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Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien wins Cannes best director award for ‘The Assassin’

May 24th, 2015
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    Winners at Cannes

    The Assassin trailer here.

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  • “The main thing is for the actors to forget the camera. They have to act as if they are working in a documentary.”

    Hou Hsiao Hsien filmography here.

  • The director on long takes fast edits and a warrior in the shadows.

    It took about a year to make the movie, including three or so months of shooting. They spent a month in Japan, Mr. Hou said, and the gorgeous exterior shots were shot in central China and Inner Mongolia, the site of a silver birch forest in which Yinniang has one of her fiercest battles. Mr. Hou said that he didn’t rehearse the film, which is fairly astonishing given the precision of the camerawork and how bodies move through his space in it. Instead, Mr. Hou sets up the two (Arri) cameras and lets the performs work it out. If it succeeds, then that’s the shot that they use. “But if it doesn’t,” Mr. Hou explained, he “will shift the image based on what they’re working with.” He doesn’t pressure them to be “so technical” when they’re shooting, and that’s the “way he’s always worked.”

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    Homage to Yasujiro Ozu, Hou Hsiao Hsien project

    Cafe Lumiere (previous post)

    May 24, 1980 – Brodsky’s Birthday Poem + Friendship with Baryshnikov

    May 23rd, 2015
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  • Baryshnikov to Perform in a Show Based on Brodsky’s Poetry

    Mikhail Baryshnikov helpsachieve the dream of Russian poet Josef Brodsky

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    Joseph Brodsky – a Poet (Wiki )

    Paris Review

    May 24, 1980 - Poem by Joseph Brodsky

    I have braved, for want of wild beasts, steel cages,
    carved my term and nickname on bunks and rafters,
    lived by the sea, flashed aces in an oasis,
    dined with the-devil-knows-whom, in tails, on truffles.
    From the height of a glacier I beheld half a world, the earthly
    width. Twice have drowned, thrice let knives rake my nitty-gritty.
    Quit the country the bore and nursed me.
    Those who forgot me would make a city.
    I have waded the steppes that saw yelling Huns in saddles,
    worn the clothes nowadays back in fashion in every quarter,
    planted rye, tarred the roofs of pigsties and stables,
    guzzled everything save dry water.
    I’ve admitted the sentries’ third eye into my wet and foul
    dreams. Munched the bread of exile; it’s stale and warty.
    Granted my lungs all sounds except the howl;
    switched to a whisper. Now I am forty.
    What should I say about my life? That it’s long and abhors transparence.
    Broken eggs make me grieve; the omelet, though, makes me vomit.
    Yet until brown clay has been rammed down my larynx,
    only gratitude will be gushing from it.
    Joseph Brodsky

  • Nicholas Vreeland & A Film “Monk with a Camera” by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara

    May 15th, 2015
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    He became a disciple of Khyongla Rinpoche, attracted by his teachings about the importance of diminishing “self-cherishing” and negativity, and developing compassion for others. Three years later, he became a full-fledged monk and the only Westerner in a settlement of 20,000. Faced with the rigors of a devout life, he gave up photography for a while, until Martine Franck, the widow of Cartier-Bresson, visited his monastery and persuaded him to embrace it anew.

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    Nicholas Vreeland with a tea merchant in New Delhi, India

    Vreeland insists that he is not an artist at all, just a busy monk who happens to find pleasure in taking pictures, and honor in photographing the Dalai Lama on several occasions. (It was the Dalai Lama who appointed him abbot.) Almost sheepishly, dutifully keeping pride at bay, he admits that it was only by selling his photographs to collectors that the planned expansion of the monastery (to house an enormous wave of refugee Tibetan monks) was made possible. Vreeland understands and employs the power of art without seeking any of its ego luster. When filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara asked to make him the subject of a documentary, he declined until his master told him it would benefit others.

    Nicholas Vreeland (LA review of books)

    Monk with a Camera Trailer (youtube)
    Directed by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara

  • More touching and moving story of Christopher Isharwood and Don Bacardy was also directed by Santi and Tina Mascara
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    Chris and Don by David Hockney

    “Chris & Don: A Love Story”

  • Conceptual Artist Chris Burden Dies at 69

    May 10th, 2015
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  • Chris Burden dies at 69: artist’s light sculpture at LACMA is symbol of L.A.

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    For Oh Dracula, a 1974 performance at the Utah Museum of Art in Salt Lake City, Chris Burden replaced a painting on the wall with a large cloth chrysalis which he then climbed inside. Burden hung on the wall for one day during museum hours, cloistered in darkness like a light-sensitive vampire.

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    The Agony of Body Artist (Roger Ebert)

    Do you believe in Television – Chris Burden and TV

  • Christopher Burden (April 11, 1946 – May 10, 2015) was an American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art.

