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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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    Hou Hsiao Hsien

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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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    Jean Rochefort with Delphine Seyrig and Simone Signoret

    Jean Rochefort dies

    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.

    BBC

    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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    Anne W worked with Pasolini in Theorema.

  • (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)

  • Bill Binney, the Original NSA Whistleblower – A Good American, a Documentary about Binney

    September 25th, 2017
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    Computer Weekly.com – Interview (The Original NSA Whistleblower)

    Bill Binney, the ‘original’ NSA whistleblower, on Snowden, 9/11 and illegal surveillance

    Binney was responsible for feeding targeting rules gleaned from the analysis back into the analytical tools. This self-refinement was key, allowing analysts to hone in on their targets, without the need for mass data collection.

    Boing Boing - 9/11 could have been prevented

    After his resignation, Binney and his fellow whistleblowers faced retaliation from the NSA, as the agency prevented him from getting work as a private intelligence contractor and eventually staged a guns-drawn dawn raid on his home.

    Binney has been a sharp, articulate, deeply knowledgeable critic of mass electronic surveillance ever since, refusing to be intimidated by the NSA despite the risks to himself.

    Harry Dean Stanton Passed Away at 91 – His Last film “Lucky” Paralleled His Life.

    September 15th, 2017
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  • LA Times Obit

    Stanton had a fondness for David Lynch, and Lynch had a fondness for him. He was cast as the ill-fated private detective in “Wild at Heart” and had roles in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and the recent reboot of “Twin Peaks: The Return

    He turned down a role in “Blue Velvet,” however, a part later given to Dennis Hopper.

    Stanton was never married, though he had a long relationship with Rebecca De Mornay.

    One of the most anticipated title is Lucky, actor John Carroll Lynch‘s directorial debut.
    Lucky follows a ninety years old atheist, named Lucky, played by Harry Dean Stanton, coming to term with his fragile life and setting off on a journey of self-exploration. The film stares Ed Begley Jr, Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant and an appearance by David Lynch.

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    Stanton, who has appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows, including Alien, Paris, Texas and HBO’s Big Love, already worked with David Lynch on Wild At Heart and The Straight Story and will also appear in Lynch‘s Twin Peaks revival.

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    Julian Schnabel and Harry Dean Stanton

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    Maurice Pialat – Cinema of Immediacy (August 31, 1925 – January 11, 2003)

    August 31st, 2017
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    Pialat from Under the Sun of Satan.

    The Misunderstood Maurice Pialat (The New Yorker)

    Harvard Edu Archive — Maurice Pialat, Cinema of Immediacy

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    (More film stills from here)

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    L’enfamt Nue

    Relentless vision of Maurice Pialat

    Produced by Francois Truffaut. L’enfant nue was Pialat first feature film in 1969.

  • Nestor Almendros (A Man With a Camera) on Maurice Pialat

    Pialat has purified his style in film after film, culminating in La Gueule Overte, which is totally stark. He systematically rejects the techniques and devices of what is called “cinema”; he will have no camera movements– no pans, no dollies, no zooms–preferring the camera to be motionless, glued to one spot. Neither will Pialat overedit, so his shots often last as long as the scene itself.
    In this preference, Pialat is reminiscent of Bresson, but Pialat’s films are in every other way the antithesis of Bresson’s. As a director Bresson is hieratic in his stylization, while Pialat is only satisfied with complete naturalness.” (Page 119)

    Movie sans frontier – Maurice Pialat

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  • Late Raul Ruiz in His Studio & Cinematic Shapeshifting of Nanni Moretti

    August 19th, 2017
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    R.I.P Raúl Ruiz 1941- Aug 19, 2011

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    Melvil as a child actor made his first film “City of Pirates” directed by Raul Ruiz
    Mystery of Lisbon

    Melvil Poupaud (previous post)

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    Happy birthday Nanni Moretti

    Cinematic Shapeshifting of Nanni Moretti (The New Yorker)

    anni Moretti is one of the key makers of the modern personal cinema, as in such masterworks as “Caro Diario.”

    T.E. Lawrence – Sand, Costumes, Ralph Finnes, Peter O’Toole as Lawrence.

    August 16th, 2017
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    T.E. Lawrence, His Books, Bedroom.
    (See his bedroom photos, with books and without + other links)

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    Ralph Fiennes as T.E. Lawrence.

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    30 Seconds Lawrence of Arabia (youtube)

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  • Lawrence of Arabia FB album (Omar Shariff there too)

    Lawrence and dagger

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  • Fool for Love, Passing of Playwright/Actor Sam Shepard -(Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

    August 1st, 2017
  • “I believe in my mask — The man I made up is me.” Sam Shepard

    — ‘Crow’s Song’, Tooth of Crime

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    “I had a sense that a voice existed that needed expression,” Shepard said of his early plays.
    Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe
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  • Sam Shepard appreciation by Stephen Rea

    ‘He was the kindest man, truthful, witty and generous’

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    Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders (Paris/Texas)

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    (The Right Stuff)
    From Philip Kaufman, Sam was half jackrabbit and best chili maker

    Sam was half jackrabbit, and I could rely on that sense of Sam the writer. It seems to me that his plays all sprang fully out of Sam’s character. He wasn’t writing about something he didn’t know much about. The tale was always some ghost that he was searching for. That ghost was always hovering, so he was very productive.

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    Sam Shepard (Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

    La Mama – Sam Shepard

    It is with great sadness today that we learned of the passing of the great American playwright, Sam Shepard. Sam did much of his early work at La MaMa.

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  • Sam’s greatest roles.

  • 1. Name the film in which he co-stars with Penelope Cruz.
    2. In what film is he killed in a car bombing?
    3. What TV film earned him an Emmy nomination?
    4. Which of his films featured the music suite “The Carnival of the Animals” by French composer Saint-Saens?
    5. In what film is he bitten by a badger?
    6. Name the film in which he says – “Anybody that goes up in the damn thing is gonna be Spam in a can”.
    7. In what film does he visit the Louvre?
    8. Which film did he star in that was previously a Shepard play?
    9. In what film does he play Dad to seven sons?
    10. Name the film in which he plays a veterinarian.
    11. In what film does he ride a motorcycle?
    12. In “Brothers” he plays a Vietnam vet. Name the film in which he plays a very disturbing and dangerous Vietnam vet.
    13. Spud is his character’s name. Can you name the film?
    14. Name the film based on a Beth Henley play.
    15. In real life we know he’s a playwright, but in what film does he play a writer of hard-boiled detective stories?
    16. Name the film that was based on a biography called “Shadowlands” by William Arnold.
    17. Name in the film in which Eva Marie Saint plays his mother.
    18. In what film is his character a train robber?
    19. He directed Sean Penn in one of his plays but can you name the film in which Sean Penn directed him?
    20. Name the film that tells a true 1993 war story in Somalia.

    Find answers here scroll down