David Goodis Author of “Down There” & “The Moon In the Gutter”

January 7th, 2021

  • The Moon in the Gutter – Crimson Kimono. com

    David Goodis wiki (March 2, 1917 – January 7, 1967)

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    Shoot the Piano Player
    (Truffaut archive here)

    (Truffaut, Charles Aznavour and Marie Dubois)

  • David Goodis Bleak Beautiful Vision of humanity

    It’s difficult to find quotes from David Goodis about his own approach to writing, but the accolades and insights of others help fill the gap. Ed Gorman once said that “David Goodis didn’t write novels, he wrote suicide notes,” and if we think of the literature of the suicide note, filled with equal parts anguish, guilt, love, and attempts to understand, then David Goodis’ work would easily fit within these bounds. His characters are broken down shadows of their former selves, worried more about damaging those they love then worrying about damage to themselves; as full of weaknesses, contradictions, and surprising resistances as Goodis himself.

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  • David Goodis biography – LA times

  • “No Sun in Venice” “Venus Institute” – Adieu Robert Hossein + RIP Joan Micklin Silver

    January 3rd, 2021
  • French actor and director Robert Hossein dies aged 93 (Euro Weekly obit)

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

    Robert Hossein died of COVID-19, on 31 December 2020, one day after his 93rd birthday.

  • Milt Jackson was born on January 1. 1923.
    Bags Groove Milt Jackson (previous post – listen to the Golden Striker, another composition by John Lewis for the film “No Sun in Venice”)

  • Robert Hossein and Audrey Tatou

    Robert Hossein filmography

  • Joan Micklin Silver,‘Crossing Delancey’ Director, Dies at 85

    Joan Micklin Silver also directed “Hester Street” and “Chilly Scenes of Winter”.

    (John Heard and Mary Beth Hurt, or Mrs Paul Schrader)
    Chilly Scenes of Winter (based on Anne Beattie’s Novel)

  • Film Comment article, Stronger Together

    Joan Micklin Silver portrays working women in stories of independence and solidarity that quietly defy convention

  • Choose Alan Rudolph, & his Collaborators

    December 18th, 2020

  • (Campbell Scott as Benchley and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker)

    Alan Rudolph the most underrated independent filmmaker.. he was Robert Altman’s assistant. & Altman produced some films for Alan… “you either know all of his films or none at all..” I love many of his films.
    Choose Me (Ed Ruscha designed & appeared.. G. Bujold, Keith Carradine etc), Equinox (Mathew Modeine). Made in Heaven, The Moderns, After Glow (Julie Christie was nominated for an Oscar, Nick Nolte), Trouble in Mind, The Secret Lives of Dentists (Hope Davis, Cambell Scott.. love this film).. Albert Finney was directed by him..Breakfast of Champions.

    There’s so much confidence and freedom that comes from that way of doing things. Robert Altman and Alan Rudolph make the set the place to be. It’s fun. It’s a kind of creative freedom that’s really inspiring. Altman loved actors so much. He was a great mentor for me, really.
    Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Bujold starred in Choose Me (1984), directed and written by Alan Rudolph. She promptly made two more films for Rudolph:Trouble in Mind (1985) and The Moderns (1988).

  • Happy birthday Alan Rudoph – the vision of a filmmaker

    Partners in mind, Keith Carradine and Alan Rudolph

    Here is the list of actors/actresses who worked with Alan Rudolph and Robert Altman.
    Keith Carradine, Julie Christie , Geraldin Chaplin, Jennifer Jason Leigh,Emily Watson, Mathew Modine (Equinox) Lori Singer, Jeff Goldblum .

    Our Hero, John Le Carre Showed us the World beyond England

    December 15th, 2020

  • (Photo of John Le Carre by Lord Snowdon)

    Atlantic Obit

    John le Carré Knew England’s Secrets
    He revealed more about the country’s ruling class than any political writer of his era.

