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Wajda and Tamasaburo Bando, Andrzej Wajda is 89 Years Old today

March 6th, 2015
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    Happy birthday Andrzej Wajda!

    His homepage <> <> 1andreWmy films

  • Wajda – And Why Japan

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    In Nastasia [Nastassya] directed by Wajda

    Tamasaburo Bando Bando Tamasaburo (many dance clips and photos)

  • Jacques Rivette – Unconventional, Rigorous and Challenging

    March 1st, 2015
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    Around a Small Mountain

  • Thanks to David Ehrenstein
    See the first episode of OUT1 (Jean Pierre Leaud)

  • Bulle Ogier discusses Jacques Rivette

  • Jacques Rivette 1aJacquesRivette filmography (MUBI)

  • Harvard film archive

    Adieu Guillaume Depardieu

    La Religieuse was based on Diderot

    Mizoguchi viewed from here.. essay by Rivette

    Controversial & Enigmatic, Trungpa Rinpoche was the Founder of Naropa & Shambala Vision

    February 28th, 2015
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    Chögyam Trungpa (February 28, 1939 – April 4, 1987)

    In 1974, Trungpa founded the Naropa Institute, which later became Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado. Naropa was the first accredited Buddhist university in North America. Trungpa hired Allen Ginsberg to teach poetry and William Burroughs to teach literature.

  • “When we talk about compassion, we talk in terms of being kind. But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative to wake a person up.” Trungpa Rinpoche

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    Trungpa had a number of notable students, among whom were Pema Chödrön, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Anne Waldman, Diane di Prima, Peter Lieberson, José Argüelles, David Nichtern, Ken Wilber, David Deida, Francisco Varela, and Joni Mitchell, who portrayed Trungpa in the song “Refuge of the Roads” on her 1976 album Hejira.
    Shambhala vision is described as a nonreligious approach rooted in meditation and accessible to individuals of any, or no, religion. In Shambhala terms, it is possible, moment by moment, for individuals to establish enlightened society. His book, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, provides a concise collection of the Shambhala views. According to Trungpa, it was his intention to propagate the kingdom of Shambala that provided the necessary inspiration to leave his homeland and make the arduous journey to India and the West

    Merwin
    My feelings about Trungpa have been mixed from the start. Admiration, throughout, for his remarkable gifts; and reservations, which developed into profound misgivings, concerning some of his uses of them. I imagine, at least, that I’ve learned some things from him (though maybe not all of them were the things I was “supposed” to learn) and some through him, and I’m grateful to him for those. I wouldn’t encourage anyone to become a student of his. I wish him well.

  • Jim Bauerlein

    I love Trungpa…a very special being..he was deep, complex and not cut of the ordinary cloth..

    So many buy into pop publicity about Trungpa…he was elusive, strange, and a brother from another planet..What he created, Naropa is a great place…if we look at those who call him a teacher we can see that many fine minds and spirits found him a source of enlightenment…He was whimsical and taught through humor and shock.

    The story of Trungpa Rinpoche’s connection with Alan Watts, as told by Sam Bercholz.
    Alan spent his last days with Rinpoche.

  • Claude Sautet – Les Choses De La Vie

    February 23rd, 2015
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    Romy Schneider & Claude Sautet

    Romy and Claude sing La Chanson D’Hélène (Les Choses De La Vie)

  • César and Rosalie


  • Un coeur en hiver
    (review on youtube)

  • Claude Sautet

    Claude Sautet

    b. February 23, 1924, Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
    d. July 22, 2000, Paris, France

    Via Senses of Cinema

    There is a sense of melancholy and a certain quietude that permeates Claude Sautet’s cinema, and it is in keeping with its pace, a languid but deliberate slowness, that we are able to enter into his world. Sautet’s world is a richly textured one, and requires attentiveness and a careful eye to its details. Populated by fully formed and complex characters, its skein of images is the weaving together of a series of looks, gestures, annunciations, utterances and moods of its inhabitants. Both limpid and opaque, this world and its denizens ask us to be thorough and mindful not only of what we see, but also what we hear — to listen to the conversations, the music, the ambience, as well as the silences. In this way, his films ask us to surrender our senses, to give ourselves over to them, so that we do not remain on the ‘outside’ as mere viewers or voyeurs to the intimacy on screen.

