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Kurosawa Called Mikio Naruse A Great River – Naruse’s Mini Retrospective -2014

August 20th, 2014
  • Prologue

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    Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Mifune Toshiro from Scandal directed by Akira Kurosawa. (A very funny photo – the dude on the right looks like Henry Miller )

    “like a great river with a calm surface and a raging current in its depths”, Akira Kurosawa on the works of Mikio Naruse – (thanks to Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen)

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    Mifune and Takamine Hideko in A Wife’s Heart

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    Takamine Hideko in Naruse masterpiece..
    (Wong Kar Wai was thinking of Naruse when he made In the Mood for Love.)

    Gesture and pose of cinema of M.Naruse

    Harvard Archive list of Naruse films

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    Summer Clouds, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Floating Clouds (3 film stills)

    Midnight eye

  • See more full films on youtube
    The Actress and the Poet / 女優と詩人 (1935)

    1940 film

  • Mikio Naruse was born on Aug 20, 1905..

    Roman Polanski – 2014

    August 18th, 2014
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    Happy birthday.. Roman Polanski is 81 years old.

  • Bitter Moon + Polanski’s first film here. (Fun trailers)

  • 5 things You Might Not Know About Roman Polanski’s ‘Chinatown’
    (The original scrip had a happy ending..etc).

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    Roman with Gabo.

  • His new film trailer here.

  • American Friend in Texas, Dennis, Wim Wenders & Dean Stockwell

    August 14th, 2014
  • On the set of The American Friend

  • Bruno Ganz and Dennis (American Friend directed by Wim Wenders, based on a story by Patricia Highsmith )

  • On the set of The American Friend
    Dennis Hopper, Wim Wenders, Bruno Ganz, and Nicholas Ray while filming ‘The American Friend,’ 1976 — Caterine Milinaire.

  • Dennis Hopper last movie and photos (See Jean Tingueley, Ed Ruscha etc)

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    Neil Young in Desert Shot – Photo by Dennis Hopper
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    Happy birthday Wim Wenders! (With Harry on the left and Dean on the right)

    Dean Stockwell - Delicate to Delirium

    Photo of Dean Stockwell by Dennis Hopper

  • Robin Williams – 1951 – 2014

    August 12th, 2014

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    Robin Williams had to learn to play Sax and Russian language. (Moscow to Hudson by Paul Mazurksy)

  • Update:
    Oliver Sacks:A Man Could be Anyone.. (via New Yorker)

    I sometimes joined the Williamses in the summer at Lake Tahoe. I would go for long swims in the lake, with Robin paddling next to me in a kayak. We would chat about neurology and biology, literature, history, biographies—he was startlingly well informed on pretty much everything under the sun, and this was a very different Robin—thoughtful, relaxed, not onstage, not “on.”
    In addition to all his gifts, Robin was the kindest and most generous of men. William James, the great nineteenth-century psychologist, was called “that adorable genius.” For me, more than anyone I have ever known, Robin, too, was that adorable genius. It is infinitely sad that this unique human being, who gave so much and so fully of himself to all of us, should have taken his own life.

    Stanley Kauffman Awakening Review

  • He loved Tour de France.. 1abikeRobin
    Lans Armstrong was his best friend.
    via biker

  • See two great videos on Robin Williams from Ron Silliman

  • Robin Williams salutes Robert de Niro (youtube)
    (Update: happy birthday Robert de Nero- Aug 17).

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    Jan Palach – A Poem by David Shapiro & his collaboration with architect John Hejduk

    August 11th, 2014
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    Jan Palach was born on 11 August 1948- an activist who set himself on fire in in 1969.. Palach’s protest caused extraordinary reaction both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

    These web pages present the life story of Jan Palach

    His schoolmates liked him for his nice and friendly nature. He was quiet, pensive, and very well-read. Since his early childhood, he was interested in nature, technology, and history.

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    Poetry and Architecture, Architecture and Poetry
    by John Hejduk David Shapiro

    The Funeral of Jan Palach

    When I entered the first meditation
    I escaped the gravity of the object,
    I experienced the emptiness,
    And I have been dead a long time.

    When I had a voice you could call a voice,
    My mother wept to me:
    My son, my beloved son,
    I never thought this possible

    I’ll follow you on foot.
    Halfway in mud and slush the microphones picked up.
    It was raining on the houses;
    It was snowing on the police-cars.

    The astronauts were weeping,
    Going neither up nor out.
    And my own mother was brave enough she looked
    And it was alright I was dead.

    —David Shapiro

    When I read of the sacrifice of Jan Palach, I was reading of a heroism toward which I had aspired but recoiled. But it is not for everyone to be such a sacrifice, as many have said, it is not even easy to be a disciple of such a hero. Indeed, Palach finally asked others to refrain from a mechanical martyrdom.

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    On the art of collaboration
    He is perhaps most proud of his long collaboration with the late architect John Hejduk, who served as dean of Cooper Union’s school of architecture for many years. In 1991, a poem Shapiro had written about the Czechoslovak student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in 1969 to protest the Soviet invasion, was engraved on a plaque as part of a memorial designed by Hejduk and mounted on the grounds of Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.

