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Joaquin Phoenix Rising, Films directed by Lynne Ramsay, G. Van Sant & Jacques Audiard

December 9th, 2018

  • (Last year J. Phoenix won the best actor and Lynne Ramsay won the best scriptwriter award at Cannes)

    Guillame Del Toro tweeted.

    Lynn Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here. What a great film… Non-fetishized violence, gritty poetry and full of humanity. One of the best directors working -and a fearless actor by her side.

    Phoenix was protective with Ramsay, neither of them were fond of talking – see Cannes Press Conference (Youtube)

    LA Times

    Joaquin Phoenix and Lynne Ramsay follow their instincts to find ‘You Were Never Really Here’

    “We filmed this shot of me floating in this pool, and she just got in the pool with me, and just was there with me, right off-camera,” Phoenix explained. “There’s something about Lynne—she feels things very strongly. You’ll hear her breathing and making sounds off-camera because you know that she’s in it. But she got in the pool with me, and that was on the first day of filming! I was like, ‘Ah, I love this woman’ Vanity Fair . .


  • Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

    Rooney Mara played the ex-wife in “Her”. Joaquin P. suggested to Gus Van Sant that she plays the girlfriend of the Portland Cartoonist.

    (Portrait of Lautrec on the wall, Gus Van Sant directing Joaquin Phoenix)

    After River’s death, Van Sant offered him a meaty role in the black comedy “To Die For,” co-starring Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon. It was Joaquin’s first role in four years.
    Twenty-three years later, Van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix are together again in “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” a film about the late quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan, who lived in Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Ore.

  • Sisters Brothers – Jacques Audiard, Joaquin Phoenix, John C Reilley

    Joaquin Phoenix: ‘Jacques Audiard is unique, even among French directors’

  • Jacques Audiard at MoMa

  • Phoenix rising from Australia (more insightful)

    Is Joaquin Phoenix set to be the greatest actor of his generation?

  • Mind Body & Beyond, Robert Morris (1931–2018)

    November 30th, 2018

  • Robert Morris – obit from Artforum –

    Robert Morris—the American artist who irreversibly transformed contemporary art as a founding practitioner of Minimalism—has died at age eighty-seven in Kingston, New York, from pneumonia, according to his wife, Lucile Michaels Morris. For over five decades, Morris flouted predictability through his experimentations in sculpture, dance, performances, installations, Land-, and process art.


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  • Industrial felt is. arranged by chance. for each installation. The artist’s supervision. is not necessary.

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    (See more drawing by Morris here)

  • Tate interview

    Simon Grant
    In the text ‘Indiana Street’, the wonderful essay on some recollections of your childhood growing up in Kansas, that appears in your most recent collected writings Have I Reasons, you wrote about a moment in the winter of 1935, when you were four years old, putting your fist through a window, and described your reaction as the ‘cardinal moment in my life’. Could you tell us more about this?

    Robert Morris
    It was a moment of fury and anger relieved by an act of bodily violence. No doubt I have lived a life of art-making by transposing and sublimating a fury that has never abated and rises ever anew: an unending source of energy.

    The Last Emperor of 1900 Bernardo Bertolucci was a Non- Conformist,

    November 27th, 2018
  • RIP Bernardo Bertolucci

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    [on Marlon Brando] An angel as a man, a monster as an actor. – Bernardo Bertolucci

  • Luca Guadagnino and Bernardo B. Two non-conformist Italian directors

  • Why Bertolucci’s The Conformist deserves a place in cinema history(the Guardian)

    The Italian director’s 1970 expressionist masterpiece offered a blueprint for a new kind of Hollywood film, which is why Coppola, Spielberg, Scorsese and co owe him a huge debt


  • (1900)

    (Julian on Bernardo – talking about 1900)

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    via Bruce Weber
    (Malkovich moved to Europe after working with Bertolucci in Sheltering Aky).

  • Frequently references classic movies
    Frequently has nude scenes in his films
    Long, complex camera movements.
    Often references famous painters or art movements.
    Nonlinear timeline.

    The young Bertolucci took after his father, a Roman poet and film critic, and became a celebrated published poet by the age of 20. He gave up poetry for the cinema after working as an assistant to Pier Paolo Pasolini on the movie Accattone (1961).

    He’s a big fan of Breaking Bad (2008).
    [on the end of Breaking Bad (2008)] I’m sad about it. I want more.

