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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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  • Ray Johnson, Mystery Artist, Mail Art, Moticos & Nothing

    August 12th, 2017
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    Mathew Marks Gallery

  • Ray Johnson – Mail Art & Ephemera

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    Ray Johnson helping Andy Warhol film Jill Johnston Dancing at the Factory, 1964

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    In Memory of Moticos

    Ray Johnson has been called a mystery artist, outsider and visionary. He’s one of the earliest progenitors of pop art, performance, installation and happenings, and was the founder of correspondence art, phone art, Moticos and nothings. Ray’s body of work has had a growing interest and fascination since his untimely timed suicide, on January, Friday the 13th, 1995.

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    Your daily dose of Ray Johnson

    Lucky Strike

  • I like funny storiess (In Geman, see Samuel Beckett by Ray Johnson)

    Blurred boundaries and other connections (Nothing on Ray Johnson, some great art here)

    Epic Poetic Art of Julie Mehretu – Painter from Ethiopia

    August 4th, 2017
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  • NYtimes -artist Working at Harlem Church .

    The artist Julie Mehretu has been flying awfully close to the sun.

    Soaring midair on a mobile platform inside an unused Harlem church, she has been working and reworking two towering paintings taking shape on opposite walls, a monumental commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

  • More art from Julie Mehretu Artnet

    (See Epigraph, Damascus, 2016 –
    Photogravure, sugar lift aquatint, spit bite aquatint, open bite)

    Julie Mehretu painter from Ethiopia

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  • Conversation with Julie Mehretu

  • 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.
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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.

  • Sam Shepard on Days of Heaven (youtube)

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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.

  • Full film – with John Malkovich& Gary Sinise-

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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

    “S For Stanley”, an Intimate Documentary film of Stanley Kubrick’s Driver/Handyman/

    July 26th, 2017
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    Emilio D’Alessandro, left, and Stanley Kubrick in the documentary “S Is for Stanley.”
    S For Stanley (See a trailer here)
    S For Stanley is a most delightful film, about a competent driver with modest ambition became indispensable to a genius filmmaker.

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    Stanley Kubrick photo by Weegee

    Much like Weegee, Stanley Kubrick started his career as a photographer on the streets of New York & contributed era defining shots to LIFE magazine. Kubrick admired Weegee’s photographs & during shooting of Doctor Strangelove employed him as a stills photographer. When Peter Sellers heard Weegee speak he apparently used Weegee’s peculiar voice as the basis for that of Dr Strangelove!

    Kubrick, Carl Jung and Arthur Schnitzler (Previous post)
    Kubrick was thinking a lot about ‘The Shadow Concept’ and decided to explore that in his next war film.

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    With Marlon during the making of One Eyed Jack.

    How Marlon fired Kubrick

    Looking back, Gus Van Sant -Birth of Indie films, Death Trilogy & His Polaroids

    July 23rd, 2017
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    polaroid by Gus Van Sant

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    Happy birthday Gus Vant Sant!

    Initially Gus wanted Tom Waits for the role that went to Matt Dillon. Drugstore Cowboy was based on a true story. William
    S. Burroughs changed the profession for his part to that of a priest. He only wanted to work for one day so they shot everything in a day.

    Gus Vant Sant the evolution of Indie film (2015)

    John Waters and John Sayles inspired him to make films.

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    See Skateboard art and a video of Skateboarding from Paranoid Park (camera by Christopher Doyle)

  • Film Notes on Paul Schrader, Willem Dafoe +The Passing of Martin Landau, John Heard

    July 22nd, 2017
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    Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader (Schrader scripted Taxi Driver and Raging Bull)

    “I wrote Taxi Driver (1976) as personal therapy, not as a commercial project.” -Paul Schrader

  • Paul Schrader directed Natasha Richardson twice in Patty Hearst and the Comfort of the Strangers starring also Christopher Walken, Helen Mirren and Rupert Everett, script by Harold Pinter.

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    (The Light Sleeper)

    Happy birthday Paul Schrader (22 July 1946) and Willem Dafoe (22 July 1955)
    Their more recent film was Dog Eat Dog .
    They have collaborated many times, The Light Sleeper, The Affliction and Auto-Focus.

