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Shashi Kapoor – Bollywood Legend Dies at 79

December 5th, 2017
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    Heat and Dust (Merchant-Ivory production)

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    Shashi Kapoor: Remembering Bollywood’s crossover star

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    Sammie and Rosie Get Laid Shashi Kapoor with Clarie Bloom (script by Hanif Kureishi)

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    Rare and Unseen photos from the set of Shakespeare Wallah

    Wiki – Shashi Kapoor

    RIP Ulli Lommel – Acting for Fassbinder to Directing Andy Warhol & Richard Hell in Blank Generation

    December 3rd, 2017
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    Ulli Lommel (wiki)

    (21 December 1944 — 1 December 2017) was a German actor and director, noted for his many collaborations with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his association with the New German Cinema movement.[1]

    Ulli Lommel (homepage)

    Ten years before I met Warhol I had another encounter that would prepare me for Andy: German genius Werner Rainer Fassbinder. In 1967 I was a teenage movie star in Germany, on the cover of teen magazines and receiving tons of fan mail each day.

    When I first met Fassbinder he said that if I played the lead in his debut film he would get money from an investor and to finance it. I accepted and starred in “Love is Colder than Death” (1968).

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    I invented a love story at dinner with Warhol, Truman Capote and Jackie Kennedy called “Blank Generation”.
    Three months later we were shooting with French super star Carole bouquet and punk rocker Richard Hell. Andy himself played and helped producing. I never returned to Europe and after making the second movie with Warhol in 1978 entitled “Cocaine Cowboys” (starring Jack Palance and Andy Warhol), and after working with Andy in the Factory in Manhattan for three years, creating art, Polaroids, music and screen tests, I was on my way to Hollywood and in August of 1980 my horror cult film “Boogeyman” stormed the charts and was soon the No.1 movie in America.

    Blank Generation (1980) Directed by Ulli Lommel

  • His Final Performance, the Suicide of Yukio Mishima on Nov 25, 1970

    November 25th, 2017
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    Patriotism written, directed and acted by Yukio Mishima

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    Kishi Keiko on the left and Jean Cocteau on the right

  • John Nathan and Donald Richie on Yukio Mishima (Youtube)

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    Mishima – A Vision of the Void - by Marguerite Yourcenar.. (Photo of Mishima by Hosoe).
    Hijikata, Mishima, Hosoe, Tomatsu Donald Richie (see more photos here)

  • R.I.P Yukio Mishima Nov 25, 1970.

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    Japan Studies – Chozick

    But by age nine, Mishima abandoned transvestitism, noting that: ‘it was tacitly required that I act like a boy. The reluctant masquerade had begun’ (Confessions, 27)

    The Tragic Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

    Yukio Mishima had a darker side: tormented in his youth by a disturbed grandmother with aristocratic pretensions, shamed by his overbearing father into hiding his early work..

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    Paul Schrader directing Mishima, A Life in 4 Chapters, his sister in law acted as his interpreter with Japanese crew and actors.
    His brother Leonard knew Mishima.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
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  • Edward Yang – A Brighter Summer Day & Yi Yi

    November 5th, 2017
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    Lisa Yang and Chang Chen
    A Brighter Summer Day a 4 hours film directed by Edward Yang

  • Edward Yang – 1947-2007
    b. November 6, 1947, Shanghai, China
    d. June 29, 2007, Beverley Hills, USA
    Edward Yang – a profile from Senses of Cinema.

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    Yi Yi on youtube with Portugese subtitles. Here Issey Ogata plays Japanese Bill Gates type computer businessman.

    The kid with a camera says farewell to grandmother here.

    Obit from Steven Shaviro who has seen Edward Yang’s early films.

    I remember being stunned and blown away by The Terrorizer (1986) when I saw it at the Seattle Film Festival: sometime in the late 1980s. It was an elegant, beautifully meditative, and deeply unsettling exploration of urban anomie and alienation, paranoia, and random encounters.

    The Center Will Not Hold – a Documentary of Joan Didion – 2017

    November 1st, 2017
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    Joan Didion Documentary shows the warmer side of a cool Icon

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    New Yorker –

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    Photo by Annie Leibovitz

  • Joan Didion wrote the White Album (previous post)

    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the first sentence of this collection of essays written by Joan Didion.
    “The White Album” includes her essays on Doris Lessing and Georgia O’Keefe.
    “I WILL BE HER WITNESS.
    That would translate sere su testigo, and will not appear in your travelers’ phrasebook because it is not a useful phrase for the prudent traveler.’ Another beginning sentences from her novel “A Book of Common Prayer”.

