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Jean Paul Belmondo at 88 Years old – 2021

April 8th, 2021

  • (JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO in LES TRIBULATIONS D’UN CHINOIS EN CHINE -1965-.)
    The Many Faces of Jean Paul Belmondo

    Jean Paul Belmondo, born 9 April 1933

    Son of Paul Belmondo, a French sculptor of Italian descent.

    That Man from Rio

    This fast-moving spoof of Bond-type movies features striking location photography of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s nascent Brasília and Paris of the time. In 1964 the film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

  • “Léon Morin, Priest” in English — was Melville’s sixth feature and almost the exact midpoint between early successes like “Bob le Flambeur” (1956), about a gentleman thief organizing the heist of a lifetime, and “Army of Shadows” (1969), his late-career masterpiece about the Resistance. Given his interest in the war, it’s understandable that he was drawn to “Léon Morin” and its story of life during the occupation.

  • In the interview included on this disc, Melville says he was sitting on it for eight years but never started because he couldn’t find an actor right for the part of Morin, and that it was only after watching Breathless that he decided to try and get Belmondo, who was initially reluctant and had to be convinced by Melville.


    (Thief of Paris, directed by Louis Malle)

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    (Is Paris Burning – Alain Delon and Belmondo directed by Rene Clement)


  • (Stavisky directed by Alain Resnais)

    Paris Journal on Stavisky (Jonathan Rosenbaum – see more photos here)

    Stavisky – Madoff with a Lot – a film review

    Birthday of Gerry Mulligan April 6, & Billie Holiday April 7

    April 6th, 2021
  • Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday born on this date April 7 in 1915 as Eleanora Fagan and later called Lady Day, sings this song God Bless the Child for you.

  • Gerry Mulligan film credits
    Gerry Mulligan homepage via

  • Chet Baker
    and Gerry Mulligan

  • Sandy & Gerry Mulligan
    Dennis lived with prominent jazz musician Gerry Mulligan from 1965 until they split up in 1974. (Via Sandy Dennis wiki)

  • Meet Maxine Hong Kingston!

    April 4th, 2021

  • (Photo by Judy Dater – via)

    Maxine Hong Kingston wiki

    In an interview published in American Literary History, Kingston disclosed her admiration for Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, and William Carlos Williams, who were inspirational influences for her work, shaping her analysis of gender studies. Kingston said of Walt Whitman’s work,
    I like the rhythm of his language and the freedom and the wildness of it. It’s so American. And also his vision of a new kind of human being that was going to be formed in this country—although he never specifically said Chinese—ethnic Chinese also—I’d like to think he meant all kinds of people. And also I love that throughout Leaves of Grass he always says ‘men and women,’ ‘male and female.’ He’s so different from other writers of his time, and even of this time. Even a hundred years ago he included women and he always used [those phrases], ‘men and women,’ ‘male and female.’

    Kingston named the main character of Tripmaster Monkey (1989) Wittman Ah Sing, after Walt Whitman

    Similarly, Kingston’s praise of William Carlos Williams expresses her appreciation of his seemingly genderless work:

    I love In the American Grain because it does the same thing. Abraham Lincoln is a ‘mother’ of our country. He talks about this wonderful woman walking through the battlefields with her beard and shawl. I find that so freeing, that we don’t have to be constrained to being just one ethnic group or one gender– both [Woolf and Williams] make me feel that I can now write as a man, I can write as a black person, as a white person; I don’t have to be restricted by time and physicality.

  • Blog of Awesome Women – Maxine Hong Kingston – literary Warrior

  • April First, The Joke – Yet Another Birthday for Milan Kundera

    April 1st, 2021

  • Happy birthday Milan Kundera!

    In 1975, Kundera moved to France where The Book of Laughter and Forgetting was published in 1979. An unusual mixture of novel, short story collection, and authorial musings which came to characterize his works in exile, the book dealt with how Czechs opposed the communist regime in various ways. (via wiki)

  • In his first novel, The Joke (1967), he satirizes the totalitarianism of the Communist era. His criticism of the Soviet invasion in 1968 led to his blacklisting in Czechoslovakia and the banning of his books. (via his wiki)

  • Milan Kundera joyfully accepts Czech Republic’s Franz Kafka Prize (Last year Sept,2020)

  • Last year Milan Kundera donated his library and archive to Moravia Library in Brno

    Jacques Barzun and Friends

    March 30th, 2021
  • Jacques Barzun and Friend (American Scholar)
    What did a distinguished historian, and possibly a great man, see in an unkempt young would-be writer?
    By Arthur Krystal | March 23, 2021

    More important, he had a soothing effect on me. I was calmer in his presence, as if the world wasn’t all about struggle, competition, and jockeying for position. Somehow he seemed detached from such things, and it was a detachment that subtly transferred to me. And when I think back on how little I knew then and how well I thought of myself (the two obviously went hand-in-hand), I see that he came along at a moment when I needed someone who represented what adulthood could be like, even if I sensed that my own would be very different. And so, for 40 years, whenever I heard his distinct but slightly throaty voice, the world made a little bit more sense, and it was a pleasure to make him laugh.