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    Chilly Scenes of Winter (based on Anne Beattie’s Novel)

    RIP John Heard (with Mary Beth Hurt now Mrs. Paul Schrader here in this photo)
    Heard was also directed by Paul Schrader in Cat People.

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    John Heard- what a wonderful actor. We were in the movie Cutter’s Way together & I got to experience his artistry and dedication first hand.

    John Heard played Jack Kerouac in Heart Beat with Nick Nolte and Sissy Spececk.

  • John Heard’s Final Inteview

  • RIP Martin Landau!
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    See more photos of Martin Landau and James Dean – here .

  • Wing Shya, Hong Kong Photographer Who Collaborated with Wong Kar Wai

    July 16th, 2017
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    Wing Shya

    In 1997, appointed as the exclusive photographer and graphic designer; Shya began his collaboration with the renowned movie director, Wong Kar-Wai on Happy Together, continued then on In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046.

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    Dystopic Visions from the movie sets of Wong Kar Wai

  • See a short video by Wong Kar Wai – Shanghai Diva here.

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  • Louise Alexander Gallery – Wing Shya

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  • RIP Liu Xiaobo Most Prominent Dissident Died, (December 28, 1955, July 13, 2017)

    July 13th, 2017
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    Sad news ..

    Liu Xiaobo: China’s most prominent dissident dies

  • Liu Xiaobo persuaded student protesters to leave Tianamen Square.

  • The Passion of Liu Xiaobo

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    Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61.
    The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion” and was recently moved to a hospital due to a terminal liver cancer.
    A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by authorities.
    The Nobel Committee said the Chinese government bore a “heavy responsibility” for his death.
    The campaigner was repeatedly jailed throughout his life. When not in prison, he was subject to severe restrictions while his wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest.

    Fugitive Kind, Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando & the Passing of Vivien Leigh

    July 7th, 2017
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    Outsider Art Tenessee Williams

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    Fugitive Kind (Based on Tennesse Williams’s play Orpheus Descending)

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    Vivien Leigh
    Died:July 8, 1967,

    Leigh made just three more films after “Streetcar.” One of them, “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” was based on a novel by Williams. She died in 1967 from chronic tuberculosis.

  • 25 Things you did not know about A Street car named desire.

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    Olivier staged “A Streetcar named desire” in London earlier with Vivien.

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    Vivien Leigh

    Jean Cocteau – Postcard from Paris, Self-Portrait to Paul Valery -2017

    July 5th, 2017
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    see portrait by Modigliani and other links here.

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  • Jean Cocteau Part II

  • True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. Jean Cocteau

    Jean Cocteau (more quotes here)

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    Postcards from Paris

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    (With Francois Truffaut )

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    Self-Portrait by Jean Cocteau in a letter to Paul Valéry…

    Rilke and Paul Valery (previous post)

    Chinese Box, Hong Kong Nostalgia, Photos by Fan Ho -2017

    June 30th, 2017
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    On June 30, 1997, in Hong Kong, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling it for 156 years
    Wayne Wang’s film “The Chinese Box starred Jeremy Iron & two great actresses from China, Gong Li & Maggie Cheung (M.C was happy to play this scarfaced woman – a departure. .The film took place during the transition, using the real footage, Prince Charles was there.. very emotional moment in history.

    Ruben Blades singing here (excerpt from Chinese Box on youtube)

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    Fan Ho’s never-before-seen Hong Kong images on show in exhibition and new book

    Fan Ho – (8-october-1937-19-june-2016), see more photos here.

  • Bruce Lee
    (Bruce with IP Man)

  • Ann Hui (Hong Kong/Macao Filmmaker who won many lifetime achievement awards)
    Maggie was directed by Ann Hui in Ann’s autobiographical film.

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    Autumn Moon directed by Clara Law

    Full film of Autumn Moon by Clara Law here (Youtube)

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    Clara Law

  • Chinese surname shortage -
    Two Tony from Hong Kong here..
    Chinese stars
    In the middle is Tony Leung Chiu Wai and the bottom is Tony Leung Ka Fai