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RIP Arthur Mitchell – Balanchine to Dance Theater of Harlem

September 20th, 2018

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    Arthur Mitchell passed away at 84.

    Dancer broke barriers for African Americans in the 1950s in leading roles with the New York City Ballet


    George Balanchine with Suzanne Farrell and Arthur Mitchell working on ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ in 1968.
    Photo by Martha Swope from the collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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  • Balanchine archive


  • George Balanchine and Arhtur Mitchell

    Mitchell shares interesting stories about Balanchine. (youtube) or why Pad de deux was so controversial (youtube)

    Arthur Mitchell is an African-American dancer and choreographer who created a training school and the first African-American classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem.
    In 1955 Mitchell made his debut as the first African American with the New York City Ballet
    Mitchell was the only African-American dancer with the NY City Ballet until 1970. Choreographer and director of the NYCB George Balanchine created the pas de deux in Agon especially for Mitchell and the white ballerina Diana Adams. Although Mitchell danced this role with white partners throughout the world, he could not perform it on commercial television in the United States before 1965, because states in the South refused to carry it.

    Arthur Mitchell

    Slim dragon-fly
    too rapid for the eye
    to cage,

    contagious gem of virtuosity
    make visible, mentality.
    Your jewels of mobility

    reveal
    and veil
    a peacock-tail.

    — by Marianne Moore

  • Arthur Michell Quote

    A Life in Pictures.

    RIP Annette Michelson, Pioneer Film Critic, Co-Founder of “October”

    September 18th, 2018

  • Annette Michelson (photo via)

  • Art News – Annette Michelsonk Pioneering Film Critic, Co-founder October dies at 96.


  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Fabulous Japanese Actress, Kiki Kirin – Moved On at 75

    September 16th, 2018
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    Josh Parmer posted on FB a sad and shocking news that Kiki Kirin (樹木 希林) passed away. (See a great photo of Kiki there)

    May your body rest and your soul soar Kiki Kirin. You have been one of my favorite actresses since I first saw you back in Still Walking.

    Japan times Obit

  • Interview with Kiki
    Kiki Kirin’s response here.

    Regarding the afterlife, there is the Buddhist idea of rebirth. Right now, my soul is in this body and this body is Kirin Kiki. After this body is used up and death comes around, that soul and spirit moves on and reappears. I don’t see death as an end.

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    Kiki with Nagase (Previous post)

  • Koreeda and Kiki (Shoplifters won Palme’dor at Cannes – 2018)

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    Previous 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.

    Art of Ree Morton – Analects & Recitations

    September 9th, 2018
  • Sea-Saw

  • Morton’s work is as unusual as her biography. Born in upstate New York, in 1936, Morton, who was a trained nurse, only started making art in her thirties and received her MFA at the age of 34, already a mother of three.
    Her entire body of work was created between 1968 and 1977, when she died prematurely in a car accident at the age of 41. But her vision seems to have erupted almost fully formed and, in just a few years, she managed to deliver more than many artists cobble together in a lifetime.


    Ree Morton

    Google Ree Morton

  • NYtimes Ree Morton -Artist/Mother

    Present in the selection of pieces are many of Morton’s sentimental, décor-oriented, performatively feminine motifs — bows; ruffles; wallpaper; flowers; fairy-tale-looking flags; loopy, girlish cursive lettering — which collectively one critic would later refer to as “Emily Dickinson in love with Raymond Roussel.” When she prepared the application, Morton had been making artwork for less than a decade, and a few months later, she would be dead.

    In the 41 years since, Morton — who once described her own artistic ambitions as “light and ironic on serious subjects without frivolity” — has become something of an obsession within the art world.


  • (photo from pages of Individuals:Post-Movement Art in America Edited by Alan Sondheim)

    RECITATIONS

    Mean Business

    mean
    mean ing
    mean ing ful

    mean
    mean er
    de mean ing

    me an you, babe.

