Bruce Lee – His Early Years

November 27th, 2015

Bruce Lee in Chinatown.

He made many films as a child actor. (youtube) He was a student of Philosophy and cha cha cha.

Master Sifu Bruce Lee “Jun Fan” Lee was born in the hour of the dragon on the year of the dragon, November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, California. “Jun Fan” translates to “return again”, his parents named him this with the hope he would return to America. At three months of age Bruce was taken to Hong Kong, but one day they would get their wish.”

Mao was a fan.

Jacky Chan on Bruce Lee.. the best story.

The Lost Interview.


Ip Man and Bruce Lee (Previous post)

His master, Ip Man, secretly enjoyed all Lee’s practical jokes.

Ip Man’s nickname for Bruce Lee was ‘upstart

Lee died within a year of his master, Ip Man.

He majored in Drama instead of philosophy.

He was a sleepwalker.

75 things you didn’t know about Bruce Lee.

  • Francisco Zubaran, Sam Taylor Wood, Jan Groover – Happy Thankgiving 2015

    November 25th, 2015
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    Francisco Zubaran – see his goat – (Year of Goat)

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    Sam Taylor Wood
    Sam Taylor Wood follows the examples of artists Julian Schnabel and Stev McQueen of crossing over to make mainstream films.

    Nowhere Boy was dedicated to late Anthony Minghella.

    White Cube - Sam Taylor Wood (Johnson now).

    Art eat art (blog)

    Jan Groover

  • Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau, Louis Malle filmed Zazie with Philippe Noiret

    November 23rd, 2015
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    Zazie In the Metro

    Louis Malle passed away on Nov 23, 1995

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    Philippe Noiret passed away on Nov 23, 2006
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    Exercises in Style

    Poem by Raymond Queneau

    Rue Galilée
    Why has no one ever sung the rue Galilee
    rue Galilée full of dahlias
    rue Galilée full of hydrangeas
    rue Galilée with noble pediments
    rue Galilée loved by pedestrians
    rue Galilée lined with canals
    rue Galilée adored by cars
    rue Galilée terrible beauty
    rue Galilée which is really she
    whom I must sing
    in prose and in verse
    to all the Universe
    rue Croix-Nivert
    translated by Rachel Galvin

    Saeed Jaffrey – Bollywood, British Screen Legend Dies

    November 16th, 2015
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    Shatranj Ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) directed by Satyajit Ray

    Saeed Jaffrey – Bollywood, British Screen Legend Dies

    In a career that spanned more than half a century, Jaffrey made almost 200 screen appearances, working with directors including John Huston, James Ivory, David Lean, Richard Attenborough and Stephen Frears.
    Your next box set: The Jewel in the Crown

    Your next box set: Poignant and understated, The Jewel in the Crown’s account of the decline of the British Raj is one of the high-water marks of 1980s British TV, writes Alexandra Coghlan
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    He was probably best known to Western cinema audiences for his roles in Gandhi, The Man Who Would Be King, A Passage to India and My Beautiful Launderette, but he had a long and distinguished Bollywood career, notably in Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Indra Kumar’s Dil. He also starred in Satyajit Ray’s The Chess Players.

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    The Man Who Would be King (John Huston)


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    My Beautiful Launderette – (written by Hanif Kureishi, directed by Stephen Frears)

    Saeed Jaffrey was the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire or OBE.

    He was married to actress-author Madhur Jaffrey, with whom he had three children.

    Obit from Caravan daily ..

    James Broughton – Seeing the Light

    November 10th, 2015
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    Portrait of James Broughton (via)

    Bunuel has Catholic zen. Dryer has Protestant zen.
    Stravinsky has Russian zen. Eisenstein almost lost his.
    Precise spontaneity is the only way of hitting the target.
    When you know how to be where you are and to do what you do, you can take any risk.
    Order does not interfere with freedom, as Bach proved.
    Bach makes all kinds of freedom live together harmoniously.

    James Broughton
    (Seeing the Light – page 48)

  • Poet, Memoirist, Playwright, Film maker - James Broughton (wiki)
    (November 10, 1913 – May 17, 1999) was an American poet and poetic filmmaker. He was part of the San Francisco Renaissance, a precursor to the Beat poets.

  • He briefly lived with the film critic Pauline Kael and they had a daughter, Gina, who was born in 1948

  • Signs by Walker Evans & Portrait of James Agee

    November 3rd, 2015
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    Walker Evans Signs

    Let us now praise Walker Evans (Youtube)

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    Portrait of James Agee by Walker Evans

    Let Us Now Praise Famous Men has won high praise over the years and is routinely studied in the U.S. as a source of both journalistic and literary innovation. Reading the book inspired Aaron Copland to write his opera, The Tender Land. (via wiki)

    Manuel Ocampo, La Liberte + William Lamson, etc – Halloween 2015

    October 28th, 2015
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    Maneul Ocampo 1990

    Manuel Ocampo (born 1965) is a Filipino artist. His work fuses sacred Baroque religious iconography with secular political narrative. His works draw upon a wide range of art historical references, contain cartoonish elements, and draw inspiration from punk subculture.

