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The Hollow Men – Photo of T.S. Eliot & Ted Hughes + Willem Dafoe as Tom in Tom & Viv

September 26th, 2016
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    Ted Hughes and Eliot

    TS Eliot, his wife Valerie and Ted Hughes at – in Hughes’s words – ‘one of the champagne and guinness parties’ that Faber used to throw

    Photograph: Faber Archive

  • This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    The Hollow Men

    The Hollow Men
    Mistah Kurtz-he dead
    A penny for the Old Guy

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    Tom and Viv

  • The Fraught Friendship of T. S. Eliot and Groucho Marx (New Yorker)

  • From L.A Confidential to Too Big to Fail – Wonder Boys Director Curtis Hanson Passed Away

    September 21st, 2016
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    Wonder Boys – Tobey and Robert Downey Jr.

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    and Curtis Hanson.

    Sad news, goodbye Curtis Hanson!

    Curtis Hanson, Director and Oscar-Winning Writer on ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

    R I P Edward Albee (March 12, 1928 – September 16, 2016)

    September 16th, 2016
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    Edward Albee R I P.

    The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia? A Delicate Balance

    LA times Obit here..

    Kawase, Koreeda & Clara Law + Looking back on Kiki & Nagatosh’s Off Beat Films

    September 16th, 2016
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    Naomi Kawase

    Sweet Bean (Nytimes) - A delicacy unites a vendor and an old woman.

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    Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Koreeda’s new film, After the Storm.

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    Still Walking – Hirokazu Kore eda (previous post)

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    Autumn Moon directed by Clara Law

    Full film ofAutumn Moon by Clara Law here (Youtube)

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    Clara Law

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    Mystery Train - Jim Jarmusch

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    Nagatoshi in Cold Fever.

    Cold Fever (Icelandic film) ..

  • Robert Indiana – Imperial Love Installed in Berlin

    September 13th, 2016
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    Imperial Love installed at Berlin

    From Tuesday, 13 September 2016 – the artist’s birthday – visitors arriving at the entrance to the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will be greeted by Robert Indiana’s large-scale sculpture, Imperial LOVE (1966/2006).

    Whitney (Beyond Love)

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Love in Hebrew installed in Jerusalem Noguchi Garden (Previous post)

    See a better photo of Ahava

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

  • How Love nearly ruined Robert Indiana’s career (mental floss)

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    Happy birthday Robert Indiana! his wiki here

    East Meets West – Tseng Kwong Chi the Improbable Pilgrim

    September 10th, 2016
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    and Tseng Kwong Chi

    My mirrored glasses give
    the picture a neutral
    impact and a surrealistic
    quality I am looking for.
    I am an inquisitive traveler,
    a witness of my time, and
    an ambiguous ambassador.
    Tseng Kwong Chi
    1950-1990

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  • Tseng and Herman Costa, Aids Memrorial (Photos of Eleven Good Men)
    Tseng was 39 when he died.

    See him at Grand Canyon

    His imagery was always the curious, blank Chinese tourist. I would say to Kwong that you don’t fool me, I know, I can sense protest when I see it… this blankness was the way in which this culture at large expected him, as an Asian man, to exist. So he became a kind of a cipher, a smooth surface that because it was so impenetrable, this persona, it reflected everything!

    Bill T. Jones

    [TSENG’s work is like] a cross between Ansel Adams and Cindy Sherman.

    Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

    Bernie Sanders & Burlington Snow – a Poem by Allen Ginsberg

    September 7th, 2016
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    See Allen Ginsberg’s Handwritten Poem For Bernie Sanders, “Burlington Snow” (1986)

    Ginsberg blog

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    Happy birthday Bernie Sanders!

    Photos via

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    See previous post on Bernie Sanders (Contempt for Voters, theater of cruelty, undemocratic primary of 2016.

  • Martin Buber. I and thou.

    “The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.”
    ― Martin Buber

    “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
    ― Martin Buber
    Sparrow Impromptu in Portland – Hilarious Falcon Flying from Bosnia to Syria – War and Peace Spring of 2016

    Casper David Friedrich – Chalk Cliffs on Rügen – His Recollection of the Artist’s Honeymoon

    September 5th, 2016
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    Chalk Cliffs on Rügen

    c. 1818
    Oil on canvas, 90,5 x 71 cm
    Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur

    The painting was painted in recollection of the artist’s honeymoon.

    Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 – 7 May 1840)

    Perspective

    One of the unexpectedly important things that art can do for us is teach us how to suffer. It can do so by evoking scenes that are dark, melancholy or painful, and that normalise and lend dignity to the suffering we may ourselves be experiencing in isolation and confusion. They reveal – with grandeur and technical skill – that grief belongs to the human condition.

