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John Schlesinger – Far from the Crowd, Worked w/ Bates, Christie & Finch.

February 16th, 2019

  • “Darling” with Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey. .

    John Schlesinger
    A Kind of Loving.. his first film, starring Alan Bates.

    Old Obit from Independent

    Oscar-winning director of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ who brought a fresh approach and contemporary viewpoint to his film,
    John Richard Schlesinger, film director: born London 16 February 1926

    Terence Stamp. See Nicolas Roeg’s spectacular cinematography from here.

  • “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – his most personal film –

    Ian Bruma was his newphew.

    Conversation with John Schlesinger

    Goodbye, The Last Days in Chez Bruno Ganz

    February 16th, 2019
  • RIP Bruno Ganz

  • On the set of The American Friend

  • Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper (American Friend directed by Wim Wenders, based on a story by Patricia Highsmith )

  • From angel to Hitler Bruno Ganz
    headlines splashed.

  • On filming in Beirut,

    Volker Schlöndorf, said that Bruno Ganz was distressed with the war experience whereas Hanna felt quite comfortable in the midst of chaos.

    Circle of Deceit see another photo here ‘


  • Marquis d’O – directed by Eric Rohmer
    (Marquis d”O was based on the novel by Heinrich von Kleist)

  • Isabelle Huppert posted two photos on FB (did not know about these two films, both actors so prolific).

  • Bruno Ganz was in Australia working with Gillian Armstrong in Last Days in Chez Nous.

  • Thank you Bruno Ganz!

    Albert Finney, Stopped the Train, Shoot the Moon, Left the World at age 82

    February 8th, 2019
  • Albert Finney made Audrey happy.


    He also made Anouk Aimee happy.

    Finney, an almighty physical presence Obit (guardian)

    He was a brilliant and utterly distinctive actor, deeply rooted in a theatrical tradition but capable of naturalistic performances, a product of Britain’s vital new “kitchen-sink” cinema. And as a producer, Finney gave early breaks to Tony Scott and Stephen Frears, helped get Lindsay Anderson’s If… off the ground, and was a driving force behind Mike Leigh’s first feature, Bleak Moments.

  • Charm, Booze etc from Malcolm McDowel & Mike Figgis

  • Dialogue from Shoot The Moon


  • Under the Volcano, directed by John Huston, starring with Jacqueline Bisset.
    (Malcolm Lowry wrote Under the Volcano)
    Danny boy

    His wiki

    In 2002 his critically acclaimed portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm won him BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Actor.

    So many great films..
    The Entertainer, Tom Jones, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Shoot The Moon, Under the Volcano, The Dresser, Miller’s Crossing, Two for the Road, Browning Version, Charlie Bubbles,The Playboys,A Man of no Importance,Washinton Square, Before the Devils Knows You’re Dead,Big Fish, Erin Brockovich, Rich in Love. He was directed by Alan Rudolph Breakfast at Champion.. Murder on the Orient Express.

    Guardian

    Lawrence of Arabia casting by David Lean..

    Albert Finney death: The actor was David Lean’s first choice for Lawrence of Arabia’

    Forgotten Classic Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

    Adieu Michel Legrand – The French New Wave Composer

    January 26th, 2019
  • photo via

    Tributes to Michel Legrand (Variety) Pour In


  • Criterion – Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand – partners in song

    Michel Legrand studied under Nadia Boulanger – see two videos from Go Between)

  • RIP Jonas Mekas, Happy Avant Garde Poet/Filmmaker Moved on at 96

    January 23rd, 2019

    Dear Friends,
    Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning. He was at home with family. He will be greatly missed but his light shines on. — with Maria Sweet-Herz. (via FB Jonas Mekas)

    Jonas Mekas, hailed by many as “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema” has passed away at the age of 96. (via FB Experimental Conversation)


    Left, Jonas Mekas and brother Adolfas at the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, 1962. © Jonas Mekas. Right, Jonas Mekas with his Bolex in Lithuania, 1971. © Jonas Mekas
    Photo via Life of a happy man

    Jonas Mekas wiki

    Arthur arthurMekas with Jonas Mekas

    Jonas Mekas

    Jonas Mekas, Jim Jarmusch on film, poetry and Trump

    JJ: I was just looking through a small amount of different artists – film artists – that you have preserved or celebrated. This is only a small amount of people that have really moved me: Peter Hutton, Hollis Frampton, Nam June Paik, Bruce Conner, Hans Richter, Taylor Mead, Danny Lyon, Rudy Burckhardt, Shirley Clarke…
    JM: And we have not only their finished films, but unfinished materials. Outtakes of Hans Richter, Maya Deren, Hollis Frampton and even Tarkovsky.
    JJ: … Man Ray, Joseph Cornell, Robert Frank, Harry Smith, Jack Smith, George and Mike Kuchar, Kenneth Anger, Lizzie Borden, Stan Brakhage, Bruce Baillie, Ron Rice, Michael Snow, Andy Warhol, Ken Jacobs, Maya Deren… on and on.
    JM: Anthology is the bastion of poetry and cinema and we are here to stay. This is the building where the poets of cinema live. It is a metaphor, this building.

