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Clifford Odets -Collecting Paul Klee & His View on Marilyn

July 18th, 2019

  • Clifford Odets collected Paul Klee – see more from here.
    Clifford Odets (July 18, 1906 – August 14, 1963)[1] was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.
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  • Clifford and Luis

    Marilyn and Clifford Odets

    One of Marilyn Monroe’s strongest early film roles was as Peggy, the feisty cannery worker in Clash by Night (1952), based on a play by Clifford Odets.

    Marilyn knew Odets quite well and later played Lorna Moon in a scene from his most famous play, Golden Boy, at the Actor’s Studio during the late 1950s. She later considered starring in Odets’ screenplay, The Story on Page One (1959), but that role went to Rita Hayworth, and was directed by Odets himself.

    Always competitive with Miller, Odets took a rather dim view of The Misfits (1960), Monroe’s last completed film, which Miller wrote and John Huston directed.

    Odets was the leading New York playwright of the 1930s and 40s, and his plays focussed on social injustice and the plight of the ‘little man’. He was also involved in the formation of the Group Theatre alongside Lee Strasberg.

    Unlike Arthur Miller, the playwright who ultimately eclipsed him, Odets chose to ‘name names’ in the House Un-American Activities Committee trials of the early 1950s, a decision he would bitterly regret. He died in 1963.

    In his essay on Monroe in the book, Who the Hell’s in It, director Peter Bogdanovich recalled, ‘Clifford told me that Marilyn Monroe used to come over to his house and talk, but that the only times she seemed to him really comfortable were when she was with his two young children and their large poodle. She relaxed with them, felt no threat. With everyone else, Odets said, she seemed nervous, intimidated, frightened. When I repeated to Miller this remark about her with children and animals, he said, “Well, they didn’t sneer at her.’”

    Soon after Monroe’s death, Odets wrote, ‘One night some short weeks ago, for the first time in her not always happy life, Marilyn Monroe’s soul sat down alone to a quiet supper from which it did not rise. If they tell you that she died of sleeping pills you must know that she died of a wasting grief, of a slow bleeding at the soul.’

    One of Odets’ later plays, The Country Girl (filmed in 1954 with Grace Kelly) is currently being revived in London. Walt Odets has spoken to the Jewish Chronicle about his famous father and his memories, and mentioned, rather unfavourably, the marriage of Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe:

    Photos of Marilyn from Clash by Night on FB

  • Sweet Smell of Success (screenplay by Clifford Odets, soundtrack by Chico Hamilton, directed by Alexander Mackendrick)

  • Beth Philips is writing a bio of Clifford Odets.

  • Satan and Adam – A Documentary on Blues & Friendship

    July 15th, 2019

  • (Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow)

    Adam Gussow

    is an American scholar, memoirist, and blues harmonica player. He is currently a professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

    Sterling Magee (Satan & Adam wiki)

    Magee recorded several near-hits on Ray Charles’s Tangerine label in the early 1960s, including “Get in My Arms Little Girl.” His proficiency on guitar earned him gigs with a number of rhythm-and-blues performers, including James Brown, King Curtis, Big Maybelle, Joey Dee and the Starliters, and a transvestite duo known as The Illusions That Create Confusion. In the mid 1970s he played sessions with Paul Winley and the Harlem Underground, a loose-knit unit that included George Benson.


    Satan and Adam (on Netflix)

  • London Artist, Leon Kossoff Painted Anxiety – (1926–2019)

    July 12th, 2019
  • Guardian obit

    Artist whose work was rooted in the city, people and daily life of London

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    One of the most important figurative painters at work today and commonly associated with a circle of School of London painters that includes Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and R.B. Kitaj. At the centre of Kossoff’s work is the human figure either in isolation or in urban or domestic settings and the subject is always intimately known, whether it be the seated studio subject or people in the streets of the city.

  • Remembering Leon Kossoff Through His Scenes of Anxiety and Disquiet

  • Leon Kossoff via Timothy Taylor

    RIP Rip Torn (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019)

    July 9th, 2019
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    Rip Torn (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019)


  • (Henry Miller and Rip Torn in 1969)

  • Rip & Parker P.
    (Happy Tears)

    Happy Tears was a cool film directed by Mitchel Lichtenstein. His father did the poster. Roy Lichentenstein. Mitchel is an actor who played the gay lover in the Wedding Banquet directed by Ang Lee.

  • Geraldine Page

    In 1963, Torn married Geraldine Page, and they remained married until her death in 1987.

    Via his wiki

    After moving to Hollywood, Torn made his film debut in the 1956 film Baby Doll. Torn then studied at the Actors Studio in New York under Lee Strasberg, becoming a prolific stage actor, appearing in the original cast of Tennessee Williams’ play Sweet Bird of Youth, and reprising the role in the film and television adaptations. While in New York, Torn introduced his cousin Sissy Spacek to the entertainment business, and helped her enroll in the Actors Studio

    . Dennis Hopper replaced him with Jack Nicholson. Rip Torn sued Hopper in court. He said Rip pulled a knife on him. Rip said it was Hopper who did It’s on his wiki.

    John Divola – Vandalism

    July 9th, 2019

  • John Divola, Zuma 73


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    RIP Joao Gilberto – Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

    July 6th, 2019

  • (João Gilberto plays his guitar to João Marcelo & Astrud.)

