Archive for January, 2021

Vanessa Redgrave as Mrs Lowry with Timothy Spall

Saturday, January 30th, 2021

Happy birthday Vanessa Redgrave

  • (Julia, Vanessa Redgrave won an Oscar for supporting actress category, directed by Fred Zinnemann)

    (Vanessa Redgave reads Joan Didion )

  • Isadora

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    (Ken Russell directed Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave in “The Devils”)

    Goodbye Cecily Tyson (December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021)

    Friday, January 29th, 2021
  • Insider – obit

    Rolling Stone obit


    Cicely Tyson (December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021) was an American actress and fashion model. In a career spanning more than seven decades, she became known for her portrayal of strong African-American women.[1][2] Tyson was the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, one Tony Award, an honorary Academy Award, and a Peabody Award.

  • Cicely Tyson’s marriage to Jazz legend Miles Davis

    Even with the turmoil the couple may have experienced, Tyson described her relationship with the legendary jazz musician as one of mutual “love” (via USA Today).

    Legendary Chinatown Photographer Corky Lee dies from Covid

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
  • (The Village Sun Obit)

    Lee, who was a gentle soul, went by the whimsical moniker the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate.” For 50 years, starting in the 1970s, he documented Manhattan’s Chinatown and the city’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

    (Photo by Corky Lee)
    Throwing a hook: Japanese American teacher was secret women’s boxing trailblazer

    Corky Lee wiki

    Corky Lee (born as Lĭ Yángguó; 1947 – January 27, 2021) was an American journalistic photographer. His work chronicled and explored the diversity and nuances of Asian American culture overlooked by mainstream media and made sure Asian American history was included as a part of American history

    Photographic Justice
    See photo of Grace Lee Boggs and Mr. Mirikitani (Previous post, The Cats of Mirikitani)

    Corky Lee poses with his 1982 photograph of striking garment workers, featured in the New York Historical Society’s exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. “It was the largest Chinese garment worker rally in the history of NYC. 15,000 showed up to lobby for a new contract – it was pretty monumental. Fifteen, twenty years after that, the garment industry is no longer a viable employment source for the Chinese immigrant community, but back in the day, at least one person in the family had to work for the union, because that was the source of health insurance. Because there was absolutely no health insurance in the laundries and restaurants.” Corky was still in high school when he began noticing the absence of Chinese Americans in the media and newspapers around him – even the historic photograph of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, built by Chinese labor, didn’t have any Chinese workers in it. He has been committed to making his community visible ever since, photographing not only Chinatown but Asian America for more than four decades. The 68 y.o. Queens native has been the country’s self-appointed, undisputed, Unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate for so long that even the post office agrees: a letter addressed to just this title in “Elmhurst, Queens” actually found its way to the photographer.

    photo via
    Creator: Katja Heinemann | Credit: Katja Heinemann
    Copyright: © Katja Heinemann

    Melvil Poupaud – “By The Grace of God”

    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
  • Ozon & Poupaud
    Happy birthday Melvil Poupaud (Jan 26)

    By The Grace of God wiki

    It premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Jury Grand Prix

    Observer review

    François Ozon’s ‘By the Grace of God’ Is One of the Best Films of 2019

  • Red Visitor Interview Melvil Poupaud

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    Melville as a child actor made his first film “City of Pirates” directed by Raul Ruiz

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    Parker Posey and Melvil Poupaud in Broken English (Z. Cassavates directed)

    Named after author ‘Herman Melville’ by his mother. (via IMDB)
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    Laurence Anyways directed by Xavier Dolan.

    Great interview on Xavier Dolan Melvil was eloquent. (Youtube)

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    Time to Leave (starring with Jeanne Moreau) (Melvil was directed twice by Francois Ozon, Time to Leave and Hideaway).

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    Eric Rohmer – Melvil Poupaud

    Melvil Poupaud Reflects on Director Éric Rohmer and His Film, ‘A Summer’s Tale’

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  • RIP Barry Le Va – (1941 – 2021)

    Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
  • (Barrt Le Va on Center on Edge Shatter

  • Artforum obit

    Barry Le Va, a leading practitioner of Process, post-Minimal, and post-studio art whose sculptures and installations investigated the order of chaos and vice versa, has died at age seventy-nine, according to New York’s David Nolan Gallery, which represents the California-born artist. Gaining renown in the 1960s with innovative sculptures that he called “distributions,” in which a variety of materials were dispersed on the floor, Le Va was seemingly influenced more by mystery novels than by traditional art history, and helped redefine the medium of sculpture through his explorations of procedure, unconventional materials, two-dimensional space, impermanence, and chance.


  • Gunnel Lindblom – (Dec 18, 1931 – Jan 24, 2021)

    Sunday, January 24th, 2021

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    Gunnel Lindblom
    Gunnel Märtha Ingegärd Lindblom (18 December 1931 – 24 January 2021)[1][2] was a Swedish film actress and director

    The Seventh Seal

    Lindblom was directed by Ingmar Bergman in,
    The Seventh Seal (1957)
    Wild Strawberries (1957)
    The Virgin Spring (1960)
    Winter Light (1962)
    The Silence (1963)
    Scenes from a Marriage (1973)

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    Gunnel Lindblom, Jeanne Moreau, Ingmar Bergman and Bibi Andersson.

