Naomi Kawase – “True Mothers’ ( japanese title Asa ga kuru)

September 9th, 2021

  • A review of True Mothers

  • (Azu Makita was in “After the Storm” “The Third Murder’, “The Shoplifters” directed by Kore eda)

  • Juliette Binoche and Naomi Kawase photographed by Leslie Kee for Vogue Taiwan, 2018

    The Dvd of “True Mother”s offers Bonus feature discussion of Naomi Kawase and Juliette Binoche. Both ladies often became emotional and were in tears.

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    Naomi Kawase
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    Naomi Kawase wiki

    She employs this documentary-realism to focus on individuals of lesser cultural status, challenging prevailing representations of women within the male-dominated Japanese film industry.[1] This theme is also connected to her own personal reflections on contemporary issues in the current climate of economic depression such as the declining birthrate, alienation, and the collapse of traditional family structures

    Adieu Jean Paul Belmondo – (9 April 1933 – 6 September, 2021)

    September 6th, 2021

  • (Photo via The Many Faces of Jean Paul Belmondo

    Breathless actor, Belmondo dies aged 88.

  • (Thief of Paris, directed by Louis Malle)

    Jean Paul Belmondo, born 9 April 1933

    Son of Paul Belmondo, a French sculptor of Italian descent.

    That Man from Rio

    This fast-moving spoof of Bond-type movies features striking location photography of Rio de Janeiro, Oscar Niemeyer’s nascent Brasília and Paris of the time. In 1964 the film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

  • “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.

  • In the interview included on this disc, Melville says he was sitting on it for eight years but never started because he couldn’t find an actor right for the part of Morin, and that it was only after watching Breathless that he decided to try and get Belmondo, who was initially reluctant and had to be convinced by Melville.

  • Two Women, directed by Vittorio De Sica (Sophia Loren won an Oscar for best actress)

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    (Is Paris Burning – Alain Delon and Belmondo directed by Rene Clement)

  • (Stavisky directed by Alain Resnais)

    Paris Journal on Stavisky (Jonathan Rosenbaum – see more photos here)

    Stavisky – Madoff with a Lot – a film review

    “Starlet” – Sean Baker’s Delightful Early Film

    August 26th, 2021
  • Starlet wiki (Starket is currently streaming at Kanopy).

    The film won the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

    Interview at Lincoln Center

    what can you say about Starlet or the dog who plays Starlet?

    [Laughing.] It’s Boonee. B-O-O-N-E-E. He’s literally sleeping next to me at this moment. He’s a wonderful little dog—a rescue from Los Angeles County. He grew up on television sets that I worked on so he’s really comfortable and he could care less about a camera.
    He certainly seems it.
    Yeah. It really came down to two things: One, it was sweltering hot in The Valley so he was lethargic, and two, he really couldn’t care if someone was running around with this big object on their shoulder because he’s seen it so much. He never looked at the camera because he already knew what it was. You would think the boom mic pole would’ve attracted him, but he never cared about it because he had seen it growing up.

    (Happy int’l dog day Aug 26, 2021)

    Dree Hemingway wiki

    She is the daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway, her great grandfather is the author Ernest Hemingway.

  • Besedka J.

    Bedsedka Johnson was a break out star at 84

    Startlet” was her first and final film before she passed away in 2013.

  • Sean Baker’s top 10 at Criterion
    #6 Sean Baker picked Harold and Maude directed by Hal Ashby. He called it a perfect film and obviously a huge influence (Starlet was Baker’s Harold and Maude).

  • Catching up with “Our Friend” Casey Affleck Interviews – 2021

    August 12th, 2021
  • The Oscar winner chats about his involvement in bringing the frontier drama The World To Come to screens, and the fine acting balance his role required.

    Casey Affleck interview (Cowboys & Indians)

  • Casey Affleck Gets Philosophical About Life, Time & The Whole Damn Thing

    Casey Affleck Interview (Haute Living)

  • Brad Pitt
    (Pitt and Casey Affleck from the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Ford)

  • 1) 3 films directed by David Lowery’ Ain’t Them Bodies Saints A Ghost Story and The Old Man and the Gun.
    2) “Gerry” was written by Van Sant, Affleck and Matt Damon.
    3) Dominik saw “Gerry” and cast Affleck for “The Aassassination of the Jesse James and the coward Ford”
    4) Manchester by the sea – Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta and Critics award. Screen actors guild , Australia, Chicago & others.
    5)Light of my Life – Affleck was the writer, director and an actor.

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    polaroid by Gus Van Sant

    Happy birthday Casey Affleck

    Les Rendez-Vous de Paris – Eric Rohmer

    August 6th, 2021
  • The everyday miracles of Eric Rohmer (Mubi Speical)

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    Les Rendez-Vous de Paris


    Review by Janet Maslin

    Eric Rohmer’s “Rendezvous in Paris” is an oasis of contemplative intelligence in the summer movie season, presenting three graceful and elegant parables with the moral agility that distinguishes Rohmer as the Aesop of amour.
    Precise, simple and deeply serious beneath their breezy and seductive surface, these stories enchantingly explore love’s little treacheries and the stubborn immutability of human nature.

