Dirk Bogarde directed by Visconti in Death in Venice

March 28th, 2020

  • ( Dirk Bogarde and Marisa Berenson- film still from Death in Venice)

    The Horror of Contact: Understanding Cholera in Mann’s Death in Venice

    Thomas Mann’s novella, Death in Venice (Der Tod in Venedig) was published in 1912, and written during a time when cholera as a fatal disease had made its presence felt in Italy in 1911 and caused a series of fatalities.

    Born on March 28, 1921,Dirk Bogarde, Actor, Writer, Artist & Gardener (See more photos here)

    Dirk Bogarde. .. actor/writer.. gardener – most admirable for courage and honesty.. J. Losey said his career was revived by teaming up with Bogarde.. The Servant & The Accident (Harold Pinter script)..Dirk B won Bafta with Darling (he was superb).. Providence (Alain Resnais) He persuaded Charlotte Rampling to do the Night Porter (Liliana Cavani).. he liked danger & taboo subjects..Despair (Fassbinder).. Death in Venice (Visconti).. his last film was Daddy Nostalgia (w..Jane Birkin directed by Bertrand Tavernier..

  • Although at least two portrait drawings by his father were exhibited in Dirk’s lifetime, it is thought that he sat only once for an official study.

    COVID-19 Claims Playwright Terrence McNally

    March 26th, 2020
  • Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81



    Terrence McNally

    His plays and musicals explored how people connect — or fail to. With wit and thoughtfulness, he tackled the strains in families, war, and relationships and probed the spark and costs of creativity. He was an openly gay writer who wrote about homophobia, love and AIDS.

    “I like to work with people who are a lot more talented and smarter than me, who make fewer mistakes than I do, and who can call me out when I do something lazy,” he told LA Stage Times in 2013. “A lot of people stop

  • Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in Frankie and Johnny

  • 10 favorite books
    (Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette is in the list)

    Akira Kurosawa – Red Beard

    March 23rd, 2020

  • Red Beard, Mifune played a good doctor.
    The last time Toshiro Mifune and Kurosawa worked together. The film took one year to make.

  • Akira Kurosawa left us 20 years ago, on Sept 6, 1998.Here is a great bio site..http://akirakurosawa.info/biography-part-1

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

  • (Throne of Blood)

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    Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Mifune Toshiro from Scandal directed by Akira Kurosawa.
    (A very funny photo – the dude on the right looks like Henry Miller )

    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

    RIP Max Von Sydow – His films with Ingmar Bergman & Beyond

    March 9th, 2020
  • Max Von Sydow Dies aged 90
    (See his life in pictures slide show)

    Best Intentions – Max Von Sydow played Ingmar Bergman’s grandfather. (Directed by Bille August, scripted by Ingmar Bergman, won Palm d’Or at Cannes)

    Max Von Sydow became a French citizen in 2002. He has appeared in many films in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish (via wiki)

  • Max Von Sydow in Citizen X

  • The Greatest Actor Alive, Terrence Rafferty-2015

  • Max Von Sydow as Knut Hamsun

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    Max Von Sydow – photo by Julian Schnabel

    (Brilliant casting of Max Von Sydow in “Diving Bell and Butterfly” by Julian Schnabel)

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    They made 13 films together.

    Max Von Sydow at 80

  • Official Secrets, Starring Keira Knightley & Ralph Fiennes

    March 4th, 2020
  • Official Secrets

    Official Secrets Review

    Knightley gives a sympathetic performance as Iraq war whistleblower Katharine Gun in this shrewd and relevant spy drama
    Keira Knightley: ‘Iraq was the first time I’d been politically engaged’

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    (Shock and Awe)
    Portrait of Tony Blair by Richard Hamilton Brit-Pop Visionary

    RIP James Lipton, His interview with Jeanne Moreau

    March 2nd, 2020

  • (photo via)
    Brad Pitt interview here

    James Lipton died, Celebrity Reactions

  • (James Lipton was in Paris to interview Jeanne Moreau)

  • Links to Actors Studio – Full Episodes

  • Jojo Rabbit/Screenplay

    February 21st, 2020

  • (Jojo Rabbit – Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davies and Taika Waititi)

    Let everything happen to you
    Beauty and terror
    Just keep going
    No feeling is final

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Page 93 from the Screenplay of Jojo Rabbit
    (Rilke was born in Prague. Jojo Rabbit was filmed in historical towns and villages in the Czech Republic. The interiors were built in the Barrandov Studios in Prague.)

