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August at Akiko’s – Hawaii Meditation

July 9th, 2020

  • (Akiko Masuda)

    Tricycle – Interview

    Just be present and let the film be.” If we can simply be present, like we are with a friend that’s getting ready to cross over, then we can see how deep that humanity is. That’s what I want people to take from the film: Be present.

    August at Akiko’s


  • (Christopher Makoto Yogi and Alex Zhang Hungtai)

    Christopher Makoto Yogi, homepage

    Chrsitopher Makoto Moji (Instagram)

    Peace in the Breeze

    August at Akiko’s (Variety)

    RIP Ennio Morricone, Days of Heaven, The Mission

    July 6th, 2020
  • Ennio M.

    Ennio Morricone. Org

  • Days of Heaven – Terrence Malick – cinematography by Nestor Almendros. – Ennio Morricone film composer..Richard Gere &…

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Saturday, November 30, 2013

    Days of Heaven soundtrack

  • Matt Savoie skated to the soundtrack from the Mission.

  • Alice Guy Blaché – The First filmmaker

    July 2nd, 2020
  • Alice Guy Blaché

    Be Natural, The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blache
    (See the film at Kanopy)

    Daryl Chin

    Alice Guy Blache Birthday Tribute (July 1): LA FEE AUX CHOUX (1900) Starting in 1896, she would be one of the first directors in cinema history, and would go on to direct over 400 films of incredible variety, from documentaries to fantasy films to biblical epics to domestic dramas to comedies; she was active from 1896 until 1918.


    (A Fool and His Money)

  • Alice Guy Blaché Wiki

    Thank for the Laugh, RIP Carl Reiner, The Comedic Renaissance Man

    June 30th, 2020

  • (via)

  • Carl Reiner a Life in Pictures

    Carl Reiner was born on 20 March 1922 in the Bronx in New York City. He served in the United States Army Air Forces in the second world war and also entertained the troops. When he returned home he dived into showbusiness

  • Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner,
    Love and Free Food the Secrets of Their 70 year Friendship


  • (The Jerk, 1979
    Reiner directed Steve Martin’s first starring movie role in this story of the life of an idiot. Here Martin presents Reiner with a birthday cake on set on 20 March 1979, Reiner’s 56th birthday)

    Carl Rainer’s Favorite Moment, The Jerk, Oceans, etc.

    Carl Reiner reveals secrets of ‘The Man With Two Brains,’ his favorite moment in ‘The Jerk,’ and intel on ‘Ocean’s 8’

    More funny stories from Dick Cavett and Carl Reiner here.

  • RIP Joel Schmacher who directed Veronica Guerin, The Client

    June 22nd, 2020
  • Joel Schumacher, costume designer-turned-director of films including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys” and “Falling Down,” as well as two “Batman” films, died in New York City on Monday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 80.

    (via)

    Joel Schumacher (Wiki)


    (Brad Renfro and Susan Sarandon)

    Cate Blancett

    Vulture -Joel Schmacher In Conversation

    RIP Ian Holm – “The Sweet Hereafter” ‘Naked Lunch”

    June 19th, 2020
  • Independent Obit

    Ian Holm: Versatile actor whose measured, gritty performances took him from Shakespeare to Hollywood

  • Ian Holm an Appreciation

    A virtuoso actor of Steel, Sinew and Charm

    Ian Holm

    most people have seen him in Lord of Ring series.. Ian was terrific in The Sweet Hereafter… He has played Napoleon Bonaparte three times: first, in the 1972 television series Napoleon and Love; next, in a cameo comic rendition, in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits from 1981; third, in 2001 he played the fallen and exiled leader in the fanciful film The Emperor’s New Clothes. Naked Lunch, eXistenz, Big Night and Jay Gould’s secret etc.


    THE SWEET HEREAFTER, from left, director Atom Egoyan, Ian Holm, on-set, 1997, ©Fine Line Features/courtesy Everett Collection

  • Mother Courage, Two Epic Films, Leonie & Promise at Dawn

    June 12th, 2020
  • Leonie (Film)
    Written and Directed by Hisako Matsui, Emily Mortimer played Leonie.
    Watch trailer on Kanopy

  • More on Isamu Noguchi (previous post) (Including the Tea Ceremony with Charlie Chaplin)

  • Romain Gary (from the New Yorker)

    From his difficult childhood in Poland to his adolescence under Nice’s sun, to his career in the air force in Africa during World War II… Romain Gary has lived an extraordinary life. He owes this relentless enterprise to live a thousand lives, to become a great man and a famous writer, to his mother Nina. It’s the wild love of his eccentric and endearing mother that drives him to become one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, to lead a life full of twists, passion, and mystery. But this unconditional maternal love will also be a burden that he bears his whole life… Promise at Dawn is the film adaptation of Romain Gary (Rotten Tomatoes)

  • Both Leonie and Nina the mother of Romain Gary were eccentric and independent women who encouraged their son to follow their dream, to work hard and to be original.

