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Takuma Nakahiro, Critic/Photographer, Collaboration with Daido, Shuji Terayama, Shomei

December 10th, 2017
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    Takuma Nakahira – Okinawa (Japan Times)

    This solitary figure was the late Takuma Nakahira, then at the height of his influence as both a photographer and radical cultural critic, and now revered together with Daido Moriyama as an originator of the are-bure-boke (rough, blurry, out-of-focus) style of black-and-white photography associated with the turbulent urbanization and political activism of late 1960s Japan.

    For a Language to come (MoMa – Takuma’s photos for the 1971 Paris Biennial)

    Takuma Nakahiro (Pinterest)

    Aperture

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    Daido Moriyama

  • Artforum

    Nakahira started out as an editor for a left-wing journal in the mid-’60s, but left this post to help organize a major historical survey of Japanese photography at the invitation of photographer Shōmei Tōmatsu. As he transitioned into being a full-time photographer in the late ’60s, often collaborating with Daidō Moriyama and the poet-playwright Shuji Terayama, Nakahira sought to test photography’s capacity to engage with and incite critical thought.

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    Shuji Terayama (born on Dec 10) – he was Pencil Dracula

    Klaus Kinski was directed by Terayama see more photos and video here)

  • Master Photographer Shomei Tomatsu

  • Shashi Kapoor – Bollywood Legend Dies at 79

    December 5th, 2017
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    Heat and Dust (Merchant-Ivory production)

    BBC

    Shashi Kapoor: Remembering Bollywood’s crossover star

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    Sammie and Rosie Get Laid Shashi Kapoor with Clarie Bloom (script by Hanif Kureishi)

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    Rare and Unseen photos from the set of Shakespeare Wallah

    Wiki – Shashi Kapoor

    Ana Maria Tavares, Valeska Soares, Rosana Polino – Three Brilliant Artists from Brazil

    November 30th, 2017
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    Ana Maria Tavares

    See more art by Ana Maria Tavares here.

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    Lugar Column 2016

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    Santa Barbara Museum 2017

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    Valaska Soares

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    Rosana Paulino

    As an artist, the highlight of her production is linked to social, ethnic and gender issues. Her main focus is the position of black women in Brazilian society and the various types of violence suffered by this population due to racism and the marks left by slavery.
    Born in 1967, São Paulo, Brazil.

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  • His Final Performance, the Suicide of Yukio Mishima on Nov 25, 1970

    November 25th, 2017
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    Patriotism written, directed and acted by Yukio Mishima

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    Kishi Keiko on the left and Jean Cocteau on the right

  • John Nathan and Donald Richie on Yukio Mishima (Youtube)

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    Mishima – A Vision of the Void - by Marguerite Yourcenar.. (Photo of Mishima by Hosoe).
    Hijikata, Mishima, Hosoe, Tomatsu Donald Richie (see more photos here)

  • R.I.P Yukio Mishima Nov 25, 1970.

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    Japan Studies – Chozick

    But by age nine, Mishima abandoned transvestitism, noting that: ‘it was tacitly required that I act like a boy. The reluctant masquerade had begun’ (Confessions, 27)

    The Tragic Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

    Yukio Mishima had a darker side: tormented in his youth by a disturbed grandmother with aristocratic pretensions, shamed by his overbearing father into hiding his early work..

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    Paul Schrader directing Mishima, A Life in 4 Chapters, his sister in law acted as his interpreter with Japanese crew and actors.
    His brother Leonard knew Mishima.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
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  • Portrait of Robert Creeley & Robert Duncan by Kitaj + Hole Punched Photos

    November 14th, 2017
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    Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan by Kitaj

    Kitaj (previous post)

    Robert Creeley archive

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    ‘Frenchy’ caretaker of the old lumber camp, Gemmel, Minnesota Lee, Russell/Library Congress
    Lee Russell

    History of Hole Punched photos –

    During the Great Depression, the US government launched a project to portray the country’s reality.

  • See Hole Punched collages and monoprints by Fung Lin Hall here.

  • Edward Yang – A Brighter Summer Day & Yi Yi

    November 5th, 2017
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    Lisa Yang and Chang Chen
    A Brighter Summer Day a 4 hours film directed by Edward Yang

  • Edward Yang – 1947-2007
    b. November 6, 1947, Shanghai, China
    d. June 29, 2007, Beverley Hills, USA
    Edward Yang – a profile from Senses of Cinema.

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    Yi Yi on youtube with Portugese subtitles. Here Issey Ogata plays Japanese Bill Gates type computer businessman.

    The kid with a camera says farewell to grandmother here.

    Obit from Steven Shaviro who has seen Edward Yang’s early films.

    I remember being stunned and blown away by The Terrorizer (1986) when I saw it at the Seattle Film Festival: sometime in the late 1980s. It was an elegant, beautifully meditative, and deeply unsettling exploration of urban anomie and alienation, paranoia, and random encounters.

    Blue & White – Halloween 2017

    October 28th, 2017
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    The top left is Korean Pumpkin.

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    Stephen Bowers, “Explorers’ Skulls” 2010, ceramic, underglaze, stains, 5.25″.

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    David Shrigley –
    Previous post, see the Philosopher here.

  • Bathroom, Guns and Hitler in Blue and White here.

  • Syria, Refugees series – more Quin Fua here.

