RIP Lynn Shelton, director of Your Sisters Sister, Laggies at 54

May 16th, 2020
  • Director Lynn Shelton, who brought an independent spirit to film and TV, dies at age 54

    (LA Times)

    (Lynne Shelton, August 27, 1965 – May 15, 2020)

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  • Working collaboratively with her actors, discussing with them plot details and allowing them to improvise scenes, she devised a directorial style melding strong narrative hooks with detailed character work and a feeling of sustained intimacy.via

  • Variety obit

    Her career took off after Humpday bowed at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore and Duplass, it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for distribution and would screen in the Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes.
    Humpday received the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award in 2010.
    Your Sister’s Sister (2011), a comedic love triangle, starred Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt and Emily Blunt and premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
    She followed with Touchy Feely (2013), starring DeWitt in an idiosyncratic story of a massage therapist who develops an aversion to human touch, and Laggies (2014), with Keira Knightley portraying a woman in the throes of a quarter-life crisis.

    Will You Forgive Richard E Grant & US?

    May 5th, 2020

  • Richard E Grant Temple

    May 5 – Happy birthday Richard E Grant.

    A gem of Richard E Grant, Steve Martin Friend Fax Exchange

    Noble in Mind Richard E Grant

    Henry & June

    RIP Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi, Namesake, The Lunchbox

    April 29th, 2020
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    Irrfan Khan Dies aged 53 (The Guardian)
    Irrfan Khan a life in pictures
    Filmography – IMDB

    Two of the films that he has worked on (Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi) collectively won 12 Oscars.


    Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India’s most talented actors.
    He was so highly respected, director Wes Anderson once wrote him a part just so he could work with him.

    He kept in touch with Mira Nair – who had spotted his talent at drama school but cut him from Salaam Bombay. They would go on to make The Namesake in 2006 and New York, I Love You in 2010.

  • Irrfan Khan: a seductive actor capable of exquisite gentleness
    Peter Bradshaw

  • On being asked regarding his favorite Directors in an interview, Irrfan Khan replied:
    “My favourite director was Stanley Kubrick. Krzysztof Kieslowski. Andrei Tarkovsky… the earlier films of Satyajit Ray… the Apu Trilogy. The first film (Pather Panchali) he did, it was so organic. He learnt it on the job. That has a kind of mystery. He was discovering the craft. Ritwik Ghatak… Meghe Dhaka Tara. I love all his films. I watch it with subtitles.”

  • With Kelly Mcdonald in Puzzle

    RIP Hélène Châtelain, Brian Dennehy Allen Daviau

    April 16th, 2020

  • RIP Hélène Châtelain
    (La Jetee directed by Chris Marker)

  • RIP Brian Dennehy

  • Allen Daviau – cinematographer of E. T. and Empire of the Sun

    Hands Over the City Rod Steiger Directed by Francesco Rosi

    April 14th, 2020

  • (Rod Steiger in Hands Over the City directed by Francesco Rosi)
    Hands Over The City – Criterion

    Rod Steiger is ferocious as a scheming land developer in Francesco Rosi’s Hands over the City, a blistering work of social realism and the winner of the 1963 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion. This expose of the politically driven real-estate speculation that has devastated Naples’s civilian

  • (See full film on youtube)

  • Rod Steiger – April 14, 1925 – passed away 2002. Julie Christie April 14, 1940

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • (Julie Christie previous post)

  • Hitchcock Meets Stanley Kubrick, Made in Heaven

    April 11th, 2020
  • (More on Stanley Kubrick here)

    Hitchcock Meets Stanley Kubrick

    Watch Stanley Kubrick Meet Alfred Hitchcock in This Trippy Mashup

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    (Carey Grant and Danny Kaye and Hitch looked unhappy.)