  • Life & Architecture, “Columbus” Written & Directed by Kogonada

    June 3rd, 2020
  • Columbus 2017 film

    Columbus-

    Columbus artfully balances a pair of opposites.
    Kogonada’s first narrative feature is as meticulously composed as you would expect, and a poignant tale of intergenerational conflict that recalls the work of Ozu. (via BFI)

    Space is the Place – Interview

  • Kogonada’s pseudonymous nom de cinema is itself a nod to Yasujiro Ozu’s screenwriting partner, Kogo Noda.

    See Kogonada’s video Essays (4 sample links.. see more from his site)

    Ozu Passageways

    What is Neorealism?

    One Point Perspective (Kubrick)

    The World According to Koreeda Hirokazu

  • RIP Elsa Dorfman (1937-2020) – Boston Portrait Photographer

    May 31st, 2020
  • Elsa Dorfman Homepage
    (Harvey Silverglate, Elsa Dorfman, Allen Ginsberg, December 21, 1995.)


    Eroll Morris (documentary filmmaker on Elsa Dorfman The B-Side)

    Elsa Dorfman

    American portraitist Elsa Dorfman, known for her intimate large-format Polaroids of friends, artists, celebrities, and herself, has died at age eighty-three from kidney failure, the Boston Globe reports.

  • Harvard Magazin on Elsa Dorfman

  • Elsa Dorfman Wiki

    Raising awareness
    Dorfman suggested elements of healing through her work in a variety of ways. She photographed terminal cancer patients, emphasizing their dignity. In 1995, she collaborated with graphic artist Marc A. Sawyer to illustrate the booklet 40 Ways to Fight the Fight Against AIDS. She photographed people, both with and without AIDS, each engaged in one of forty activities that might help AIDS victims in their daily life. The photographs were exhibited 1995 at the Lotus Development Corporation in Cambridge, in Provincetown and in New York City. The artist donated the costs of producing the photographs for this project.[16]

    Dorfman co-starred in the documentary No Hair Day (1999) as she’s taking the portraits of three women undergoing treatment for breast cancer

  • Robert Creeley
    The above image shows two books by
    Robert Creeley, the one pictured is Elsa’s Housebook which I bought on my first trip to Boston.

  • Irm Hermann, who was in 20 Fassinder films passed away

    May 28th, 2020
  • Irm Hermann, actress, Berlin

    Irm Hermann dies aged 77

    The actor, who collaborated with the director on films including Fear Eats the Soul and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, also featured in Herzog’s Woyzeck

    Irm Hermann wiki

  • Irm Hermann – troubling Fassbinder actress

  • RIP Larry Kramer – Author, Aids Activist

    May 27th, 2020
  • Larry Kramer, Aids activist dies

    Larry Kramer, groundbreaking author and Aids activist, dies aged 84

    Larry Kramer wiki

  • Mark Ruffalo Came To Love Larry Kramer While Making “The Normal Heart”

  • “Larry cried in my arms once. He was so young. I melted.” — Ken Russell

    (via Lisi Tribble)

    Larry Kramer scripted “Women in Love”

    Ken Russell – http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2011/11/28/ken-russell-the-mad-music-lover/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Monday, July 3, 2017

  • Adieu Michel Piccoli (27 December 1925 – 12 May 2020)

    May 18th, 2020
  • Michel Piccoli acting veteran dies aged 94

  • 1aStéphane-Audran-Feet-363791

    Via Wiki Feet (Les Noces rouges Year -Claude Chabrol)
    Michel Piccoli and Audran directed by Buniel

  • Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Sunday, December 27, 2015

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Sunday, December 27, 2015

    (Vincent, François, Paul and the Others – directed by Claude Sautet)

    He was once married to Juliette Greco, see photo from here.

    Michel Piccoli 10 Eessential Films