    Text by Ree Morgan

  • Paul Schrader, Travis to Ernst, & Letter to Leonard Schrader

    September 3rd, 2018

  • (“First Reformed” directed by Paul Schrader)

    On casting Ethan Hawk (Spoiler alert!)

    “There’s a certain physiognomy in playing a man of the cloth, be it Montgomery Clift in ‘I Confess,’ Belmondo in ‘Leon Morin’ or Claude Laydu in ‘Diary of a Country Priest.’ So, you’re thinking about actors who have that physiognomy, maybe Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, but Ethan was 10 years older than them and his face was getting some very interesting wrinkles. I started thinking he’s just right for this. I sent him the script and he responded right away.”

  • Shooting fast, took only 22 days of filming.
    Budget $3.5 million. (Investers got their money back)

    Richard Brody on first reformed – (The reckless passions of Paul Schrader)

    On naming the Pastor “Ernst Toller” –

    Yup. I did. I came across the name years ago in a poem by W.H. Auden, but there were two things about the name I liked. One was the “tolling” of the bells. The other was the playwright who escaped Nazi Germany to come to America and then committed suicide

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    (The Light Sleeper)

    Dafoe and Schrader have collaborated many times, The Light Sleeper, The Affliction and Auto-Focus etc.

  • Light Sleeper, American Gigolo etc. (Mishima, Patty Hearst and Auto Focus were incredible biopics, and Schrader directed late Natasha Richardson twice – she played Patty Hearst and was also in the Comfort of Strangers, scripted by Harold Pinter based on a short novel by Ian McEwan.)

  • Polygon Interview – (First Reformed, Taxi Driver filmmaker Paul Schrader will change how you think about movies)

    Which modern, American filmmakers have mastered leaning in?
    Paul Schrader: In America, [Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff director] Kelly Reichardt works that way. Gus van Sant did that three film trilogy [Gerry, Elephant, and Last Days].

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    Paul Schrader directing Mishima, A Life in 4 Chapters, his sister in law acted as his interpreter with Japanese crew and actors.
    (Philip Glass composed the soundtrack, Eiko Ishioka designed the set, Mishima was Schrader’s most theatrically stylised film.)
    His brother Leonard knew Mishima.

    On Mishima.. ( His Final Performance, the Suicide of Yukio Mishima )

  • Read his letter to his brother Leonard Schrader (His visit to Jean Renoir in Beverly Hills )

    I spent the afternoon at Jean Renoir’s home in Beverly Hills, and was very entertained. Jean (as we friends call him) is shooting four short stories for French TV. During some continental business haggles he decided to come back to L.A. for two weeks. He told Max Laemmle, manager of the Los Feliz Theater, that my article on Boudu was the best he had ever read. He then sent me a letter to thank me, enclosing an autographed photo, asking for a tear sheet for Michel Simon, and inviting me to his home.
    So Joel and I (Joel is an old friend of the Renoirs) were there this afternoon. This is an exceedingly kind, gracious, and fragile person. Just like his films: you can’t help but love him. We had a very interesting conversation about Bresson, Simon, Moreau, Magnani, Chabrol, Truffaut, but I remember the afternoon primarily as an experience, like a warm bath. His home is covered with original paintings by his father, Picasso, Cezanne, Braque, etc. In his living room hangs a larger-than-life-size portrait of Jean at 17 painted by his father: he is young and handsome, has a shotgun and hunting dog. Jean, now past 70, bald and pink-faced, was sitting in a chair in front of that painting. I think I’ll always remember that view. He is, as he describes Picasso, “a force of nature.” I think he is a greater artist than his father, for he invented the vocabulary before he embellished it. You think my head’s swelling. Peut-être.


  • (Robert Mitchum and Keiko Kishi in Yakuza)
    Sydney Pollack directed Yakuza, scripted by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader and Robert Towne.

    Thank you & RIP Paul Taylor – A Magnificent Modern Dance Choreographer

    August 30th, 2018
  • RIP Paul Taylo, Nytimes tweeted.

