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    Tom Waits -His Father was an Exhaust Manifold and His Mother a Tree

    December 6th, 2014
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    Happy birthday Tom Waits.

    See and hear Gun street girl (youtube)

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    Tom Waits Kronos String Quartet Bridge School Cold Ground

  • Writing songs is like capturing birds without killing them. Sometimes you end up with nothing but a mouthful of feathers.
    Tom Waits

    More “Wit and Wisdom” from his homepage.

    1) I knelt at the altar of Ray Charles for years. I worked at a restaurant, and that’s all there was on the jukebox.
    2) The blues is like a planet. It’s an enormous topic. You can’t ignore the impact that it has had and continues to have on the whole musical culture. It’s a tree that everyone is swinging from. Without it, I don’t know where I would be. It’s indelible and indispensable.
    3) I love Burroughs (William S. Burroughs). He’s like a metal desk. He’s like a still, and everything that comes out of him is already whiskey.
    4) He is one of the standards by which I measure all singers. (On Harry Belafonte) (via IMDB)

    Protest Photo by Gordon Parks + Aids Memorial II Photo Random -Dec. 2014

    December 1st, 2014
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    Photo by Gordon Parks (Harlem, 1963)

  • Who are police killing?

    The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans, followed by African Americans, Latinos, Whites, and Asian Americans.

  • Dec 1 - On World’s Aid Day.
    We remember poets, filmmakers, actors, authors, artists, photographers, sculptors, philosophers, cinematographers, composer singers, figure skaters who died of Aids .

    Aids Memorial (Fotos of Eleven Good Men)klausgif Klaus Nomi & and others.

  • Aids Memorial part II

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    Susan Sontag and Nestor Almendros

  • Susan Sontag, the American critic and a former supporter of the Castro regime, describes the Castro campaign against homosexuals as ”a heritage, in a way a ‘Puritan’ one, that is deeply embedded in the morals of the Left.” She continues: ”The discovery that homosexuals were being persecuted in Cuba shows, I think, how much the Left needs to evolve.”

    (Susan Sontag’s son David Rief translated Francois Truffaut’ forward to A Man with A Camera titled “The Lights of Nestor Almendros”.)

    Nestor Almendros - A Man with a Camera…(You can see his documentary from here.)

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    Tony Perkins relaxing on the Psycho set.

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    was an American author, poet, and activist best known for his essays about gay relationships.
    Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir. 1988

  • Burce Chatwin and Werner Herzog – The Anatomy of Restlessness.

  • The Caterpiller & Black Holes + R.I.P Mark Strand

    November 29th, 2014
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    Untitled photo collage by Fung Lin Hall

  • Mark Strand dies – Pulitzer winning poet laureate ..( Born in Prince Edward’s Islands, Canada, initially he studied art.)

  • The Remains
    I empty myself of the names of others. I empty my pockets.
    I empty my shoes and leave them beside the road.
    At night I turn back the clocks;
    I open the family album and look at myself as a boy.

    What good does it do? The hours have done their job.
    I say my own name. I say goodbye.
    The words follow each other downwind.
    I love my wife but send her away.

    My parents rise out of their thrones
    into the milky rooms of clouds. How can I sing?
    Time tells me what I am. I change and I am the same.
    I empty myself of my life and my life remains.

    Mark Stand

  • Read his poem “The End” (poetry foundation)

  • Wallace Shawn interviewed Mark Strand (Paris Review)

  • EATING POETRY

    Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
    There is no happiness like mine.
    I have been eating poetry.

    The librarian does not believe what she sees.
    Her eyes are sad
    and she walks with her hands in her dress.

    The poems are gone.
    The light is dim.
    The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

    Their eyeballs roll,
    their blond legs burn like brush.
    The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

    She does not understand.
    When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
    she screams.

    I am a new man,
    I snarl at her and bark,
    I romp with joy in the bookish dark.
    Mark Strand

    (Jim Bauerlein’s favorite poem thanks..)

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    The Caterpiller and Black holes (photo collage by Fung Lin Hall)

  • Lines for Winter
    Mark Strand
    1934 – 2014

    for Ros Krauss

    Tell yourself
    as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
    that you will go on
    walking, hearing
    the same tune no matter where
    you find yourself—
    inside the dome of dark
    or under the cracking white
    of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
    Tonight as it gets cold
    tell yourself
    what you know which is nothing
    but the tune your bones play
    as you keep going. And you will be able
    for once to lie down under the small fire
    of winter stars.
    And if it happens that you cannot
    go on or turn back
    and you find yourself
    where you will be at the end,
    tell yourself
    in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
    that you love what you are.
    Mark Strand

    Icon of Topography Movement, Minimalist Photographer – Lewis Baltz Does at 69

    November 25th, 2014
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    Icon of New Topography Movement Lewis Baltz dies at 69.

  • Lewis Baltz – wiki

  • NYtimes obit

    More than those of his colleagues, Mr. Baltz’s stark, geometric photographs used the language of Minimalism, the dominant mode of sculpture at the time, to convey a kind of creeping soullessness in the man-made landscape of Southern California, where he grew up.

    The camera, he said, was often a device less for communication than for a kind of existential defense. In 2009 he told an interviewer for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, “I used photography to distance myself from a world that I loathed and was powerless to improve.”