    Photos of Gus Van Sant and Dennis Stock

    July 24th, 2021

    (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.

    Happy birthday Gus Vant Sant!

    Initially Gus wanted Tom Waits for the role that went to Matt Dillon. Drugstore Cowboy was based on a true story. William
    S. Burroughs changed the profession for his part to that of a priest. He only wanted to work for one day so they shot everything in a day.

    Birth of Indie films, death trilogy and his polaroids

    (Nicole Kidman and Steve Buscemi – Polaroids by Gus Van Sant)

  • Dennis Stock shared a birthday with Gus Van Sant.
    Born: July 24, 1928, Bronx, New York, NY
    Died: January 11, 2010, Sarasota, FL
    Dennis Stock photos of Hollywood, Jazz and Dean


    Dennis watched in horror as Jimmy took off his boots and climbed into a bronze casket. He crossed his arms and shouted, “Shoot.”
    Dennis refused, saying that it was in bad taste, and suggested Jimmy get out of the casket before someone came in.
    Implicit in the series of photos was Jimmy’s dark side, coupled with his desire to be close to his mother, who had died when he was nine years old.

    Audrey photographed by Dennis Stock during the filming of ‘Sabrina’ in 1954.

  • Happy birthday David Hammons

  • Adieu Françoise Arnoul – (3 June 1931 – 20 July 2021)

    July 21st, 2021

    Francoise Arnoul wiki

  • (Le chemin des ecoliers by MichelBoisrond with Francoise Arnoul, Alain Delon and Jean Claude Brialy)

    (No Sun in Venice – 1957 directed by Roger Vadim. )

  • French CanCan
    (Directed by Jean Renoir)

    Birthday Celebration for Benedict Cumberbatch – 2021

    July 18th, 2021
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    Benedict Cumberbatch was terrific in Parades’ End. (On Parades’ End Cumberbatch on youtube here)

    Happy birthday Benedict Cumberbatch
    Benedict Cumberbatch read the Guantanamo Diary and optioned the right to make a film adaptation. He is the executive producer and also an actor in “The Mauritanian”.

  • B. Cumberbatch fell for the oddball artist and his world of cats (About his new film from the Guardian July 11, 2021)

  • Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for an Oscar, playing the genius Alan Turing

    An Appreciation, Tahar Rahim from the Prophet to Mauritanian

    July 12th, 2021
  • The Mauritanian – Justice gone haywire drama

    And we ask why this is so.

  • Tahar Rahim’s five favorite films

    Tahar Rahim

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    Tahar Rahim directed by Jacques Audiard

  • Tahar Rahim was directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Scroll down to see the trailer).

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    Tahar Rahim the actor here watching Charlie Chaplin film “The Kid” for the first time – a scene from “In the Cut”
    Fatih Akin directed Tahara Rahin in “In The Cut’

    Vittorio De Sica – What is Neorealism?

    July 7th, 2021

    (Montgomery Clift and Vittorio De Sica)

    Via The Museum of Modern Art VITTORIO DE SICA “The French film critic Andre Bazin wrote of Vittorio De Sica, “To explain De Sica, we must go back to the source of his art, namely, his tenderness, his love. The quality shared in common by Miracle in Milan and The Bicycle Thief…is the author’s inexhaustible affection for his characters.”

    What is Neorealism a video essay

    Why Vittorio de Sica is one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers

    (Two Women, directed by Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren received an Oscar for best actress – unusual to see Jean Paul Belmondo cast as an intellectual)

  • As a leader of neo realist Italian cinema.. De Sica directed some impressive films to mention a few.. Shoshine, Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D.. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow..Marriage Italian Style, Sunflower and other films with Sophia Loren and Marcello Matroianni.. Two Women. The Garden of Finzi Contini. As an actor he was in Max Ophuls‘ wonderful “The Earrings of Madame De ”
    De Sica continued to act in films in order to finance his own projects.

    “Unknown Known”, Erroll Morris & Steve Carell as Rumsfeld in “Vice””

    July 2nd, 2021
  • Challenging the Believing-Is-Seeing Mindset: Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld and ‘The Unknown Known’

    Unknown Known, & Donald Rumsfeld

  • July 3 – 2021 – Erroll Morris on Donald Rumsfeld

  • Erroll Morris, Ecstatic absurdity it’s the confrontation with meaninglessness.

  • Birthday celebration of A Philosopher and an Art Historian – Julia Kristeva & Peter Weller

    June 24th, 2021
  • of Julia Kristeva Black Sun appears here on Post Mutant Eggplant – Tristana/Toledo

    Happy birthday Julia Kristeva (See more photos and links)

  • Peter Weller – actor, and an art historian of Italian Renaissance

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    (With Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon)

  • Petern Weller is an art historian today.