The Professor and His Beloved Equation

September 27th, 2020
  • The Professor and His Beloved Equation

  • Japanese director Takashi Koizumi

    Director Koizumi was the assistant director to the late Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa on five of his final major films: Ran, Kagemusha, Dreams, Madadayo, and Rhapsody in August and was an uncredited assistant to the director on a sixth one Dersu Uzala. The Kurosawa connection to the Koizumi film continues. The cinematographer Shoji Ueda too was the cinematographer of five of those films, the actor Akira Terao (who plays the professor) was a lead actor in Ran and Madadayo, so too, actor Hisashi Ogawa (who plays the brief role of the housekeeper agent) is a stock Kurosawa actor. Even though Kurosawa had nothing to do with this film, his trusted collaborators were the principal contributors to The Professor and His Beloved Equation. Kurosawa would have been proud because the film apart from mathematics briefly introduces Japanese culture and the essentially Japanese Noh theatre to any uninitiated viewer as well.

    Author of “The Housekeeper and the Professor”
    Yoko Ogawa (Previous Post)

    RIP Michael Lonsdale -Of Gods and Men Actor who was in 3 Films with Delphine Seyrig

    September 21st, 2020

  • (Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale in Of Gods and Men)

    IMDB – See his filmography

  • Ronin with Robert De Niro –

  • (The Day of Jackal)

  • India Song

    Gunnar Bjursell (via FB)
    “Michael Lonsdale fell madly in love with Seyrig but could not have her, wherefore he stayed bachelor all his life. “It was her or noone”.

  • Interview Michael Lonsdale (Nov, 2015)

    Interview: Michael Lonsdale on Jacques Rivette’s Out 1, May 1968, & More

    We spoke with the actor about Out 1, his political investments during May ’68, and how France’s current government is a “sad” state of affairs.

    RIP Ronald Harwood, The Dresser, The Pianist, The Diving Bell & Butterfly

    September 9th, 2020

  • The Guardian Obit
    Sir Ronald Harwood – a life in pictures

    Ronald Harwood
    Passed away one day before his birthday.

  • Diving Bell and Butterfly – Julian Schnabel

  • Birol Unel – German Turkish Actor of Soul Kitchen, Head On dies at 59

    September 4th, 2020
  • Birol Unel dies at 59

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    “Rest In Peace, dear friend. Your light was shining bright,” director Fatih Akin says

    Birol Unel German actor (Reverberations net)

    Fatin Akin directed Soul Kitchen, Head on etc.


  • Tomboy and Eyeless Girls – Celine Sciamma & Helene Delmaire

    September 3rd, 2020
  • Trailer Tomboy

    (The stars of Girlhood, from left, Marietou Toure, Karidja Toure and Assa Sylla, and Celine Sciamma)

    Celine Sciamma – You have to be fearless

    The French director of ‘Tomboy’ and ‘Girlhood’ enters adult territory with period romance ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’.

  • How Delmaire created Our Portrait of Lady on Fire Cover (Criterion)

    Portraits at the heart of Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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    The Eyeless Girls

    Helene Delmaire (homepage)

  • Tribute to Hal Ashby, “Hal” Documentary film by Amy Scott

    September 2nd, 2020
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    b. September 2, 1929, Ogden, Utah
    d. December 27, 1988, Malibu, California

  • A Man Out of time
    Bruce Dern, Norman Jewison, Wexler paid moving tributes to Hal Asby.

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  • RIP Chadwick Boseman

    August 31st, 2020

  • (Chadwick Boseman as Showing results for Thurgood Marshall)

    Amy Goodman Democracy Now on Chadwick Boseman – Cancer

    Remembering Chadwick Boseman: Ibram X. Kendi on Legacy of “Black Panther” Actor, Cancer & Anti-Racism

  • Chadwick Boseman Black Pride (Guardian)

  • Jacky Robinson biopic 42 to return to theaters after death

  • Black Panther: The ‘weird signs’ that led Chadwick Boseman to Wakanda

    BBC Stories

    The Confessions – 2016 film Starring Toni Servillo

    August 22nd, 2020
  • The Confessions (Variety review)

    See the trailer here.

    Roberto Ando at Karlovy Vary

    Italian director discusses global politics, failure of capitalism, monastic orders

  • John Maynard Keynes would turn over in his grave at the “austerity” actions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), particularly the Greek transfers of assets depicted in this film.

    John Maynard Keynes vs Laissez Faire

  • For an in depth first person account of what it was actually like dealing with the IMF during the period of the film, see the experience of Greece’s Finance Minister.

    Yanis Varoufakis – Greek Spring, my 160 days as finance minister

    RIP Linda Manz, Days of Heaven, Gummo, Out of Blue

    August 15th, 2020
  • Linda Manz Star of Days of Heaven, Out of Blue dies at age 58 (Vanity Fair)

  • Gummo

    Terrence Malick on making of Days of Heaven

    ON Linda Manz, Malick said,

    Linda, the teenage girl, is the heart of the film. She was a sort of street child we had discovered in a laundromat. For the role, she should have been younger, but as soon as I spoke to her, I found in her the maturity of a forty-year old woman. Non-judgmental and left to her own imagination, she had her own ideas [for the role] giving the impression of having actually lived this life instead of having to invent and play within another.

