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Abbas Kiarostami, Billy Wilder, Kris Kristofferson – June 22, 2022

June 22nd, 2022
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    Abbas Kiarostami June 22, 1940 – July 2016 (previous post)

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    was born on June 22, 1906[6] to a family of Polish Jews in Sucha Beskidzka, a small town which, at that time, belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Ranking the films of Billy Wilder

  • Kris Kristofferson
    “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
    Happy birthday Kris Kristofferson!
    His film career.
    He appeared in Blume in Love (1973) directed by Paul Mazursky, and three Sam Peckinpah films: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), and Convoy (1978) and Michael Ritchie’s Semi-Tough (1977) with Burt Reynolds. He continued acting in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Vigilante Force (1976), and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976), the romantic drama A Star Is Born (1976) with Barbra Streisand, for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor soon followed.

  • Adieu Jean Louis Trintignant – June 17, 2022

    June 17th, 2022
  • Film titan Jean Louis Trintignant dies aged 91

    Actor and amateur racer passes away at his home in south-west France after cancer battle

  • Jean Louis Trintignant A Life in Pictures


  • (The Conformist)


    (The Conformist with Dominique Sanda)

  • Jean Louis Trintignant

    He made his theatrical debut in 1951, going on to be seen as one of the most gifted French dramatic actors of the post-war era, known for his starring roles in many classic films of European cinema. He worked with many prominent auteur directors, including Roger Vadim, Costa-Gavras, Claude Lelouch, Claude Chabrol, Bernardo Bertolucci, Éric Rohmer, François Truffaut, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Michael Haneke.

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    Trans Europe Express a film directed by Alain Robbe Grillet

  • Jean Louis Trintignant surprises in Amour

  • Eric Rohmer directed Jean Louis Trintignant in My Night at Maud


  • (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi – with Vittorio Gassman)


  • (Catherine Spaak with Vittorio Gassman and Jean Louis Trintignant)
    (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi)

    “Amy Tan Unintended Memor”, Last Film by James Redford

    June 12th, 2022
  • Amy Tan pays tribute to James Redford

  • It’s always a sad day when a parent outlives their child, and such a tragic event has occurred in retired acting legend Robert Redford’s household.

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    Author Any Tan and her mother in a still used in James Redford’s documentary “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir.”

  • “I was very reluctant to do it, but Jamie was a very charming person,” Tan said. “… When I watched this documentary, I said, ‘Gosh, I look like I’m on the verge of crying all the time,’ and I think that I was, because it was just talking to him and very openly. He was somebody that I trusted so much that I felt he was never going to judge me, he was never going to pity me, he was just going to listen.”
    The two became close during the nearly three years spent making the film.

    “He got a little obsessed with Amy, I have to say,” said Kyle Redford, with a laugh. “We couldn’t get into a car without playing one of Amy’s stories. No music, no NPR anymore, just Amy on audio!”

    Kyle Redford said her husband was drawn to making a documentary about Tan because he needed a break from “problem” documentaries, which he felt had saturated the market —and yet her story appealed to his sensibilities.

    Liverpool, Jauja and Eureka by Lisandro Alonso

    June 2nd, 2022

  • (Liverpool – MUBI )

  • Eureka – Viggo’s new film with Jauja director Lisandro Alonso

    The first part of the film, titled “Western” and set on the U.S.-Mexico border, will have echos of Jauja but is not a sequel, following Mortensen playing a father named Murphy searching for his daughter (Agger), who has been kidnapped. The second part of the film, titled “Pine Ridge,” is set in South Dakota on a Native American Reservation in the present-day. While there aren’t details on Part 3 yet, Part 4, titled “Amazonia,” will follow a character named Ubirajara, “a member of a far happier indigenous settlement in the Amazon who goes off to dig for gold, contracting, literally, gold fever.”

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  • Happy birthday Lisandro Alonso

  • Frank Zappa – See a Documentary by Alex Winter

    May 25th, 2022
  • Photo via Frank Zappa Hot Rats Anniversary Collection

  • “Zappa” documentary directed by Alex Winter
    (Streaming at Kanopy)

    Alex Winter’s Documentary Hauntingly Captures the Skewed Passion of Frank Zappa, a One-of-a-Kind Rock Legend
    The film finds an emotional through line by taking Frank Zappa as seriously as he took himself.