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    Bad Timing, The Significance of Nicolas Roeg’s Passing

    November 24th, 2018

  • Nicolas Roeg passed away – (Tributes from Donald Sutherland, Duncan Jones etc)

    BBC obit

    Nicolas Roeg was one of the most original film-makers the UK has ever produced.
    His early experience as a cinematographer brought a stunning visual quality to his work.

  • (Best obit – read here)

  • The Alchemy of Nicolas Roeg (Dan Fox) (Frieze II)

    His work sits closer to that of Derek Jarman, Peter Greenaway, Andrea Arnold, Sally Potter, Steve McQueen and other British art house directors, than the storytelling of Lean, Lester, Schlesinger, and other directors he cut his teeth with.

    Nicolas Roeg in conversation (Frieze I)

    Film director Nicolas Roeg talks to his friend, the artist John Stezaker, about collage, editing and memory, and film’s ability to ‘trap shadows’

  • BAD TIMING, Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, director Nicolas Roeg on set, 1980, (c) World Northal

    Obit from his close friend and a producer Jeremy Thomas

    (see Theresa Russell playing Marilyn here )- Look Now, the significance of Nicolas Roeg (previous post)


  • Thanks to “Walkabout”, David Gulpilil became an actor/activist, and the kid who is not in this photo was Nicolas Roeg’s son).

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    (Filming The Man Who Fell to Earth)
    The documentary of the Man Who Fell to Earth – 2017 here.


  • (Julie Christie in Don’t Look Now, and Roeg was a cinematographer for Far From the Madding Crowd, Farenheidt 451 and Petulia (Richard Lester)

  • Don’t Look Now – a review + interviews here.

  • In all of his films Nicolas Roeg shows what happens when characters from different cultures intersect. From Performance (gangster meets rock star) to Walkabout (abandoned white children saved by Aborigine on his walkabout) to The Man Who Fell to Earth (alien crashing on Earth needs to return to his home planet) this intersection forms the core dramatic element of his films.

    RIP Pablo Ferro -A Title Designer for Kubrick, Van Sant, Hal Ashby etc.

    November 19th, 2018

  • (via Art of the Title – see title sequences by Pablo Ferro here)

  • Title Designer for Dr. Strangelove, Pablo Ferro dies.

    “The titles for ‘Strangelove’ were last-minute; I didn’t have much time to produce it. It came up because of a conversation between Stanley and I,” he said. “Two weeks after I finished with everything, he and I were talking. He asked me what I thought about human beings. I said one thing about human beings is that everything that is mechanical, that is invented, is very sexual. We looked at each other and realized — the B-52, refueling in mid-air, of course, how much more sexual can you get?! He loved the idea. He wanted to shoot it with models we had, but I said let me take a look at the stock footage, I am sure that [the makers of those planes] are very proud of what they did and, sure enough, they had shot the plane from every possible angle.”

    He was also known for creating the first color NBC Peacock in the late 1950s while at Elektra. He worked on nine films directed by Jonathan Demme, including “Stop Making Sense,” “Philadelphia,” and “Married to the Mob.”

    He continued to design through the ’90s, making title sequences for Gus van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting,” “L.A. Confidential,” and the first “Men In Black.” He was close friends with
    Hal Ashby

    Charlie Chaplin – Tea Ceremony with Isamu Noguchi & Shirley Yamaguchi

    November 16th, 2018
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    Tea Ceremony At Eames house

    Drinking Tea Tom Sachs (see many photos, including Isamu Noguchi, Charlie Chaplin tea ceremony photo).

  • Noguchi went to the Camp to help (New Yorker)

  • Noguchi Garden
    Isamu Noguchi previous post (See his Rose Garden in Jerusalem)

  • Yoshiko Yamaguchi
    and Isamu Noguchi

    Adam Rippon is Gore Vidal of Figure Skating – Funny & Perceptive

    November 11th, 2018

  • Happy birthday Adam Rippon! and the birthday boy responded.


  • USAToday nominates Adam Rippon for political office

  • On Adam Rippon – by Cher (Time Magazine)

    All figure skaters are beautiful, but Adam Rippon is different. He isn’t just a beautiful skater. He has humility, grace and an incredible sense of humor.
    You could see in the leather-harness suit he wore to the Academy Awards that he isn’t afraid to take chances. It wasn’t about the suit, really. It was about the fact that he dares to be different in a world where being different always comes with a cost. I thought it was fabulous, of course.

  • Adam Rippon made a speech at Boston Rally with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Boston Rally protest against Kavanaugh)

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    Previous post

    Rippon looks like Gore Vidal.

