Archive for September, 2020

The Professor and His Beloved Equation

Sunday, September 27th, 2020
  • The Professor and His Beloved Equation

  • Japanese director Takashi Koizumi

    Director Koizumi was the assistant director to the late Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa on five of his final major films: Ran, Kagemusha, Dreams, Madadayo, and Rhapsody in August and was an uncredited assistant to the director on a sixth one Dersu Uzala. The Kurosawa connection to the Koizumi film continues. The cinematographer Shoji Ueda too was the cinematographer of five of those films, the actor Akira Terao (who plays the professor) was a lead actor in Ran and Madadayo, so too, actor Hisashi Ogawa (who plays the brief role of the housekeeper agent) is a stock Kurosawa actor. Even though Kurosawa had nothing to do with this film, his trusted collaborators were the principal contributors to The Professor and His Beloved Equation. Kurosawa would have been proud because the film apart from mathematics briefly introduces Japanese culture and the essentially Japanese Noh theatre to any uninitiated viewer as well.

    Author of “The Housekeeper and the Professor”
    Yoko Ogawa (Previous Post)

    Adieu Juliette Greco – Parlez-moi d`Amour

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
  • Juliette Greco
    She died at the age of 93

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    (Juliette Greco & Miles Davis)

  • (Michel Piccoli and Juliette Greco)

  • (Jean Cocteau and Juliette Greco)
    Juliette Gréco as Aglaonice in Orpheus directed by J. Cocteau.

  • RIP Michael Lonsdale -Of Gods and Men Actor who was in 3 Films with Delphine Seyrig

    Monday, September 21st, 2020

  • (Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale in Of Gods and Men)

    IMDB – See his filmography

  • Ronin with Robert De Niro –

  • (The Day of Jackal)

  • India Song

    Gunnar Bjursell (via FB)
    “Michael Lonsdale fell madly in love with Seyrig but could not have her, wherefore he stayed bachelor all his life. “It was her or noone”.

  • Interview Michael Lonsdale (Nov, 2015)

    Interview: Michael Lonsdale on Jacques Rivette’s Out 1, May 1968, & More

    We spoke with the actor about Out 1, his political investments during May ’68, and how France’s current government is a “sad” state of affairs.

    Leonard Cohen – Tower of Song

    Monday, September 21st, 2020
  • My Night with Leonard Cohen

    Leonard Cohen The Hill

    Where is gypsie wife

  • Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Friday, September 18th, 2020
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said before her death, according to a statement released by one of her granddaughters, Clara Spera.


    The New Yorker obit- The Great Equalizer –

  • My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

    I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.

    Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
    The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.

    On the basis of Sex

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Guided ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ Say Armie Hammer and Felicity Jones

    TP Meditation Taylor Mead Haiku Robert Hass Translation

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020
  • Lockdown – Coronavirus

    Taylor Mead

    My Arm for a pillow
    I really like myself
    Under the hazy mooon

    Yosa Buson

    Translated by Robert Hass

  • (Senior Trip)

  • Congratulations Naomi Osaka & Dominic Thiem!

    Monday, September 14th, 2020
  • Five Things we learned from the 2020 US Open

  • (Naomi Osaka keeps victims of racial injustice in spotlight with US Open masks)

    Naomi Osaka: How a shy introvert has found her voice to become tennis’ new leader

  • Dominic Thiem
    : “It’s incredible to know that Federer congratulated me for my game. He also invites me to train at his home. Roger is the best tennis player of all time, not only a great athlete but a great person too. If tennis has this much popularity, it is largely thanks to him.” (2016, via FB)

    Michael Ondaatjie

    Saturday, September 12th, 2020
  • (Happy birthday Michael Ondaatjie– Sept 12)

    See photos of him from his life here
    In Ceylon

  • 76 facts you might not know about on Michael Ondaatjie

    31. Ondaatje calls his novels “cubist,” by which he means that he eschews linear narratives and experiments with the form.

  • See a photo of Ondaatjie and Ralph Fiennes here.
    Breaking the Rules

    One of his beloved books “Coming Through Slaughter” is a fictional story of New Orleans, Louisiana about 1900, very loosely based on the lives of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden and photographer E. J. Bellocq. Winner of the 1976 Books in Canada First Novel Award.
    New Orleans and vicinity at the turn of the century is the setting for the novel. Consider the places where the action occurs: N. Joseph’s Shaving Parlor, the river, Shell Beach, the Brewitts, Webb’s cottage, the streets of Storyville, Bellocq’s studio, Bolden’s home with Nora and the children, the mental hospital.

