Archive for January, 2023

RIP Alfred Leslie – Painter & Filmmaker

Friday, January 27th, 2023
  • Alfred Leslie, a second-generation Abstract Expressionist and filmmaker who turned his back on nonrepresentational art in the early 1960s to lead a revival of figurative painting, died on Friday in Brooklyn. He was 95. His son Anthony said the cause of his death, at a hospital, was complications of a Covid infection. (New York times).

    The World is Charged with the Grandeur of God

    Alfred Leslie – Artnet

    Alfred Leslie wiki

  • (Delphine Seyrig from Pull My Daisy)

    Pull My Daisy Robert Frank, Albert Leslie, USA, 1959, V’08, Tribute to Bob Dylan

    Pull My Daisy is a 1959 American short film directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, and adapted by Jack Kerouac from the third act of his play, Beat Generation. Kerouac also provided improvised narration

  • Melvil Poupaud – Jan 26, 2023

    Thursday, January 26th, 2023

  • Happy birthday Melvil Poupaud

  • Ozon & Poupaud

    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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  • Happy New Lunar Year of the Rabbit 2023

    Saturday, January 21st, 2023

  • (Photo of Rabbit by Fung Lin Hall)

  • CHOJU GIGA (鳥獣戯画) “, the first manga in Japan. It was written 900 years ago by TOBA-SOJO. Rabits, monkeys, frogs, foxes behave like human.


  • Sad news from the last year.

    (Lee Chang Dong – Yoon Jeong-hee)
    Yoon Jeong Hee passed away on Jan 19, 2023. She was directed by Lee Chang Dong in Poetry.

  • Happy birthday Jim Jarmsuch

  • Goodbye Gina Lollobrigida, Actress, Photojournalist (4 July 1927 – 16 January 2023)

    Monday, January 16th, 2023

  • (With Gerard Philipe in Fanfan La Tulipe)

    Gina Lollobrigida

  • Dame in the Game: The Unexpected Feminism of Gina Lollobrigida

  • Throughout her acting career, Lollobrigida never abandoned her dreams of returning to the fine arts, and she used her time on set as a master class in photography. By the late 1960s, she was an accomplished photojournalist and over the course of her career, she photographed as diverse figures as Paul Newman, Salvador Dali, and Henry Kissinger. Most notably, Lollobrigida became so skilled in her photojournalism that she managed to secure an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro in 1972. Speaking of this incredible opportunity, Lollobrigida noted that she was shocked to discover Castro was more nervous to meet her than she him. Inspired by this rare access, Lollobrigida produced, directed, and wrote a documentary short entitled Ritratto di Fidel. Years before Cuba would be reopened to America, she secured a personal and in-depth look at one of the world’s most reclusive political figures.

    Lollobridiga retired from acting in 1997, but she continued to pursue an avid career as an accomplished photographer, painter, and sculptor. Her work has been displayed all over the world and has won numerous accolades, including the “Legion of Honor” as “artiste de valeur” from France.

    “Argentina 1985” & “She Said” – Witness for the Prosecution

    Sunday, January 15th, 2023

  • Happy birthday Ricardo Darin Jan 16
    (Peter Lanzani played Luis Moreno Ocampo.)

  • Luis Moreno Ocampo on Argentina 1985 and Why Democracy is at Risk Today (Amy Goodman Democracy Now)

  • (Jody Kantor, Megan Twohey, Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan)

    Maria Schrader directed “She Said” – Vanity Fair

    The “Sacred Duty” of “She Said”
    In their first interviews about the film, the stars—and the journalists they play—talk about the big-screen adaptation of the groundbreaking investigation into Harvey Weinstein.

  • Charles Simic A Poet from Belgrade, The World Does not End

    Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

  • Charles Simic

    (Photo via )

    “History is a cookbook. The tyrants are chefs. The philosophers write menus. The priests are waiters. The military men are bouncers. The singing you hear is the poets washing dishes in the kitchen.”
    — Charles Simic

  • Charles Simic Pulitzer Prize winning poet dies at 84

  • There Is Nothing Quieter

    By Charles Simic
    February 1, 2021

    Than softly falling snow
    Fussing over every flake
    And making sure
    It won’t wake someone.

    Published in the print edition of the February 8, 2021, issue, The New Yorker.

  • Author of dozens of books, Simic was ranked by many as among the greatest and most original poets of his time, one who didn’t write in English until well into his 20s. His bleak, but comic perspective was shaped in part by his years growing up in wartime Yugoslavia, leading him to observe that “The world is old, it was always old.” His poems were usually short and pointed, with surprising and sometimes jarring shifts in mood and imagery, as if to mirror the cruelty and randomness he had learned early on.
    His notable books included The World Doesn’t End, winner of the Pulitzer in 1990; Walking the Black Cat, a National Book Award finalist in 1996; Unending Blues and such recent collections as The Lunatic and Scribbled in the Dark. In 2005, he received the Griffin poetry prize and was praised by judges as “a magician, a conjuror”, master of “a disarming, deadpan precision, which should never be mistaken for simplicity”. He was fluent in several languages and translated the works of other poets from French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian and Slovenian.
    In 1964, Simic married the fashion designer Helene Dubin, with whom he had two children. He became an American citizen in 1971 and two years later joined the faculty of the University of New Hampshire, where he remained for decades.

    His first book, What the Grass Says, came out in 1967. He followed with Somewhere Among Us a Stone is Taking Notes and Dismantling the Silence, and was soon averaging a book a year. A New York Times review from 1978 would note his gift for conveying “a complex of perceptions and feelings” in just a few lines.

    “Of all the things ever said about poetry, the axiom that less is more has made the biggest and the most lasting impression on me,” Simic told Granta in 2013. “I have written many short poems in my life, except ‘written’ is not the right word to describe how they came into existence. Since it’s not possible to sit down and write an eight-line poem that’ll be vast for its size, these poems are assembled over a long period of time from words and images floating in my head.”

  • RIP Canadian Artist Michael Snow (Dec 19, 1928 – Jan 5, 2023)

    Friday, January 6th, 2023
  • Photo via Michael Snow Objects of Vision at the art gallery of Ontario

  • Michael Snow the Canadian artist who was behind the iconic “Flightstop” art installation in the Eaton Centre, has passed away.

  • Michael Snow wiki

    Michael Snow worked in a range of media including film, installation, sculpture, photography, and music. His best-known films are Wavelength (1967) and La Région Centrale (1971), with the former regarded as a milestone in avant-garde cinema.

  • Michael Snow Seen or Unseen – Criterion

  • Toward Snow

    From the archive: Annette Michelson on Michael Snow.

    The working of his thought is thus concerned with that slow transformation of the notion of space which, beginning as a vacuum chamber, as an isotropic volume, gradually became a system inseparable from the matter it contains and from time.
    —Paul Valery, Introduction To The Method Of Leonardo Da Vinci

    My eye, tuning towards the imaginary, will go to any wavelengths for its sights.
    —Stan Brakhage, Metaphors On Vision

  • A Stranger in Shanghai Based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Diary

    Thursday, January 5th, 2023
  • NHK World on Demand till June 2023

    China is tumultuous in 1921 when the famed Japanese author of Rashomon, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, visits Shanghai as a correspondent. Here he encounters revolutionaries, courtesans and much more…

    Ryuhei Matsuda who played Ryunosuke Akutagawa was directed by Nagisa Oshima in Gohatto (御法度), also known as Taboo.

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    drawing at the bottom by an author.
    Akira Kurosawa made “Rashomon” world famous with Toshiro Mifune playing the bandit.