Filmmaker André Téchiné Being 79

March 13th, 2022
  • “My Inspiration is no longer drawn from the cinema” (MUBI)

    (Celine Sciama scripted “Being 17”, here Techine with Sciama and actors from Being 17)

  • Andre Techine wiki

    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

  • (Via Téchiné wiki)

    Téchiné is noted for his elegant and emotionally charged films that often delve into the complexities of human condition and emotions. An intimist flavor pervades his work. One of Téchiné’s trademarks is the lyrical examination of human relations in a sensitive but unsentimental way. Influenced by Roland Barthes, Bertolt Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, William Faulkner and the cinematic French New Wave, Téchiné’s originality lies in his subtle exploration of sexuality and national identity, as he challenges expectations in his depictions of gay relations, the North African dimensions of contemporary French culture, and the center-periphery relationship between Paris and his native Southwest.[6] Shy and ascetic-looking, Téchiné does not opine on political issues and rarely appears on television.[2] Fear of flying prevents him from attending most film openings or festivals more than a train ride from his Paris apartment overlooking the Luxembourg Garden.[2]

    “I never know how each film will end,” Téchiné has said. “When I’m filming, I shoot each scene as if it were a short film. It’s only when I edit that I worry about the narrative. My objective is to tell a story, but that’s the final thing I do

    Films about Ukraine by Sergei Parajanov

    March 10th, 2022
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

    The film was Parajanov’s first major work and earned him international acclaim for its rich use of costume and color. The film also features a detailed portrayal of Ukrainian Hutsul culture, showing Carpathian environment, family rituals, the beauty of Hutsul traditions, music, costumes, and dialect.

  • (Svetlana and Sergwi Parajanov)
    Widow of Sergei Parajanov dies in Kyiv

    Svetlana Shcherbatyuk-Parajanova was a philologist and teacher.

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  • The Persecution of Parajanov and Tarkovsky

    (Tarksovky and Parajanov – see films, photos etc here)

  • Ukraine Rhapsody

  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Standing Up to Fascism

    March 7th, 2022

  • (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit)

    Review here

    ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ Review: Judith Kerr’s Childhood Classic Gets Faithful, Tasteful Screen Treatment
    Oscar-winner Caroline Link’s child’s-eye saga of a Jewish refugee family fleeing Nazi Germany misses some of its source novel’s urgency, but it’s absorbing and beautifully crafted.

  • Caroline Link wiki

  • Caroline Link on directing “When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit

  • Four Films Starring Simon Abkarian, “Audition”, “Ararat”, “Yes” & “The Cut”

    March 5th, 2022
  • Happy birthday Simon Abkarian! (His wiki – see his filmograpy here)

    Simon Abkarian was born Simone Abkarian on March 5, 1962, in Gonesse, a northeastern suburb of Paris, France, into a French – Armenian family. Young Simon Abkarian grew up in a trilingual environment, he learned French at school in addition to his native Armenian, and also learned English by watching American films since he was a kid. He spent most of his childhood in France until the age of nine, then went with his parents to Beirut, Lebanon.

    The Audition (2019)

    In one of his latest movies, The Audition by Ina Weisse, Simon Abkarian portrays the luthier Philippe married to Anna, a violin teacher. They have a musically gifted son Jonas, who Anna has been trying to impose her lessons on. The story revolves around their family dynamic when Anna starts preparing a talented violinist Alexander for the end-of-the-year exam. She becomes obsessed with Alexander’s lessons, moving further away from her husband and son. With this role, Simon Abkarian expands his repertoire, portraying a calm and loving character, who primarily evokes empathy.

    (Simon Abkarian in Audition)

  • Ararat

  • Directed by Atom Egoyan, Ararat is one of the most well-known movies about the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. In the movie, Simon Abkarian plays Arshile Gorky, a famous visual artist of Armenian origin. His portrayal of Gorky is haunting and powerful.

    Many Lives of Simon Abkarian

  • Tahar Rahim & Simon Abkarian

    Fatih Akin directed Tahar Rahim and Simon Abkarian in “The Cut”.

  • Sally Potter directed Simon Abkarian in “Yes”

    Hinamatsuri – Girls Day in Japan, March 3, 2022

    March 3rd, 2022
  • Happy Hinamatsuri Girls day in Japan

    37 Seconds Movie directed by Hikari

    A story of Cerebral Palsy and self-dicovery

  • (Moving Shinji Somai )
    Film review “Moving’ by Shinji Somai

    13-year-old Tomoko Tabata provides a great anchor for the film in her debut, as the narrative seems to follow her every whim. The plethora of feelings, behaviors, and psychological statues she depicts is the highlight of a naturalistic performance, which allowed her to begin a career in acting that continues until today.

    Girls building a solar toy car.

    See girls building Solar Car toy

  • Four Stories about Alexander Sokurov

    February 25th, 2022

  • Four Stories about Alexander Sokurov (By Victor Kossakovsky | August 16, 2019)

    I dedicated my new film Aquarela to Alexander Sokurov and people have asked me why, so I thought I’d write something to explain. Everybody knows that he’s an outstanding filmmaker, a scientist of cinema who’s made an incredible contribution to cinema language with films like Russian Ark, Mother and Son and Faust. And people in Russia know he’s a real fighter – someone who’s trying to save St. Petersburg, where they’re destroying buildings to put up a 400-meter tower in the center of the city, and fighting for human rights, arguing with Putin to try to save Oleg Sentsov.