  • Willem Dafoe interviewed Michael Ondaatjie
    He has given many interviews but the interview with William Dafoe, Michael became more open and revealing. He said, “I went into a tailspin after The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. I won an award for it in Canada and I went into this hole. So I wrote Coming Through Slaughter, which was a huge fury about fame. It was on a very small scale, but it was big enough. I mean, the thing is to continue to avoid being self-conscious. To write and forget that you wrote other books.”
    “I have a tendency to remove more and more in the process of editing. Often I’ll write the first chapter last, because it sets up the story. The last thing I wrote in Coming Through Slaughter was “His geography,” almost like a big landscape shot, with buried clues you can pick up later. ”

    On the genesis of plane crash image for English Patient:

    “WD: Where did you get the central image of the plane crash, do you even remember?
    MO: I just got the image and it was there. The artist, Joseph Beuys, was in a plane crash in the far north, not in the desert, but I already had this image in my head. It was one of those things where I’d heard about Beuys and his obsession with felt and that worked its way in too. That was enough. I didn’t need to know anymore. The medicine man… ”
    He then continues to talk about Herodotus, Charles Olson and Robert Creeley.
    “MO: I had already read some of him. Then there was a reference to him in one of the explorer’s desert journals; one guy who said, “I was responsible for our library on one of our expeditions. But our library was only one book, Herodotus” And I thought that was great, because he was an historian writing about a place where these guys are many hundreds of years later. The idea of a contemporary history and an ancient history that links up… These explorers in the 1930s were out of time. I love the idea of them checking out sand dune formations. I love historical obsessives. And I kept thinking of writers like Charles Olson and Robert Creeley in some odd way. Creeley in his toughness, brittleness and lovely guarded lyricism was a clue for me about the patient, Almasy. And this wonderful, heroic era of exploration that was then ignored, while the twentieth century became more mercenary or mercantile. Also Herodotus’ sense of history is great because it’s very much based on rumor. “

    The End Judges Everything by Herodotus (with original greek text)
    The world according to Herodotus
    Herodotus’ Histories

    Michael O. shares birthday with these two historical figures.
    Lorenzo di Medici
    9/12/1492 – 5/4/1519
    Florentine ruler (1513-9)

    Francis I
    9/12/1494 – 3/31/1547
    French king and patron of the arts and scholarship (1515-47 )

    RIP Ronald Harwood, The Dresser, The Pianist, The Diving Bell & Butterfly

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

  • The Guardian Obit
    Sir Ronald Harwood – a life in pictures

    Ronald Harwood
    Passed away one day before his birthday.

  • Diving Bell and Butterfly – Julian Schnabel

  • The Pointillist Detail, Photos of Jürgen Schadeberg, RIP

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
  • (Hans Prignitz’s handstand on the St. Michaelis Church, Hamburg 1948 )

    African photography Jurgen Schadeberg

    Jurgen Schadeberg Artistic Eye

    Obituary: The pointillist detail and zen brush strokes of Jürgen Schadeberg

  • Jurgen Schadeberg homepage

  • Nelson Mandela

  • Exclusive Interview (Flashbak)

    At the start of his teens, Schadeberg was forced into the Hitler Youth. He hated it and everything it represented. Sometimes he marched backwards, or wore bright colours instead of the standard issue brown shirt. On other occasions he mimicked Charlie Chaplin as der Führer.

    Miriam Makeba

  • Jurgen Schadeberg’s Portrait of Singers in 1950’s South Africa

  • Birol Unel – German Turkish Actor of Soul Kitchen, Head On dies at 59

    Friday, September 4th, 2020
  • Birol Unel dies at 59

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    “Rest In Peace, dear friend. Your light was shining bright,” director Fatih Akin says

    Birol Unel German actor (Reverberations net)

    Fatin Akin directed Soul Kitchen, Head on etc.


  • Tomboy and Eyeless Girls – Celine Sciamma & Helene Delmaire

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
  • Trailer Tomboy

    (The stars of Girlhood, from left, Marietou Toure, Karidja Toure and Assa Sylla, and Celine Sciamma)

    Celine Sciamma – You have to be fearless

    The French director of ‘Tomboy’ and ‘Girlhood’ enters adult territory with period romance ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’.

  • How Delmaire created Our Portrait of Lady on Fire Cover (Criterion)

    Portraits at the heart of Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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    The Eyeless Girls

    Helene Delmaire (homepage)