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RIP Peter Fonda -(February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019)

August 16th, 2019

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  • Rolling Stone obit

    Rolling Stone’s film critic remembers the kindhearted countercultural rebel that came from showbiz royalty and rode off into sunset his way

  • Great tribute to Peter Fonda here
    (Mostly on Ulee’s Gold with many interesting facts about Peter Fonda)


  • Peter Fonda and Jean Seberg in Lilith (Robert Rossen directed starring Warren Beatty, Seberg, Fonda and Gene Hackman)

    Fonda impressed Robert Rossen, who directed the Oscar winner All the King’s Men. He cast Fonda in what would be Rossen’s last movie, Lilith (1964), alongside Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg and Gene Hackman. Fonda’s performance was well reviewed. Rossen signed Fonda to a seven-film contract which was to start with an adaptation of Bang the Drum Slowly[14] but then Rossen passed away.

  • Funny video
    (Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda On Jack Nicholson’s Part In EASY RIDER)

  • Peter Fonda wiki

    Peter Henry Fonda (February 23, 1940 – August 16, 2019) was an American actor. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda (by first wife, Susan Brewer, stepdaughter of Noah Dietrich). Fonda was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s.[2][3]
    He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Easy Rider (1969), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Ulee’s Gold (1997). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Fonda also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999).

  • Through his friendships with members of the band Byrds, Fonda visited The Beatles in their rented house in Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles in August 1965. While John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Fonda were under the influence of LSD, Lennon heard Fonda say, “I know what it’s like to be dead.” Lennon used this phrase as the tag line for his song, “She Said She Said”, which was included on the Revolver (1966) album.[8]

  • Jessica Biel on Peter Fonda

    Jessica Biel is mourning “Easy Rider” star Peter Fonda, who played her father in her first movie.

    Fonda was nominated for an best actor Academy Award for his performance as a beekeeper trying to keep his family together in 1997’s “Ulee’s Gold.” Biel, who was 15 when the film released, played an “angsty teenager with a nose ring.”

  • RIP D. A Pennebaker a Pioneer Documentary Filmmaker

    August 3rd, 2019
  • D.A Pennebaker (Rollingstone obit)

  • (wiki)

    Pennebaker has been described as “arguably the pre-eminent chronicler of Sixties counterculture”

  • See his films by year or alphabetically

  • JLG’s 1 AM to D.A. Pennebaker’s 1 PM – Jean Luc Godard’s unfinished film

  • Much more interesting to me was the film he attempted to make in 1969, tentatively titled 1 AM (or One American Movie). A collaboration with cinema-verite pioneers D. A. Pennabaker and Richard Leacock, the project was abandoned after Godard lost interest during the editing phase but Pennebaker ended up completing his own version of the existing footage which he titled 1 PM (or One Parallel Movie). This is a brief history of the film’s journey from concept to screen.

  • On Don’t Look Back – “What I thought was, this person is trying to generate himself,” Pennebaker told The New York Times in 2016. “He’s trying to figure out who he is and what he wants to do. So I filmed him talking to people and listening to people. When the concerts came, I would only shoot little parts of them. I didn’t want it to be a music film. I wanted it to be a film about a person who was finding out who he was.” (via Rollingstone obit)

  • RIP Rutger Hauer – Il Futuro, was Based on Roberto Bolano

    July 25th, 2019
  • Rutger Hauer

    Andrew Pothecary was asked about this photo on FB (July 24, 2019)

    Around 1990 or so, in London for City Limits magazine.
    I had to photograph him while he was being interviewed – trickier because he was talking – and he’s the only sitter who ever said, “That’s enough”, even though I only took only one roll (12 shots) of medium-format film, and maybe not quite one roll of 35mm and he hadn’t sat still for one of them!
    Anyway, though black and white and grainy, it was used on the magazine cover.

  • Rutger Hauer (wiki)

    Hauer was an environmentalist.[29] Hauer also established an AIDS awareness organization called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association

  • See more Rutger Hauer at Pinterest


  • Rutger Hauer was in Il Futuro

    Chilean director Alicia Scherson adapts a novel by her celebrated countryman Roberto Bolano.

    The ancient world still holds sway in The Future, Alicia Scherson’s adaptation of a Roberto Bolano novel whose newly orphaned siblings must start to care for themselves amid the ruins of Rome and other faded splendor. Thoughtful and less sensationalistic than its premise might suggest, it’s made for arthouses and offers a fine showcase for costar Rutger Hauer, who holds his own against a beautiful girl who’s usually naked in their scenes together.

  • Clifford Odets -Collecting Paul Klee & His View on Marilyn

    July 18th, 2019

  • Clifford Odets collected Paul Klee – see more from here.
    Clifford Odets (July 18, 1906 – August 14, 1963)[1] was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.
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  • Clifford and Luis

    Marilyn and Clifford Odets

    One of Marilyn Monroe’s strongest early film roles was as Peggy, the feisty cannery worker in Clash by Night (1952), based on a play by Clifford Odets.

    Marilyn knew Odets quite well and later played Lorna Moon in a scene from his most famous play, Golden Boy, at the Actor’s Studio during the late 1950s. She later considered starring in Odets’ screenplay, The Story on Page One (1959), but that role went to Rita Hayworth, and was directed by Odets himself.

    Always competitive with Miller, Odets took a rather dim view of The Misfits (1960), Monroe’s last completed film, which Miller wrote and John Huston directed.

