Archive for April, 2014

Ben Whishaw Dancing – Jane Campion at Cannes – 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
  • Grecian Urn by J. Keats

  • Ben and Jane Campion on Keats (youtube)

  • Film about life and Love – John Keats

  • Tree by F.B. brightstar2

    Bright Star and the Moon (previous post)

  • Photograph by Gerald Jenkins

    Happy birthday Jane Campion

    Jane Campion to head feature Jury at Cannes

    Update: Cannes Jury Discussion (youtube)

    Round Midday with Bertrand Tavernier – April 25, 2014

    Saturday, April 26th, 2014

  • (Kubrick was driving me crazy – why he quit working for Kubrick, funny stuff)

    Bertrand Tavernier, veteran French film director, screenwriter and producer is a warm and gregarious man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of American and international film. In a cultural environment dominated by cynicism and the promotion of historical ignorance, Tavernier is a rare figure, someone genuinely concerned about what is happening to working people, deeply hostile to anti-immigrant racism and like-minded legislation, and determined to help create the artistic and intellectual environment that will produce progessive social change. Tavernier spoke with World Socialist Web Site reporter, Richard Phillips during the Sydney Film Festival. (via world socialist)

    Bertrand Tavernier (film list at MUBI) or (Tavernier’s Journey -2018, here)

    Dexter Gordon was nominated for an Oscar, he should have won.

  • Bertrand Taverniar with Gapard 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)

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    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.

  • His new film – Tavernier playing Geopolitics for laughs

    He shares a birthday with Paul Mazursky and Cy Twombly Bertrand Tavernier

    Patricia Bosworth, Biographer of Marlon, Monty & Diane Arbus

    Thursday, April 24th, 2014
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    Patricia Bosworth’s bio of Monty Clift

    Happy birthday Patricia Bosworth April 24 1933

    a contributing editor at Vanity Fair for over two decades, is an award-winning journalist and best-selling biographer and memoirist.

    She was an actress who played a novice in The Nun’s Story (Audrey Hepburn, directed by Fred Zinnerman).

  • Previous posts
    Little Dance at Peastum (Monty Clift)

    Diane Arbus -revealedCartoon Arbus

    Bye Rubin “Hurricane” Carter – (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014)

    Sunday, April 20th, 2014
  • Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014)

  • Love in the Time of Gabriel García Márquez – March 6, 1927– 17 April 2014

    Thursday, April 17th, 2014
  • Gabriel García Márquez – March 6, 1927– 17 April 2014 (His life in pictures)

  • Gabo at Modernword homepage

    Paris Review

    I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of a journalist. What I didn’t like about journalism before were the working conditions. Besides, I had to condition my thoughts and ideas to the interests of the newspaper. Now, after having worked as a novelist, and having achieved financial independence as a novelist, I can really choose the themes that interest me and correspond to my ideas. In any case, I always very much enjoy the chance of doing a great piece of journalism.

  • Eerendira – a film scripted by Gabo. Irene Papas played the grandmother.

  • His controversial friendship with Castro

  • Gabo with Carlos Fuentes
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  • Photograph: Balcells Archive

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    After one hundread years of solitutude, (87 Facts about Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

    he became friends with many famous and powerful people, including, controversially, Fidel Castro.
    “Ours is an intellectual friendship. It may not be widely known that Fidel is a very cultured man. When we’re together, we talk a great deal about literature.”

    The Gold Bird Variations – Some Images by Fung Lin Hall

    Sunday, April 13th, 2014
  • The Fact that Socrates wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Jesus wrote nothing.
    The Fact that Buddha wrote Nothing.

    Vanishing Point page 128. David Markson

  • Bird baby lost
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  • Related links –
    Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon

    Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

    Last Life in the Lens Universe – (with bonus film links)

    Above images by Fung Lin Hall

  • A Feminist Actress, Famous Stranger – Her Name is Delphine Seyrig

    Thursday, April 10th, 2014
  • Marguerite Duras and Delphine Seyrig (photo above).

    Marguerite Duras once called her a ‘famous stranger’ with regards to her relatively little fame among large audiences.

    In the 70’s she proposed a deal to Marguerite Duras: she offered her to star in 12 of her movies every year just on the condition that she would have been given a few days off every month. The contract was never sealed, as Duras couldn’t apparently come out with 12 scripts a year .

  • Lots of photos here..Delphine is fucking amazing (Chained and Perfumed )

  • Both Fonda and Delphine were critical of Joseph Losey’s script when they acted together in “The Doll’s House”.

    Jane Fonda in Delphine’s film (Youtube)

    Be Pretty and shut up (vimeo) directed by Delphine Seyrig.

  • 1abaisersDelphine
    (From Stolen Kisses directed by Francois Truffaut)

    Cool, auburn-haired French actress, born in Lebanon. Spent part of her early childhood in New York, where her archaeologist father was cultural attaché. Acted on the Parisian stage from 1952-55. Returned to New York to attend classes at the Actor’s Studio. Appeared on stage in Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People”. On the strength of her performance, she was cast in the lead of Last Year at Marienbad (1961) by director Alain Resnais. Subsequently acted in films by major European film makers, including Joseph Losey, Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.
    She considered herself a feminist who was additionally socialist as opposed to her friend Jane Fonda, whom she called a socialist who was additionally feminist.

    She used to ride a motor-scooter.

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    Jeanne Dielman -23-quai-du-commerce-1080-bruxelles

    Akerman’s film seems simple, but it encompasses an entire world. Whether seen as an exacting character study or one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time, Jeanne Dielman is an astonishing, compelling movie experiment, one that has been analyzed and argued over for decades.