  • Jonas Mekas inspired Andy Warhol to be a filmmaker

    Soumitra Chatterjee is 84 years old

    January 19th, 2019
  • Soumitra Chatterjee is 84 years old today. Happy birthday!
    (photo via)


  • (On his mater Satyajit Ray, via Time of India)

    Goodbye 2018 – Going forward 2019

    December 31st, 2018
  • In Memoriam …


    Photo by Michael Woods who was a close friend of Nicolas Roeg.
    Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci left us last Novemeber.

  • Hugh Masakela, Ursula Le Guin, Jack Whitten,, and Ed Moses left us last Jan 2018

    Jeff Geys (Belgian conceptual artist)

    Stephane Audran, Stephen Hawkins, Givenchy left us last March.

    Miyagawa, Milos Forman, and Cecil Taylor left us last April

    Philip Roth, Robert Indiana, Tom Wolf , Per Kerkeby Ermmano Olmi left us last May

    Donald Hall and Anthony Bourdain in June.

  • Robby Muller, Shinobu Hashimoto and…


    Jeanne Moreau and Martin Landau in July.

    Tom Clark, Aretha Franklin, VS Naipal, Antonio Dias,and Paul Taylor

    Kiki Kirin

    Annette Michelson

    Arthur Mitchell Paul Virillo

    Helen Alemida

    Charles Aznavour

    Subrata Mitra

    Robert Morris

    Pablo Ferro

    Sister Wendy

    Roma – Memory of Alfonso Cuoron’s Childhood

    December 14th, 2018
  • Yalitza
    Yalitza Apricio
    (Interview here)


  • Roma

    Vanity Fair

    Cuaron: Yes, this film is autobiographical, in the sense that 90% of the scenes come out of my memory. We shot in the places where these scenes took place. I gathered 70% of the furniture in my home … from different family members spread all around Mexico. And then I cast actors that look as much as possible as the original people.

  • Cuoron explained his cinematography

    Cuarón Tells Lubezki How He Filmed ‘Roma’ — Even One Quiet Shot Needed 45 Camera Positions

  • Joaquin Phoenix Rising, Films directed by Lynne Ramsay, G. Van Sant & Jacques Audiard

    December 9th, 2018

  • (Last year J. Phoenix won the best actor and Lynne Ramsay won the best scriptwriter award at Cannes)

    Guillame Del Toro tweeted.

    Lynn Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here. What a great film… Non-fetishized violence, gritty poetry and full of humanity. One of the best directors working -and a fearless actor by her side.

    Phoenix was protective with Ramsay, neither of them were fond of talking – see Cannes Press Conference (Youtube)

    LA Times

    Joaquin Phoenix and Lynne Ramsay follow their instincts to find ‘You Were Never Really Here’

    “We filmed this shot of me floating in this pool, and she just got in the pool with me, and just was there with me, right off-camera,” Phoenix explained. “There’s something about Lynne—she feels things very strongly. You’ll hear her breathing and making sounds off-camera because you know that she’s in it. But she got in the pool with me, and that was on the first day of filming! I was like, ‘Ah, I love this woman’ Vanity Fair . .


  • Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

    Rooney Mara played the ex-wife in “Her”. Joaquin P. suggested to Gus Van Sant that she plays the girlfriend of the Portland Cartoonist.

    (Portrait of Lautrec on the wall, Gus Van Sant directing Joaquin Phoenix)

    After River’s death, Van Sant offered him a meaty role in the black comedy “To Die For,” co-starring Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon. It was Joaquin’s first role in four years.
    Twenty-three years later, Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix are together again in “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” a film about the late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, who lived in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Ore.

  • Sisters Brothers – Jacques Audiard, Joaquin Phoenix, John C Reilley

    Joaquin Phoenix: ‘Jacques Audiard is unique, even among French directors’

  • Jacques Audiard at MoMa

  • Phoenix rising from Australia (more insightful)

    Is Joaquin Phoenix set to be the greatest actor of his generation?

