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Abbas Kiarostami, Billy Wilder, Kris Kristofferson – June 22, 2022

June 22nd, 2022
  • Abbas Kiarostami 1abbask
    Abbas Kiarostami June 22, 1940 – July 2016 (previous post)

  • Billy Wilder STD1960008W00013/07

    was born on June 22, 1906[6] to a family of Polish Jews in Sucha Beskidzka, a small town which, at that time, belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Ranking the films of Billy Wilder

  • Kris Kristofferson
    “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
    Happy birthday Kris Kristofferson!
    His film career.
    He appeared in Blume in Love (1973) directed by Paul Mazursky, and three Sam Peckinpah films: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), and Convoy (1978) and Michael Ritchie’s Semi-Tough (1977) with Burt Reynolds. He continued acting in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Vigilante Force (1976), and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976), the romantic drama A Star Is Born (1976) with Barbra Streisand, for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor soon followed.

  • Adieu Jean Louis Trintignant – June 17, 2022

    June 17th, 2022
  • Film titan Jean Louis Trintignant dies aged 91

    Actor and amateur racer passes away at his home in south-west France after cancer battle

  • Jean Louis Trintignant A Life in Pictures


  • (The Conformist)


    (The Conformist with Dominique Sanda)

  • Jean Louis Trintignant

    He made his theatrical debut in 1951, going on to be seen as one of the most gifted French dramatic actors of the post-war era, known for his starring roles in many classic films of European cinema. He worked with many prominent auteur directors, including Roger Vadim, Costa-Gavras, Claude Lelouch, Claude Chabrol, Bernardo Bertolucci, Éric Rohmer, François Truffaut, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Michael Haneke.

    Robbe Grillet
    Trans Europe Express a film directed by Alain Robbe Grillet

  • Jean Louis Trintignant surprises in Amour

  • Eric Rohmer directed Jean Louis Trintignant in My Night at Maud


  • (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi – with Vittorio Gassman)


  • (Catherine Spaak with Vittorio Gassman and Jean Louis Trintignant)
    (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi)

    Duncan Hannah – Artist, Underground Film Star (1952-2022)

    June 13th, 2022
  • Duncan Hannah (1952-2022) Artforum

    Painter, collagist, and underground film star Duncan Hannah, whose career took him from the sticky floor of CBGB’s to the walls of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, died of a heart attack at his home in West Cornwall, Connecticut, on June 11 at the age of seventy while watching a French film.


    (“Paying tribute to Francois Truffaut in Montmartre Cemetary. ”
    Duncan Hannah wrote on his FB – June 7, 2022,)


  • (Duncan Hannah, Greenwich, CT, ca. 1973. © Danny Fields.)

    Boisterous memoire of 1970’s New York

  • Duncan Hannah Diaries (Basquiat, Books Duncan H. read, etc.)

  • Duncan Hannah blogspot.com
    (Duncan Hannah designed the book cover for John Banville, also see Monica Vitti in green jacket)

  • See paintings by Duncan Hannah – artnet

  • Little Angel

    See more paintings – American Gallery here.
    See portrait of Catherine Spaak from the link above, scroll down. Her obit from vitro nasu here

  • “Amy Tan Unintended Memor”, Last Film by James Redford

    June 12th, 2022
  • Amy Tan pays tribute to James Redford

  • It’s always a sad day when a parent outlives their child, and such a tragic event has occurred in retired acting legend Robert Redford’s household.

    Robert Redford and James Redford

    Author Any Tan and her mother in a still used in James Redford’s documentary “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir.”

  • “I was very reluctant to do it, but Jamie was a very charming person,” Tan said. “… When I watched this documentary, I said, ‘Gosh, I look like I’m on the verge of crying all the time,’ and I think that I was, because it was just talking to him and very openly. He was somebody that I trusted so much that I felt he was never going to judge me, he was never going to pity me, he was just going to listen.”
    The two became close during the nearly three years spent making the film.

    “He got a little obsessed with Amy, I have to say,” said Kyle Redford, with a laugh. “We couldn’t get into a car without playing one of Amy’s stories. No music, no NPR anymore, just Amy on audio!”

    Kyle Redford said her husband was drawn to making a documentary about Tan because he needed a break from “problem” documentaries, which he felt had saturated the market —and yet her story appealed to his sensibilities.

    RIP Paula Rego Portuguese born British Artist

    June 8th, 2022
  • Paula Rego Obedience and Defiance

    Paula Rego – Tate

  • It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of the Portuguese-born, British artist Dame Paula Rego at the age of 87. She died peacefully this morning, after a short illness, at home in North London, surrounded by her family. Our heartfelt thoughts are with them. – Victoria Miro.

    2F3KKW3 PAULA REGO IN HER LONDON STUDIO.19/10/04 PILSTON

  • Liverpool, Jauja and Eureka by Lisandro Alonso

    June 2nd, 2022

  • (Liverpool – MUBI )

  • Eureka – Viggo’s new film with Jauja director Lisandro Alonso

    The first part of the film, titled “Western” and set on the U.S.-Mexico border, will have echos of Jauja but is not a sequel, following Mortensen playing a father named Murphy searching for his daughter (Agger), who has been kidnapped. The second part of the film, titled “Pine Ridge,” is set in South Dakota on a Native American Reservation in the present-day. While there aren’t details on Part 3 yet, Part 4, titled “Amazonia,” will follow a character named Ubirajara, “a member of a far happier indigenous settlement in the Amazon who goes off to dig for gold, contracting, literally, gold fever.”

