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Luis Buñuel – Tristana, Belle de Jour, & Federico Garica Lorca

February 22nd, 2018
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    (Buñuel directing Catherine Deneuve in Tristana)
    Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

  • Mutant eggplant web art see Toledo and Tristana.

    Tristana and filming of the film in Toledo.
    Dazzling adaptation of the novel by Benito Porez Galdós
    about a woman who seeks what little independence is available
    to a young unmarried woman in turn-of-the-century Spain.

  • Moreau as a chambermaidJeanne Moreau from the Diary of Chambermaid by Luis .
    This chambermaid (Jeanne Moreau) was a cool oberserver.

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    (Truffaut and Buñuel)

  • “God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.”
    ― Luis Buñuel

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    It was Pierre Clementi who suggested to Buñuel that the character of Deneuve’s lover should wear the leather coat, gold teeth, and moth-eaten socks.

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    Lorca and Buñuel in la verbena de San Antonio de la Florida (Madrid) in 1923 – h/t – Salvador Fortuny Miro)

    The story goes that Federico Garcia Lorca (the pilot here) erroneously believed that the film by Dali and Bunuel Un Chien Andalou (an Andalucian Dog) referred to him, coming from Granada, having recently fallen out with his surrealist friends. This to my mind seems doubly pained paranoia if you have seen the film. And who needed Dali as a friend anyway? (Walt Disney actually).

    East & West, Photos of Natsume Soseki & A Photo of Shimura Takashi & Ingmar Bergman

    February 11th, 2018
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    Michiyo Aratama from Kokoro

  • Natsume Soseki was born on February 9, 1867

    Natsume Soseki - Kokoro (adapted by Kon Ichikawa)

    Natsume Soseki (previous post)

    Kon Ichikawa archive here.

  • Shimura 1aBergmanShimura Takashi and Ingmar Bergman
    (During the awarding of the Selznick-Goldlorbeer-award on 29th June 1961 in Berlin on accasion of the Berlinale Film Festival. )

    RIP Shimura Takashi – Feb 11, 1982 (Shimura appeared in 21 of Akira Kurosawa’s 30 films)

  • (Ingmar Bergman archive here)

  • Happy birthday Jeon Do-yeon!


    Jeon Do Yeon with Jia Zhangke and Gael Garcia Bernal (Cannes film festival 2014)

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    and Glenn Gould

    Soseki was Glenn’s favorite author.

  • Sorekara (top)Natsume Soseki Soseki as the face on 1000 Japanese yen (bottom).
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  • Photos of William S. Burroughs + Naked Lunch & Drugstore Cowboy

    February 5th, 2018
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    William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac – photo by Allen Ginsberg

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  • Our Paranoid Friend had a dinner with Susan Sontag

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    With David Cronenberg and William S Burroughs

    Peter Weller is now an Italian Renaissance art hisotrian. (see previous post)

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    Initially Gus wanted Tom Waits for the role that went to Matt Dillon. Drugstore Cowboy was based on a true story. William S. Burroughs changed the profession for his part to that of a priest. He only wanted to work for one day so they shot everything in a day.

    Gus Vant Sant

  • Uncle Howard -Howard Brookner made a documentary of William S. Burroughs.

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    More about this..here

  • Vivian Maier – (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) –

    February 1st, 2018
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    Vivian Maier

    Vivian Dorothy Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer. Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, although she also traveled and photographed worldwide

    via her wiki.. John Maloof, curator of some of Maier’s photographs, summarized the way the children she nannied would later describe her:

    “She was a Socialist 1ameriVivian, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is type of person. She learned English by going to theaters, which she loved. … She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn’t show anyone.”

  • Tim Roth invites you to Vivian M.

    How were you involved in Vivian getting her first posthumous gallery show here in L.A.?
    I said, “I have a friend who has a really lovely gallery. Why don’t we do the L.A. [photos] and I’ll host it?” So we’ve been doing it ever since. We try to do one a year. We do some new pieces, and we try and get some of her prints — which are very rare — in there as well. The ones that she printed probably at the corner store.