    Described as a “discrete and elegant man,” (1) for many this director is a humanist whose films may be described as “intimate-realist” (2) films, a meticulous study of lived lives whose characters, despite their social standing, are nonetheless part of the quotidian.

    Y(ear) of Sheep or Goat – 2015

    February 17th, 2015
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    Agnus Dei, Museo del Prado – Francisco de Zurbarán

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    The Goat and Øivind

    The goat I met in Lombok on a silent sunday. We had some good conversations together before I had to head back to Bali on a motorbike

    Oslo to Bali -Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen is Citizenfive.. ( previous post )

  • Marguerite Yourcenar

  • Personality of the Sheep
    People born in the Year of Sheep are tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.

    Strengths
    gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrift
    Weaknesses
    indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed

  • Photo of Navajo lady by Laura Gilpin Master photographer of Southwest

    Map Goat (Literally every goat in the United States)

    Philip Levine – A Poet for The Working Class

    February 16th, 2015

    Philip Levine.Who Found Poetry on Detroit’s Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

  • Philip Levine at New Yorker


  • Read A Sleepless Night here..

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    Portrait of Philip Levine by Michael Hafftka

    R.I.P Louis Jourdan – Max Ophüls Directed him in Letter from an Unknown Woman

    February 15th, 2015
  • Louis Jourdan star of Gigi dies at 93.

  • Talking about his long marriage..(youtube)

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  • L’immoralist (Andre Gide)
    Louis Jourdan and James Dean

    Either/Or Author Kierkegaard Sent 31 Letters to Regina Olsen

    February 14th, 2015
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    Søren Kierkegaard and Regine Olsen

    Drawing comparisons to, among others, Dante and Beatrice, Abelard and Héloïse, he says of the couple that they are “together in eternity because they never could be together in earthy life.” Indeed, Kierkegaard and Regine’s story often reads like the stuff of folk tales and verse epics (cryptic notes and secret gestures abound). For instance, the 31 letters Kierkegaard sent Regine between their engagement and its dissolution a year later, Garff says, are “not ordinary communication; they are art” (the passage in Regines gåde appears word-for-word in Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography):

    […] by virtue of their indisputably aesthetic qualities, the letters make it clear that their author was to become not a husband but a writer. So they were actually farewell letters, grandiose exercises in the art of indirect communication: With enormous discretion and employing the entire panoply of the most nuanced shades of language, they try to make Regine realize that the person who sings her praises in letter after letter has long since disappeared from her life because he has lost himself in recollection of her and is thus utterly unsuited for married life. Indeed, recollection, from which fantasy draws its life, is also the source of the death that divides the lovers. In looking back upon events, Kierkegaard claimed that the very next day after Regine had said “Yes,” he had already realized that he had “made a mistake.”
    Thanks to Garff’s book, we can more fully appreciate the extent to which the perception of Regine as a woman cruelly seduced by an eccentric philosopher is inaccurate. On the contrary, she proved to be at once selfless and cunning; her final gesture, this glorious double-act, allowed her to reveal the nature of her relationship with Kierkegaard while simultaneously disappearing into posterity, the innermost secrets of her being intact. Though their graves at Assistens Churchyard in Copenhagen are separated by just 50 yards, it is in the papers Regine received on an island in the Caribbean that the remains of their love are buried. “Posthumous papers are like a ruin,” the aesthete A writes in Either/Or, “what haunt could be more natural for the interred?”’

    Leap of Faith

    See “Leap of Faith” gif animation from Post Mutant Eggplant: Gravity and Grace - (scroll down.. down down down)

    Happy Valentine!

    Soseki Natsume – Kokoro

    February 9th, 2015
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    Film still from Kokoro.

    Kon Ichikawa directed Kokoro with Masayuki Mori (a prominent actor from Rashomon, Ugetsu Monogatari, Uki-Gumo, A Woman Ascends the Starirs)

    Kokoro means “Heart” in Japanese.

