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Being There – Jerzy Kosinski, Hal Ashby & Peter Sellers

June 14th, 2018
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    Who was Jerzy Kosinski? (Previous post)

    Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933. He was an award-winning Polish-American novelist, best known for the novels The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971), the latter of which was adapted into a film in 1979.

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    Hal Ashby directed Being There.

  • Philip Roth on Jerzy Kosinski –

    In the end, I don’t understand Jerzy Kosinski. At some level, he must have judged his life as successful. Using his talent, wits, boldness and determination, he went far, if you consider the boy growing up under the most menacing of shadows. Was he happy? There is so much darkness in his novels, I wonder how much brightness there was in his life (inside him, in the place he kept hidden). I am left with a sense of pity, which I’m sure he would not want me to feel. He would prefer respect. And I can grant him that.

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    David Foster Wallace described Steps as a “collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that’s like nothing else anywhere ever”. Wallace continued in praise: “Only Kafka’s fragments get anywhere close to where Kosiński goes in this book, which is better than everything else he ever did combined.

    Polish Children

  • Bye & Thank you Anthony Bourdain – Parts We’ve Known

    June 8th, 2018
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    (Anthony Bourdain with Palestinian children)

  • Vanity Fair obit

    Anthony Bourdain’s Boundless Curiosity Was an Inspiration

  • Three Brief Encounters with Anthony Bourdain

    Paris Review (What Bourdain thought about Hunter Thompson?)

  • Why Shooting Parts Unknown was a Cinematic Dream.

    With Christopher Doyle, and Asia Argento here.

  • Parts Unknown - Lagos Sneak peek

  • Criterion – Anthony Bourdain’s top ten – (he loves Chungking Express, Merry Xmas, Mr. Lawrence – Nagisa and Jean Pierre Melville)

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    If I had to eat in one city for the rest of my life, I would probably pick Tokyo because it’s just so deep with delicious and crazy stuff to enjoy. I love the food; it’s fairly low impact — just a good bowl of ramen or a good izakaya for some yakitori [grilled chicken skewers] would make me very happy in Tokyo.

  • The Atlantic - Anthony Bourdain’s extreme empathy

  • Under the Volcano, The Farmers and Punkdaydreamers in Bali

    June 4th, 2018
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    (Photos by Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen)

    The noise of single hearts battles noise of society in media … whilst the volcano is just there, and so also this farmer. Together they collaps into a fiercely peacefulness that no western journalist or her editor can accept.

    When Pieter Bruegel painted his “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”, did he leave us with an accusation, metaphorically, represented by that farmer who seems to ignore the scenario he is captured within? (via Citizen 5 )

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  • Punk Daydream (Lamuna-oi)

    World Premier of this film at Edinburgh Film Festival. (June 24, 2018)

    See more photos from previous post.

    (Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen did some steadycam work in Bandung’s toxic environments back in January 2014 for this film.”

    Hirokazu Kore-eda, The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018

    May 19th, 2018
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    The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or.

    Japan Times – Kore eda, Master of Humanism

    Winners at Cannes here.

    Palme d’Or: “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Grand Prix: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

    Jury Prize: “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki

    Special Palme d’Or: “The Image Book,” Jean-Luc Godard

    Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova, “Akya”

    Best Actor: Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”

    Best Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

    Best Screenplay (tie): Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro” & Nader Saeivar, “Three Faces”

    Camera d’Or: “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Short Film Palme d’Or: “All These Creatures,” Charles Williams

    Queer Palm (Feature): “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Queer Palm (Short): “The Orphan,” Carolina Markowicz

  • Kore eda Films from previous posts.
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    Film Quiz + Nobody Knows + Cities & Neglected Children

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    Previous Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Kiki, Kore eda, Nagase etc

    Ermanno Olmi RIP – a Filmmaker/Producer for the Oppressed Died at 86

    May 7th, 2018
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    “…our wars of machines and technology make ‘progress’ ever more impersonal and deadly – a ‘progress’ that has not guaranteed man’s human, moral, and civil growth.” Ermanno Olmi

    His filmography..MUBI

    Previous post (Olmi filmed Jannis Kounellis)

  • Guardian obit

    Ermanno Olmi, Palme d’Or winner for Tree of Wooden Clogs, dies aged 86

    Award-garlanded Italian director renowned for his commitment to realism and non-professional actors was a winner at both Cannes and Venice

    More about Il Posto from this obit.