    See where this screenplay showed up first.
    Jojo R Script
    (For Your Consideration)

  • Harriet Andersson & Ingmar Bergman

    February 14th, 2020

    Harriet Andersson

    Born 14 February 1932 in Stockholm, the daughter of naval officer Johan Valfrid and Agda Teresis Andersson.

    ‘Harriet Andersson is one of the cinematographic geniuses. You only meet a few rare shimmering species on the winding road through the jungle of the trade.’
    Ingmar Bergman in Images

  • Ingmar said ' Harriet is unusually strong but vulnerable person, with a streak of brilliance in her gifts. She is…

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • (On the set of Cries and Whisper)

  • Harriet Andersson’s old interview. She is funny.

  • Summer of Monica – http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/category/cinema/ingmar-bergman/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    Words of Love, Marianne and Leonard Cohen

    February 13th, 2020
  • Letters

    ‘Write me and tell me your heart’ — Leonard Cohen’s letters to Marianne Ihlen

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Waiting for The Barbarians – J. M Coetzee

    February 9th, 2020

  • (Johnny Depp and Mark Rylance from the film “Waiting for the Barbarians”)

  • The Nobel Prize bio of J. M. Coetzee.

    John Maxwell Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9 February 1940′

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    Coetzee completed a Master’s thesis on Ford Madox Ford

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    Review of Disgrace by Roger Ebert

    I awaited the closing scenes of “Disgrace” with a special urgency, because the story had gripped me deeply but left me with no idea how it would end. None — and I really cared. This is such a rare movie.

  • Paul Auster and Coetzee see a cartoon and read the New Yorker article – The Better Player.

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  • Previous Post The Seven Samurai digital image by Fung-Lin Hall The Seven Samurai and Coetzee.

    Kirk Douglas : He was Issur Danielovitch

    February 5th, 2020
  • Goodbye

    Kirk Douglas: I am Issur Danielovitch

    See him on youtube

  • While Paths of Glory did not do well at the box office, it has since become one of the great anti-war films, and one of early films by director Stanley Kubrick. Douglas, a fluent French speaker, plays a sympathetic French officer during World War I who tries to save three soldiers from the firing squad.

  • Jim Jarmusch is for Mystery & Beauty – 2020

    January 21st, 2020
  • Jim Jarmusch Interiew July – 2019

    Jim Jarmusch: ‘I’m for the survival of beauty. I’m for the mystery of life’


    As a film-maker, Jarmusch likes to make movies about the world’s little details; about drifters and seekers and the rambling detours that add up to a life. It’s an area of interest that has served him well, from 1984’s meandering, monochrome Stranger Than Paradise through to 2016’s soulful, meditative Paterson. But it’s hard to focus on the small pictures when the big one is so scary: when a river is burning or the whole planet’s aflame.

  • Tigrero a film that was never made
    More on Sam Fuller here (see a photo of them talking)

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    Coffee and Cigarettes – Cate Blanchet in two roles.

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    “Nagase from Mystery Train reuninted with Jim Jarmusch in Paterson)

    My journey from Marine to actor | Adam Driver (see youtube)

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    Mystery Train – Jim Jarmusch

    (Tilda Swinton in Broken Flowers)

    On why Jim Jarmusch dedicated “Broken Flowers” to Jean Eustache.

    There’s something in him that I want to carry in myself: making a film the way you choose to make it, true to yourself without being concerned with the marketplace or anyone’s expectations – just the pure spirit of wanting to express something in your own style. That’s very important to me.(via)

    Aaron Brookner (Howard’s nephew) and Jim Jarmusch at the Burroughs’ bunker.