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“I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck

August 1st, 2018
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    (“I Am Not Your Negro” Written by James Baldwin, Directed by Raoul Peck)
    New Yorker –

    Capturing James Baldwin’s Legacy Onscreen
    With “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck seems to be stepping in to make the movie that Baldwin couldn’t.

    Baldwin was drawn to Ingmar Bergman’s films, because they were the work of a feeling thinker who mined his past—especially his troubled relationship with his authoritarian pastor father. In a 1960 Esquire profile of Bergman, Baldwin describes how, after an interview with the filmmaker, he got into his car and imagined a movie he might make about his own past. But Baldwin had neither Bergman’s studio support nor his skin color.

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    Nina Simone and James Baldwin (Wild is the Wind)

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    Baldwin and Marlon (Dangerous Minds – civil rights 1963)

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    Go Tell It on the Mountain, which Baldwin had worked on for years under various titles, was finally finished during a trip to Switzerland. When New York publisher Alfred Knopf expressed interest in publishing the work, Baldwin returned to America on a ticket bought with a loan from Marlon Brando. His novel was published a year later in 1953 and received rave reviews. (via)

  • Enigmatic & Prolific, Time Regained with Raul Ruiz – 2018

    July 25th, 2018
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    Born: July 25, 1941, Puerto Montt, Chile
    Raúl Ruiz 1941-2011

  • Time Regained (Cinema Poetry – youtube)

  • Raoul Ruiz, a highly regarded director of more than 100 films in several different languages, has died at the age of 70.
    His films, philosophical yet playful, often deal with the nature of truth and perception while utilizing the notions of parallel realities and identities; few were as willing to toy with the viewer on such a consistent basis.

  • One of his most ambitious projects was Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon, 2010), based on the episodic novel by the 19th-century Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The turning and twisting narrative of this four-and-a-half-hour film stretches through three generations and as many countries, all controlled by Ruiz’s flowing digital camerawork. (Obit: Guardian)

    Mysteries of Lisbon trailer

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    Two two enigmatic films by R. Luiz – Ce-Jour La.. and Comedy of Innocence.

  • But if I had to pick one anecdote (among so many) that best characterised the warmth and genuinely democratic, open spirit of Raúl, it would be from his International Rotterdam Film Festival retrospective of 2004, when I was standing next to him in a crowded foyer. Suddenly, he spotted and waved to a distant guy; they approached each other, warmly embraced, briefly chatted and parted ways in the throng. Who was he (I asked), an actor, a producer from one of his films? No: “He projected my films here in Rotterdam twenty years ago”. For Raúl, a good projectionist was just as important, just as valuable as anyone who contributed to his work, no less than a Malkovich or a Deneuve, a Jorge Arriagada (composer) or a Sacha Vierney (cinematographer). What a memory he had – and what a profoundly ethical sense, right where it most matters, in everyday life, and in the lived history of that everyday. Adrian Martin via girish

    Dennis Stock – Photos of Hollywood, Jazz & Dean

    July 24th, 2018
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    Louis Armstrong working on his autobiography. (1958, Corona Queens – photo by Dennis Stock)

  • Dennis Stock :born July 24,1928, The Bronx, New York City, NY (Magnum Photos)

  • Louis and Billie Holiday (Previous post)

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    Simone Signoret and Yves Montand (An Oscar for 1960 film “Room at the Top” directed by Jack Clayton)

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    Jack Lemmon

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    James Dean (previous post)

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    Dennis watched in horror as Jimmy took off his boots and climbed into a bronze casket. He crossed his arms and shouted, “Shoot.”
    Dennis refused, saying that it was in bad taste, and suggested Jimmy get out of the casket before someone came in.
    Implicit in the series of photos was Jimmy’s dark side, coupled with his desire to be close to his mother, who had died when he was nine years old.

    Dennis Stock How he came to know and love the doomed screen idol.

  • Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter for Kurosawa, Kobayashi Dies at 100

    July 20th, 2018
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    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

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    Screenwriter for Rashomon dies – (deadline)

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    (Samurai Rebellion directed by Kobayashi, screenwriting by Hashimoto)

    Mainichi obit

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    Certain Women 2016 from the Criterion Collection – Kelly Reichardt

    July 17th, 2018
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    The Guardian –

    Her work is subtle, deliberately anti-dramatic. Her approach goes beyond naturalism and lands somewhere between painful introversion and acute empathy. As such, Certain Women won’t appeal to everyone.