  • Curious Bites/Ceramic art

    Saturday Inspiration Pumpkins

    Blue and White Porcelain – They Too/October Collection

    October 18th, 2017
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    Delft plates with images of nuclear power stations

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    Saw this with Jurgen Trautwein

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    Ann Agee

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    Kathryn Clark – on Mel Robson

  • The Chateau de Groussay
    Chateau blue and white

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    Jared Fitzgerald

  • See Paul Scott

    More Qin Fua

  • Chen Chang – A Brighter Summer Days to Assassin, Working with E.Yang, WKW, A.Lee to H.H.Hsien,

    October 13th, 2017
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    Lisa Yang and Chang Chen
    A Brighter Summer Day a 4 hours film directed by Edward Yang

    (Chen Chang born on born 14 October 1976)
    Chang Kuo-Chu, and his son Chang Chen (in his debut) are both cast in this film playing father and son.

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    Hou Hsiao Hsien

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    Winners at Cannes 2015 – Hou Hsiao Hsien for directing the Aassassin.

    The Assassin trailer here.

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    Eros -Wong Kar Wai (Gong Li and Chen Chang)

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    Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee. (Chan Cheng and Zhang Zheyi have made many films together including The Grandmasters since then.)

    Chen was directed by Kim Ki Duk in Breath (his only Korean film)

    More photos of him at Pinterest.

    RIP Anne Wiazemsky – Actress, Novelist, Muse to Bresson, Godard & Script with Claire Denis

    October 5th, 2017
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    Anne Wiazemsky
    (14 May 1947 – 5 October 2017)

    Through her mother, she was the granddaughter of François Mauriac.
    She and Godard were married from 1967 to 1979

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    Anne W worked with Pasolini in Theorema.

  • (Guardian obit)

    As Godard’s wife and star, she went on to share with him the turbulent adventure of France’s political self-questioning in the late 60s, but it would be a disservice to portray her merely as a key supporting player in the convoluted epic that was Godard’s life. As well as chalking up several important screen roles over three decades, Wiazemsky triumphantly created a new career, becoming a successful novelist – her 1993 work Canines won the prestigious Prix Goncourt.

  • Anne Wiazemsky co- scripted US Go Home with Claire Denis – see the film here.

    Anne’s relationship with Bresson was complicated.

    Anne Wiazemsky was 18 when Robert Bresson entered her life. She was cast as Marie in his 1966 movie, Au Hasard Balthazar, and the director promptly became obsessed with his teenage leading lady. “Bresson always had a very close relationship with his actresses during filming. But in my case, he pushed the experience to the extreme,” she says. “For a month and a half, we lived under the same roof with adjoining bedrooms and he never let me out of his sight.”

  • Christoph Waltz, His Playboy Interview & film with Alicia Vikander

    October 4th, 2017
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    Tulip Fever receiving bad reviews.

    Alicia Vikander won the best actress first in Sweden in “Pure” (previous post)

    Alicia Vikander – birthday Oct 4, 1988
    Christoph Waltz – birthday Oct 5, 1956

    Playboy interview – Christoph Waltz

    Christoph Waltz called Tarantino movies “operas without singing…”

    QUESTION :What’s the most memorable experience Tarantino has shared with you recently?

    Apart from movies I otherwise wouldn’t have seen, one of the most interesting things he showed me was a compilation of trailers he put together of teenage-rebel movies of the 1950s. It was like a cultural history of teenage rebellion and rock-and-roll culture. It was fascinating. It was probably better than watching the entire movies because you get the big highlights without having to experience the scenes in between—in which nothing happens anyway.

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    On Roman Polanski

    I spent three fabulous months with Roman. I like his directness and sharp, sarcastic sense of humor. His precision in moviemaking is beyond words. He’s a grand master, even though he is one of the short guys. My view of him is tolerant and understanding of the man he is today.

    On therapy

    A perfect argument for therapy is Einstein’s quote “You can’t solve a problem by the same thinking that produced it.”

    On studying under Stella Adler

    with Stella Adler, which was the one crucial, eye-opening, pivotal experience in all my training. With Stella a world opened up for me.

    Christopher Waltz is directing himself and Vanessa Redgrave in Georgetown.

    Photo of James Dean Telling His Favorite Arnold Schonberg Joke & ETC.

    September 29th, 2017
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    Elia Kazan, Marlon, Julie Harris and James Dean (Marlon visiting the set of East of Eden)

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    See more photos of Martin Landau and James Dean – here

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    Immoralist photos (scroll down to see James Dean with Geraldin Page)

  • “He didn’t show you very much. He’d challenge you to find him. Then when you’d found him, he’d still make you guess. It was an endless game with him. The thing people missed about Jimmy was his mischievousness. He was the most constantly mischievous person I think I’ve ever met. Full of tricks, full of magic, full of outrageousness.”
    Stewart Stern

    “Every time I go to Europe, I remember that James Dean never saw Europe, but yet I see his face everywhere. There’s James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe – windows of the Champs Elysees, discos in the south of Spain, restaurants in Sweden, t-shirts in Moscow. My life was confused and disoriented for years by his passing. My sense of destiny destroyed – the great films he would have directed, the great performances he would have given, the great humanitarian he would have become, and yet, he’s the greatest actor and star I have ever known.”
    — Dennis Hopper

    James Dean died on Sept 30, 1955 – visit James Dean (homepage)