  • My Own Private “Traveling Bernie Sanders Selections”,

    Thursday, January 21st, 2021

  • Aloha Bernie Sanders. He was in Honolulu.
    About the Mittens.

    The mittens were created by Vermont teacher Jane Ellis. Ellis made the mittens from repurposed wool sweaters and lined them with fleece from recycled plastic bottles.

  • Naomi Klein from Intercept

    The Meaning of the Mittens: Five Possibilities

  • (Bernie levitating at Guggenheim Museum in New York)
    See more Bernie Sanders art history memes here

  • (Bernie in Kyoto)

    Bernie was in Japan directed by Akira Kurosawa.
    Thanks to Sachin Shrijith

  • (Bernie in Tijuanna, Mexico )

    Bernie in Budapest

    Bernie Sanders in Burlington (see more photos and links from here)
    Bernie and Allen 1allenberniecartoon

  • (Here is Bernie Sanders in front of my house)

  • RIP Mary Catherine Bateson – Daughter of Mead & Bateson

    Friday, January 15th, 2021
  • Mary Catherine Bateson (wiki)

    Mary Catherine Bateson (December 8, 1939 – January 2, 2021) was an American writer and cultural anthropologist.


    We Are Not What We Know but What We are Willing to Learn.

    Legacy Obit

  • Edge obit – Mary Catherine Bateson: Systems Thinker

  • Bateson & Mead

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    Thank you Mary Catherine Bateson, this reader devoured her books, she was passionate.

    How to Understand Hélio Oiticica – His Organze Delirium

    Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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    Hélio Oiticica (July 26, 1937 – March 22, 1980)

    Hélio Oiticica (Portuguese: [ˈεlju ɔjtʃiˈsikɐ]; ) was a Brazilian visual artist, sculptor, painter, performance artist, and theorist, best known for his participation in the Neo-Concrete Movement, for his innovative use of color, and for what he later termed “environmental art”, which included Parangolés and Penetrables, like the famous Tropicália.[1] Oiticica was also a filmmaker and write

  • Story of Helio Oiticica and Tropicalia Movement (See a video from Tate. org UK)

  • Helio Oiticica to Organize Delirium

    How to Understand Hélio Oiticica’s Journey From Art Visionary to Coke Dealer and Back Again

    (Hélio Oiticica parading with the Samba School Estação Primeira de Mangueira, Rio de Janeiro, circa 1965-1966. Courtesy the Hélio Oiticica project.)

  • Hélio Oiticica – Dance in My Experience

    Lisson Gallery

  • David Goodis Author of “Down There” & “The Moon In the Gutter”

    Thursday, January 7th, 2021

  • The Moon in the Gutter – Crimson Kimono. com

    David Goodis wiki (March 2, 1917 – January 7, 1967)

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    Shoot the Piano Player
    (Truffaut archive here)

    (Truffaut, Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois)

  • David Goodis Bleak Beautiful Vision of humanity

    It’s difficult to find quotes from David Goodis about his own approach to writing, but the accolades and insights of others help fill the gap. Ed Gorman once said that “David Goodis didn’t write novels, he wrote suicide notes,” and if we think of the literature of the suicide note, filled with equal parts anguish, guilt, love, and attempts to understand, then David Goodis’ work would easily fit within these bounds. His characters are broken down shadows of their former selves, worried more about damaging those they love then worrying about damage to themselves; as full of weaknesses, contradictions, and surprising resistances as Goodis himself.

  • Pulp International

  • David Goodis biography – LA times

  • “No Sun in Venice” “Venus Institute” – Adieu Robert Hossein + RIP Joan Micklin Silver

    Sunday, January 3rd, 2021
  • French actor and director Robert Hossein dies aged 93 (Euro Weekly obit)

    (No Sun in Venice – 1957 directed by Roger Vadim. )
    Robert Hossein wiki

    Robert Hossein died of COVID-19, on 31 December 2020, one day after his 93rd birthday.

  • Milt Jackson was born on January 1. 1923.
    Bags Groove Milt Jackson (previous post – listen to the Golden Striker, another composition by John Lewis for the film “No Sun in Venice”)

  • Robert Hossein and Audrey Tatou

    Robert Hossein filmography

  • Joan Micklin Silver,‘Crossing Delancey’ Director, Dies at 85

    Joan Micklin Silver also directed “Hester Street” and “Chilly Scenes of Winter”.

    (John Heard and Mary Beth Hurt, or Mrs Paul Schrader)
    Chilly Scenes of Winter (based on Anne Beattie’s Novel)

  • Film Comment article, Stronger Together

    Joan Micklin Silver portrays working women in stories of independence and solidarity that quietly defy convention