  • The Last Emperor of 1900 Bernardo Bertolucci was a Non- Conformist,

    November 27th, 2018
  • RIP Bernardo Bertolucci

  • 1aBernardoMarlon

    [on Marlon Brando] An angel as a man, a monster as an actor. – Bernardo Bertolucci

  • Luca Guadagnino and Bernardo B. Two non-conformist Italian directors

  • Why Bertolucci’s The Conformist deserves a place in cinema history(the Guardian)

    The Italian director’s 1970 expressionist masterpiece offered a blueprint for a new kind of Hollywood film, which is why Coppola, Spielberg, Scorsese and co owe him a huge debt


  • (1900)

    (Julian on Bernardo – talking about 1900)

  • 1aBernardoTangier
    via Bruce Weber
    (Malkovich moved to Europe after working with Bertolucci in Sheltering Aky).

  • Frequently references classic movies
    Frequently has nude scenes in his films
    Long, complex camera movements.
    Often references famous painters or art movements.
    Nonlinear timeline.

    The young Bertolucci took after his father, a Roman poet and film critic, and became a celebrated published poet by the age of 20. He gave up poetry for the cinema after working as an assistant to Pier Paolo Pasolini on the movie Accattone (1961).

    He’s a big fan of Breaking Bad (2008).
    [on the end of Breaking Bad (2008)] I’m sad about it. I want more.

    via

    Bad Timing, The Significance of Nicolas Roeg’s Passing

    November 24th, 2018

  • Nicolas Roeg passed away – (Tributes from Donald Sutherland, Duncan Jones etc)

    BBC obit

    Nicolas Roeg was one of the most original film-makers the UK has ever produced.
    His early experience as a cinematographer brought a stunning visual quality to his work.

  • (Best obit – read here)

  • The Alchemy of Nicolas Roeg (Dan Fox) (Frieze II)

    His work sits closer to that of Derek Jarman, Peter Greenaway, Andrea Arnold, Sally Potter, Steve McQueen and other British art house directors, than the storytelling of Lean, Lester, Schlesinger, and other directors he cut his teeth with.

    Nicolas Roeg in conversation (Frieze I)

    Film director Nicolas Roeg talks to his friend, the artist John Stezaker, about collage, editing and memory, and film’s ability to ‘trap shadows’

  • BAD TIMING, Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, director Nicolas Roeg on set, 1980, (c) World Northal

    Obit from his close friend and a producer Jeremy Thomas

    (see Theresa Russell playing Marilyn here )- Look Now, the significance of Nicolas Roeg (previous post)


  • Thanks to “Walkabout”, David Gulpilil became an actor/activist, and the kid who is not in this photo was Nicolas Roeg’s son).

  • 1NickBowie
    (Filming The Man Who Fell to Earth)
    The documentary of the Man Who Fell to Earth – 2017 here.


  • (Julie Christie in Don’t Look Now, and Roeg was a cinematographer for Far From the Madding Crowd, Farenheidt 451 and Petulia (Richard Lester)

  • Don’t Look Now – a review + interviews here.

  • In all of his films Nicolas Roeg shows what happens when characters from different cultures intersect. From Performance (gangster meets rock star) to Walkabout (abandoned white children saved by Aborigine on his walkabout) to The Man Who Fell to Earth (alien crashing on Earth needs to return to his home planet) this intersection forms the core dramatic element of his films.

    RIP Pablo Ferro -A Title Designer for Kubrick, Van Sant, Hal Ashby etc.

    November 19th, 2018

  • (via Art of the Title – see title sequences by Pablo Ferro here)

  • Title Designer for Dr. Strangelove, Pablo Ferro dies.

    “The titles for ‘Strangelove’ were last-minute; I didn’t have much time to produce it. It came up because of a conversation between Stanley and I,” he said. “Two weeks after I finished with everything, he and I were talking. He asked me what I thought about human beings. I said one thing about human beings is that everything that is mechanical, that is invented, is very sexual. We looked at each other and realized — the B-52, refueling in mid-air, of course, how much more sexual can you get?! He loved the idea. He wanted to shoot it with models we had, but I said let me take a look at the stock footage, I am sure that [the makers of those planes] are very proud of what they did and, sure enough, they had shot the plane from every possible angle.”

    He was also known for creating the first color NBC Peacock in the late 1950s while at Elektra. He worked on nine films directed by Jonathan Demme, including “Stop Making Sense,” “Philadelphia,” and “Married to the Mob.”

    He continued to design through the ’90s, making title sequences for Gus van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting,” “L.A. Confidential,” and the first “Men In Black.” He was close friends with
    Hal Ashby