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The Social & Political films of Michael Winterbottom

March 29th, 2015
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    Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom
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    Bio

    Three of his films — Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People — have been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festiva (via his wiki)

  • Winterbottom to direct Amanda Knox Murder Trial – The Face of an Angel starring Daniel Bruhl.

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    Michael Winterbottom has made an almost unbearably moving film that follows the lives of a prisoner’s family through the years

  • In this world Left to right: Jamal Udin Torabi as Jamal and Enayatullah as Enayat

    See In this World full film – (youtube)

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    Baldessaris Yellow fin and Tristram (scroll down to see the trailer – Trastram Shandy)

  • Has made three movies based on novels by Thomas Hardy: Jude (1996), based on “Jude the Obscure,” The Claim (2000), re-setting “The Mayor of Casterbridge” from rustic England to a California mining town, and Trishna (2011), an update of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.”.(via Bio)

    Jude (Thomas Hardy) – Full film (Kate Winslett one of her finest performances).

  • Genova (Colin Firth- (trailer)

  • Pierre Boulez is 90 years old Today

    March 26th, 2015
  • Happy birthday Pierre Boulez

    The modernist maverick: Pierre Boulez at 90
    Ivan Hewett pays tribute to classical music’s most contentious revolutionary

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  • Dennis Farber – The Art of Inkjet Fencing & Foto Lineage

    March 21st, 2015
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    Inkjet(fencing) – Photos
    See more Projects inkjets here.

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  • Dennis Farber (Portfolio) THE ART of FOTO HIS_STORY and LINEAGE

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  • René Clément – Forbidden Games, This Angry Age, Plein Soleil etc.

    March 17th, 2015
  • Forbidden Games – By David Ehrenstein

    Over the years countless films have been made about war, its horrors and its devastations. Few, however, have been as moving and heartfelt as René Clément’s Forbidden Games.

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    On Purple noon – Plein Soleil (The Kind of film you make passionately – Rene Clement)

    Purple Noon - Plein Soleil trialer (youtube)

    Patricia Highsmith (archive)

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    Gérard Philipe – Monsieur Ripois 1954 – Director: René Clément

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  • This Angry Age.

    It is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ 1950 novel, The Sea Wall. The film stars Anthony Perkins and Silvana Mangano.

    Full film This Angry Age

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    Is Paris Burning – Alain Delon and Belmondo

  • French Actor Christian Marquand Directed Brando, Burton, Ringo in Candy

    March 15th, 2015
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    Listen to Julian Schnabel on Marlon Brando

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    Brando and Christian Marquand
    Brando named his son after Christian Marquand – they worked together in Apocalyps Now.

  • Candy trailer

    Full film

    Candy is a 1968 sex farce film directed by Christian Marquand based on the 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, from a screenplay by Buck Henry. The film satirizes pornographic stories through the adventures of its naive heroine, Candy, played by Ewa Aulin. It stars Marlon Brando, Ewa Aulin, Richard Burton, James Coburn, Walter Matthau, Ringo Starr, John Huston, John Astin, Charles Aznavour, Elsa Martinelli and Enrico Maria Salerno.


  • “I Will Spit On Your Gaves”

    Boris Vian the author of I will Spit on Your Graves.

    On the morning of 23 June 1959, Boris Vian was at the Cinema Marbeuf for the screening of the film version of I will Spit on Your Graves. He had already fought with the producers over their interpretation of his work, and he publicly denounced the film, stating that he wished to have his name removed from the credits. A few minutes after the film began, he reportedly blurted out: “These guys are supposed to be American? My ass!” He then collapsed into his seat and died from sudden cardiac death en route to the hospital.

    Christian Marquand wiki and filmography.
    Brigitte Bardot, Christian Marquand, Jean Luis Trintignant were directed by Roger Vadim in And God Created Woman.

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    R.I.P Frei Otto – Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate

    March 10th, 2015
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    R.I.P Frei Otto – Named 2015 Pritzker Laureate (Archdaily)

    Frei Otto has just been named the 40th recipient of the Pritzker Prize – two weeks prior to the expected official announcement. The abrupt news has been released early due the unfortunate passing of the German architect and structural engineer, who was best known for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium. The pioneering tensile structure, which stood in considerable contrast to the strict, authoritarian stadium that was its predecessor, was meant to present a different, more compassionate face for Germany.

    “Throughout his life, Frei Otto has produced imaginative, fresh, unprecedented spaces and constructions. He has also created knowledge. Herein resides his deep influence: not in forms to be copied, but through the paths that have been opened by his research and discoveries,” says the Jury.

  • Otto Frei (Cavvia net) (See more designs here.)

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  • Shigeru Ban won last year Pritzker

  • Dreaming of a treehouse (youtube)

  • Boris Vian and The Mood Indigo by Michel Gondry

    March 9th, 2015
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    Whimsy and Spit: Boris Vian’s Two Minds (New Yorker)

  • The Sheik of Araby (his jazz)

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  • Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered today for his novels.
    Vian was also an important influence on the French jazz scene. He served as liaison for Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis in Paris, wrote for several French jazz-reviews (Le Jazz Hot, Paris Jazz) and published numerous articles dealing with jazz both in the United States and in France. His own music and songs enjoyed popularity during his lifetime, particularly the anti-war song “Le Déserteur”

  • Mood Indigo (French: L’Écume des jours) is a 2013 French film co-written and directed by Michel Gondry and co-written and produced by Luc Bossi, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. It is an adaptation of Boris Vian’s 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream.

    Trailer the Mood Indigo (youtube)

  • From Gray Gardens to Meet Marlon Brando, Documentary filmmaker Alfred Maysles Dies

    March 6th, 2015
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    See the full film here.

    “Meet Marlon Brando” is a delightful, unusually candid portrait of the world-famous movie star: A tongue-in-cheek confrontation with the press. While television journalists interview him about his most recent film, Brando counters their futile questions with wit and insight, a man unwilling to sell himself. “It’s a wonderful show,” one woman comments about the new project. “Did you see it?” he asks. “No, I haven’t seen it yet.” “Then how do you know?” Always smiling and never modest, Marlon Brando shines in one of his most revealing performances. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival in 1966, and has been telecast with much acclaim in France.

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    R.I.P Albert Maysles (1926-21015)
    Albert Maysles NEWS

    Remembering Albert Maysles (more videos from their films)

    Estabish an Empatheizing Relationship (Interview – Indiewire)

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

    March 6th, 2015
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    Happy birthday Andrzej Wajda!

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  • 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

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  • 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

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    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.

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    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.