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Jean Paul Belmondo at 88 Years old – 2021

April 8th, 2021

  • (JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO in LES TRIBULATIONS D’UN CHINOIS EN CHINE -1965-.)
    The Many Faces of Jean Paul Belmondo

    Jean Paul Belmondo, born 9 April 1933

    Son of Paul Belmondo, a French sculptor of Italian descent.

    That Man from Rio

    This fast-moving spoof of Bond-type movies features striking location photography of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s nascent Brasília and Paris of the time. In 1964 the film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

  • “Léon Morin, Priest” in English — was Melville’s sixth feature and almost the exact midpoint between early successes like “Bob le Flambeur” (1956), about a gentleman thief organizing the heist of a lifetime, and “Army of Shadows” (1969), his late-career masterpiece about the Resistance. Given his interest in the war, it’s understandable that he was drawn to “Léon Morin” and its story of life during the occupation.

  • In the interview included on this disc, Melville says he was sitting on it for eight years but never started because he couldn’t find an actor right for the part of Morin, and that it was only after watching Breathless that he decided to try and get Belmondo, who was initially reluctant and had to be convinced by Melville.


    (Thief of Paris, directed by Louis Malle)

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    (Is Paris Burning – Alain Delon and Belmondo directed by Rene Clement)


  • (Stavisky directed by Alain Resnais)

    Paris Journal on Stavisky (Jonathan Rosenbaum – see more photos here)

    Stavisky – Madoff with a Lot – a film review

    Enduring Charm of Hideko Takamine – (March 27, 1924 – December 28, 2010)

    March 27th, 2021
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  • (Yumi Shirakawa, Hideko Takamine, Yoko Minamida, Misako Uji and Yumiko Hasegawa visiting Elvis.)

    Hideko Takamine was a Japanese actress who began as a child actress and maintained her fame in a career that spanned 50 years. She is particularly known for her collaborations with directors Mikio Naruse and Keisuke Kinoshita, with Twenty-Four Eyes (1954) and Floating Clouds (1955) being among her most noted films

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  • A child actress on the right was Takamine Hideko .


  • (Kayama Yuzo and Hideko Takamine in “Yearning directed by Mikio Naruse)

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    Mifune and Takamine Hideko in A Wife’s Heart

  • Takamine Hideko and Akutagawa Hiroshi in Mistress (film based on Ogai’s Wilde Geese)

    Ōgai’s most popular novel, Gan (1911–13; part translation: The Wild Goose), is the story of the undeclared love of a moneylender’s mistress for a medical student who passes by her house each day.

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    Takamine Hideko in Naruse masterpiece..
    (Wong Kar Wai was thinking of Naruse when he made In the Mood for Love.)

    Gesture and pose of cinema of M.Naruse

    Harvard Archive list of Naruse films

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    Summer Clouds, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Floating Clouds (3 film stills)

    Adieu Bertrand Tavernier, A Genius, My Favorite Filmmaker

    March 25th, 2021

    Sad news from Variety. Bertrand Tavernier passed away

    Bertrand Tavernier, French Filmmaker and Leader of a Generation, Dies at 79

  • Bertrand Tavernier wiki

  • Criterion

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

    Dirk Bogard said “Tavernier knows more about the cinema than practically any director I have worked with, Visconti coming a close second.’ I have said, when asked, that Visconti is the Emperor of film, Losey is the King, Tavernier is the Genius in the minutiae of life which he gets on to a cinema screen as no one else has ever done quite so brilliantly before. Nothing very much happens in a Tavernier film. Just all of life.”

  • A tribute from Lisa Nesselson

  • 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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    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)

  • Supermodel to Maxist Professor, Benedetta Barzini -A Film Directed by Her Son

    March 19th, 2021

  • (Barrese and his mother Benedetta Barzini)

    Discovering Benedetta Barzini in “the disappearance of my mother”

  • Benedetta Barzini wiki

    Gerard Malanga

    In December 1966, Barzini was named one of the “100 Great Beauties of the World” by the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. She began training at the Actors Studio around that time,[4] and in the process became romantically involved with, and later engaged to, New York poet and media artist Gerard Malanga, an early collaborator of Andy Warhol.[5] He would dedicate various works to her, such as his Poems for Benedetta Barzini and The Last Benedetta Poems.[4] Additionally, Malanga’s 1967 black-and-white film In Search of the Miraculous is an emotional, vivid poem of adoration for Barzini.