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    Michiyo Aratama from Kokoro

  • Natsume Soseki was born on February 9, 1867

    Politics, Philosophy, and Myth in
    Natsume Soseki’s First Trilogy

    The role of the literary artist in Japan ‘s long history is an honored one in large measure due to the power of language and literature to lift consciousness through imagination. Among Japan ‘s most gifted literary artists is Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), regarded by Nobel laureate Oe Kenzaburo as Japan ‘s “national writer”

    Kojin Karatani and Natsume Soseki Natsume Soseki (previous post)

  • See Art Class in Prison, Bali Pair to Die, Stop This Execution!

    February 8th, 2015
  • Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to Die before the end of month.

    Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed before the end of the month, the Indonesian government has said.
    Indonesian authorities have informed Australian officials of the decision, who in turn visited Kerobokan prison to pass the grim news on to the death-row prisoners.
    Meanwhile, the family of Bali Nine drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran has issued a tearful plea for his life as they wept outside the walls of the prison where he will spend his last days.


  • Video by Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen

  • Drug trafficker’s art classes are so popular that many former prisoners return to prison to keep taking them.

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    Visiting the class photo via Zahlsen.

    Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen via FB

    Myuran always give of himself to others, cheering up his inmate students in the prison, giving them hopes.
    As I was in the prison together with the Consul-General from Australia and the Norwegian Ambassador on the 22nd of January, the message about the final denial of clemency for Andrew Chan was delivered on the door. This opened for executing both of the Bali Nine boys together at any time. The first reaction from Myuran was taking me softly aside whispering: If something bad happens to me now, I will leave a list of people for you who can run the project”
    Myuran is helping other inmates choosing a better path, giving them chance to establish a new positive identity and giving their lives a new voice. Please let Myuran stiill alive so he can keep up this mission in his life

    On Feb 6 via FB..

    There is talk about replicating it across the country, and while Zahlsen would like to see that it would also “leave a bitter taste”.
    “This is like taking the life of the architect whilst admiring the building,” he said. “That, I think, is another very, very sad part of this.”

    On Feb 9 via FB

    Amnesty Internationals department in Norway is now engaged in the ongoing work to stop executions in Indonesia. They demand from The Indonesian government to abolish death penalty and immediately cease killing prisoners. The death penalty contradicts article 3 and 5 in The Human Rights Convention focusing on all human individuals right to life and personal security and freedom from torture and inhumane treatment.

    Update: Feb 12
    Bali Nine duo to be moved for execution

    Update: Feb 13
    Australian war artist Ben Quilty has described his goodbye to Bali Nine death row inmate Myuran Sukumaran as the “most difficult thing” he has ever done.

    Oslo to Bali -Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen is Citizenfive.. ( previous post )

    Stewart Stern – Who Wrote The Rebel without a Cause Dies at 92

    February 7th, 2015
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    Marlon Brando, Beatrice Lillie, Stewart Stern

    Stewart Stern dies

    Twice Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Emmy-winning television writer Stewart Stern, who wrote film classic “Rebel Without a Cause,” Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie” and seminal telepic “Sybil,” starring Sally Field, died February 2 at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, after battling cancer. He was 92.

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  • Going through splat or not with with Stewart Stern

  • Dennis Hopper HopperStern.jpg and Stewart Stern

    Dennis Hopper The Last Movie (previous post)

    Eroll Morris – Ecstatic Absurdity: it’s the Confrontation with Meaninglessness.

    February 5th, 2015
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  • Errol Morris

    Morris was born on February 5, 1948, and raised in a Jewish family in Hewlett, New York.[2]

    After being treated for strabismus in childhood, he refused to wear an eye patch. As a consequence, he has limited sight in one eye and lacks normal stereoscopic vision.[3]

    In the 10th grade, Morris attended The Putney School, a boarding school in Vermont. He began playing the cello, spending a summer in France studying music under the acclaimed Nadia Boulanger, who also taught Morris’ future collaborator Philip Glass.

    via wiki