    Zappa and Vaclav Havel – see the photo of them, here.
    (Zappa’s visit to Prague was covered in this documentary).


  • Letter to Edgard Varese, Zappa was 16 years old

    Dear Sir:

    Perhaps you might remember me from my stupid phone call last January, if not, my name again is Frank Zappa Jr. I am 16 years old … that might explain partly my disturbing you last winter. The reason for my letter at this time is that I am visiting relatives in Baltimore and as long as I am on the East Coast I hope I can get to see you.

    It might seem strange but ever since I was 13 I have been interested in your music. The whole thing stems from the time when the keeper of this little record store sold me your album “The Complete Works of Edgard Varèse, Vol.l.” The only reason I knew it existed was that an article in either LOOK or the POST mentioned it as being noisy and unmusical and only good for trying out the sound systems in high fidelity units (referring to your “IONIZATIONS” [sic]). I don’t know how the store I got it from ever obtained it, but, after several hearings, I became curious and bought it for $5.40, which, at the time seemed awfully high and being so young, kept me broke for three weeks. Now I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I am looking around for another copy as the one I have is very worn and scratchy.

  • Kronos

  • See Frank Zappa art

  • Zappa Homepage

  • Re visiting “Kamikaze Girls”

    May 17th, 2022
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    (Kamikaze Girls – singer Anna Tsuchiya as Ichigo – the biker girl, she was ferocious.)

  • Lolita Fashion, Biker Gangs and the Power of Friendship

    One thing about this film that really stood out to me is the stylish editing and cinematography.

  • Kamikaze Girls wiki

    Kamikaze Girls was awarded Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and two other awards at the 26th Yokohama Film Festival.[8] It also won Best Film and Best Director at the 14th Japan Film Professional Awards.[15] For her performance in the film, Anna Tsuchiya was named Best New Actress at the Awards of the Japanese Academy, the Blue Ribbon Awards, and the Hochi Film Awards

    Farewell Fred Ward, Memorable as Henry Miller

    May 14th, 2022
  • Fred with Ann Archer

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    Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

    Via Adrian Martin from FB. (I did not know that Fred Ward was directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet)

    R.I.P. Fred Ward. A great actor, and what an incredible range of directors he managed to work with: Roberto Rossellini, Walter Hill, Jonathan Demme, Don Siegel, Beth B, Philip Kaufman, Dennis Hopper, George Armitage, Rachel Talalay, Errol Morris, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, Michael Apted, Howard Zieff … and Alain Robbe-Grillet ! … and I haven’t even made it yet to the delightful SECRET ADMIRER.

    Henry & June

    Fred Ward wiki

    Freddie Joe Ward was born in San Diego on December 30, 1942.[1][2] He was part Cherokee.[3] His father was an alcoholic who was frequently incarcerated, and his parents separated when he was three. His mother remarried, to a man who worked in a carnival, and the family moved frequently.[4]> Before acting, Ward spent three years in the United States Air Force. He was also a boxer (breaking his nose three times) and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska,[5][6] a janitor, and a short-order cook. He studied acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio after serving in the U.S. Air Force. While living in Rome, he dubbed Italian films into English and appeared in films by neorealist director Roberto Rossellini

    Guardian obit

    Veteran actor Fred Ward, star of The Right Stuff and Tremors, dies aged 79

    The character actor was part of the ensemble casts of Robert Altman’s films Short Cuts and The Player, and had a career in film and television that spanned five decades

    Rolling Stones Journalist Ben Fong Torres – See a Documentary of His Life

    May 10th, 2022
  • One of the most captivating documentaries about a journalist I’ve seen in a long while. If you are parents of teenagers, show this film, they can learn important history of America, not just Rock’n Roll.

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    (Ben Fong-Torres (left) and Art Garfunkel (right) mimic a famous album cover)

  • Ben Fong Torres wiki

    He conducted interviews for Rolling Stone of entertainment figures including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, comedian Steve Martin and Linda Ronstadt’s first cover story in 1975. He also profiled Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney and Rodney Dangerfield. A Fong-Torres interview with Ray Charles was awarded the Deems Taylor Award for Magazine Writing in 1974.

    Fong-Torres was also a rock DJ for San Francisco radio station KSAN-FM in the 1970s. He later hosted a live, weekly entertainment and talk show, Fog City Radio, on NPR affiliate KQED-FM. On television, he is the five-time Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of the Chinese New Year Parade broadcast on KTVU (Fox) in San Francisco.