  • Benedetta Barzini in a dress by Norell. Photo by Irving Penn. Vogue, April 1, 1965.

    Barzini was discovered at age 20 on the streets of Rome[3] by Consuelo Crespi in 1963; Diana Vreeland soon thereafter received photographs of Barzini and sent a telegram asking if she could come to Manhattan to shoot for American Vogue[3] with Irving Penn


  • (Benedetta Barzini and Marcel Duchamp – from “The Dissapearance of My Mother’)

  • Dominique Sanda from Une Femme Douce, 1900 to 2021

    March 11th, 2021

  • (In 1900, Robert De Niro and Dominique Sanda, directed by Bertolucci)
    Happy birthday Dominique Sanda!
    Her film career started with Bresson. A Gentle Woman..Bertolucci cast her twice ..The Conformist and 1900.. De Sica cast her in the Garden Finzi Contini.. she was also in Steppenwolf with Max Von Sydow. – her recent film was Saint Laurent..
    Genraldin Chaplin and Dominic Sanda made a funny feminist film
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    Dominique Sanda is 73 years old today


  • (The Conformist with Jean Louis Trintignant)
    Bernardo Bertolucci directed Dominique Sanda twice, 1900 and The Conformist

  • March 3, Happy Hinamatsuri – Girls Day in Japan 2021

    March 3rd, 2021
  • 37 Seconds Movie directed by Hikari

    A story of Cerebral Palsy and self-dicovery


  • (Moving Shinji Somai )
    Film review “Moving’ by Shinji Somai

    13-year-old Tomoko Tabata provides a great anchor for the film in her debut, as the narrative seems to follow her every whim. The plethora of feelings, behaviors, and psychological statues she depicts is the highlight of a naturalistic performance, which allowed her to begin a career in acting that continues until today.

    Adieu Raymond Cauchetier Photos of Nouvelle Vague, Saigon etc.

    February 27th, 2021

  • (Jean Seberg in “A Bout de Souffle, directed by Jean Luc Godard)

    Raymond Cauchetier wiki (10 January 1920 – 22 February 2021)

    Raymond Cauchetier – Self-Portrait

    Novelle Vague artists are creators I am a witness

  • Photos of Saigon 50’s

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    Bruce Robinson, Actor, Scriptwriter & Director of Whitnail and I

    February 26th, 2021
  • Kevin Jackson‘s book Whitnail and I

    Bruce Robinson’s first and most famous outing as a writer/director, Withnail & I has gone down in history as the student film…this book is lively with enthusiasm and full to bursting point with anecdotes and analysis…He doesn’t try to come across as anything more than what he certainly is: a die-hard Withnail fan with a keen eye for detail and a delightful nose for a story.

    Whitnail and I Bruce Robinson Original Unpublished Novel

  • 10 amazing facts you probably never knew about Whitnail and I

  • Young Bruce
    (With Isabelle Adjani, directed by Francois Truffaut)

  • Bruce Robinson scripted The Killing Fields

  • Bruce Robinson, who played Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet at age 22 and went on to write The Killing Fields, has also said that he was the target of unwanted sexual advances by Zeffirelli. In 1987, Robinson wrote and directed the movie Withnail and I, which features a lecherous old man he said he modeled on Zeffirelli. Zeffirelli never responded to Robinson’s allegations.

    Bruce Robinson IMDB

    That five, six months with Zeffirelli completely destroyed me as an actor, the desire to do it and the ability to do it. He made me terrified of directors, because he was the first professional director I’d ever had and he treated me like shit.


  • (Portrait of Bruce Robinson by Alastair Adams)

  • (Bruce and Richard)

    Will You Forgive Richard E Grant (Previous post)

    Dying Young, Pascale Ogier, Full Moon & Ghost Story

    February 19th, 2021
  • Pascale Ogier and Derrida from this amazing site.


    (Ghost Dance a Documentary film )

  • Pascale Ogier wiki

    For her performance in director Éric Rohmer’s film Full Moon in Paris, Ogier was nominated for a César Award for Best Actress at the 10th César Awards and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 41st Venice International Film Festival. Shortly afterwards, on the day before she was to celebrate her 26th birthday, Ogier died of a heart attack probably caused by a heart murmur condition she had since age 12, combined with drug use.
    Ogier is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The film Down by Law (1986) is dedicated to her.