    Sketch for house of suicide by John Hejduk

  • Pataphysics – interview of David Shapiro

  • Director of A Simple Life, Song of the Exile, Ann Hui won Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award

    August 9th, 2014
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    Ann Hui (right) received Asian Filmmaker of the Year” Award
    at Busan Film Fest

  • Ann Hui wiki

    On 23 May 1947, Ann Hui was born in Anshan, Liaoning province, Manchuria to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother. In 1952, she moved to Macau, then Hong Kong at the age of five and attended St. Paul’s Convent School. Hui then received a Masters in English and comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong until 1972 and later, studied at the London Film School for two years. Before receiving her degree, Hui studied and did her thesis on the works of Alain Robbe-Grillet, a French writer and filmmaker.

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    Maggie Cheung (right)

    One of her most personal work is Song of the Exile
    is a 1990 Hong Kong-Taiwanese film, a semi-fictionalised autobiography directed by Ann Hui. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

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    Deanie Ip and Andy Lau both won best actor/actress awards.

    Roger Ebert reivewed a Simple Life

  • A Simple Life (A very moving film.. Ann Hui’s attention to details is amazing.)

    Ann Hui has won Best Director (4 times) more than anyone else at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Deanie Ip is the oldest Best Actress recipient (64-years-old at the time of her win).

    Inspired by the true story of producer Roger Lee and his servant, the film depicts the relationship between Roger (Lau) and Sister Peach (Ip), a woman who has worked for four generations of Roger’s family.

    Alan Watts on Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley & in Conversation with Laura Huxley,

    July 25th, 2014

  • Alan Watts on Carl Jung (youtube)

    Alan Watts with Laura Huxley (youtube)

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    Aldous Huxley with D H Lawrence
    (Huxley and his wife Maria visited D.H. Lawrence in Taos)

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    Three Kings - Carl Jung, Adous Huxley and Stanley Kubrick (July 26 birthday boys)

  • Robert Smithson Died in Amarillo, Texas – July 20, 1973

    July 20th, 2014
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    “…the artist seeks…. the fiction that reality will sooner or later imitate.”
    Robert Smithson from “A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art,” 1968

    Robert Smithson homepage (simply fabulous)

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  • On July 20, 1973, Smithson died in a plane crash, while surveying sites for his work Amarillo Ramp in the vicinity of AmarilloOn July 20, 1973, Smithson died in a plane crash, while surveying sites for his work Amarillo Ramp in the vicinity of Amarillo, Texas. (via wiki)

    Nancy Holt his widow passed away last February.

  • Eric Cantona Jumped from Soccor to Acting -Eric with Ken Loach & Julian Assange

    July 17th, 2014
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    Looking for Eric

    The awkward squad Ken Loach and Eric Cantona looked like a mismatch, until they worked together and it turned out they’re soul brothers – uncompromising and intense. So how come the result is Loach’s most light-hearted movie in years? Simon Hattenstone talks to them both

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  • Happy birthday Ken Loach born on July 17. (his new film is called Jimmy’s House.)

  • Cantona & Julian Assange and Eric Cantona Assange working out togeher..

    Top Goals

    These Pro Athletes Gave Up Sports For Reasons You’d Never Believe

    Eric Cantana, Borg, Pat Tillman were dicussed..

  • See Blue White – Tube - Soothing Soccor video art

  • Museum Hours by Jem Cohen – Art, Life & Mystery & Iris Murdoch

    July 14th, 2014
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    Rembrant Born: July 15, 1606

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    Museum Hours trailer on youtube.

    Old masters, sweet mystery – A.O Scott

    “Museum Hours,” Jem Cohen’s quietly amazing, sneakily sublime new film, is partly a reflection on such aesthetic puzzles. Shot on high-definition digital video and super-16-millimeter film in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the film lingers over great paintings by Rembrandt, Bruegel and other European masters, inviting us to contemplate the complex, half-obscured tales they might tell. In one scene, an art historian (Ela Piplits) tries to initiate a crowd of skeptical tourists into the mysteries of Bruegel’s “Conversion of St. Paul” (1567), and Mr. Cohen’s camera supports her arguments by finding details in the picture that might be easy to overlook.

    Jem Cohen directed the museum hours.

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    Iris Murdoch was born on 15 July 1919
    Walter Benjamin, Iris and Derrida (previous post)

    “Until the escape into art, then nature,
    the stories are dark, dark, dark.
    Parsifal with no Grail.
    Isolde with no Death.
    Papageno with no flute.”

    Summer Interlude – Iris and Derrida
    “Murdoch’s implicit philosophical position is austere, classical, rigorous: unromantic, and pessimistic. Not that pessimism precludes comedy: on the contrary, it is probably the basis of the comic spirit.

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    Viaggio In Italia

    Goodbye Nadine Gordimer – July 13, 2014

    July 14th, 2014

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    Nadine Gordimer dies at 90.

    Nadine’s wiki here

    On Kawara – His Last Day – July 10, 2014

    July 10th, 2014
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    On Kawara via artnet
    A giant of conceptual art dead at 81

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  • On Kawara wiki

  • He was life, blood, heart

    Alan Sondheim (via netBehavior)

    On July 8, 2014, Guggenheim announced On Kawara solo show for 2015 .