  • Happy Mother’s Day – 2022

    May 8th, 2022
  • Little Joe Jessica Hausner Sci-fi Plant Horror Drama

    Emily Beecham won the best actress award at Cannes 2019

  • Colin Marshall..

    Jeanne Dielman understands what all the best works of cinema do: implication and occurrence are two different things. Where so many mediocre films deal in visual shorthand that merely suggests to us that certain events have happened, this one has its events actually take place. That this builds their importance far beyond any quick-cut battle for the very future of humanity might point toward an answer to the feminist question: these are domestic duties we’re watching, and the film treats them with a gravity that somehow goes beyond aesthetics. You could call its story tragic, but just by existing it demonstrates an artistic fact that’s sadder than anything going on in its content. By letting its content dictate its form — or rather, by letting its content and form exist in symbiosis — the film achieves what most films could if they did the same. But almost no film does.

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    Jessica Hausner is an Austrian film director and screenwriter.

  • Ukrainian Actor Aleksey Gorbunov in Le Bureau, French TV Series.

    April 24th, 2022

    Aleksey Gorbunov and Sara Giraudeau who played a Seismologist and agent. In the series, she visited Ukraine in an episode from The Bureau.

  • Concert.UA – Alexey Gorbunov

    Alexey Gorbunov is a Ukrainian theater and film actor, musician and People’s Artist of Ukraine. As a musician, Alexey writes albums and performs with the group “Sad pilot”.

  • Oleksiy Gorbunov – his wiki.

    He has been named an Honored Artist of Ukraine (1991) and a People’s Artist of Ukraine (2016).


  • (Aleksey Gorbunov as Mikhail Dmitrievich Karlov, and Mathieu Kassovitz on the right – film still from The Bureau)

  • Aleksey Gorbunov also starred with Emir Kustrica in Spy Thriller “Farewell”

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    RIP Jacques Perrin (July 13, 1941-April 21,2022)

    April 21st, 2022
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    (1977 at Cannes)

    Remembered for Cinema Paradiso, French actor Jacques Perrin died


    Jacques Perrin wiki

    He appeared alongside Claudia Cardinale in the romantic comedy La Ragazza con la valigia and Marcello Mastroianni in Family Diary. He then played several roles in films of Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Truth in 1960) or Mauro Bolognini (Corruption in 1963) and leading roles in four films by Pierre Schoendoerffer : La 317e Section (1965), Le Crabe-tambour (1977), A Captain’s Honor (1982) and Là-haut, un roi au dessus des nuages (2004). He played in two musical movies by Jacques Demy : The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) and Donkey Skin (1970), both with Catherine Deneuve. He also was the adult Salvatore in the international success Cinema Paradiso.

    In 1966, he won two Best Actor awards at the Venice Film Festival, for the Italian film Almost a Man and the Spanish film The Search.

    At 27, he created a film production company and produced and acted in Z, directed by Costa-Gavras and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, and Irene Papas. Z received the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1969.

    He produced Costa-Gavras’s films État de Siège (State of Siege) in 1973 and Section spéciale in 1975. Both had political themes, and as a producer, Perrin continued along this path with a documentary on the Algerian uprising (La guerre d’Algérie) and a film on the Chilean presidency of Salvador Allende (La Spirale). In 1973, Perrin produced the first film by Benoît Lamy, Home Sweet Home in which he starred alongside Claude Jade as his love interest. The movie received 14 international awards.

    In 1976, he produced another Oscar-winning film : La Victoire en chantant (Black and White in Color) by director Jean-Jacques Annaud. A year later, he embarked on Le Désert des Tartares as a producer and an actor, co-starring Trintignant again, but also Max von Sydow, Vittorio Gassman and Philippe Noiret. The film won the Grand Prix du Cinéma Français.

    Adieu Catherine Spaak (3 April 1945 – 17 April 2022)

    April 18th, 2022
  • Adieu Catherine Spaak


    (Catherine Spaak with Vittorio Gassman and Jean Louis Trintignant)
    (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi)

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  • Born in France to a Belgian family, Spaak became famous in Italy as an actress, singer, television presenter and dancer. Two years ago, she had suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. For 15 years, she presented Harem on Rai 3 and was the first presenter of the magazine show Forum.