    Frederick Elmes – Cinematographer for Lynch, Jarmusch, Ang Lee etc.

    November 4th, 2018

  • (Eraserhead)

    Frederick Elmes was born on November 4, 1946 in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, USA.

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    Elms often works with David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch and Ang Lee. Eraserhead, Wild at Heart Night on Earth, Blue Velvet, The Ice Storm Ride with the Devil , The Object of My Affection, Synecdoche, Coffee and Cigarettes, Kinsey, Paterson etc.
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    Coffee and Cigarettes – Cate Blanchet in two roles.

    Frederick Elmes (homepage)

  • Dean Stockwell dean-stockwell in Blue Velvet

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    Nagase and Adam Driver (“Nagase from Mystery Train reuninted with Jarmusch in Paterson)

    Elmes says he held back on bold colouring, preferring to keep the look naturalistic. “Slightly desaturating the image and lowering the contrast presented a subtle visual support to the repetition of Paterson’s life. A life that’s worth living,” he concludes.


  • (Tilda Swinton in Broken Flowers)
    Happy birthday Tilda Swinton!

  • Documentary Photographer, Arnold Genthe – Chinatown, S.F. + Portraits

    October 25th, 2018

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    Arnold Genthe (January 8, 1869 – August 9, 1942) was a German photographer, best known for his photos of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and his portraits of noted people, from politicians and socialites to literary figures and entertainment celebrities.

  • Self Portrait
    Arnold Genthe(Wiki shows Jack London)

    His photograph of the earthquake’s aftermath, Looking Down Sacramento Street, San Francisco, April 18, 1906, is his most famous photograph.

  • Greta Garbo
    Introduction to Arnold Genthe

    An example of Genthe’s portrait style can be seen in his 1925 photographs of Greta Garbo. Shot in Genthe’s New York studio, this series of photographs are dark and dramatic portraits of Garbo early in her American career, emphasizing her eyes and neck. Genthe credited his photographs of Garbo with launching the actress’s American career.

  • Lovely Edna
    (Edna St.Vincent Millay 1914)

  • Ruth St. Denis in Omika, c.1913

  • Paris View – the Missing Images of Chinese Immigrants

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    Long Beach, Long Island, New York, circa 1921. “Anna (Denzel) Duncan dancing.”

  • Viggo Mortensen – Polaroids 2018

    October 19th, 2018
  • 10 Polaroids by Viggo Mortensen

  • We are here to discuss “Green Book,” his newest film, out this November, two years after his critically acclaimed performance in “Captain Fantastic,” the story of a family raised outside of our late-stage capitalist society, which garnered him his second Academy Award nomination for best actor (the first was for “Eastern Promises”).

  • Viggo Mortensen reads Bartolomé de Las Casas

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  • Today Viggo Mortesen lives in Madrid with his girlfriend.
    Ariel Dorfman (Playwright of Death and Maiden) on Viggo:
    During a production of his play Purgatorio, Dorfman was challenged by the actor Viggo Mortensen, who was insistent about a line of dialogue: “This doesn’t make sense!” he kept repeating. “He wouldn’t let me go,” Dorfman says. And Mortensen was right. The actor was able to teach Dorfman something about his own play. “You learn, if there’s no aggression in an artist exchange.” If an actor or editor is generous and open, the writer can gain something.

  • Subrata Mitra – Celebrated Cinematographer + Satyajit Ray’s Sketches

    October 12th, 2018
  • Subrata Mitra

    Remembering the great cinematographer Subrata Mitra, best known for his collaboration with Satyajit Ray, on his 88th birth anniversary. He was the man who revolutionized the art of cinematography by introducing the technique of bounce lighting for the very first time. Many celebrated cinematographers, including Vittorio Storaro, Nestor Almendros and Takao Saito, got influenced by his extraordinary works.

    Thanks to Debayan Roy for posting

    MUBI Subrata Mitra

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    Charulata (youtube)

  • Rare ketches Satyajit Ray
    (The Pather Panchali Sketchbook’ has been edited by the master filmmaker’s son, Sandip Ray.)

  • Elizabeth Bishop & Robert Lowell – Turning Pain into Art

    October 6th, 2018
  • Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop – Tragic Muses

  • Elizabeth Bishop
    February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979

    Biography 0f Bishop 2017 (Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast
    by Megan Marshall)

    One Art – see her painting + many great links (previous post)

  • Reaching for the Moon – Brazilian film on Elizabeth Bishop (trailer)