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R.I. P Yoshiko Yamaguchi/Ri-Ko-Ran – Diva of China & Japan

September 15th, 2014
  • Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94 Japan times

  • Japanese Actress Shirley Yamaguchi, Who Starred in ‘House of Bamboo,’ Dies at 94 (Variety)

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    See previous post

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    After her first marriage to Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi ended in the mid-1950s, Yamaguchi married Hiroshi Ohtaka, who was Japan’s ambassador to Burma, now Myanmar, and occasionally appeared on television. In 1974, she was elected to parliament’s Upper House as a member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party and served until 1992. She was among the contributors to a private atonement fund for Asian “comfort women” used as prostitutes for Japan’s wartime military.

  • Shanghai no Onna 1952 (youtube)

  • Caught Between China & Japan: Superstar Li Xianglan

    She called China her fatherland and Japan her motherland.

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    (Scandal – directed by Kurosawa)

    She was active in promoting relations with China and other Asian countries. One of her concerns was Japanese “comfort women” military brothels, an issue that still strains ties between Japan and its neighbours.

    In her 1987 autobiography, Yamaguchi wrote she was shellshocked when she watched “China Nights” to prepare the book. “Why did I have to appear in such a movie and perform as ‘Chinese actress Ri Koran (Li Xianglan)’? I felt miserable realising this at this advanced age and I had sleepless nights for months.”

    However, according to some Japanese bloggers, the movie was not widely taken as a pure propaganda film but was appreciated by many people in both Japan and China.

    “I think song is something that helps shrink boundaries and distances,” Yamaguchi told public broadcaster NHK in 1985. “I myself suffered much as I was trapped in a war between two countries as long as I remember. Therefore I am determined not to tolerate any war.” (via)

    Adieu Antoine Duhamel – Film Composer For Godard & Truffaut

    September 12th, 2014
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    Antoine Duhamel (30 July 1925 – 11 September 2014) was a French composer, orchestra conductor and music teacher.

    Antoine Duhamel filmography

    Top tracks for Antoine Duhamel

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    In 2002 he was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his music for the Bertrand Tavernier directed film, Laissez-passer.

    Safe Conduct (Laisser-Passer) by Bertrand Tavernier.
    The film is almost 3 hours long. The first half was a bit frantic and confusing but the last half the film began to take shape and delivers.
    Filmmaking under Nazi rule during the occupation in France is the theme and the central character played by an actor who was a real biker made this cycling resistence movie memorable. The film deals with a controversial and difficult subject.

    Ridicule composed by Duhamel (Ridicule is a film about Wit.. a great film by Patrice Leconte).

    Antoine Duhamel :Les Charmes du Japon (Truffaut – Antoine Doinel series)

    In the Mood for Fan Ho’s Photography – Hong Kong 1950

    September 10th, 2014
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  • Fan Ho (homepage)

  • Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures

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    Ho Fan (Chinese: 何藩) (born October 8, 1937) is a celebrated Chinese photographer, film director and actor. He has won over 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956 for his photography

    R.I.P Donatas Banionis – Star of Solaris

    September 4th, 2014
  • See full film Solaris (youtube)

  • R.I.P Donatas Banionis - Star of Solaris dies

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    Donatas Banionis and Tarkovsky
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  • Hal Ashby of Being There – A Retrospective

    September 1st, 2014
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    b. September 2, 1929, Ogden, Utah
    d. December 27, 1988, Malibu, California

  • A Man Out of time
    Bruce Dern, Norman Jewison, Wexler paid moving tributes to Hal Asby.

  • Intelligent Life - Why You Should Know the Name Hal Ashby..

    Hal Asby on Senses of Cinema (bio & filmography)

    Shadowlands – Passing of Richard Attenborough and Lauren Bacall

    August 28th, 2014

  • (See full film Shadowlands )

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    Lord Richard Attenborough –
    Dead at 90..

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    Goodbye Lauren Bacall (photo via)

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    (Repost – Hoagy Carmichael on our mind)

    Hegel’s Dialectics from Half Nelson to Goethe in Love

    August 28th, 2014
  • Half Nelson . Ryan Gosling explains Dialectics.