    But for those who connect with Reichardt’s approach – and I count myself among them – the film is a minor miracle. Based on the writing of Maile Meloy, it is loosely a triptych of stories in which nothing much happens, full of expressive moments in which nothing is said, but which somehow convey an ache of longing or a small stab of triumph. The tales don’t so much intersect as brush against each other. They unfold in the small-town American northwest and feature four women, who each, in their own way, have something of the unvarnished pioneer spirit that fascinated Reichardt in Meek’s Cutoff (2010).

    Found the film from the local library – as Criterion added to it’s collection.
    The disc includes an interview to Todd Haynes who was an executive producer of Certain Women.

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    Ingmar Bergman the Centennial Celebration with His Actresses

    July 13th, 2018
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    The first sentences from the Magic Lantern by Ingmar Bergman.
    When I was born in 1918, my mother has Spanish influenza. I was in a bad way and was baptized as a precaution at the hospital.

    (Ingmar Bergman archive here)

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    Jeanne Moreau visiting Ingmar Bergman.
    (Read Ingmar Bergman’s Dangerous Liasions)

    As Harriet Andersson acknowledged, his leading performers grew exasperated at his tendency to describe them as “my actresses”, as if they were his chattels. From the very beginning of Bergman’s career in the 1940s to its very end 60 years later, the women in his films have testified to the intense and claustrophobic relationship he cultivated with them.

  • Jeanne Moreau – beloved actress was brilliant and breathlessly cool.

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    (During the awarding of the Selznick-Goldlorbeer-award on 29th June 1961 in Berlin on accasion of the Berlinale Film Festival. )
    (Shimura appeared in 21 of Akira Kurosawa’s 30 films)

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    More photos of Ingmar Bergman here.

  • RIP Robby Muller – Cinematographer for Jarmusch, Wenders, Schroeder, & L.V. Trier

    July 4th, 2018
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    Robby Müller, Cinematographer for Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier, Dead at 78

    R.I.P. Robby Müller. “When I choose to work on a film, the most important thing to me is that it is about human feelings. I try to work with directors who want their films to touch the audience, & make people discuss what the film was about long after they have left the cinema. (Film Society tweeted)

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    Mystery Train – Jim Jarmusch

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    Paris Texas

  • I don’t know what this life is about. I thought I did for a long time, but now I have no idea.
    I am not even sure if it matters what we do while we are here. But I think it is something to leave behind as much love and beauty as is possible.
    Robby Muller has died.
    If there is anyone who surpasses him as far as leaving beauty behind, I have no idea who that could be.
    He was a true artist. John Lurie on Facebook July 4, 2018

  • Alchetron – Robby Muller

  • Buena Vista Social Club Ibrahim Ferrer

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    Coffee and Cigarettes – Cate Blanchet in two roles.

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    Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves (directed by Lars Von Trier)

  • Ken Russell, Kafka and Tom Stoppard Born on July 3.

    July 3rd, 2018
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    Ken Russell July 3rd, 1927 (The Mad music lover – previous post)

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    (Robert Crumb – Introducing Kafka)

    Kafka Imagining (previous post)


  • Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard photographed by Arnold Newman
    Both Tom Stoppard and Franz Kafka were born in Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic today).

  • Patrick Morell – Filmmaker, Documentaries, & Travels

    June 29th, 2018
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    Patrick Morell Filmmaker, Documentaries, Taravels and more.
    Happy birthday!

    Interview – on books – Proust, Thomas Wolfe, Genet, August Wilson, Philip Roth etc.

    Lawrence of Arabia. From Lawrence Book. The 7 pillars of wisdom. Big influence. I took a nap under his Rock in the desert of Wadi Rum, at the order and border of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. – Patrick Morell

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    Patrick’s #1 inspiration was Louis Malle’s most personal film, Phantom of India .

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    Photo by Patrick Morell

    All That Jazz – Cabaret, Lenny & Star 80, Bob Fosse

    June 23rd, 2018
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  • Happy birthday Bob Fosse!

  • 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.

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  • 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