    What drew you to her eye?

    A favorite photographer of mine on the documentary side would be Don McCullin. Stuff that I really admire in cinema would be Ken Loach. Within the photographs is sort of a critique of society. She has that. I thought it was extraordinary. You can see in her framing and in her point of view and in how the equipment that she was using changed.

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    V.M - an anoymous portrait of america (See more photos here)

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  • Orson Welles Interviewed Andy Kaufman + Jim Carry as Andy Kaufman

    January 17th, 2018
  • Andy Kaufman and Jim Carry shared a birthday, Muhammed Ali too.
    Previous post The Fighter and the Funny Guys..

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    Jim Carry born January 17, 1962

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    Via

    Jim Carrey on losing himself inside Andy Kaufman and why he relived it for the documentary ‘Jim & Andy’

    But perhaps the most pivotal moment in Carrey’s spiritual journey came when he played his comedic idol, Andy Kaufman, in the 1999 film “Man on the Moon,” plunging himself so deeply into the role that he was never the same again.

    That experience has now been chronicled in the new Netflix documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton.” Directed by Chris Smith (“American Movie”) and produced by Spike Jonze, the film — now playing via streaming and in a handful of theaters — draws from roughly 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage that was shot during the making of “Man on the Moon.”

    Sarah Polley -Friendship with Mary Harron – Adapting Atwood’s Novel, Alias Grace

    January 8th, 2018
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    ALIAS GRACE created by Sarah Polley, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, directed by Mary Harron, with Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Anna Paquin and Paul Gross.

  • Happy birthday Sarah Polley!

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    Sarah Polley directed Julie Christie in Away from her.

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    A documentary by Sarah Polley (Youtube)

  • Activist Sarah Polley says Toronto’s Homeless are in crisis.

    In The Mood for Love + Beloved the One Who Sits Down – A Poem by Cesar Vallejo

    December 27th, 2017
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    Maggie Cheung, Wong Kar Wai and Tony Leung are “In the Mood for Sitting Down on the Stairs.
    Chinese cinema album

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    Pierre Clementi (28 September 1942 – 27 December 1999)
    Archive here.

    Beloved the one who sits down
    (Cesar Vallejo)

    Beloved be the unknown man and his wife.
    My fellow man with sleeves, neck and eyes!
    Beloved be the one who sleeps on his back.
    The one who wears a torn shoe in the rain.
    Beloved be the bald man without hat.
    The one who catches a finger in the door.
    Beloved be the one who sweats out of pain or out of shame.
    The one who pays with what he does not have…
    Beloved be the ones who sit down.
    Beloved be the one who works by the day, by the month, by the hour.
    Beloved be the one who sweats out of pain or out of shame.
    The person who goes, at the order of his hands, to the movies.
    The one who pays with what he does not have.
    The one who sleeps on his back.
    The one who no longer remembers his childhood.
    Beloved be the one who sits down.
    Beloved be the just man without thorns.
    The bald man without hat.
    The thief without roses.
    The one who wears a watch and has seen God.
    The one who has honor and does not die!

    (Seeing the photo of Hong Kong movie stars sitting on the stairs, the reader offered me this poem.)

  • Liv Ullman, Ed Ruscha, Dec 16 Birthday + Vitro Nasu is 13 Years Old

    December 16th, 2017
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    Happy birthday Liv Ullman

    Born: December 16, 1938 Tokyo Japan

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    Happy birthday Ed Ruscha (Scroll down – Happy anniversary to Vitro-Nasu. Ed Ruscha “Sin” was the first post published on Vitro-Nasu on his birthday, Dec 16, in 2004.)

    Born: December 16, 1937 – Omaha Nebraska

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    The Year of Rooster is ending soon to make room for the Year of Dog.