    Having lost her loved ones and having won an award for the brave book
    Joan is still writing.

    Joan shares a birthday with other funny writers and personalities,
    Calvin Trillin, Margaret Cho and Hanif Kureishi.

    Joan is the wise seer with a fragile exterior and migraine headaches.

  • Paris Review interview

  • Joan Didian recommended Another Sky –

    Nise” The Matter of Heart”, Brazilian film on Nise da Silveira a Jungian Therapist

    October 24th, 2017
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    Nise da Silveira was a Brazilian psychiatrist, student of Carl Jung.
    She devoted her life to psychiatry and never was in agreement with the aggressive forms of treatment of her time such as commitment to psychiatric hospitals, electroshock, insulin therapy and lobotomy.

    In 1952 she founded the Museum of Images of the Unconscious, in Rio de Janeiro, a study and research center that collected the works produced in painting and modeling studios. Through her work, Nise da Silveira introduced Jungian psychology in Brazil.

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    Nise “The Matter of Heart” trailer here.

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    Gloria Pires was actually Berliner’s second choice for the lead, even though her performance turned out to be exactly what he wanted. Pires is one of the most famous actresses in Brazil and is the only big name in the film, because, said Berliner, the filmmaking team went to great lengths to cast actors who were mostly unknown.

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    NYtimes review

    The movie, full of characters behaving erratically, could easily have taken on the aura of a freak show, but the director, Roberto Berliner, somehow stays respectful of the subject matter even while depicting extreme psychiatric conditions. It’s a study of courageous innovation against an entrenched medical orthodoxy.

    “Our job is to cure patients, not comfort them,” one colleague chastises.

    “My instrument is a brush,” Dr. Silveira replies curtly. “Yours is an ice pick.”
    Nise: The Heart of Madness

    Gloria Pires played a Brazilian architect and a lover of Elizabeth Bishop in Reaching for the Moon. (Previous post – see the trailer)

    Chen Chang – A Brighter Summer Days to Assassin, Working with E.Yang, WKW, A.Lee to H.H.Hsien,

    October 13th, 2017
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    Lisa Yang and Chang Chen
    A Brighter Summer Day a 4 hours film directed by Edward Yang

    (Chen Chang born on born 14 October 1976)
    Chang Kuo-Chu, and his son Chang Chen (in his debut) are both cast in this film playing father and son.

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    Winners at Cannes 2015 – Hou Hsiao Hsien for directing the Aassassin.

    The Assassin trailer here.

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    Eros -Wong Kar Wai (Gong Li and Chen Chang)

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    Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee. (Chan Cheng and Zhang Zheyi have made many films together including The Grandmasters since then.)

    Chen was directed by Kim Ki Duk in Breath (his only Korean film)

    More photos of him at Pinterest.

    The National Treasure of France from Theater/Cinema, Jean Rochefort Dies at 87

    October 9th, 2017
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    Lost in La Mancha’s Jean Rochefort, veteran French actor, dies at 87
    Rochefort, who scored a major international success in The Hairdresser’s Husband, was also cast as Don Quixote in Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated Cervantes adaptation

    More obit from Guardian

    On his return to Paris, he started performing in cabaret and in plays, on stage and on television. In 1960, with Delphine Seyrig, Rochefort appeared in a number of plays primarily by British playwrights, including Harold Pinter, James Saunders and Peter Nichols, but from 1970 he devoted himself almost entirely to films.

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    Man on the Train (with Johnny Hallyday) directed by Patrice Leconte.

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    Ridicule was also directed by Patrice Leconte.

  • Jean Rochefort – who loved horses complained how Terry Gillium starved the horse when he was filming.. from here.

    Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel – The Writer of the Floating World

    October 5th, 2017
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    See an excerpt from Never Let Me Go (Previous post – scroll down)

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    Congratulations! Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize.

    The Inevitable sadness of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction from the Conversation.

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    The New Yorker (James Wood) Wood loves “Never Let Me Go” and his early novels – saying Ishiguro has supremely done
    his own kind of thing.