    Paul Taylor brought a lyrical musicality, capacity for joy and wide poetic imagination to modern dance over six decades as one its greatest choreographers

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    The Paul Taylor Dance Company Performing Tracer, in 1962. Robert Rauschenberg’s Bicycle Wheel was the only scenery on stage.

    Paul Taylor died (Guardian obit)

    Taylor, a dancer who later became one of the world’s greatest choreographers, was seen as the last of the 20th century’s titans of modern dance

    NPR obit (A Giant of Modern Dance)

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    Kiki Smith and Paul Taylor
    (via)


  • Paul Taylor’s Esplanade – Part 1/5
    Part 2/5
    Part 3/5
    part 4/5

    Paul Taylor! (biography)

    Born on July 29, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Paul Taylor started the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1954 and worked with icons like Martha Graham and George Balanchine. Taylor went on to establish a massive repertory with his company and created a distinct, acclaimed mode of choreography in works like “Esplanade” and “Arden Court.”

  • Kindred Spirits (youtube)

  • Diggity1
    (Dogs designed by Alex Kats)
    Yerba buena SF 2015

    “I had seen Paul dance for the first time shortly before we met with Edwin [Denby] and thought his choreography was one of the most surprising things I had seen as an artist. Paul’s dancing seemed to be a real break with that of the previous generation: no expression, no content, no form, as he said, and with great technique and intelligence.”

    Alex Kats

  • Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor proves staying power of ’70s and ’80s dance

    Barbet Schroeder Gives His All to Each Film as a Producer, Director & a Thinker

    August 26th, 2018

  • (Amnesia – directed by Barbet Schroeder – His mother’s house in Ibiza was used twice in his films, Amnesia and More, his first film)

    See a trailer here.

    Berbet Schroeder in Conversation on Walter Benjamin, R. Housemann, Pink Floyd.

    Hausmann actually had a whole colony of other German intellectuals, poets, painters. And this house [in Amnesia] was influenced by Hausmann, it was not built by him. But it was influenced by him and his group. It was built in 1936 and my mother bought it in 1951.
    AKT: Was Walter Benjamin part of that group around Raoul Hausmann?
    BS: Yes, he was! Walter Benjamin was actually not far from this house. He was in the fishermen village that was 15 minutes by foot from this house.

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    Barbet Schroeder directing his wife Bulle Ogier in Maitresse.

    “It is the element of adventure in all creative activity that particularly interests Schroeder. He is a producer, a catalyst, but also a director and an actor. He is a Renaissance man. He began as a critic for Cahiers du Cinema. He gives his all to each film. When he produced La Collectuionneuse, he wento into debt to do so. He was the first to believe in Rohmer.” wrote Nestor Almendros (A Man with a Camera).

    From Barbet Schroeder’s first film “More” Nestor Almendros was his D.P and also credited as set designer in some films, their collaboration continued to “The Valley, “Obscured by Clouds”, “General Idi Amin Dada”, “Maitresse”, “Koko, the Talking Gorilla”

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    (Barbet Schroeder with Mickey Rourke and Bukowski – on set filming Barfly)

  • Terror’s Advocate

    NONFICTION FILM – MOVIES – Experiments in terror – Director Barbet Schroeder has a particular flair for films that expose the evil that walks among us.

  • Many interesting photos here for Barbet Schroeder .

  • French producer Barbet Schroeder (L) and

    French producer Barbet Schroeder (L) and German Rainer Werner Fassbinder are photographed in Cannes on May 12, 1979 during the 32nd International Film Festival where they present Fassbinder’s film “The third generation”. AFP PHOTO RALPH GATTI (Photo credit should read RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Akira Fuse Amazing Talent, Not a Footnote to Olivia Hussey’s Autobiography

    August 24th, 2018

  • (Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey and Akira Fuse)


  • Olivia Hussey and Fuse Akira

    Olivia Hussey in Japan

  • Building Bloc -積木の部屋 (積木の部屋 / 布施明)

  • His own song composed, lyrics as well.