    Oleg Sentsov is an Ukranian filmmaker

  • Putin Critic Sokurov Shuts Russian film foundation

    Alexander Sokurov, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has shut down his film foundation after legal attacks from Russia’s culture ministry. (July 2019)

  • Deerskin – French Comedy Deadpan Horror film

    February 8th, 2022

    SF Chronicle Deerskin review

    “Deerskin” is a fun bit of French twistedness, a black comedy about a newly divorced man experiencing a bizarre variety of crackup. It stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), who is both a leading man and a send-up of a leading man, and that double quality he has — of being a subtly comic rendering of the very thing he actually is — turns out to be ideal for this movie’s weird spirit.

  • French Comedy Horror

    Deerskin review: a strangely enjoyable film about a jacket fetish

  • Husbands, Birth, Death & Faces, John Cassavates, Ben Gazarra

    February 3rd, 2022
  • John Cassavates passed away on Feb 3, 1989 .
    Ben Gazarra passed away on Feb 3, 2012
    Cassavates directed Ben Gazzara in Husbands, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night.

  • Happy birthday Kenneth Anger (95 years old?)

  • Gertrude Stein, Simone Weil, Alan Sondheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer were all born on Feb 3.

    Faces digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    Faces from left, Anna Akhmatova, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson and Simone Weil.

    We have the actresses to portray Anna Akhmatova and Simone Weil. Would anyone care to write scripts for these talented actresses?

  • Robert Duncan passed away on Feb 3,1988, San Francisco.
    See Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan portraits by Kitaj here.

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    Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan by Kitaj

    Arrivederci – Monica Vitti (Nov 3, 1931 – Feb 2, 2022)

    February 2nd, 2022

  • (Dirk Bogarde and Monica Vitti in Modesty Blaise directed by Joseph Losey)

    See full film here

  • Monica Vitti Queen of Italian Cinema dies aged 90

    (Alain Delon and Monica Vitti)

  • Monica Vitti wiki

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    Monica Vitti and Antonioni looking at Giacometti sculptures.

  • Parker Posey – You’re On an Airplane – A self mythologizing Memoir

    January 26th, 2022
  • Columbus written, directed by Kogonada

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    Parker Posey and Melvil Poupaud in Broken English (Z. Cassavates directed)

    (House of Yes)

    (She also played Mary Boone in Basquiat)

    She is the Party Girl! (youtube trailer)
    The Best in Show (Previous post – Best in Show and a memory of a bike ride to garage sale)

  • Rip Torn and Parker Poesy.
    (Happy Tears)

  • Adieu Gaspard Ulliel – An Elegant Actor, He was only 37

    January 19th, 2022

  • (Vintner’s Luck)

    Sad news Gaspard Ulliel passed away.

  • See more photos of film stills from here Gaspard Ulliel – Cinema – Vogue. Fr.

  • Bertrand Taverniar with Gaspard Ulliel (click to see large)
    Discussion.. how he works & state of film industry & showing off his encyclopedic film knowledge appearing with Gaspard Ulliel..(on youtube)

  • Les Arcs Film Festival © Pidz / LAFF

    So unlucky to die from a ski accident.
    Gaspard joined the club of charismatic actors who died at 37 in France.
    Gerard Philipe was 37 when he passed away.
    Guillaume Depardieu was 37 when he passed away.

  • “This is unimaginable, senseless and so painful to even think of writing these words. Your discreet laugh. Your attentive eye. Your scar. Your talent. Your ability to listen. Your whispers. Your kindness. Every feature of your person was born of a sparkling sweetness. It’s your whole being that transformed my life, a being that I loved deeply, and I will always love. I can’t say anything else, I’m drained, stunned by your departure.” ( (Xavier Dolan – from here )

  • (Gaspard Ulliel walking around Central Park NY)

  • Martin Scorsese was impressed with Gaspard Ulliel, they collaborated for this Chanel commercial.
    (Martin thought that Gaspard would have become an interesting filmmaker, because of his intelligence and talent)

  • Paris Je T’aime (Directed by Gus Van Sant)

  • Blue Bayou – Justin Chon Scripted, Directed, and Acted with Alicia Vikander

    January 15th, 2022

  • (Young up-and-coming actress Sydney Kowalske gives in a stunning performance as Antonio and Kathy’s daughter, Jesse LeBlanc, in Blue Bayou, which is only her second movie, and fourth acting effort altogether, to date.Sep 17, 2021)

    At Cannes with Linh Dan Pham

    Blue Bayou is a must see, Justin Chon spent four years, scripting, getting the steller cast.

    Justin Chon begged Alicia Vikander to work him. Alicia Vikander was impressed that Justin Chon was familiar with her early film. (See youtube here with great responses.)
    Alicia Vikander spent time in New Orleans to learn the accent.

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    Alicia Vikander from “Pure”, A gem of Swedish Cinema.