    She first met Chantal Akerman at a French film festival. She was supposed to show some slides of her friend Jane Fonda during the Vietnam war at 10 p.m while Akerman had to introduce her film Hôtel Monterey (1972) at 8 p.m. Delphine asked the director if they could switch the time of the screenings, because she thought it was really important for people to see Fonda’s work. Akerman agreed on the condition that the actress would have appeared in her next movie. She did.

    Delphine talking to Akerman (youtube)

    Delphine made two films with Alain Resnais.

  • She was a great admirer of Gérard Philipe: she stated that watching his performances played a crucial role in inspiring her to become an actress.

    She was one of Samuel Beckett’s favourite actresses and starred in several of his plays, sometimes under his direction.

  • Agnes Martin and Delphine Seyrig.. see photo of them here..(Delphine was in Pull up the Daisy with Ginsberg and Kerouac.)

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  • François Rabelais, the Renaissance humanist

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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    Nature abhors a vacuum.
    Half the world does not know how the other half lives. – Francois Rabelais
    Read more here.

  • François Rabelais, writer, doctor, humanist

    Rabelais’ use of his native tongue was astoundingly original, lively, and creative. He introduced dozens of Greek, Latin, and Italian loan-words and direct translations of Greek and Latin compound words and idioms into French. He also used many dialectal forms and invented new words and metaphors, some of which have become part of the standard language and are still used today. Rabelais is arguably one of the authors who has enriched the French language in the most significant way.
    His works are also known for being filled with sexual double-entendres, dirty jokes and bawdy songs that may shock even modern readers.

    And one more Rabelais on (youtube) with Medieval/Renaissance music

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    In his novel Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne quotes extensively from Rabelais.

    Alfred Jarry performed from memory, hymns of Rabelais at Symbolist Rachilde’s Tuesday salons, and worked for years on an unfinished translation of Gargantua and Pantagruel.

    Anatole France lectured on him in Argentina. John Cowper Powys, D. B. Wyndham-Lewis, and Lucien Febvre (one of the founders of the French historical school Annales) wrote books about him. Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian philosopher and critic, derived his celebrated concept of the carnivalesque and grotesque body from the world of Rabelais.

    Hilaire Belloc was a great admirer of Rabelais. He praised him as “at the summit” of authors of fantastic books.[14] He also wrote a short story entitled “On the Return of the Dead” in which Rabelais descended from heaven to earth in 1902 to give a lecture in praise of wine at the London School of Economics, but was instead arrested.

    Mikhail Bakhtin wrote Rabelais and His World, praising the author for understanding and unbridled embrace of the carnival grotesque. In the book he analyzes Rabelais’s use of the carnival grotesque throughout his writings and laments the death of the purely communal spirit and regenerating laughter of the carnival in modern culture.

    George Orwell was not an admirer of Rabelais. Writing in 1940, he called him “an exceptionally perverse, morbid writer, a case for psychoanalysis”.

    Milan Kundera, in a 2007 article in The New Yorker, wrote: “(Rabelais) is, along with Cervantes, the founder of an entire art, the art of the novel.” (page 31). He speaks in the highest terms of Rabelais, calling him “the best”, along with Flaubert.

    Rabelais was a major reference point for a few main characters (Boozing wayward monks, University Professors, and Assistants) in Robertson Davies’s novel The Rebel Angels, part of the The Cornish Trilogy. One of the main characters in the novel, Maria Theotoky, writes her PhD on the works of Rabelais, while a murder plot unfolds around a scholarly unscathed manuscript. Rabelais was also mentioned in Davies’s books The Lyre of Orpheus, and Tempest-Tost.[citation needed]

    Rabelais is highlighted as a pivotal figure in Kenzaburō Ōe’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994

    R.I.P Peter Mattheissen – Author and Naturalist

    Saturday, April 5th, 2014
  • Peter Matheisson

    Peter Mattheissen dead at 86 (NYtimes)

    Homegoing (NYtimes- Magazine )

    Paris Review Interview

  • In the early 1950s, he shared a sojourn in Paris with fellow literary expatriates and helped found The Paris Review, a magazine devoted largely to new fiction and poetry. His childhood friend George Plimpton became its editor.

    Photo journal (See more photos)

  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014)

    Saturday, April 5th, 2014

  • One of Anja’s final photos.
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  • R.I.P Anja Niedringhaus October 12, 1965, Germany – Died: April 4, 2014
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    (BBC in pictures)

    CBC Canada news

    Spero, Woodman and Carruth

    Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

  • (Nancy Spero at her studio)

    More Nancy Spero here.

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    Francesca Woodman
    April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981

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    Lucille Clifton and Hayden Carruth

    He did read the prominent poets Ben Johnson, William Yeats, and Ezra Pound, but added that “the real question is not by whom I was influenced, but how.” To Miller, Carruth’s early grounding in traditional poetic forms prepared him to “improvise” later on, much like the way jazz musicians often study classical music early in their training: “The discipline must precede the rejection of discipline.”

  • At Seventy-Five: Rereading An Old Book

    My prayers have been answered, if they were prayers. I live.
    I’m alive, and even in rather good health, I believe.
    If I’d quit smoking I might live to be a hundred.
    Truly this is astonishing, after the poverty and pain,
    The suffering. Who would have thought that petty
    Endurance could achieve so much?
    And prayers —
    Were they prayers? Always I was adamant
    In my irreligion, and had good reason to be.
    Yet prayer is not, I see in old age now,
    A matter of doctrine or discipline, but rather
    A movement of the natural human mind
    Bereft of its place among the animals, the other
    Animals. I prayed. Then on paper I wrote
    Some of the words I said, which are these poems.

    Anonymous Submission
    Hayden Carruth