    Aug 27 birthday of - German philosopher Hegel , a major figure in German Idealism. His historicist and idealist account of reality revolutionized European philosophy and was an important precursor to Continental philosophy and Marxism. Hegel’s influential conceptions are those of speculative logic or “dialectic”, “absolute idealism”. They include “Geist” (spirit), negativity, sublation (Aufhebung in German), the “Master/Slave” dialectic, “ethical life” and the importance of history. (wiki)

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    Portrait of Goethe by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

    Johan Wolfganv von Geothe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832)

    In 1810, Goethe published his Theory of Colours, which he considered his most important work. In it, he contentiously characterized color as arising from the dynamic interplay of light and darkness through the mediation of a turbid medium.[33] In 1816, Schopenhauer went on to develop his own theory in On Vision and Colors based on the observations supplied in Goethe’s book. After being translated into English by Charles Eastlake in 1840, his theory became widely adopted by the art world, most notably J. M. W. Turner.[34] Goethe’s work also inspired the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, to write his Remarks on Color.

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  • How Hegel put Goethe’s Urphänomen
    to Philosophical Use

  • “Here Hegel recognizes that in Goethe’s hands, the concept escapes the airless depths of the philosopher’s study and connects up with Nature and the everyday life of the people. And he observes:

    “the two worlds greet each other: our abstruse world and the world of phenomenal being. Thus out of rocks and even something metallic Your Excellency prepares for us granite, which we can easily get a handle on because of its Trinitarian nature and which we can assimilate”(Hegel 1984: 699).”

    J. L . Borges – Reading for Pleasure

    August 24th, 2014
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    Borges and J. G.Ballard.. Photo by Sophie Baker

    MM: Burroughs, like Borges, showed us what it was possible to do. Neither Borges nor Burroughs were available to us until about 1960 or so. I first heard Borges’s stories related to me by a Spanish-speaking Swede while hitch-hiking from Uppsala to Paris. It was a while before City Lights, I think it was, brought out the first translations. Burroughs wasn’t a disappointment, when we finally met him, but Borges was. Burroughs pretty much lived as he wrote, while Borges was a rather conservative man with a keen interest in G. K. Chesterton.

  • A Literary Hedonist in the classroom :on Professor Borges.

  • Riddle of Poetry J.L. Borges google braille
    (“One day Cartier-Bresson received a telephone call from the writer JL Borges, who wished to know whether he would be willing to accept a prize for which Borges wanted to nominate him. Read more here) The gift from a blind poet

  • Two new books about Borges (New Yorker)

  • Read The Aleph here.

    Kurosawa Called Mikio Naruse A Great River – Naruse’s Mini Retrospective -2014

    August 20th, 2014
  • Prologue

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    Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Mifune Toshiro from Scandal directed by Akira Kurosawa. (A very funny photo – the dude on the right looks like Henry Miller )

    “like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths”, Akira Kurosawa on the works of Mikio Naruse – (thanks to Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen)

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    Mifune and Takamine Hideko in A Wife’s Heart

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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)

    Midnight eye

  • See more full films on youtube
    The Actress and the Poet / 女優と詩人 (1935)

    1940 film

  • Mikio Naruse was born on Aug 20, 1905..

    Roman Polanski – 2014

    August 18th, 2014
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    Happy birthday.. Roman Polanski is 81 years old.

  • Bitter Moon + Polanski’s first film here. (Fun trailers)

  • 5 things You Might Not Know About Roman Polanski’s ‘Chinatown’
    (The original scrip had a happy ending..etc).

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    Roman with Gabo.

  • His new film trailer here.

  • The Making of Amadeus + Paul Scofield as Salieri

    August 17th, 2014
  • Antonio Salieri
    8/18/1750 – 5/7/1825
    Italian composer
    1) Take this quiz..
    by Mikhail Simkin

    The audio clips below are either from Mozart or from Salieri.

    After listening to each clip choose the composer. Hit the Submit button when done. The quiz will be graded and you will see the correct answers.

  • Google Mozart Morzart
    digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    American Friend in Texas, Dennis, Wim Wenders & Dean Stockwell

    August 14th, 2014
  • On the set of The American Friend

  • Bruno Ganz and Dennis (American Friend directed by Wim Wenders, based on a story by Patricia Highsmith )

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    Dennis Hopper, Wim Wenders, Bruno Ganz, and Nicholas Ray while filming ‘The American Friend,’ 1976 — Caterine Milinaire.

  • Dennis Hopper last movie and photos (See Jean Tingueley, Ed Ruscha etc)

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    Neil Young in Desert Shot – Photo by Dennis Hopper
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    Happy birthday Wim Wenders! (With Harry on the left and Dean on the right)

    Dean Stockwell - Delicate to Delirium

    Photo of Dean Stockwell by Dennis Hopper