  • Lewis Baltz At Eye Level
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    Algebra & Fire, Sandrine Kimberlain as Simoe de Beauvoir, Devos as Violette Leduc

    November 22nd, 2014
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  • Martin Provost directed Violette. See Violette trailer here (youtube)

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  • Simone de Beauvoir and Sandrine Kimberlin (Jean Genet appeared in Violette but Sartre and Nelson Algren were mentioned briefly in the film)

    Violette review from Guardian

    Sandrine Kiberlain is superb as Simone de Beauvoir – demanding, principled and controlled. Emmanuelle Devos is even better as penniless, neurotic Violette Leduc, who arrives like a stalker on De Beauvoir’s doorstep with the dog-eared manuscript of her unpublished novel, L’Asphyxie (or Imprisoned in My Skin).

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    Violette Leduc

    In 1942 she met Maurice Sachs and Simone de Beauvoir, who encouraged her to write. Her first novel, L’Asphyxie (In the Prison of Her Skin), was published by Albert Camus for Éditions Gallimard and earned her praise from Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Cocteau and Jean Genet.

  • The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once described poetry as “algebra and fire.” The same is true of politics. Watching Violette, you’re reminded that the women’s movement was born not only of theories about equality and justice — the algebra — but of the fire of personal testimony, the willingness of women to say what they had thought and felt for centuries but never fully dared say before. Such willingness is what Violette Leduc possessed, what Beauvoir recognized, and what eventually made her books best-selling touchstones for women in France. Sure, it also made her miserable to be around, but then again, likability isn’t everything. (via)

    Mademoiselle Chambon
    Volcanic Emotions – Film Notes.

    Martin Provost previous film (Seraphine)

    The Day of Mike Nichols – Who’s Afraid of Dolphin & Karen Silkwood

    November 20th, 2014
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    R.I.P Mike Nichols
    6 November 1931, (Berlin, Germany) – November 19, 2014
    Back in Berlin, Mike’s father was part of a young intellectual circle that included Russian immigrants such as Vladimir Nabokov’s sister and Boris Pasternak’s parents. (via IMDB)

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    Jack, Arthur and Carol from Carnal Knowledge. (Arthur G was also in Catch-22, Paul Simon’s part was cut.)

    According to Jack Nicholson’s April 1972 Playboy Magazine interview, Nichols asked Nicholson and other cast members not to smoke marijuana while filming Carnal Knowledge (1971) on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, where cannabis was easily available. Nichols thought that it dulled an actor’s performance. (via IMDB bio)

  • On Elaine..

    Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball wanted to give us our own show, and we flew all the way out to L.A. with our lawyers and manager. We got to this room with a big desk, and I said: “You know what? I don’t want to do it.” And Elaine laughed so hard, she fell on the floor. The two of us on a TV series would have been a catastrophe. We were too weird. We weren’t made for that.

    I liked doing the stand-up. I only stopped because Elaine wanted to stop. I’ve never understood it. I thought: “Why? It’s not a very long show. It doesn’t cost us anything emotionally.” But it was hard for her. She was much more inventive than I was. I was plot, she was character. (via)

    Mike Nichols filmography

  • What about Dolphins? (Robin Williams from the Birdcage – youtube)

  • Anagram, Brando, Conversation & Depression – ABCD of Dick Cavett

    November 19th, 2014
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  • My wild night with Brando – Cavett revealed what happend that night after the interview.

  • History of Dick Cavett Show here.

  • 10 good Dick Cavett show episodes that prove good conversation makes good TV.

    A Last Look at Updike and Cheever by Dick Cavett.

    Alain Delon and Cavett played Jeu de mots . (youtube)

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    Two videos of Ingmar Bergman on Dick Cavett Show, his first and only appearance on American TV show.

    Amazing Anthony Burgess (youtube)

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    Robert Altman talks about movie stuff (Youtube)

  • In 2008 Cavett entered an Iraq war dispute with a New York Times blog entry criticizing General David Petraeus, stating “I can’t look at Petraeus—his uniform ornamented like a Christmas tree with honors, medals, and ribbons—without thinking of the great Mort Sahl at the peak of his brilliance.” Cavett went on to recall Sahl’s expressed contempt of General Westmoreland’s display of medals, and criticized Petraeus for not speaking in plain language.

    Cavett currently stars in Hellman v. McCarthy (Literary Legends Declare War!) in New York City’s Abingdon Theatre. Cavett re-enacts his show of January 25, 1980 when literary critic Mary McCarthy appeared as a guest and declared that every word playwright Lillian Hellman wrote was a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’. Hellman later sued McCarthy for libel. The suit spanned more than four years.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cavett

    Psychology today.. talking about his Depresson.

    On the Couch… with Dick Cavett
    An American icon shares wit and wisdom about living with depression.

    Happy birthday Dick Cavett

    Don Cherry & Organic Music Theatre + Sonny R, Hancock, Terry Riley

    November 18th, 2014
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    Don Cherry photo by Roberto Masotti

  • Don Cherry & Herbie Hancock - Bemsha Swing (Live) (youtube)

  • S. Rollins

  • Terry Riley / Don Cherry 1975 – part 1/3 – AUDIO (youtube)

  • Don Cherry & Organic Music Theatre (youtube)

  • Sayonara Takakura Ken – Legendary Japanese Actor Dead at 83

    November 17th, 2014
  • Takakura Ken Legendary Japanese Actor Dead at 83 (South China Morning Post)
    Obits:
    BBC

    Obit from Twitch –

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    Takakura Ken’s favorite film is The Deer Hunter” (youtube – japanese only)

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    Film still from Yakuza (directed by Sydney Pollack)

  • Mainichi shinbun (photo slideshow).