    Odets was the leading New York playwright of the 1930s and 40s, and his plays focussed on social injustice and the plight of the ‘little man’. He was also involved in the formation of the Group Theatre alongside Lee Strasberg.

    Unlike Arthur Miller, the playwright who ultimately eclipsed him, Odets chose to ‘name names’ in the House Un-American Activities Committee trials of the early 1950s, a decision he would bitterly regret. He died in 1963.

    In his essay on Monroe in the book, Who the Hell’s in It, director Peter Bogdanovich recalled, ‘Clifford told me that Marilyn Monroe used to come over to his house and talk, but that the only times she seemed to him really comfortable were when she was with his two young children and their large poodle. She relaxed with them, felt no threat. With everyone else, Odets said, she seemed nervous, intimidated, frightened. When I repeated to Miller this remark about her with children and animals, he said, “Well, they didn’t sneer at her.’”

    Soon after Monroe’s death, Odets wrote, ‘One night some short weeks ago, for the first time in her not always happy life, Marilyn Monroe’s soul sat down alone to a quiet supper from which it did not rise. If they tell you that she died of sleeping pills you must know that she died of a wasting grief, of a slow bleeding at the soul.’

    One of Odets’ later plays, The Country Girl (filmed in 1954 with Grace Kelly) is currently being revived in London. Walt Odets has spoken to the Jewish Chronicle about his famous father and his memories, and mentioned, rather unfavourably, the marriage of Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe:

    Photos of Marilyn from Clash by Night on FB

  • Sweet Smell of Success (screenplay by Clifford Odets, soundtrack by Chico Hamilton, directed by Alexander Mackendrick)

  • Beth Philips is writing a bio of Clifford Odets.

  • Satan and Adam – A Documentary on Blues & Friendship

    July 15th, 2019

  • (Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow)

    Adam Gussow

    is an American scholar, memoirist, and blues harmonica player. He is currently a professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

    Sterling Magee (Satan & Adam wiki)

    Magee recorded several near-hits on Ray Charles’s Tangerine label in the early 1960s, including “Get in My Arms Little Girl.” His proficiency on guitar earned him gigs with a number of rhythm-and-blues performers, including James Brown, King Curtis, Big Maybelle, Joey Dee and the Starliters, and a transvestite duo known as The Illusions That Create Confusion. In the mid 1970s he played sessions with Paul Winley and the Harlem Underground, a loose-knit unit that included George Benson.


    Satan and Adam (on Netflix)

  • SATAN and ADAM – I Want You / C C Rider (youtube)

  • RIP Rip Torn (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019)

    July 9th, 2019
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    Rip Torn (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019)


  • (Henry Miller and Rip Torn in 1969)

  • Rip & Parker P.
    (Happy Tears)

    Happy Tears was a cool film directed by Mitchel Lichtenstein. His father did the poster. Roy Lichentenstein. Mitchel is an actor who played the gay lover in the Wedding Banquet directed by Ang Lee.

  • Geraldine Page

    In 1963, Torn married Geraldine Page, and they remained married until her death in 1987.

    Via his wiki

    After moving to Hollywood, Torn made his film debut in the 1956 film Baby Doll. Torn then studied at the Actors Studio in New York under Lee Strasberg, becoming a prolific stage actor, appearing in the original cast of Tennessee Williams’ play Sweet Bird of Youth, and reprising the role in the film and television adaptations. While in New York, Torn introduced his cousin Sissy Spacek to the entertainment business, and helped her enroll in the Actors Studio

    . Dennis Hopper replaced him with Jack Nicholson. Rip Torn sued Hopper in court. He said Rip pulled a knife on him. Rip said it was Hopper who did It’s on his wiki.

    RIP Pierre Lhomme DP for C. Marker, Eustache, Melville, Bresson etc.

    July 5th, 2019
  • Jean Eustache and Pierre Lhomme
    RIP Pierre Lhomme dies at 89.

    He was behind the look of films like Jean-Pierre Melville’s ‘Army of Shadows’ and Jean Eustache’s ‘The Mother and the Whore.’

  • Pierre Lhomme filmography (his wiki)

  • Quartet


  • Sweet Movie (Pierre Clementi, directed by Dušan Makavejev.)

  • Four Nights a dreamer. Bresson

    Four Nights of a Dreamer is based on the story White Nights written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Robert Bresson

  • Le Joli Mai

    Chris Marker

  • The Voyager 1aafilmvoyager40x
    Sam Shepard
    (Sam Shepard, Juliette Delpy in Voyager directed by Volker Schlordorff )

    Adieu Edith Scob – An Actress for Buniel, Franju, Carax & Mia Hansen Love

    June 26th, 2019
  • Buniel
    Milkey Way


  • The Woman behind the mask (Criterion)
    Edith Scob

    Édith Scob (21 October 1937 – 26 June 2019) was a French film and theatre actress, best known for her role as the daughter with a disfigured face in Eyes Without a Face.

  • In HOLY MOTORS,Leos Carax cast the legendary French actress in a homage to her iconic breakout performance in EYES WITHOUT A FACE.


  • (Emmanuelle Riva and Edith Scob)
    Therese

    Thérèse Desqueyroux is a 1962 French film directed by Georges Franju, based on the novel of the same name by François Mauriac. Written by Franju and François Mauriac and Claude Mauriac, it stars Emmanuelle Riva and Philippe Noiret.

  • Mia Hansen-Løve’s gentle look at the mutability of life: “Things to Come” (2016) starring the exquisite Isabelle Huppert with Édith Scob

    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)

  • Street of 1akasenKM Shame
    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 .