    LA times –

    “The author’s subtlety and coolness are fascinating,” wrote Patricia Highsmith
    Ishiguro attended British boarding schools and took time off, in 1973, to hitchhike across the U.S. with his guitar. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Kent, when he sang and played in a band, and then got a master’s in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Steeped in the idealistic social movements of the 1960s and ’70s, he worked for several years helping the homeless and on housing rights.

  • Paris Review interview

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    Toyota brake pad talk show. (My old web art from Post Mutant Eggplant)

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    Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Winner Whose Characters Are Caught Between Worlds

    RIP Anne Wiazemsky – Actress, Novelist, Muse to Bresson, Godard & Script with Claire Denis

    October 5th, 2017
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    Anne Wiazemsky
    (14 May 1947 – 5 October 2017)

    Through her mother, she was the granddaughter of François Mauriac.
    She and Godard were married from 1967 to 1979

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  • (Guardian obit)

    As Godard’s wife and star, she went on to share with him the turbulent adventure of France’s political self-questioning in the late 60s, but it would be a disservice to portray her merely as a key supporting player in the convoluted epic that was Godard’s life. As well as chalking up several important screen roles over three decades, Wiazemsky triumphantly created a new career, becoming a successful novelist – her 1993 work Canines won the prestigious Prix Goncourt.

  • Anne Wiazemsky co- scripted US Go Home with Claire Denis – see the film here.

    Anne’s relationship with Bresson was complicated.

    Anne Wiazemsky was 18 when Robert Bresson entered her life. She was cast as Marie in his 1966 movie, Au Hasard Balthazar, and the director promptly became obsessed with his teenage leading lady. “Bresson always had a very close relationship with his actresses during filming. But in my case, he pushed the experience to the extreme,” she says. “For a month and a half, we lived under the same roof with adjoining bedrooms and he never let me out of his sight.”

  • Christoph Waltz, His Playboy Interview & film with Alicia Vikander

    October 4th, 2017
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    Tulip Fever receiving bad reviews.

    Alicia Vikander won the best actress first in Sweden in “Pure” (previous post)

    Alicia Vikander – birthday Oct 4, 1988
    Christoph Waltz – birthday Oct 5, 1956

    Playboy interview – Christoph Waltz

    Christoph Waltz called Tarantino movies “operas without singing…”

    QUESTION :What’s the most memorable experience Tarantino has shared with you recently?

    Apart from movies I otherwise wouldn’t have seen, one of the most interesting things he showed me was a compilation of trailers he put together of teenage-rebel movies of the 1950s. It was like a cultural history of teenage rebellion and rock-and-roll culture. It was fascinating. It was probably better than watching the entire movies because you get the big highlights without having to experience the scenes in between—in which nothing happens anyway.

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    On Roman Polanski

    I spent three fabulous months with Roman. I like his directness and sharp, sarcastic sense of humor. His precision in moviemaking is beyond words. He’s a grand master, even though he is one of the short guys. My view of him is tolerant and understanding of the man he is today.

    On therapy

    A perfect argument for therapy is Einstein’s quote “You can’t solve a problem by the same thinking that produced it.”

    On studying under Stella Adler

    with Stella Adler, which was the one crucial, eye-opening, pivotal experience in all my training. With Stella a world opened up for me.

    Christopher Waltz is directing himself and Vanessa Redgrave in Georgetown.

    Photo of James Dean Telling His Favorite Arnold Schonberg Joke & ETC.

    September 29th, 2017
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    Elia Kazan, Marlon, Julie Harris and James Dean (Marlon visiting the set of East of Eden)

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    See more photos of Martin Landau and James Dean – here

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    Immoralist photos (scroll down to see James Dean with Geraldin Page)

  • “He didn’t show you very much. He’d challenge you to find him. Then when you’d found him, he’d still make you guess. It was an endless game with him. The thing people missed about Jimmy was his mischievousness. He was the most constantly mischievous person I think I’ve ever met. Full of tricks, full of magic, full of outrageousness.”
    Stewart Stern

    “Every time I go to Europe, I remember that James Dean never saw Europe, but yet I see his face everywhere. There’s James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe – windows of the Champs Elysees, discos in the south of Spain, restaurants in Sweden, t-shirts in Moscow. My life was confused and disoriented for years by his passing. My sense of destiny destroyed – the great films he would have directed, the great performances he would have given, the great humanitarian he would have become, and yet, he’s the greatest actor and star I have ever known.”
    — Dennis Hopper

    James Dean died on Sept 30, 1955 – visit James Dean (homepage)