  • Father of Bossa nova died

  • See more photos from here

    Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars

    The Girl from Ipanema (youtube)

    Chega De Saudade

    RIP Pierre Lhomme DP for C. Marker, Eustache, Melville, Bresson etc.

    July 5th, 2019
  • Jean Eustache and Pierre Lhomme
    RIP Pierre Lhomme dies at 89.

    He was behind the look of films like Jean-Pierre Melville’s ‘Army of Shadows’ and Jean Eustache’s ‘The Mother and the Whore.’

  • Pierre Lhomme filmography (his wiki)

  • Quartet


  • Sweet Movie (Pierre Clementi, directed by Dušan Makavejev.)

  • Four Nights a dreamer. Bresson

    Four Nights of a Dreamer is based on the story White Nights written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Robert Bresson

  • Le Joli Mai

    Chris Marker

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    Sam Shepard
    (Sam Shepard, Juliette Delpy in Voyager directed by Volker Schlordorff )

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Megan Rapinoe + Brian’s Story

    June 30th, 2019
  • Megan Rapino accepts the invitation

    Megan Rapinoe and the rest of the United States Women’s National Team have been invited to visit the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after publicly stating they wouldn’t visit the White House.

  • Read Brian’s story – (Brian is Megan’s brother)

    Megan Rapinoes’ greatest heartbreak and hope.

  • Happy birthday Megan Rapinoe! (July 5)

  • Adieu Edith Scob – An Actress for Buniel, Franju, Carax & Mia Hansen Love

    June 26th, 2019
  • Buniel
    Milkey Way


  • The Woman behind the mask (Criterion)
    Edith Scob

    Édith Scob (21 October 1937 – 26 June 2019) was a French film and theatre actress, best known for her role as the daughter with a disfigured face in Eyes Without a Face.

  • In HOLY MOTORS,Leos Carax cast the legendary French actress in a homage to her iconic breakout performance in EYES WITHOUT A FACE.


  • (Emmanuelle Riva and Edith Scob)
    Therese

    Thérèse Desqueyroux is a 1962 French film directed by Georges Franju, based on the novel of the same name by François Mauriac. Written by Franju and François Mauriac and Claude Mauriac, it stars Emmanuelle Riva and Philippe Noiret.

  • Mia Hansen-Løve’s gentle look at the mutability of life: “Things to Come” (2016) starring the exquisite Isabelle Huppert with Édith Scob

    Alan Turing – (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954)

    June 22nd, 2019
  • Alan Turing
    Alan Turing by Henrik Olsen

  • Charles Darwin and Alan Turing

  • A. T. Machine

  • Alan Turing digital archive


  • (Age 16 3/4)

  • Chemistry

    A membrane that can remove salts from water more efficiently

  • Google celebrates Alan Turing

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    What interests me about the TURING biography is not only the way it illustrates the boundaries and histories of the 20th century, but that it also seems almost like a gendered prophecy. In a horrifying way, TURING ’s body was injured by the violence of modern ideology, he lost his own body, in a way, but he also made a new one. In 1936, he published a theoretical model of a machine that was to constitute the basis of all post-war computing, making him the father of all modern computer science. And this part of his biography is a futuristic tale about thinking machines, artificial intelligence and the appearance of possible future bodies. And to me, this is a long-needed escape from biological, heterosexual reproduction. – HENRIK OLESEN for Mousse Magazine

    RIP Robert Therrien – Thanks for Memory & Everyday

    June 18th, 2019
  • via Gagosian
    Artnews obit

    Robert Therrien, Maker of Whimsical Sculptures That Enlarge the Everyday, Dead at 71


  • Phone wires (See more here)

  • Sometimes people ask whether I am a romantic or a realist artist. I would hope that I fall between the two. . . The ideal artist looks at the future and the past at the same time. The romantic artist spends more time looking backwards. The realist attempts to work in the present but emphasizes the future. However, if you try to predict the future, you seldom succeed.
    —Robert Therrien

    Over the past four decades, Robert Therrien (1947–2019) cultivated an expansive vernacular of forms drawn from memory and the everyday. Seemingly simple subjects—including snowmen, bows, and oilcans—acquire multiple levels of reference and association, while outsized sculptures of stacks of plates, tables and chairs, and beards shift between the ordinary and the surreal. The repetitive perfecting of chosen motifs is central to his work, imbuing objects and images with intentionality and a latent sense of the unattainable.

  • Red Room

  • Sculptures for Giants by Robert Therrien

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    Goodbye Gloria Vanderbilt, See Photos by Gordon Parks

    June 17th, 2019
  • Gloria Vanderbilt
    Photo by Gordon Parks

  • How race is lived in America: Relations of Gordon Parks and Gloria

    Vanderbilt: I was just actually looking in my diary, and Gordon and I met in April of 1954, and he came to photograph me for Life magazine. I was making my debut on the stage that summer.

    Parks: Then later, when you had your exhibition, I came to photograph you again.

    American photographer Richard Avedon (left, lighting a cigarette), American heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt, and American film director Sidney Lumet, sit at a table covered with glasses and bottles during a party for the premiere of the movie ‘East of Eden’ directed by Elia Kazan, 1955. (Photo by Getty Images)


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  • Reinventions of Gloria Vanderbilt


  • Gloria V and Sidney Lumet

    Gordon Parks photographed Gloria and Sidney Lumet on their wedding day, August 28, 1956.