    One of Burden’s most reproduced and cited pieces, Trans-Fixed took place on April 23, 1974 at Speedway Avenue in Venice, California.[8] For this performance, Burden lay face up on a Volkswagen Beetle and had nails hammered into both of his hands, as if he were being crucified on the car. The car was pushed out of the garage and the engine revved for two minutes before being pushed back into the garage.

    Knight Rise Skyspace – James Turrell is 72 years old

    May 6th, 2015

    Internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell has been creating skyspaces since 1975. Knight Rise, located in the Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Garden at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, is one of only 14 skyspaces open to the public in the United States.

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    Above photos by Fung Lin Hall

    The World of Satyajit Ray – Mini Retrospective- May 2, 2015

    May 2nd, 2015
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    Charulata (youtube)

  • 20 films directed by Satyajit Ray – see photos slideshow here.

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    Aparajito

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    Childhood days

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    Encounter with Jean Renoir

    Of all the films of Renoir, Ray admired La Regle du Jeu the most, a personal favorite of Renoir himself. Regarding filmmaking Renoir said that a filmmaker need not show a lot of things in a film but to show only the right things. Ray diligently followed the same advice that Renoir offered him in 1952: “You don’t have to have too many elements in a film, but whatever you use must be the right elements, the expressive elements.” From Renoir, Ray learnt that there was nothing more important to a film than the emotional integrity of human relationship in the film.

    Western Influences on Satyajit Ray

  • Fifteen – Two or Three – April 2015 – Images by Fung Lin Hall

    April 22nd, 2015
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  • See more art by Fung Lin Hall (Gold Bird Variations)

  • Desert Time – more art here by FLH.

  • Three Oracles and Three Sculptures Snake or Spoon
  • Last Life in the Lens Universe - (with bonus film links)

  • Rainbow Trouts, Jackson Pollack and Birds

  • Imogen Cunningham – Believed in Self Learning & Ruth Asawa was a Friend

    April 13th, 2015
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    Cunningham was named Imogen after the heroine of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

    I was invited to photograph Hollywood. They asked me what I would like to photograph. I said, Ugly men.

    I don’t know what love means. (her quotes)

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    Ruth Asawa photo by Imogen Cunningham (previous post Ruth Asawa Art & Activism – San Francisco)
    Ruth Asawa and Imogen Cunningham were good friends.

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    Mark Adams, Tapestry Designer, and His Wife, the Printmaker

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    Photo of David Park, 1958 by Imogen

  • Hands and Aloe Plicatilis, 1960

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    Harry Partch (Previous post)

  • Les Poètes Maudits, Wild Love of Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud

    April 9th, 2015
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    Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, Brussels Oct 07, 1873

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    Total Eclipse (youtube here) (a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on his play. Verlaine was portrayed by David Thewlis and Leonardo DiCaprio played Rimbaud.)


  • Where is Rimbaud (previous post )

    Scroll down to see some Verlaine related erotic drawings

    4 poems by Paul Verlaine

    Claire de Lune (youtube)

  • Rimbaud in Ethiopia

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    Portrait by Gustave Courbet
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    Manoel de Oliveira Dies at 106

    April 4th, 2015
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    The Movies’ Grandest Oldest Man: Manoel de Oliveira Dies at 106

  • Manoel de Oliveira at 100 (previous post)


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  • Japanese Photographer Kenro Izu – Echoes of Prayer & People

    April 2nd, 2015
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    Echoes of Prayer and People

    More photos at Kenro Izu (homepage)

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    Varanasi, India 2013. At the “House of Liberation” a free housing where people come to die near the holy river Ganges

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    Kenro Izu (井津 建郎 Izu Kenrō?, born 1949) is a Japanese-born photographer based in the United States.[1]

    Izu attended Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo from 1969-1972. After moving to the United States in 1972, he spent two years working as a photo assistant in New York City and subsequently established his own studio, specializing in still life photography. Since 1979, in addition to his well established commercial work, Kenro began his serious professional commitment to his fine art photography, traveling the world to capture the sacred ancient stone monuments in their natural settings. He traveled and documented Egypt, Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Mexico, France and Easter Island (Chile).

    He has also focused on Buddhism and Hindu monuments in South East Asia: Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Through them, he captures profound beauty with natural states of decay. Izu founded Friends Without a Border, an organization devoted to raising funds for children’s hospitals in Cambodia. Profits from select prints sales and his book, Light Over Ancient Angkor, are donated to this cause. Izu is the recipient of the 2007 Lucie Awards’ Visionary Photographer award, and was published by En Foco’s photographic journal Nueva Luz.

  • Pierre Boulez is 90 years old Today

    March 26th, 2015
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    The modernist maverick: Pierre Boulez at 90
    Ivan Hewett pays tribute to classical music’s most contentious revolutionary

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