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Peter Fonda’s The Hired Hand, A Timeless Classic

December 6th, 2019
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    Peter Fonda
    The Hired Hand – 1971
    Director: Peter Fonda
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    Western
    L’Homme sans frontière

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    Fonda was drawn to a scenario by Alan Sharp (Night Moves, Ulzana’s Raid), which he read in one sitting during a restless night while promoting Easy Rider in Italy. “I felt I had to do this one,” he said, “because there were no clichés in this script, just western mythology.”

    Martin Scorsese personally selected the 1971 western for a revival screening at the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan. Clint Eastwood has acknowledged its “gritty realism” as a major influence on his own Unforgiven. Quentin Tarantino treasures his copy of the movie’s original theatrical trailer.

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  • (Verna Bloom played a strong, independent woman brilliantly)

  • Japanese Poster

  • A “Western” Masterpiece Hollywood couldn’t sell

    On Vilmos Zigmond

    Fonda had gotten to know his chosen cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond during the filming of Easy Rider, as Zsigmond had been a close friend of that feature’s cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs. Upon receiving the green light to make The Hired Hand, the young director knew exactly who he wanted to be his cinematographer.

    The same year he shot The Hired Hand, Zsigmond had also been employed by Robert Altman to create the gorgeous photography on his own unorthodox western, the aforementioned McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Early in his amazing career, Zsigmond proved far more than capable of producing painterly images through his camera lens.

    Peter Fonda (Feb 23, 1940-Aug 16,2019)
    Peter Fonda (previous post)

    The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera

    December 3rd, 2019
  • Great News for Milan Kundera (Guardian)

    Milan Kundera’s Czech citizenship restored after 40 years

    More from here

    Czech premier proposes restoring writer Kundera’s nationality

    Brno daily

    In Photos: Exhibition “Milan Kundera (Not Lost) in Translation”

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    (Kundera, Vera Kundera and Roth)
    With Philip Roth

    Kinuyo Tanaka Legendary Actress/Filmmaker & Her Travels

    November 29th, 2019
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    Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi , Tanaka Kinuyo as Oharu.. she was his muse.


    (Toshiro Mifune and Kinuyo Tanaka in Wedding Ring)

    Dragnet Girl
    Ozu’s silent film.

    More Photos of Kinuyo Tanaka

    Kinuyo Tanaka Fragility and Resilience


  • The Life of Oharu, Mifune Toshiro and Kinuyo Tanaka directed by Mizoguchi

  • RIP Jonathan Miller, Revisiting the Polymath on Dick Cavett

    November 27th, 2019

  • (Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller: The Cast of “Beyond the Fringe)
    BBC obit

    Jonathan Miller, director and humorist, dies at 85

  • Jonathan Miller and The Kinds of Genius

  • (Jonathan Miller directs Mikado)

  • Photo of Gerard Philipe by Agnes Varda & Film Stills

    November 25th, 2019

  • (Prince de Hombourg – 1952 Festival du Avignon – Gerard Philipe and Jeanne Moreau)
    Photo by Agnes Varda

    He died from liver cancer while working on a film project in Paris, a few days short of his 37th birthday. (His doctors concealed from him the nature of his disease.) In accordance with his last wishes, he is buried, dressed in the costume of Don Rodrigue (The Cid), in the village cemetery in Ramatuelle, Var near the Mediterranean Sea coast (via wiki)

    Books & G.P.
    Gérard Philipe posing for a campaign to promote reading, 1949-1950 by Lucien Lorelle

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    La Ronde

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    Gérard Philipe – Monsieur Ripois 1954 – Director: René Clément

  • “Everything rings true in this totally false film. Everything is illuminated in this obscure film. For he who leaps into the void owes no explanations to those who watch.” Jean Luc Godard

    Montparnasse 19 was originally to have been directed by Max Ophüls with a script by Henri Jeanson. Becoming ill, Ophüls turned the project over to Jacques Becker. Dissatisfied with Jeanson’s script, Becker re-wrote the scenario. (Leap into the Void, Godard and the Painter)

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  • Gérard Philipe and Micheline Presle in an adaptation of Radiguet’s novel, Devil in the flesh. (1947)

    Gerard Philipe Michel Presle inThe Devil in the Flesh (France was slowly overcoming a murderous war, its veterans were revered, the adultry of a soldier’s wife was intolerable. via.)