  • Jacques Barzun, 30 Nov 1907 – 25 Oct 2012
    Historian & Scholar dies at 104 (NYtimes)

    Jacques Barzun (on vimeo)

    The Achievement of Jacques Barzun (The First Things)

    Cynthia Ozick – “the last of the thoroughgoing generalists,”

  • My notion about any artist is that we honor him best by reading him, by playing his music, by seeing his plays or by looking at his pictures. We don’t need to fall all over ourselves with adjectives and epithets. Let’s play him more.
    — Jacques Barzun, in an interview with John C. Tibbetts

    Barzun 100 (a blog dedicted to Barzun)

  • Darwin Marx Wagner
    (Cover by Leonard Baskin, Typography by Edward Gorey)

    Update: Endless Rewriting (Another article from American Scholar).

    When a novice writer received a letter from Jacques Barzun, asking her to write a book, how could she have known what she was in for?
    By Helen Hazen

  • Enduring Charm of Hideko Takamine – (March 27, 1924 – December 28, 2010)

    March 27th, 2021
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  • (Yumi Shirakawa, Hideko Takamine, Yoko Minamida, Misako Uji and Yumiko Hasegawa visiting Elvis.)

    Hideko Takamine was a Japanese actress who began as a child actress and maintained her fame in a career that spanned 50 years. She is particularly known for her collaborations with directors Mikio Naruse and Keisuke Kinoshita, with Twenty-Four Eyes (1954) and Floating Clouds (1955) being among her most noted films

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  • A child actress on the right was Takamine Hideko .


  • (Kayama Yuzo and Hideko Takamine in “Yearning directed by Mikio Naruse)

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    Mifune and Takamine Hideko in A Wife’s Heart

  • Takamine Hideko and Akutagawa Hiroshi in Mistress (film based on Ogai’s Wilde Geese)

    Ōgai’s most popular novel, Gan (1911–13; part translation: The Wild Goose), is the story of the undeclared love of a moneylender’s mistress for a medical student who passes by her house each day.

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    Takamine Hideko in Naruse masterpiece..
    (Wong Kar Wai was thinking of Naruse when he made In the Mood for Love.)

    Gesture and pose of cinema of M.Naruse

    Harvard Archive list of Naruse films

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    Summer Clouds, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Floating Clouds (3 film stills)

    Adieu Bertrand Tavernier, A Genius, My Favorite Filmmaker

    March 25th, 2021

    Sad news from Variety. Bertrand Tavernier passed away

    Bertrand Tavernier, French Filmmaker and Leader of a Generation, Dies at 79

  • Bertrand Tavernier wiki

  • Criterion

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    (Dirk Bogarde, Tavernier and Jane Birkin in Daddy Nostalgia.)

    Dirk Bogard said “Tavernier knows more about the cinema than practically any director I have worked with, Visconti coming a close second.’ I have said, when asked, that Visconti is the Emperor of film, Losey is the King, Tavernier is the Genius in the minutiae of life which he gets on to a cinema screen as no one else has ever done quite so brilliantly before. Nothing very much happens in a Tavernier film. Just all of life.”

  • A tribute from Lisa Nesselson

  • On the Set of "Coup de Torchon"
    Coup de Torchon – Noiret and Stephane Audran

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  • A Sunday in a Country 1aBertrandSunday
    Tavernier won the best director at Cannes with this film.(Exquisite and beautifully filmed family drama)

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    Dexter Gordon was nominated for an Oscar. (He should have won)

  • Martin Scorsese

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    Bertrand Taverniar with Gaspard Ulliel (click to see large)
    Discussion.. how he works & state of film industry & showing off his encyclopedic film knowledge appearing with Gaspard Ulliel..(on youtube)

  • Supermodel to Maxist Professor, Benedetta Barzini -A Film Directed by Her Son

    March 19th, 2021

  • (Barrese and his mother Benedetta Barzini)

    Discovering Benedetta Barzini in “the disappearance of my mother”

  • Benedetta Barzini wiki

    Gerard Malanga

    In December 1966, Barzini was named one of the “100 Great Beauties of the World” by the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. She began training at the Actors Studio around that time,[4] and in the process became romantically involved with, and later engaged to, New York poet and media artist Gerard Malanga, an early collaborator of Andy Warhol.[5] He would dedicate various works to her, such as his Poems for Benedetta Barzini and The Last Benedetta Poems.[4] Additionally, Malanga’s 1967 black-and-white film In Search of the Miraculous is an emotional, vivid poem of adoration for Barzini.

