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Capernaum’s Young Best Actor winner Zain Al Rafeea lives in Norway

June 11th, 2019

  • (April 2019 – visiting Oslo)

    See a video of Zain with school friends

    “Zain Al was discovered on the street as a refugee in Beirut and ended up as the protagonist in a movie that touched a whole world. Today he studies Norwegian language as a pupil in Hammerfest”

    Second chance in Norway

    From Syrian refugee to Oscar nominee, ‘Capernaum’ star gets second chance at childhood in Norway

    Zain Al Rafaeea

    He also won Best Actor at the 2018 International Antalya Film Festival.[11] The New York Times named his as one of the best performances of 2018, with reporter Wesley Morris writing, “Every once in a while, you leave a movie having seen a performance that mocks all the other acting that came before it”.[6] James Verniere of the Boston Herald described Al Rafeea as “part Oliver Twist, part James Dean”

  • Life has been hard on him – mostly because he is a refugee

    Screen daily

    How Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ became a $44m sleeper hit in China

    Miles Davis from Louis Malle’s Elevator To The Gallows & Lee Chang Dong’s Burning

    May 26th, 2019

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    Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows and it’s historic Miles Davis recording


  • Burning – interview with Lee Chang Dong

    MM: I want to know more about your choice of music, such as the jazz by Miles Davis. Can you comment a little bit about the pieces you have used for this film, and the reasons behind your selection?

    LCD: I needed the music in that scene to have a sense of freedom since that’s what Hae-mi’s dance is about. I wanted to use music that has this specific quality that jazz has where it feels like there’s no beginning or end. That song is called “Lift to the Scaffold,” and I like the sort of bad omen feeling that comes from that title.

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    Poetry was his last film (Lee Chang Dong previous post here)

    Last Feb at MoMa – honoring Lee Chang Dong – Cinema of Trauma.

    Happy birthday Miles Davis!
    Miles Davis and Horace Silver
    This is funny “At one time, Miles Davis was one of the highest – paid artists in jazz. He made BIG money. He invested some of this money in an electric company that supplied New York with electricity. Every time he phoned me, his opening remark was, “Have you got your lights on? Go turn your lights on.” (I think I read this from Horace Silver “s autobio)..

  • Michel Legrand recalls collaboration with Miles

  • Sayonara, the Passing of Int’l Actress Kyo Machiko at 95

    May 14th, 2019

  • (Kyo Machiko in Floating Weeds directed by Ozu Yasujiro)

    Kyodo news obit

    Machiko Kyo, internationally acclaimed Japanese actress, dies at 95

    Kyo Machiko (wiki)

    Kyō continued to act through her 80’s. Her final role was as “Matsuura Shino” in the NHK television drama series Haregi Koko Ichiban in 2000. In 2017 she was presented with an award of merit at the 40th Japanese Academy Awards.[1] After retiring from film, she moved back to Osaka, where she resided until her death.
    Kyō never married, although her romantic relationship with Daiei’s president Masaichi Nagata was well-publicized in her native country.
    Kyō died from heart failure on May 12, 2019. She was 95


    (Kyo Machiko with Marlon and Glenn Ford from the Tea House of the August Moon)

    Her sole role in a non-Japanese film was as the young geisha Lotus Blossom from The Teahouse of the August Moon opposite Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)


  • (Rashomon – Kurosawa, cinematography by Miyagawa)


  • (The Face of Another, Kyo Machiko directed by Teshigahara)

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

  • The Usual Suspects Meet Bohemian Rhapsody

    May 13th, 2019
  • Caravaggio
    (Dexter Fletcher played young Caravaggio, directed by Derek Jarman)
    Dexter Fletcher how he ended up replacing Bryan Singer here

    Fletcher replaced Singer in the Freddie Mercury biopic last December, after Singer became ‘unavailable’ following reports of major clashes with Rami.

    The Rocketman by Dexter Fletcher (Hollywood reporter, see a trailer)

  • The Usual S.

    The Usual Suspects , (Me Too are after both Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer. )

    Bryan Singer described the film The Usual Suspects as Double Indemnity meets Rashomon, and said that it was made “so you can go back and see all sorts of things you didn’t realize were there the first time. You can get it a second time in a way you never could have the first time around.”[16] He also compared the film’s structure to Citizen Kane (which also contained an interrogator and a subject who is telling a story) and the criminal caper The Anderson Tapes.[12]

    Gabriel Byrne Homepage (Who just had a birthday celebration on May 12.. also a link to his saying goodbye to Albert Finney who starred with him in Miller’s Crossing.)

    Mr. Kobayshi or Peter Postlethwaite here .

    Orson Welles’ Sketchbook & Max Ophuls

    May 5th, 2019

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    Orson Welles sought justice for Isaac Wood a African-American World War II veteran.

  • Max Ophuls and Orson Welles share a birthday on May 6. Max was born 12 years earlier, in 1902, Orson in 1915.

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  • Actor James Mason, who worked with Ophüls on two films, wrote a short poem about the director’s love for tracking shots and elaborate camera movements:

    A shot that does not call for tracks
    Is agony for poor old Max,
    Who, separated from his dolly,
    Is wrapped in deepest melancholy.
    Once, when they took away his crane,
    I thought he’d never smile again.