    John Le Carre Com


    Favorite Film Adaptations

  • Writers, Friends remembered John Le Carre

  • Actor Ralph Fiennes and author John Le Carre pose for photographs at an auction in aid of The Constant Gardeners’ Trust, at the Soho Hotel in London, Sunday March 12, 2006. The trust was set up to help the people of Kenya, where the book and film The Constant Gardener, was set. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA

    Ralph Fiennes, actor
    When I was approached by [producer] Simon Channing Williams in 2003 about making The Constant Gardener, I was already an enormous fan of le Carré’s books. I loved the world he created. And then I met the man, and he was so charming and generous of spirit and immediately available for conversation about the novel and the character. I must have fired all sorts of spurious questions at him but I just remember how he was very gregarious and excited about the project. (viaread more)

  • (Ralph Fiennes and Pete Postlethwaite from the Constant Gardner)
    The Constant Gardner

  • John Le Carre on Philip Seymour Hoffman

    (Philip Seymour Hoffman with German cast)

    A Most Wanted Man – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last film

    10 ways of getting to know John Le Carre Novels

    Kim Ki Duk Dies of Covid 19, in Latvia at 59

    December 11th, 2020

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    Kim Ki Duk wiki

    Deadline obit, Kim Ki Duk dies of Covid 19 at 59 (South Korean director won prizes at Venice, Cannes and Berlin)

    Obit from Onmanrama

  • Jean Louis Trintignant at 90, 2020

    December 11th, 2020

  • (The Conformist)
    Jean Louis Trintignant

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    Trans Europe Express a film directed by Alain Robbe Grillet

  • Jean Louis Trintignant surprises in Amour

    When Mr. Trintignant was named best actor (for “Amour”) at the recent European Film Awards, it was his first acting honor of any kind in four decades. He was not, in fact, heavily laureled even in the period of his greatest success, the 1960s and ’70s, when he starred in more than his share of international hits — pictures like “A Man and a Woman” (1966), directed by Claude Lelouch; Eric Rohmer’s “My Night at Maud’s” (1969); Costa-Gavras’s “Z” (1969); and Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Conformist” (1970) — and seemed to be working constantly, primarily in his native France, sometimes elsewhere in the world. (Read more here)

  • Eric Rohmer directed Jean Louis Trintignant in My Night at Maud

  • (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi – with Vittorio Gassman)

    Effie Gray, Portrait of Ruskin, & Bronte Sisters

    December 4th, 2020
  • Effie Gray wiki – scripted by Emma Thompson

  • “Effie Gray is more than just an ordinary costume drama”

  • Ruskin Effie Marriage

    Portrait of John Ruskin by Millais

  • Bronte family biography

    Brontes Sisters

  • Brontes Sisters – Modern Family – art forum

    Sensitive to the extreme limits the Brontë sisters faced owing to their sex, Téchiné is careful not to overdramatize the fact that Charlotte, Emily, and Anne all published, in 1847, their first novels under male pseudonyms (becoming, respectively, the “brothers” Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell). The director’s insistence on understatement—though never at the expense of diminishing the anguish and thwarted desire the sisters endured during their too-short lives (all died before reaching the age of forty)—clearly guided the performances as well.

    Roland Barthes as an actor

    Roland Barthes

    Agnieska Holland Directed “Mr Jones”

    November 28th, 2020

  • (‘Mr. Jones – a film directed by Agnieska Holland, with James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard)

    Agnieska Holland Interview (Film Comment)

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    Mr. Jones Quotes

    “It was not unrest, it was a tactic. The Nazis now have an excuse to end all opposition.” – Gareth Jones
    “War begins in the minds of men.” – Gareth Jones

  • On “Europa Europa”

  • Burning Bush miniseries directed by Agnieska Holland was on the tragic story of Czech dissident Jan Pallach.

  • Agnieska Holland directed Total Eclipse – Leo Dicaprio as Rimbaud and Verlaine played by David Thewlies.

    Happy birthday Agnieska Holland!