  • “We are still in mourning. One month since Pascale Ogier died in her sleep. Still, nothing can soften the intolerable cruelty of that news. Around her lovely face, memory cannot yet set in. Pascale lives on.
    When death comes, the grace of the young woman still spreads throughout the city. Nothing can prevent it; nothing can contain it. A great 25-year-old actress was born, as sumptuous and simple as a Renaissance castle on the banks of the Loire River.”
    Marguerite Duras, 30 November 1984, Libération.


  • (Full Moon in Paris directed by Eric Rhomer)

    Richard Brody on Eric Rohmer and Pascale Ogier


    Mother and Daughter (Bull Ogier and Pascale Ogier)

  • (Repost – Jacques Rivette archive)
    Another photo of Pascale and Bull Ogier

    23 Photos of Pascale Ogier

    Happy Chinese Lunar Year of the Ox 2021- Moo Moo

    February 12th, 2021
  • Happy Metal Ox

  • Celebrations around the world in pictures (The Guardian)


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  • The year of the Ox 2009

    With a friend

    Ox wiki

  • Adieu, Author, Scriptwriter Jean, Claude Carrière at aged 89 (Feb 8, 2021)

    February 9th, 2021

  • (Carrière died in Paris on 8 February 2021, aged 89)

    Jean Claude Carriere, Belle de Jour, Tin Drum screenwriter (Obit from Hollywood Reporter)

    Interview on youtube

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    Pierre Clementi from Belle de jour

    (Via wiki)

    Carrière was born in Colombières-sur-Orb, France, the son of Alice and Felix Carrière, a farmer.[2] He published his first novel, Lézard, in 1957. He was introduced to Jacques Tati, who had him write short novels based on his films. Through Tati, he met Pierre Étaix, with whom Carrière wrote and directed several films, including Heureux Anniversaire, which won them the Academy Award for Best Short Subject. His nineteen-year collaboration with Buñuel began with the film Diary of a Chambermaid (1964); he co-wrote the screenplay with Buñuel and also played the part of a village priest. Carrière and the director would collaborate on the scripts of nearly all Buñuel’s later films, including Belle de Jour (1967), The Milky Way (1969), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Phantom of Liberty (1974) and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977).

    He also wrote screenplays for The Tin Drum (1979), Danton (1983), The Return of Martin Guerre (1982), La dernière image (1986), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Valmont (1989), Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Birth (2004), and Goya’s Ghosts (2006), and co-wrote Max, Mon Amour (1986) with director Nagisa Oshima. He also collaborated with Peter Brook on a nine-hour stage version of the ancient Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata, and a five-hour film version. In 1998 he provided the libretto for Hans Gefors’ fifth opera Clara, which was premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.[3]
    His work in television includes the series Les aventures de Robinson Crusoë (1964), a French-West German production much seen overseas.

  • Thief of Paris, directed by Louis Malle, see Jean Claude Carrier in cameo appearing with Jean Paul Belmondo here.

  • Moreau as a chambermaidJeanne Moreau from the Diary of Chambermaid by Luis Bunuel.


  • In 2012, Carrière and Umberto Eco published a book of conversations on the future of information carriers.[4]
    When Jean Claude Carrier imagined the future of Books with Umberto Eco

    Umberto Eco, Previous post, We Salute the Enigma of his passing

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    Daniel Day Lewis and Lena Olin from the “Unbearable Lightness of Being”, scripted by Jean Claude Carrier.

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    (Maggie Cheung and Jeremy Iron in the Chinese Box, also starring Gong-li)

    Jean Claude Carrier assisted with scriptwriting for Wayne Wang in Chinese Box

    A Consumate actor Christopher Plummer, who played Tolstoy, Nobakov, Getty dies at 91

    February 5th, 2021

  • The Winter of his content

    Chistopher Plummer wiki

    Many lives of Christopher Plummer

    Sound of Music – Beginners – The Insider – ranked

  • Nabokov on Kafka – Christopher Plummer

  • Variety obit

    Christopher Plummer, the Canadian-born Shakespearean actor who starred in films including “The Sound of Music” and “Beginners,” died on Friday morning at his home in Connecticut. He was 91.
    Variety obit
    “Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humor and the music of words,” said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years. “He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.”