    Olmi’s breakthrough came in with his 1961 wry sophomore feature, Il Posto, a somewhat autobiographical coming-of-age tale about a small-town teenager who gets a job as a messenger for an unnamed corporation in Milan. The film—which co-starred Olmi’s wife, Loredana Detto—was followed in 1963 by I Fidanzati, another portrait of young adulthood set against the backdrop of Italy’s industrial north.

  • Film Reference (See photo of Rod Steiger and Ermanno Olmi)

    Bertrand Tavernier’s Journey of French Cinema – 2018

    April 25th, 2018
  • Bertrand Tavernier’s Journey of French Cinema (He loves Jacques Becker and talked about what he learned from Melville.)
    Bertrand assisted Melville in making on Leon Morin the Priest, which he praised as Melville’s masterpiece.

    Bertrand Taverniar with Gaspard Ulliel (click to see large)
    Discussion.. how he works & state of film industry & showing off his encyclopedic film knowledge appearing with Gaspard Ulliel..(on youtube)

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    (Dirk Bogarde, Tavernier and Jane Birkin in Daddy Nostalgia.)

    On the Set of "Coup de Torchon"
    Coup de Torchon – Noiret and Stephane Audran

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    Tavernier won the best director at Cannes with this film.(Exquisite and beautifully filmed family drama)

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    Dexter Gordon was nominated for an Oscar. (He should have won)

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    Safe Conduct (Laisser-Passer) by Bertrand Tavernier.
    The film is almost 3 hours long. The first half was a bit frantic and confusing but the last half the film began to take shape and delivers.
    Filmmaking under Nazi rule during the occupation in France is the theme and the central character played by an actor who was a real biker made this cycling resistence movie memorable. The film deals with a controversial and difficult subject.

  • He shares a birthday with Paul Mazursky and Cy Twombly Bertrand Tavernier
    In this interview of Bertrand Tavernier

    T: I like to deal with subjects that attract me. I’m interested in people fighting, trying to change things, making mistakes. But I like each film to be a challenge, [as if] it’s my first. When you do a film on adoption and you arrive in a place like Cambodia, anything can happen.

    Compulsion – A Film with Orsen Welles, Bradford Dillman, and Dean Stockwell

    April 18th, 2018
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    Darrow was the inspiration for the character of Johnathan Wilk in the 1956 novel Compulsion, a thinly fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb case. In 1959, the novel was adapted into a film of the same name, starring the legendary filmmaker Orson Welles as Wilk. Welles, whose closing monologue was the longest ever committed to film at that time, shared the Best Actor award with co-stars Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.

  • True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
    Clarence Darrow

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    Dean Stockwell - Delicate to Delirium

    Orson Welles and Pasolini

    Life of Orson Welles

    Miyagawa at MoMa – A Cinematographer for Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Ozu, Kon Ichikawa etc.

    April 15th, 2018
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    Yojimbo -( Kurosawa, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa )

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    Sansho Dayu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

    At MoMa calendar
    Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan’s
    Greatest Cinematographer
    Through April 29
    The Museum of Modern Art

    Kazuo Miyagawa (Japan Society)

    Born in Kyoto on 25 February 1908, he was introduced at the age of 12 to the art of Sumi-e, a style of ink wash painting in which the dilution of the ink and the mastery of the brush allows the artist to obtain every possible shade of grey. Miyagawa would later state that “it was my training in ink wash painting that really taught me how to see.”

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    Kenji Mizoguchi (on the chair), Miyagawa (behind) and actresses on the set of his film “Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai)

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    with Michio Kogure..from Sisters of Gion.

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    Miyagawa filmed Ayako Wakao in Ozu’s Floating Weed, Gion’s Sisters.

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    Ozu Yasujiro and Kazuo Miyagawa

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    Another of Miyagawa’s masterful achievements was on Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad (1965), where he supervised 164 cameramen, who used 234 different lenses to capture the dramatic intensity of competition in extreme close-up.