    At first it was a bit frustrating to work with her. She couldn’t remember her lines, couldn’t be interrupted, and was difficult to photograph. Despite this, I started to love her and I believed in her more than anything else. She transformed the role. I am glad that she’s the narrator. Her personality shines through the film’s objectivity. Every time I gave her new lines, she interpreted it in her own way; when she refers to heaven and hell, she says that everyone is bursting into flames. It was her response to the film on the day when she saw the rushes. That comment was included in the final version. Linda said so many things that I despaired being unable to keep them… I feel like I have not been able to grasp a fraction of who she really is.

  • “Anyone with that kind of brilliance, you just give them space . . . She was a kind of unique, extraordinary, eccentric wild animal. And some jewels came out of her mouth.”
    Richard Gere
    Criterion, The Streetwise voice of Linad Manz

  • Keiko Kishi – Actress, Writer, UNESCO Ambassader

    August 11th, 2020

  • (Robert Mitchum and Keiko Kishi in Yakuza directed by Sydney Pollack)
    Keiko Kishi wiki (born August 11, 1932 in Yokohama, Japan)

    Keiko Kishi Live Talk Show will be on October 11, 2020

    Kishi Keiko is an actress, writer, UNESCO Ambassader and a recipient of legion d’honneur from the French gov’t. She was in “Early Spring” directed by Ozu with Ryo Ikebe. Masaki Kobayashi directed Kishi in 3 films, Inheritance,I will Buy You, Kwaidan, she co-starred again with Ryo Ikebe in “Snow Country.”
    She made more than four films with Ichikawa Kon, including “Sasame Yuki – Makioka Sisters” “Younger Brother” … Sydney Pollack directed her in Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and Takakura Ken.

    Ryo Ikebe and Keiko Kishi in “Snow Country”

    Author of Snow Countray Kawabata Yasunari was at her wedding when she married Yves Ciampi in Paris.

    Makioka Sisters

    Sasame Yuki -(Makioka Sisters – adapted from a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki)

    Kon Ichikawa

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    (Kishi Keiko with Mishima and Jean Cocteau)

  • (Early Spring – Kishi Keiko and Ryo Ikebe – directed by Ozu Yasujiro)

    Inheritance MUBI – Masaki Kobayashi

  • (Keiko Kishi with Jean Cocteau – 1960)
    From Kishi’s autobiography “Ma Vie A La Carte”, Kishi wrote that as a teenager she saw Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” 5 times, never imagined that she would in 10 0r 12 years later be directed by Cocteau for his last play at the theater. (Shadow Picture – the Wife of Wet Coat).
    (Unable to find any information about this production).

  • Isabelle Weingarten worked with Bresson, Eustache & Wenders

    August 4th, 2020

  • (Isabelle Weingarten – photo by Wim Wenders)
    Wendes directed her in The State of Things, they were married from 1981 to 82.

    Mother and the Whore
    (Isabelle was directed by Jean Eustache, not in this photo)

    Sad news about the passing of Isabell Weingarten came from Paul Soares.

    Isabelle Weingarten Instagram

    (See her filmography from MUBI)

    (Steve Hiett | Isabelle Weingarten, 1973)

  • Four Nights of a Dreamer is based on the story White Nights written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
    Robert Bresson directed her in Four Nights a Dreamer.

  • In memory of the wonderful Isabelle Weingarten.

    In memory of the wonderful Isabelle Weingarten. She was „Anna“ in the lost film crew in THE STATE OF THINGS (1982) and she played herself in REVERSE ANGLE (1982).

    Posted by Wim Wenders Foundation on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    (with Sam Fuller)

    In memory of the wonderful Isabelle Weingarten. She was „Anna“ in the lost film crew in THE STATE OF THINGS (1982) and she played herself in REVERSE ANGLE (1982).(via Wim Wenders foundation on FB)

    RIP Alan Parker Midnight Express, Shoot the Moon

    July 31st, 2020

  • (Alan Parker and Mickey Rourke)
    Alan Parker Angel Heart

    Alan Parker Rolling Stone obit

    Sir Alan Parker, Director of ‘The Wall,’ ‘The Commitments,’ ‘Midnight Express,’ Dead at 76
    British filmmaking giant also helmed Bugsy Malone, Mississippi Burning and Fame

    Midnight Express Director Alan Parker died (Deadline obit)

  • Alan Parker’s Archive (Notes, letters etc from BFI.org.UK)

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    (Brad Davis in Midnight Express)

  • Albert Finney and Diane Keaton in Shoot the moon.
    (His most personal film)

    Peter Bradshaw A Guardian film critic who also loved “Shoot the Moon”

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    (Peter Weller and Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon)

  • Frank McCourt wrote Angela’s Ashes