    The novel is described as,

    an extraordinary mixture of perception and brutality, tenderness and heartlessness. (via)

    A Most Wanted Man, P.S. Hoffman’s Last Film & John Le Carre

    November 24th, 2019
  • (Philip Seymour Hoffman with German cast)
    A Most Wanted Man – Peter Bradshaw

    Philip Seymour Hoffman’s superb swansong


  • (Photo of John Le Carre by Lord Snowdon)

    John Le Carre on Philip Seymour Hoffman

    John Le Carre explains the novel – A Most Wanted Man


  • (Willem Dafoe played the banker)

  • On this day Nov 22, Benjamin Britten & Hoagy Carmichael were born

    November 22nd, 2019

  • Benjamin Britten (22 November 1913)

    Life in Picturess

    Britten and Shostokovich

    Rebels with a cause: the friendship of Britten and Shostokovich

    Benjamin Britten & W H Auden

    ‘Love’s a little boy’
    Alan Bennett’s new play imagines a meeting between Britten and Auden 25 years after they fell out irrevocably. But why did their creative relationship go wrong?

    Hoagy Carmichael November 22, 1899
    Hoagy Carmichael

    Bunker Archeology

    November 16th, 2019
  • Nuclear bunker for sale in Arizona

  • US Nuclear Bunkers, Washington, VA. Pennsylvania

  • Paul Virilio Philosopher of Bunker Archeology

    Roland Barthes – Notes on Mourning & Neil Young in the Desert

    November 12th, 2019

  • Notes on mourning. By Roland Barthes
    September 6, 2010

    Roland Barthes – A Cruel Country – The New Yorker

    Roland Barthes as an Actor

    Mythologies

    What I hide by my language, my body utters (See a Necktie Skirt)

    Camera Lucida

  • Jacques Derrida paid ironic homage to Barthes’ “The Death of the Author” in his essay “The Deaths of Roland Barthes”


  • (Roland Barthes and Julia Kristeva in China, 1974)

    Writing Degree Zero

    Iconographie (more photos)

    When Barthes was Thackeray

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    Neil Young in the desert, photo by Dennis Hopper

    Happy birthday Neil Young!

    Camus’ Birthday Celebration with Viggo Mortensen – 2019

    November 7th, 2019

  • Reda Kateb and Viggo Mortensen from Far from Men

    David Oelhoffen’s latest film, Far From Men, is based on Albert Camus’ short story “The Guest.” Set during the Algerian War and shot in the manner of a Western, the film features a French and Arabic-speaking Viggo Mortensen as Daru, a schoolteacher in remote Algeria required, against his will, to transport murderous prisoner Mohamed (Reda Kateb) to meet his justice. The two men must confront their own morality and each other against a backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.

    Reda Kateb describes him as “like an actor-citizen in his sense of responsibility”.
    That kind of immersion means that his roles, especially if they are physically or emotionally gruelling, become part of his life. His last spoken-word album, Under the Weather, was dedicated to Albert Camus, whom he greatly admires for taking a principled stance against Stalin even though it cost him his closest friendships on the French left. “He suffered during his lifetime by being honest, by being true to himself, by staying in the moment,” says Mortensen reverently.(Mortensen on Camus via )

  • Viggo Mortensen, Camus Again

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    Alajbegovic was at Columbia to meet the actor Viggo Mortensen, who, that evening, was to reënact a lecture that Camus had given at the university during his trip, on no less a topic than “The Crisis of Humankind.” Camus’s daughter, Catherine, who also lives in Lourmarin, had sensed something in Mortensen’s pensive performance in a film adaptation of her father’s short story “The Guest.” Alajbegovic had reached out to Mortensen—“I just threw my bottle at Viggo’s sea,” he said—and a week later had a response in the affirmative.

    After the talk, which he delivered before an enchanted crowd, Mortensen suddenly realized he had to get going. As part of his attire for the evening, he’d left off an article of clothing that he holds dear—his Bernie Sanders watch.

    Isamu Noguchi, Saburo Hasegawa & Yoshiko Yamaguchi

    November 6th, 2019
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    Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa: A Friendship Nearly Lost to Art History

    Even decades after Saburo Hasegawa’s death, the artist and designer Isamu Noguchi would describe his friendship with Hasegawa as an “everlasting conversation.”

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    Saburo Hasegawa, Isamu Noguchi and YoshikoYamaguchi at Uransenke Konnichi-an estate,Kyoto, c. 1952

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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

    Marie Laforêt (5 October 1939 – 2 November 2019)

    November 3rd, 2019
  • Marie Laforêt (wiki)
    Marie Laforêt est morte (Obit from Le Monde)