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The Silence of the Sea – Jean Pierre Melville

October 19th, 2019

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    The 10 greatest films of Jean Pierre Melville

    “La Silence de la Mer” (1949)
    This debut feature is a distant relative to the atmospheric crime films that would ultimately carve his name among the greats, yet even so, “La Silence de la Mer” is vital in any conversation about Melville. It’s a film that relies so heavily on narration, and is so spatially limited (taking place mostly in a single living room), that it should revokes its right to be cinematic but ends up being so regardless.

    The Complete Melville at Criterion


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    Born Jean-Pierre Grumbach
    20 October 1917

  • “Léon Morin, Priest” in English — was Melville’s sixth feature and almost the exact midpoint between early successes like “Bob le Flambeur” (1956), about a gentleman thief organizing the heist of a lifetime, and “Army of Shadows” (1969), his late-career masterpiece about the Resistance. Given his interest in the war, it’s understandable that he was drawn to “Léon Morin” and its story of life during the occupation.

  • Le Samurai

    RIP Robert Forster – He was Cool & Lovely

    October 12th, 2019

  • (Medium Cool Forster, directed by Haskell Wexler)
    Robert Forster

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  • His top 10 performances
    (Forster played George Clooney’s father-in-law in the Descendants directed by Alexander Payne.
    Also in the list is his part in Mullholland Drive directed by David Lynch)

  • Peter Handke , the Nobel Win & the Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty Kick

    October 10th, 2019

  • (Peter Handke Moravia Night)

    (Peter Handke google image gallery)

  • A Troubling Choice, Authors criticise Peter Handke

  • Handke collaborated with director Wim Wenders on a film version of The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty, wrote the script for Wenders’ The Wrong Move, and co-wrote the screenplay for Wenders’ Wings of Desire and The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez. He has also directed films, including from his own novels, The Left-Handed Woman and The Absence. (wiki)

    Mario Vargas Llosa and Peter Handke

    Repost from my previous post on Peter Falk below
    Peter Falk is counterweight to Peter Handke?

    Wenders had admired Peter Falk in Cassavetes’ films in the 1970’s, and it was probably from Cassavetes that he obtained Falk’s telephone number. He phoned one evening, introduced himself, told a little about the film and explained that he needed a former angel, to which Peter Falk replied after a pause: “How did you know?” When Falk asked whether a script could be sent, Wenders said that he had nothing at all in writing about this ex-angel, not even a single page. If anything, that apparently made the part even more interesting to Falk, who answered: “Ah, I’ve worked like that before with Cassavetes, and honestly I prefer working without a script.”
    Falk arrived in Berlin one Friday in November and he and Wenders spent the weekend together, developing the role on the basis of taped improvisations. All of Falk’s scenes were shot the following week, and Falk returned to Los Angeles.

    Peter Falk-les ailes du désir (Wings of Desire)

    Imagine John Lennon being 79 years old

    October 6th, 2019

  • Photo by Marc Riboud

  • Imagine: cinematography by Nestor Almendros

  • Louis Malle, John Lennon, Yoko Ono e Jeanne Moreau, 1971 (AP Photo)


  • Kristin Scott Thomas played aunt Mimi in “Nowhere Boy” ..(directed by artist Sam Taylor Wood)

  • “Never Look Away”, Film from the Director of “The Lives of Others”

    August 26th, 2019
  • (RollingStone review)

    Just nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign-Language Film and for the extraordinary cinematography of Caleb Deschanel, Never Look Away concerns itself with love and war and the limitless reach of art.

    It isn’t possible to look away from this imposing film for long. Maybe to check the time―it does run for over three hours―or to block out a harrowing moment, but it has a commanding and sensual beauty that isn’t around much at the moment. Top marks to the cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. And like writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s first film, The Lives of Others, it has something serious it wants to say. (via)


  • Ulrich Mühe played Wiesler.

    Lives of Others

    Wiesler is a fascinating character. His face is a mask, trained by his life to reflect no emotion. Sometimes not even his eyes move. As played in Muehe’s performance of infinite subtlety, he watches Dreyman as a cat awaits a mouse. And he begins to internalize their lives — easy, because he has no life of his own, no lover, no hobby, no distraction from his single-minded job.

    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.
    wiki

  • 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 )