  • photos via (A Sharper focus with a review)

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  • Adieu Jean Pierre Marielle (April 12, 1932 – April 24, 2019)

    April 24th, 2019

  • ALL THE MORNINGS OF THE WORLD, (AKA TOUS LES MATINS DU MONDE), Jean-Pierre Marielle, Caroline Sihol, 1991, (c)October Films

  • Jean Pierre Marielle passed away
    via wiki

    Jean-Pierre Marielle (April 12, 1932 – April 24, 2019)[2] was a French actor. He played in more than a hundred films in which he brought life to a very large diversity of roles, from the banal citizen (Les Galettes de Pont-Aven), to the serial killer (Sans mobile apparent), to the World War II hero (Les Milles), to the compromised spy (La Valise [fr]), to the has-been actor (Les Grands Ducs), to his portrayal of Jacques Saunière in (The Da Vinci Code (film) , acting always with the same excellence whatever the quality of the movie in itself. He was well known for his outspokenness and especially for his warm and cavernous voice which is often imitated by French humorists considering him as the archetype of the French gentleman.


  • with Philippe Noiret in Coup de Torchon.

    Bibi Andersson (11 November 1935 – 14 April 2019)

    April 14th, 2019

  • Bibi Andersson

    Sad news.. goodbye Bibi Andersson! RIP
    Obit here -Guardian

    she starred in more than 10 films Bergman-directed pictures, including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Brink of Life, The Magician, The Passion of Anna, The Touch and Persona. She also appeared with Ingmar Bergman on the Dick Cavett Show for interviews.
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    Persona – Bibi Andersson

  • Persona Persona Ingmar Bergman and Sven Nykvist

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    Gunnel Lindblom, Jeanne Moreau, Ingmar Bergman and Bibi Andersson.

    Far from Men, Viggo Mortensen & Albert Camus

    April 8th, 2019
  • Far from Men

  • Viggo Mortensen Interview

    When I took French in college I re-read The Stranger in French [and] The Plague and his play Caligula. By the time this movie came around, I had read most of his stuff, but I hadn’t read a lot of his early writing, which I ended up doing in the time before we started shooting. His chronicles, his journals, his correspondences, his journalism. His collected writings before World War II when he was still living in Algeria and he was talking about the Berber population—about the Arabs—and about a lot of the problems with racism and injustice in his native country. That I found very instructive.

    I don’t know if Camus would have approved –


  • Viggo’s Polaroids (Previous post)

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    Albert Camus –

  • Adieu Agnes Varda, Innovative Filmmaker, Photographer, Wife & Mother

    March 29th, 2019
  • Adieu Agnes Varda, she died at 90. (BBC obit)

    I fought for radical cinema all my life – Agnes Varda (Her last interview at Guardian)


  • (Agnes Varda and Jr while filming Faces and Places)

  • Interview: This is Part of the Work- Agnes Varda

    She studied art history at the Louvre, but at night took classes on photography.

  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    Greatest of the great’ – Agnès Varda: the eternally youthful soul of world cinema

  • Agnes Varda with blooms –


  • Criterion – Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand – partners in song
    (Repost)

    Agnes Varda archive here.

    Agnes Varda (wiki)

    Dirk Bogarde, Actor, Writer, Artist & Gardener

    March 28th, 2019

  • (Fassbinder directed Dirk Bogarde in “Despair”, scripted by Tom Stoppard,
    based on the novel by Vladamir Nabokov)

    Dirk Bogarde (homepage)

    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..


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

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

    Bogarde had only praise for the director: ‘He 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. And, for me, so he is a 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.

  • In his second career as a best-selling writer, Dirk wrote 8 volumes of memoirs, six novels, a volume of collected journalism and writings, and a selection of the hundreds of letters he wrote, in “Ever, Dirk.” (via Dirk Bogarde FB)

  • Discreet Reformer – Victim

    Dirk seized with relish on the role of Melville Farr, the successful barrister with the beautiful wife, because Victim (1961) had something important to say about a society in which the blackmailing of homosexuals was commonplace. When the film was made, Lord Wolfenden’s Committee had reported on the merits of qualified reform, but the legislature was slow to respond.

    Six years later, the Sexual Offenses Act was passed, partially decriminalizing homosexual acts in private between consenting males aged 21 or over. In 1968 the Earl of Arran, who had introduced the legislation in the House of Lords, wrote to Dirk, acknowledging the part the latter had played in helping to change the climate for the better. The brief but gratifying letter is reproduced on these pages by kind permission of the writer’s son, the 9th Earl.

  • Scott Walker, Brel, Pola X, The Passing of 30th Century Man

    March 26th, 2019
  • 30th Century Man, Pola X (Previous post)

    Scott Walker 30 Century Man

  • Obit (Perfetly)

    Scott Walker dead at 76

    Guardian Obit

  • Two stars from Pola X have departed early.

    Yekaterina Golubeva (9 October 1966 – 14 August 2011)

    (29 Palms, Pola X, I Can’t Sleep – Claire Denis )


    Guillaume Depardieu(7 April 1971 – 13 October 2008)
    Previous post on Guillaume Depardieu (Tous Les Matin du Monde + Duchess of Langlois)

  • (Soundtrack from Pola X)

    RIP Andre Previn, Film Composer, Won 4 Oscars & played duet with Oscar Peterson

    February 28th, 2019