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    Psycho Spaghetti Western #14, 2013–14
    Acrylic on canvas

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    Lockeed Air Terminal by Ed Ruscha

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  • Shashi Kapoor – Bollywood Legend Dies at 79

    December 5th, 2017
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    Heat and Dust (Merchant-Ivory production)

    BBC

    Shashi Kapoor: Remembering Bollywood’s crossover star

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    Sammie and Rosie Get Laid Shashi Kapoor with Clarie Bloom (script by Hanif Kureishi)

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    Rare and Unseen photos from the set of Shakespeare Wallah

    Wiki – Shashi Kapoor

    RIP Ulli Lommel – Acting for Fassbinder to Directing Andy Warhol & Richard Hell in Blank Generation

    December 3rd, 2017
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    Ulli Lommel (wiki)

    (21 December 1944 — 1 December 2017) was a German actor and director, noted for his many collaborations with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his association with the New German Cinema movement.[1]

    Ulli Lommel (homepage)

    Ten years before I met Warhol I had another encounter that would prepare me for Andy: German genius Werner Rainer Fassbinder. In 1967 I was a teenage movie star in Germany, on the cover of teen magazines and receiving tons of fan mail each day.

    When I first met Fassbinder he said that if I played the lead in his debut film he would get money from an investor and to finance it. I accepted and starred in “Love is Colder than Death” (1968).

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    I invented a love story at dinner with Warhol, Truman Capote and Jackie Kennedy called “Blank Generation”.
    Three months later we were shooting with French super star Carole bouquet and punk rocker Richard Hell. Andy himself played and helped producing. I never returned to Europe and after making the second movie with Warhol in 1978 entitled “Cocaine Cowboys” (starring Jack Palance and Andy Warhol), and after working with Andy in the Factory in Manhattan for three years, creating art, Polaroids, music and screen tests, I was on my way to Hollywood and in August of 1980 my horror cult film “Boogeyman” stormed the charts and was soon the No.1 movie in America.

    Blank Generation (1980) Directed by Ulli Lommel

  • His Final Performance, the Suicide of Yukio Mishima on Nov 25, 1970

    November 25th, 2017
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    Patriotism written, directed and acted by Yukio Mishima

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    Kishi Keiko on the left and Jean Cocteau on the right

  • John Nathan and Donald Richie on Yukio Mishima (Youtube)

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    Mishima – A Vision of the Void - by Marguerite Yourcenar.. (Photo of Mishima by Hosoe).
    Hijikata, Mishima, Hosoe, Tomatsu Donald Richie (see more photos here)

  • R.I.P Yukio Mishima Nov 25, 1970.

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    Japan Studies – Chozick

    But by age nine, Mishima abandoned transvestitism, noting that: ‘it was tacitly required that I act like a boy. The reluctant masquerade had begun’ (Confessions, 27)

    The Tragic Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

    Yukio Mishima had a darker side: tormented in his youth by a disturbed grandmother with aristocratic pretensions, shamed by his overbearing father into hiding his early work..

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    Paul Schrader directing Mishima, A Life in 4 Chapters, his sister in law acted as his interpreter with Japanese crew and actors.
    His brother Leonard knew Mishima.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
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  • Edward Yang – A Brighter Summer Day & Yi Yi

    November 5th, 2017
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    Lisa Yang and Chang Chen
    A Brighter Summer Day a 4 hours film directed by Edward Yang

  • Edward Yang – 1947-2007
    b. November 6, 1947, Shanghai, China
    d. June 29, 2007, Beverley Hills, USA
    Edward Yang – a profile from Senses of Cinema.

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    Yi Yi on youtube with Portugese subtitles. Here Issey Ogata plays Japanese Bill Gates type computer businessman.

    The kid with a camera says farewell to grandmother here.

    Obit from Steven Shaviro who has seen Edward Yang’s early films.

    I remember being stunned and blown away by The Terrorizer (1986) when I saw it at the Seattle Film Festival: sometime in the late 1980s. It was an elegant, beautifully meditative, and deeply unsettling exploration of urban anomie and alienation, paranoia, and random encounters.