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  • Happy birthday Lisandro Alonso

  • Cynthia MacAdams is an American actress and photographer

    June 1st, 2022

  • Cynthia MacAdams wiki


    Portrait from Cynthia MacAdams book, “Emergence”


  • (Portrait of Kate Millet by Cynthia MacAams)

    Kate Millet a pioneer feminist (Previous post)

    Cynthia MacAdams (born Cynthia Rose Adams, September 5, 1939) is an American actress and photographer. She is recognized for her black and white portraiture,[1][2] use of natural light and infrared photography, and images of sacred architecture

    Cynthia MacAadams photographer com

  • Chogyam Trungpa
    Rinpoche was the founder of Naropa Shambala Vision

  • Frank Zappa – See a Documentary by Alex Winter

    May 25th, 2022
  • Photo via Frank Zappa Hot Rats Anniversary Collection

  • “Zappa” documentary directed by Alex Winter
    (Streaming at Kanopy)

    Alex Winter’s Documentary Hauntingly Captures the Skewed Passion of Frank Zappa, a One-of-a-Kind Rock Legend
    The film finds an emotional through line by taking Frank Zappa as seriously as he took himself.

    Zappa and Vaclav Havel – see the photo of them, here.
    (Zappa’s visit to Prague was covered in this documentary).


  • 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.

  • Kronos

  • See Frank Zappa art

  • Zappa Homepage

  • Virginia Overton – Found Objects, Site Specific, Sculptures

    May 20th, 2022

  • Virginia Overton – 2009, Ladder via Artforum – Tim Griffin


    (Virginia Overton, Untitled (MA), 2015, Pressure treated wood beam, acrylic, rock and hardware, 247 × 39.1 × 138.1 cm (97 1/4 × 15 3/8 × 54 3/8 in)


  • Virginia Overtone – at Bartolami Gallery

  • See more art from Artnet.com Virginia Overton

  • Goodbye Vangelis

    May 19th, 2022
  • Vangelis composer of Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner dies

    Later in the decade he scored the Palme d’Or-winning Costa-Gavras political drama Missing, starring Jack Lemmon; the Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins drama The Bounty; and the Mickey Rourke-starring Francesco. He worked again with the Blade Runner director, Ridley Scott, on 1992 film 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and elsewhere during the 1990s, soundtracked Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon and documentaries by Jacques Cousteau.

    Vangelis wiki

    As a hobby, Vangelis enjoyed painting. His first exhibition, of 70 paintings, was held in 2003 at Almudin in Valencia, Spain. It then toured South America until the end of 2004.[42][79][80]

    Vangelis died on 17 May 2022, aged 79, at a hospital in France while receiving treatment for COVID-19.

  • Re visiting “Kamikaze Girls”

    May 17th, 2022
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    (Kamikaze Girls – singer Anna Tsuchiya as Ichigo – the biker girl, she was ferocious.)

  • Lolita Fashion, Biker Gangs and the Power of Friendship

    One thing about this film that really stood out to me is the stylish editing and cinematography.

  • Kamikaze Girls wiki

    Kamikaze Girls was awarded Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and two other awards at the 26th Yokohama Film Festival.[8] It also won Best Film and Best Director at the 14th Japan Film Professional Awards.[15] For her performance in the film, Anna Tsuchiya was named Best New Actress at the Awards of the Japanese Academy, the Blue Ribbon Awards, and the Hochi Film Awards

    Farewell Fred Ward, Memorable as Henry Miller

    May 14th, 2022
  • Fred with Ann Archer

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    SHORT CUTS PORTRAITS


    Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

    Via Adrian Martin from FB. (I did not know that Fred Ward was directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet)

    R.I.P. Fred Ward. A great actor, and what an incredible range of directors he managed to work with: Roberto Rossellini, Walter Hill, Jonathan Demme, Don Siegel, Beth B, Philip Kaufman, Dennis Hopper, George Armitage, Rachel Talalay, Errol Morris, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, Michael Apted, Howard Zieff … and Alain Robbe-Grillet ! … and I haven’t even made it yet to the delightful SECRET ADMIRER.

    Henry & June

    Fred Ward wiki

    Freddie Joe Ward was born in San Diego on December 30, 1942.[1][2] He was part Cherokee.[3] His father was an alcoholic who was frequently incarcerated, and his parents separated when he was three. His mother remarried, to a man who worked in a carnival, and the family moved frequently.[4]> Before acting, Ward spent three years in the United States Air Force. He was also a boxer (breaking his nose three times) and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska,[5][6] a janitor, and a short-order cook. He studied acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio after serving in the U.S. Air Force. While living in Rome, he dubbed Italian films into English and appeared in films by neorealist director Roberto Rossellini

    Guardian obit

    Veteran actor Fred Ward, star of The Right Stuff and Tremors, dies aged 79

    The character actor was part of the ensemble casts of Robert Altman’s films Short Cuts and The Player, and had a career in film and television that spanned five decades