  • God is my co-pilot

    The film chronicles this hugely talented artist’s rise to popularity, his mistrust of the art world that embraced him and his current efforts to recast himself as a post-identitarian artist.

  • Evelyn Waugh – God, Satan, Waugh Paris Review

  • Ted Hughes R.I.P
    28 October 1998

    He died one day after Sylvia Plath birthday (Sept 27).

    Lovesong read by Cillian Murphy (youtube).

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    William Lamson in Arizona

  • Aurore Clement, Lacombe Lucian by Louis Malle + Her Collaboration with Chantal Akerman

    October 12th, 2015
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    Tomorrow We Move (2004) – Sylvie Testud and Aurore Clement both collaborated with Chantal Akerman.

    See Aurore in Les Rendez-Vous d”Anna

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    Paris Texas

    Aurore C’s Filmography

  • Lacombe Lucian Louis Malle’s masterpiece based on a novel by Patrick Modiano the Nobel prize author.

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    Happy birthday Aurore Clement (Oct 12, 1945)
    She was the young girl in Lacombe Lucien.. (Louis Malle’s best film).. her scene from Apocalypse Now was cut..with Christian Marquand ..

    From uncut version Apocalypse Now Redux Opium Scene (youtube)

  • R.I.P Chantal Akerman, Stopped Breathing, Her Films Live Forever

    October 6th, 2015

  • Aurore Clement in Rendez Vous D’Anna (youtube)

    Chantal Akerman: a director with a rare creative vision (Guardian obit)

    Shocking news, so sad that Chantal Akerman died at 65.

    Directors like Todd Haynes, Sally Potter and Michael Haneke have credited Ms. Akerman as a major influence. J. Hoberman, a former film critic for The Village Voice, likened her to Mr. Godard and to the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, once calling her “arguably the most important European director of her generation.”

    Mr. Mazzanti recalled asking Ms. Akerman how she had edited “Hotel Monterey,” a silent film about a Lower Manhattan hotel that she had made in 1972. “She said, ‘I was breathing, and then at one point I understood it was the time to cut. It was my breathing that decided the length of my shots,’ ” he said. “That’s Chantal Akerman. She breathed through the films,” he said. “She was cinema.”

    Obit BFI

  • Chantal Akerman archive here. (Chantal introduced me to Pina, her documentaries were superb)

  • Senses of Cinema – La Bas the Suspended Image and the Politics of Anti-messianism.

  • What Chantal was like (Our lives with and without Chantal Akerman)

  • Chantal Akerman Retrospective (Chantal Akerman: extraordinary artist of the everyday who we will miss for ever)

  • La Captive (bath scene on youtube)

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    See more photos here.

    Indiwire obit
    Her wiki

    Shusaku Endo, The Author of “Silence” also wrote “Wonderful Fool”

    September 22nd, 2015
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    Shusaku Endo

    His books reflect many of his childhood experiences, including the stigma of being an outsider, the experience of being a foreigner, the life of a hospital patient, and the struggle with TB. However, his books mainly deal with the moral fabric of life. His Catholic faith can be seen at some level in all of his books and it is often a central feature. Most of his characters struggle with complex moral dilemmas, and their choices often produce mixed or tragic results. His work may often be compared to that of Graham Greene.

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    Shusaku Endo – born on 27 March 1923 in Tokyo – moved with his family to Dailan in Manchuria while still very young. He stayed there until the age of 10 when his mother took him back to Japan after divorcing his father. After returning to Japan to live in Kobe with his mother and an aunt, those early years in Manchuria may have created in Endo a sense of alienation from mainstream Japanese culture that profoundly affected him. The defining moment of his life, however, was his baptism as a Catholic in 1934. His struggles to reconcile himself with a faith that was and still is very much a minority in Japan, his experiences as an outsider and with hospitalization for pleurisy and tuberculosis – all of these deeply impacted his sensibilities and thematic preoccupations as a novelist.

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    Tadanobu Asano replaced Ken Watanabe. He played the interpreter for the priests in “Silence”.

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    Wonderful Fool

    Shusaku Endo was an extremely funny man, a satirist who made a fortune presenting long-running humorous Japanese TV shows and was something of a household name.

    Goodbye Adam Purple -A Legendary Gardner/Biker

    September 16th, 2015
  • Adam Purple, Legendary Gardner 84 is Dead - Was Biking Across Williamsburg Bridge

    Adam Purple

    Adam Purple (died September 15, 2015) was an activist and urban Edenist or “Guerrilla Gardener” famous in New York City from the seventies to the present day. His name at birth was David Wilkie, though he’s gone by many others, including the Rev. Les Ego.

    He is often considered the godfather of the urban gardening movement, and his “Garden of Eden” was a well-known garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan until it was demolished in January 1986 to make way for low-income housing.[3][5][6][7] He is one of fifty subjects featured in Harvey Wang’s New York, a book of photographs and brief biographies of notable and colorful New Yorkers

    See photo of Adam by Lawrence Swan

    John Cage, Silence, Time Lapse and Vexations

    September 5th, 2015
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  • Silence (repost) Time Lapse

  • Stones by John Cage
    John Cage (image source)


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    Vexations - Satie and John Cage