  • It seemed somehow appropriate to post this sensational behind-the-scenes photo from MADE IN HEAVEN on Easter Weekend. …

    Posted by Choose Alan Rudolph on Saturday, April 11, 2020

  • Aki Kaurismaki is On the Side of Hope

    April 4th, 2020
  • On the Other Side of Hope

  • (Happy birthday Aki Kaurismaki)

    Le Havre trailer (Aki has no hope for the humankind so he makes a delightful film full of hope and goodness)

    Aki’s loving tribute to Ozu Yasujiro (youtube – a great video)
    (Ozu Yasujiro Archive here)

    His top ten films (Saw Casque d’Or recently becuase of his recommendation)

    The Conversation Piece -Luchino Visconti

    April 2nd, 2020

  • (Burt Lancaster and Helmut Berger)

    Conversation Piece by Luchino Visconti

    Burt Lancaster is a model of subtlety in Visconti’s most candid self-portrait

    A detailed, French-made documentary on Visconti and Conversation Piece is if anything more compelling than the film. We learn of Lancaster’s rushing to the stroke-afflicted Visconti’s side to commit to the film and win Italian producers’ approval, and how, without the director’s knowledge, he undertook to complete work on it if Visconti’s health failed completely. There are excellent testimonials, among others, from Renata Franceschi, script supervisor and speaker of the best-articulated Italian I’ve ever heard, and two of the actors – Patrizi, looking good in the early 2000s, and Berger, decidedly raddled. A short essay by a sober Italian critic adds a few more piquant details to the mix; the only pity is that the nitty-gritty of Visconti’s relationship with Berger is skimped in both extras

    Dirk Bogarde directed by Visconti in Death in Venice

    March 28th, 2020

  • ( Dirk Bogarde and Marisa Berenson- film still from Death in Venice)

    The Horror of Contact: Understanding Cholera in Mann’s Death in Venice

    Thomas Mann’s novella, Death in Venice (Der Tod in Venedig) was published in 1912, and written during a time when cholera as a fatal disease had made its presence felt in Italy in 1911 and caused a series of fatalities.

    Born on March 28, 1921,Dirk Bogarde, Actor, Writer, Artist & Gardener (See more photos here)

    Dirk Bogarde. .. actor/writer.. gardener – most admirable for courage and honesty.. J. Losey said his career was revived by teaming up with Bogarde.. The Servant & The Accident (Harold Pinter script)..Dirk B won Bafta with Darling (he was superb).. Providence (Alain Resnais) He persuaded Charlotte Rampling to do the Night Porter (Liliana Cavani).. he liked danger & taboo subjects..Despair (Fassbinder).. Death in Venice (Visconti).. his last film was Daddy Nostalgia (w..Jane Birkin directed by Bertrand Tavernier..

  • Although at least two portrait drawings by his father were exhibited in Dirk’s lifetime, it is thought that he sat only once for an official study.

    COVID-19 Claims Playwright Terrence McNally

    March 26th, 2020
  • Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81



    Terrence McNally

    His plays and musicals explored how people connect — or fail to. With wit and thoughtfulness, he tackled the strains in families, war, and relationships and probed the spark and costs of creativity. He was an openly gay writer who wrote about homophobia, love and AIDS.

    “I like to work with people who are a lot more talented and smarter than me, who make fewer mistakes than I do, and who can call me out when I do something lazy,” he told LA Stage Times in 2013. “A lot of people stop

  • Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in Frankie and Johnny

  • 10 favorite books
    (Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette is in the list)

    Akira Kurosawa – Red Beard

    March 23rd, 2020

  • Red Beard, Mifune played a good doctor.
    The last time Toshiro Mifune and Kurosawa worked together. The film took one year to make.

  • Akira Kurosawa left us 20 years ago, on Sept 6, 1998.Here is a great bio site..http://akirakurosawa.info/biography-part-1

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

  • (Throne of Blood)

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    Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Mifune Toshiro from Scandal directed by Akira Kurosawa.
    (A very funny photo – the dude on the right looks like Henry Miller )

    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

    RIP Max Von Sydow – His films with Ingmar Bergman & Beyond

    March 9th, 2020
  • Max Von Sydow Dies aged 90
    (See his life in pictures slide show)

    Best Intentions – Max Von Sydow played Ingmar Bergman’s grandfather. (Directed by Bille August, scripted by Ingmar Bergman, won Palm d’Or at Cannes)

    Max Von Sydow became a French citizen in 2002. He has appeared in many films in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish (via wiki)

  • Max Von Sydow in Citizen X

  • The Greatest Actor Alive, Terrence Rafferty-2015

  • Max Von Sydow as Knut Hamsun

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    Max Von Sydow – photo by Julian Schnabel

    (Brilliant casting of Max Von Sydow in “Diving Bell and Butterfly” by Julian Schnabel)

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    They made 13 films together.

    Max Von Sydow at 80