    Tokyo Olympiad - Kon Ichikawa

    Loves of Milos Forman, RIP – From Prague to US & to the Moon

    April 14th, 2018
  • The Guardian obit

    Milos Forman the director who brought the spirit of Anti-Soviet Rebellion to Hollywood dies at age 86.

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    He appeared as an actor in French film “Beloved” directed by Christophe Honore with Catherine Deneuve and her daughter.

    All about Milos Forman (His fabulous homepage)

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  • A delightful documentary with amazing background stories.

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    Vaclav Havel was his friend.

  • Milan Kundera was his teacher at the academy. He was a Francophile. He made Milos to read The Dangerous Liasions which he adapted to a film called, “Valmont’ with Colin Firth and Annette Benning.

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    Goya’s Ghost – Milos was thinking of Iraq war.

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    Named his twins – Andy and Jim.

  • Google Mozart Morzart
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    Antonio Salieri

    1) Take this quiz..
    by Mikhail Simkin

    The audio clips below are either from Mozart or from Salieri.

    After listening to each clip choose the composer. Hit the Submit button when done. The quiz will be graded and you will see the correct answers.

    M. Duras & Tony Perkins were born on April 4 + Their film “This Angry Age”

    April 4th, 2018
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  • This Angry Age. (Directed by Rene Clement)

    It is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ 1950 novel, The Sea Wall. The film stars Anthony Perkins and Silvana Mangano.

    Full film This Angry Age

    Margruete Duras was born on April 4, 1914.
    Anthony Perkins was born on April 4, 1932.

  • Pain, Trauma and Finding Oneself Marguerite Duras a 15ans

    The Photo shows Marguerite Duras at 15 years. Sarraute, Duras, Truffaut, and Louise Bourgeois are four French geniuses whose childhoods are well documented. Exploring the links between childhood experiences and the later emergence of creative genius are some of the following:
    Marguerite Duras In Sa Dec, Vietnam is the setting for Duras’s autobiographical novel Lovers.

  • See M. Duras with Delphine Seyrig here.

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    M Duras and Jeanne Moreau.

    Duras here. Duras

    (Photo by Hélène Bamberger)

  • Adieu Stéphane Audran, from Mistress to Barbette & Winning Bafta & Cesar awards Dies at 85

    March 28th, 2018
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    Via Wiki Feet (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
    Michel Piccoli and Audran directed by Buniel
    NYtimes obit

    Guardian Obit

    Of all the director-and-star couples in the history of cinema, there was none more prolific than Claude Chabrol and Stéphane Audran, who made 23 films together.

    On the Set of "Coup de Torchon"
    Noiret and Audran from Coup de Torchon directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

    Washington Post obit

    Ms. Audran and Chabrol divorced in 1980 — he later said that he “found myself becoming more interested in her as an actress than a wife” — and she remained an important supporting player in several of his films, notably as an alcoholic in “Betty” (1992).

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    Alexandre Stewart, Audran, Christa and Samantha Fuller.
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    The Horror of Tulips, Zizek has the Answer + Peter Brook, The Remarkable Man is 93

    March 21st, 2018
  • Happy birthday S. Zizek March 21 1949

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    Scroll down – Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph Fiennes directed Zizek.)

  • The Duty of Philosophy? Zizek has the answer.

  • Peter Brook is 93 –

    Peter Brook’s Filmography

    1953, The Beggar’s Opera
    1960, Moderato Cantabile (UK title Seven Days… Seven Nights)
    1963, Lord of the Flies
    1967, Ride of the Valkyrie
    1967, Marat/Sade
    1968, Tell Me Lies
    1971, King Lear
    1979, Meetings with Remarkable Men
    1979, Mesure pour mesure
    1982, La Cerisaie
    1983, La Tragédie de Carmen
    1989, The Mahabharata
    2002, The Tragedy of Hamlet (TV)

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    Both film nominated at Cannes 60.

    Jeanne Moreau and Jean Paul Belmondo in Moderate Cantabile directed by Peter Brook, an adaptation of a story by Marguerite Duras.

    See “on the bench” from Moderate Cantabile (youtube)