    Caspar David Friedrich, a painter of sublime sadness, was born in 1774 in Greifswald, an ancient trading town in the far north of Germany, on the Baltic coast. It was a beautiful place in a severe, northern sort of way. As a child he loved the way the pinnacles, spires and towers of the town loomed up above the trees in the haze of very early summer mornings.

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    The World according to Marc Riboud – A Legendary Photographer Dies at 93.

    August 31st, 2016
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    Darjeeling India – photo by Marc Riboud

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    India – 1956
    Marc Riboud (NYtimes obit)
    Born: June 24, 1923, Saint-Genis-Laval, France
    Died: August 30, 2016

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    From left to right: Panchen Lama, Dalaï Lama, Zhou Enlai, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. India, 1956
    (via Politicians from Marc Riboud homepage)

  • China II slideshow

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    Photo of Marguerite Yourcenar by Marc Riboud – (she was Madame Bibliotheque – see her book on Mishima.)

  • Lens culture: Educating the Eye: Looking Back With Marc Riboud
    In conversation with Marc Riboud

    On this day Aug 29, Birthday of Bird & Dinah W. + Sad Goodbye to Gene Wilder

    August 29th, 2016
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    Sad news - Gene Wilder passed away.

    Prison scene from Stir Crazy (youtube)

    Interview – Gene Wilder getting personal (youtube)

  • Cary Grant stopping Gene Wilder to talk about Silver Streak – (via Sheila’s Variation)

    Oh, Mr. Wilder! … Mr. Wilder!” I turned and saw Cary Grant stepping out of the taxi. My heart started pounding a little faster, but I didn’t throw up this time, as I did when I met Simone Signoret.
    Cary took his daughter to see Silver Streak.. and he saw the film again.
    Tell me something, will you?”
    “Of course.”
    “Was your film in any way inspired by North by Northwest?”
    “Absolutely! Collin Higgins, who wrote the film, loved North by Northwest. It was one of his favorites. I think he was trying to do his version of it.”
    “I thought so,” Mr. Grant said. “It never fails! You take an ordinary chap like you or me … (An ordinary chap like you or me? Didn’t he ever see a Cary Grant movie?) … put him in trouble way over his head, and then watch him try to squirm out of it. Never fails!”

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    Aug 29 – birthday of Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington
    Photo by Herman Leonard
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    Passing of Two Iconoclasts Michel Butor and Sonia Rykiel

    August 26th, 2016
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    Michel Butor dies aged 89 (14 September 1926 – 24 August 2016)

  • Queen of Knits dies, she was 86.

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    Steven Greenberg and Sonia Rykiel – photo by Andy Warhol

  • Four films by Fatih Akin – In the Cut, Soul Kitchen, Head On & Edge of Heaven

    August 25th, 2016
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    “The funnier it is in the beginning of a story, the more dramatic it can become. Because when an audience is laughing, that’s opening their souls somehow, and when you have an audience with an open soul, it’s much better to hit them with a knife.” MUBI/Fatih Akin

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    Tahar Rahim the actor here watching Charlie Chaplin film “The Kid” for the first time – a scene from “In the Cut”

    In the Cut – (NYtimes)

    The film stars the French-Algerian actor Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) as an Armenian blacksmith who travels around the world — from Aleppo to Havana to North Dakota — in search of his two daughters, with whom he lost touch after the outbreak of systematic violence that would eventually claim the lives of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.

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    Fatih Akin talks about Soul Kitchen

  • Fatih Akin on filmmaking -

    Commencing with his own personal inspirations, he referred to Bruce Lee as a key formative influence, although he admitted that he hadn’t yet made a film in direct tribute to Lee.
    For his first major international breakthrough, “Head On” – that won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2004 – he says that he was inspired by Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” especially in terms of the freedom of camera work, and by Lars von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves.”

    Another key influence for “Head On” was Patrice Chereau’s “Intimacy.” Akin wanted to explore the boundaries of showing sex -scenes in the context of a hard-hitting drama and wanted a Turkish female lead, but this proved to be difficult because of the nude scenes. He ultimately cast former adult film actress Sibel Kekilli.
    “I have to fall in love with my actors,” he said. “Filmmaking is a war, a holy war. It’s my own private jihad. When you’re in a war, you’re in the trenches. You create a brotherhood and you depend on each other for your lives.”

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    Head On – Strategies of Representation in Fatih Akin’s Head on

  • Roger Ebert – review of Edge of Heaven here .