  • Benedetta Barzini in a dress by Norell. Photo by Irving Penn. Vogue, April 1, 1965.

    Barzini was discovered at age 20 on the streets of Rome[3] by Consuelo Crespi in 1963; Diana Vreeland soon thereafter received photographs of Barzini and sent a telegram asking if she could come to Manhattan to shoot for American Vogue[3] with Irving Penn


  • (Benedetta Barzini and Marcel Duchamp – from “The Dissapearance of My Mother’)

  • Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal won the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize

    March 16th, 2021

  • (House in Bordeaux)

  • Vassal
    (and Lacaton)

    Lacaton & Vassal receive the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize

    The 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s highest honor, has been granted to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, founders of Lacaton & Vassal, the French duo renowned for their multiple sustainable housing projects and for the Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art gallery in Paris. In their three decades of work, Lacaton & Vassal always prioritized the “enrichment of human life”, benefiting the individual and supporting the evolution of the city.

  • Lacaton-Vassal com

  • Leon Polk Smith – Hiding in Plain Sight at Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

    March 12th, 2021
  • “Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight” installation view, Photo: Heard Museum, Craig Smith

    Leon Polk Smith Hiding in Plain Sight

    Heard Museum, Leon Polk Smith – Hiding in Plain Sight on display through May 31, 2021.


    (Photo by Fung Lin Hall)


  • (Artforum Spotlight Heard Museum)

  • Leon Polk Smith Foundation

    Lisson Gallery – Leon Polk Smith

    wiki- Leon Polk Smith

    Artnet – Leon Polk Smith

    Leon Polk Smith was a Cherokee American painter known for works which blended Native American design and hard-edge geometrically-oriented abstract paintings on unframed canvases of unusual shapes. While his style had originally been inspired by artists such as Piet Mondrian, he took geometric abstraction a step further, cultivating the Hard-Edge and Minimal painting styles in the late 1950s. “I can’t imagine that there is an end to space. It tells us that we are to keep going, to be optimistic,” he commented on his conceptual exploration of space through art. Smith was born on May 20, 1906 and grew up on farms and ranches among Choctaw and Chickasha Native American communities in present-day Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State College (now East Central University) with the intention of becoming a teacher and then moved to New York City in 1936 to study at Columbia University’s Teachers College. It was there that he was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s paintings and Constantin Brâncuși and Jean Arp’s sculptures at the Gallatin Collection. While his early art career utilized Surrealist and Expressionist styles, he developed his own style over time that leaned more towards Modernism. In 1954, he produced a series of tondos, which helped to place him at the forefront of movements such as Hard-Edge, Color Field, and Minimalism. One of his most famous works is a series of modular paintings he created in 1967 known as The Constellations, each of which comprised multiple canvases that could be arranged in different configurations, making the walls they were hung up on meaningful parts of the installations. His works have been exhibited in museums all over the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, MACBA in Buenos Aires, and Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Smith passed away on December 4, 1996 in New York City.

  • RE: Carmen Herrera and Leon Polk Smith

    In 1939 she moved to New York and swiftly made connections in the Downtown art scene: Barnett Newman and Leon Polk Smith become lifelong friends. (via)

    Carmen Herrara is 105 years old today.

    A virtual talk, a deeper look at Leon Polk’Smith’s artistic practice (Youtube)

  • Dominique Sanda from Une Femme Douce, 1900 to 2021

    March 11th, 2021

  • (In 1900, Robert De Niro and Dominique Sanda, directed by Bertolucci)
    Happy birthday Dominique Sanda!
    Her film career started with Bresson. A Gentle Woman..Bertolucci cast her twice ..The Conformist and 1900.. De Sica cast her in the Garden Finzi Contini.. she was also in Steppenwolf with Max Von Sydow. – her recent film was Saint Laurent..
    Genraldin Chaplin and Dominic Sanda made a funny feminist film
    *

    Dominique Sanda is 73 years old today


  • (The Conformist with Jean Louis Trintignant)
    Bernardo Bertolucci directed Dominique Sanda twice, 1900 and The Conformist

  • Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅, Shinoda Tōkō, 28 March 1913 – 1 March 2021)

    March 7th, 2021
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  • (Michinoku)


    Focus art of Toko Shinoda

    Toko Shinoda wiki

  • Toko Shinoda (篠田 桃紅, Shinoda Tōkō, 28 March 1913 – 1 March 2021) was a Japanese artist working with sumi ink paintings and prints. Her art merged traditional calligraphy with modern abstract expressionism. A 1983 interview in Time magazine asserted “her trail-blazing accomplishments are analogous to Picasso’s”.[1] Shinoda’s works have been exhibited at the Hague National Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cincinnati Art Museum, and other leading museums of the world.

  • See more from Artnet – Toko Shinoda

  • Shinoda Masahiro (retired filmmaker, husband of Shima Iwashita)is her cousin – (via Asahi )