Archive for July, 2020

RIP Alan Parker Midnight Express, Shoot the Moon

Friday, July 31st, 2020

  • (Alan Parker and Mickey Rourke)
    Alan Parker Angel Heart

    Alan Parker Rolling Stone obit

    Sir Alan Parker, Director of ‘The Wall,’ ‘The Commitments,’ ‘Midnight Express,’ Dead at 76
    British filmmaking giant also helmed Bugsy Malone, Mississippi Burning and Fame

    Midnight Express Director Alan Parker died (Deadline obit)

  • Alan Parker’s Archive (Notes, letters etc from

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    (Brad Davis in Midnight Express)

  • Albert Finney and Diane Keaton in Shoot the moon.
    (His most personal film)

    Peter Bradshaw A Guardian film critic who also loved “Shoot the Moon”

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    (Peter Weller and Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon)

  • Frank McCourt wrote Angela’s Ashes

  • Chris Marker – Staring Back

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

  • (Alain Resnais and Chris Marker)

  • Chris Marker Appriciations

  • Chris Marker Par Agnes Varda

  • Le Joli Mai
    Marker, Eustache, Melville, Bresson

    Sayonara Kansai Yamamoto, Bowie Collaborator

    Monday, July 27th, 2020
  • Bowie collaborator Kansai Yamamoto dies aged 76

  • (David Bowie and Kansai Yamamoto)

  • Kansai Yamamoto debut Vogue Shoot 1971

  • RIP Olivia De Havilland – Gone with the Wind at 104.

    Sunday, July 26th, 2020
  • (Olivia De Havilland Fast Facts )

    Olvia de Havilland Classic Hollywood Star dies at age 104

  • Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine Sisters Feud (

  • RIP John Saxon (August 5, 1935 – July 25, 2020) & Bruce Lee

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020

  • (John Saxon and Bruce Lee – On set of Enter The Dragon – 1973)

  • John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico; August 5, 1935 – July 25, 2020) was an American actor and martial artist who worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. Saxon is known for his work in Westerns and horror movies, often playing police officers and detectives.
    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Saxon studied acting with Stella Adler before beginning his career as a contract actor for Universal Pictures, playing in such movies as Rock, Pretty Baby (1956) and Portrait in Black (1961). During the 1970s and 1980s, he established himself as a character actor, frequently portraying law enforcement officials in horror movies such as Black Christmas (1974), Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
    In addition to his roles in horror movies, Saxon co-starred with Bruce Lee in the martial arts movie Enter the Dragon (1973), and has supporting roles in the westerns Death of a Gunfighter (1969) and Joe Kidd (1972), as well as the adventure thriller Raid on Entebbe (1977). In the 1990s, Saxon occasionally appeared in movies, with small roles in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) and From Dusk till Dawn (1996).

    Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on July 25, 2020.


  • Goodbye, Jazz Icon Annie Ross

    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
  • Independent/UK obit

    Annie Ross death: Acclaimed jazz singer and actor dies aged 89
    London-born musician and nightclub owner left an indelible mark on jazz music

    Vocalese trio formed by jazz vocalists (from left to right) Annie Ross, Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks during a photo shoot for DownBeat magazine shot near First National Bank Building in Chicago, published on 17th September 1959.

    The original recording of her song “Twisted” was used in the introduction to the 1997 Woody Allen film Deconstructing Harry.

  • Bela Tarr- Satantango, The Turin Horse etc.

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

  • (Erika Bók in Satantango and The Turin Horse)

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    Werckmeister Harmonies,The melancholy of resistence, from Kinoeye.

    The setting is a provincial town cut off by ice, but there are also unclear rumours of events to come—this time robbery, violence and maybe apocalypse. A travelling circus comes to town offering to exhibit the biggest whale in the world, accompanied by a mysterious and uncontrollable figure referred to as “the prince,” who has the capacity to attract violent followers and whose presence alone is sufficient to trigger his policies of destruction.

  • From an interview with Bela Tarr, not surprisingly Bela Tarr mentioned Robert Bresson, Ozu, Fassbinder and Cassavattes as masters who influenced him.

    RIP Keith Sonnier – (July 31, 1941-July 18, 2020)

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020
  • Poet of Light & Neon, Keith Sonnier (Artnet obit)

    “The difference with Keith is that he has a willingness to expose himself to experimentation that a lot of his peers lacked,” curator Jeffrey Grove, who worked on the artist’s seminal show “Until Today” at Parrish Museum, told Artnet News. “And that’s not a lack of rigor, that’s a confidence… a kind of quirky confidence that allowed him the freedom to expose himself to nontraditional materials that a lot of artists of his generation weren’t doing at the time.”(via Artnet)

    Irish art org – Keith Sonnier Until Today

    Keith Sonnier homepage

  • Inflated Workes 195-66 at the National Exemplar NY

  • Keith Sonnier (1941-2020, Mamou, Louisiana) was a Postminimalist, performance, video and light artist.[1] Sonnier was one of the first artists to use light in sculpture in the 1960s, and was been one of the most successful with this technique. Sonnier was a part of the Process Art Movement.(via wiki)

  • Keith Sonnier – 1969, Artforum

    WAS BORN in Mamou, a French-and-English-speaking town in Louisiana. The unassimilated Frenchness of Sonnier’s background—he speaks with no Southern accent—partly made for an unregretted childhood, and one which was open to the arts; at least it was not hostile to personal eccentricity. His father ran an hardware and electrical supply store. At 12 he drove. He went to Mamou High between 1955 and 1959. Nothing deeply disrupted this Southern rural picture except when, at 15, he had an inkling that “there had to be something else.”

  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa Master of Fear -Cure, Tokyo Sonata

    Sunday, July 19th, 2020
  • Happy birthday Kiyoshi Kurosawa!

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Letterboxed

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa (born July 19, 1955) is a Japanese filmmaker. He is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre.

    “Cure” is in this list, Best Japanese film every year – BFI

  • Tokyo Sonata

    Interview Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Tahar Rahim (Film Comment)

  • Adieu Zizi Jeanmaire (29 April 1924 – 17 July 2020)

    Friday, July 17th, 2020
  • Zizi Jeanmarire obit

    Ballerina who shot to fame in a sensational Carmen in 1949 and went on to star in Hollywood films and the Paris music halls

  • Berenice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991),

    Friday, July 17th, 2020

  • (Jean Cocteau – photo by Berenice Abott)

    Jean Cocteau (His postcard, Raymond Radiguet etc)

  • Foujita by Berenice Abbott

    Foujita and Inokuma

  • Self Portraits –
    Berenice Abbott at MoMa

    See more Berenice Abbott

  • Muriel Rukeyser

    Hand of Muriel Rukeyser Photo by Berenice Abott

  • Slyvia Beach Sylvia Beach, 1927 (March 14, 1887 – October 5, 1962)
    Portrait by Berenice Abbott

    (See Sylvia Beach (Previous post)

    Decoding of Inca Knots by Manny Medrano

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

  • Manny Medrano ’19, right, explains the meaning of quipus knots while holding a model. Quipus are knots that Incas used to record censuses, etc., and there are only 1000 left in the world. Medrano is the first name on the paper he co-wrote with Professor Gary Urton, left, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies, that is being published in EthnoJournal.
    Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

    The College Student Decoded the data in Inca Knots


    Nature is Healing Covid Meme

    Why Greogory Bateson Matters