  • Flamenco guitar and hear him singing (Youtube)

  • My way in Japanese.

  • 1)Cyclamen Fuse’s early hit song.

    2)
    Playing Oboe..
    Cyclamen his early hit.

  • Fuse’s interpretation of Aznavour song in Japanese

  • Doukoku


  • (An elegant calligraphic note is a poem written by Fuse Akira)

    Fuse Akira’s Novel: Daddy

  • Happy birthday Leonard Berstein!

  • RIP Tom Clark, Poet, Biographer & Beyond the Pale Blogger

    August 20th, 2018
  • Tom Clark, 2010. Poet – photo by John Sarsgard

  • Beyond the Pale an extraordinary blog by Tom Clark.

    Tom Clark Renowned Poet and Biographer dies in North Berkeley traffic collision.

    Jacket Interview
    (Tom Clark thought Ron Padgett was a far superior poet of my generation.. )
    Ron Padgett and Paterson – (scroll down)

  • Samuel Beckett – My Family with extraordinary photos from Jakarta Indonesia here (from Tom Clark’s blog)

  • Thank you Aretha Franklin for Making us Feel, Duet with Sinatra was Her Favorite

    August 16th, 2018
  • Aretha Franlin
    (photographed by George Hurrell, 1979)

    Duet with Frank Sinatra was her favorite..

  • Read (Independent)

    Aretha Franklin: How the Queen of Soul offered to post bail for Angela Davis, saying ‘black people will be free’

  • The Mystic Masseur Nobel Prized Author V.S. Naipaul Dies at 85

    August 12th, 2018

  • Portrait by Paul Emsley at the National Portrait Gallery

    The World is What it is (The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, Patrick French, 2008 – reviewed by Agog)

    Guardian obit

    VS Naipaul, Nobel prize-winning British author, dies aged 85.

    Ian Buruma on Naipaul (the Poet of the Displaced)

    An Appraisal- NYtimes..

    V.S.Naipaul wiki
    5 things Probably Didn’t know about V.S.Naipaul

    1) He had a nervous breakdown while studying at Oxford, and spent all his money on a trip to Spain
    2)He wrote his first story collection in five weeks (read more from the above link)


  • Pat and V.S Naipaul

    V.S.Naipal and Harold Pinter here.

  • Kureishi Novel echoes Life of V. S.Naipaul

  • Paris Review

  • Naipaul’s gentle side ..

  • INTERVIEWER
    Do you ever wonder what would have become of you if you had stayed in Trinidad?
    NAIPAUL
    I would have killed myself. A friend of mine did—out of stress, I think. He was a boy of mixed race. A lovely boy, and very bright. It was a great waste.
    INTERVIEWER
    Is he the boy that you mention in the introduction to A House for Mr. Biswas?
    NAIPAUL
    Yes, he is the boy I had in mind. We shared an admiration for each other. His death was terrible.

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    MYSTIC MASSEUR, Ayesha Dharker, Om Puri, 2001(c) Think Film. . Merchant Ivory production..
    story by V.S. Naipal.
    Om Puri in Mystic Masseur

    Portrait of Joseph Beuys by Warhol & What They Saw in Each Other

    August 5th, 2018
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    (Photo by Evelyn Hofer )
    Andy Warhol standing in the factory with a Liz painting and several screens in the background.

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    Momus Ca – Dubious Icons, Godheads, Messiahs, Artist, Celebrity

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    Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys in 1980 posing in front of Lenbach’s Self Portrait with his Family
    Photograph: Angela Neuke

  • What Andy Warhol saw in Joseph Beuys (Phaidon)

    Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys were not close friends. Though they met a number of times, in New York, Naples and Dusseldorf, the artists maintained a sincere, respectful relationship.

  • Christie – When Warhol met Beuys

  • Andy was in China, Iran and Bali – (previous post)

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    Andy and Ali (Previous post)