    Photographs by Masatoshi Nagase

    November 19th, 2020
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    Prevous post – Kiki and Masatoshi Nagase

  • (Photo of Matt Dillon by Masatoshi Nagase)

    (Photo of Hou Hsiao Hsien by Masatoshi Nagase)
    Previous post – Hou Hsiao Hsien

    (Christopher Dolye – photo by Masatoshi Nagase)

    The Last Life in the Universe – cinematography by Christopher Doyle.

  • (Shark Fin photo of Tadanobu Asano by Nagase)
    (Nov 27 update: Happy birthday Tadanobu Asano)

  • RIP Soumitra Chatterjee, Actor, Playwright, Poet

    November 15th, 2020

    Soumitra Chatterjee: India acting legend dies, aged 85

    Soumitra Chatterjee (January 19, 1935 — November 15, 2020)
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    The third movie of the trilogy, Apur Sansar, which released in 1959, was also Chatterjee’s debut film. He would go on to star as the lead actor in 14 of Ray’s films.
    Pauline Kael called Chatterjee Ray’s “one-man stock company” who moved “so differently in the different roles he plays that he is almost unrecognisable”.

  • Chatterjee, who starred in more than 300 movies, was also an accomplished playwright, theatre actor and poet.

  • Chaterjee shone even in non-Satyajit Ray films

    Lesser Known facts about the living legend

    Beethoven, His Piano & “Beethoven’s Great Love” by Abel Gance –

    November 11th, 2020
  • Beethoven, who had met Nannette in Augsburg years earlier, asked to borrow one of her pianos for a 1796 concert in Pressburg (now Bratislava). Writing to Andreas, Beethoven joked that it was too “good” for him, because he wanted the “freedom to create his own tone.” In a follow-up letter, he complained that the piano was still the least developed of all the instruments and that it sounded too much like a harp.

    Nanette Streicher
    The Woman who built Beethoven’s Pianos

  • Beethoven’s Great Love (French title: Un grand amour de Beethoven, US title: The Life and Loves of Beethoven) is a 1937 French film directed by Abel Gance. It stars Harry Baur (as Ludwig van Beethoven), Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Jane Marken, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Marcel Dalio. Dalméras plays the part of Franz Schubert.
    Abel Gance – MUBI

    Windmill scene

    Death bed scene Beethoven Abel Gance.

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    Photo of Gance by Latigue

    Abel Gance

    (25 October 1889 – 10 November 1981) was a French film director and producer, writer and actor. Pioneer in the theory and practice of montage, he is best known for three major silent films: J’accuse (1919), La Roue (1923), and the monumental Napoléon (1927).

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    Goodbye Sean Connery – from Mr. Universe to One Great Actor & Citizen

    October 31st, 2020

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    Sad news from BBC
    Sean Connery passed away at 90.

  • Collaborations of Sean Connery and Sidney Lumet
    (Sean Connery made five films with director Sidney Lumet)

  • (With Audrey Hepburn, Robin and Marian directed by Richard Lester)

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    The Man Who Would be King (John Huston)

  • The Name of the Rose, based on a novel by Umberto Eco.
    Further, Umberto Eco is an expert on the subject of 007, which adds him to the worldwide group of bondologs (“Bondologists,” Scandinavian expression for an expert in the field of James Bond).
    Time Magazine obit showing a photo of Sean Connery holding a “rose’ in his hand.

  • Sean Connery on Michael Crichton

    Connery says of Michael Crichton:
    He’s got a very big influence on my life….I’m interested more in writers and directors than I am in actors as a rule. I really have a terrific measure of affection for Michael here because I wasn’t joking out there when I say he can write bestsellers and take out your appendix. Because he reminds me so much of Umberto Eco in that he’s got all the elements that I adore. Terrific mind, good writer.
    Crichton shares some thoughts about Connery during the press conference:
    He’s had an enormous effect on my life. He’s one of the few people that I can remember things that he said in passing while we were walking down the street 25 years ago.

  • From Russia with Love, The Hunt for the Red October, and the Russia House find them in Sean Connery’s filmography here.