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Four Stories about Alexander Sokurov

February 25th, 2022

  • Four Stories about Alexander Sokurov (By Victor Kossakovsky | August 16, 2019)

    I dedicated my new film Aquarela to Alexander Sokurov and people have asked me why, so I thought I’d write something to explain. Everybody knows that he’s an outstanding filmmaker, a scientist of cinema who’s made an incredible contribution to cinema language with films like Russian Ark, Mother and Son and Faust. And people in Russia know he’s a real fighter – someone who’s trying to save St. Petersburg, where they’re destroying buildings to put up a 400-meter tower in the center of the city, and fighting for human rights, arguing with Putin to try to save Oleg Sentsov.

    Oleg Sentsov is an Ukranian filmmaker

  • Putin Critic Sokurov Shuts Russian film foundation

    Alexander Sokurov, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has shut down his film foundation after legal attacks from Russia’s culture ministry. (July 2019)

  • Husbands, Birth, Death & Faces, John Cassavates, Ben Gazarra

    February 3rd, 2022
  • John Cassavates passed away on Feb 3, 1989 .
    Ben Gazarra passed away on Feb 3, 2012
    Cassavates directed Ben Gazzara in Husbands, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night.

  • Happy birthday Kenneth Anger (95 years old?)

  • Gertrude Stein, Simone Weil, Alan Sondheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer were all born on Feb 3.

    Faces digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    Faces from left, Anna Akhmatova, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson and Simone Weil.

    We have the actresses to portray Anna Akhmatova and Simone Weil. Would anyone care to write scripts for these talented actresses?

  • Robert Duncan passed away on Feb 3,1988, San Francisco.
    See Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan portraits by Kitaj here.

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    Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan by Kitaj

    Arrivederci – Monica Vitti (Nov 3, 1931 – Feb 2, 2022)

    February 2nd, 2022

  • (Dirk Bogarde and Monica Vitti in Modesty Blaise directed by Joseph Losey)


    See full film here

  • Monica Vitti Queen of Italian Cinema dies aged 90


    (Alain Delon and Monica Vitti)

  • Monica Vitti wiki

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    Monica Vitti and Antonioni looking at Giacometti sculptures.

  • Happy Chinese Lunar Year of the Tiger – 2022

    January 31st, 2022

  • (By Kano Tsunenobu)
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    (Scroll down to see the tiger by Hokusai.)

  • Metropolitan Museum Exhibition (January 29, 2022 – January 17, 2023}

  • RIP Thich Nhat Hanh – Buddhist Monk & Peace Activist,

    January 22nd, 2022
  • Thich Nhat Hanh (Plum Village)

  • Michael Andre

    I’m sad about Nhat Hanh’s death. I published a controversial dialogue between Dan Berrigan and Nhat Hanh. Both men hated the war in Vietnam so intensely, they understood the self-immolation of monks in Saigon. Not too many Unmuzzled OX readers understood.
    I never met Nhat Hanh. Everything went through Dan Berrigan. The chapter on Self Immolation was rejected by the publisher of a book of dialogues. I published it. Readers were not necessarily thrilled.

  • The Raft is Not a Shore
    A Dialogue between Thich Nhat Hahn and Daniel Berrigan

    Daniel Berrigan (Preivous Post).

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  • RIP Peter Bogdanovich – We All Laughed, Now What??

    January 6th, 2022

  • (Audrey Hepburn & Peter Bogdanovich )

    Peter Bogdanovich A Loving Cineaste and Fearless genius of Cinema (Peter Bradshaw)


    • “We All Laughed” and “Saint Jack”(Ben Gazzara was directed by Peter Bogdanovich)

      Peter Bogdanovich on John Cassavates

    • The Thing Called Love – River Phoenix

    • What are you doing? “Driving”

    • Ben Kingsley in “Daliland”, Ben Whishaw in “Surge” – Goodbye 2021 – Happy New Year!

      December 31st, 2021

    • (Mary Harron directed the Daliland)

      Ben Kingsley as Salvador Dali – Daliland

      Oscar winner Ben Kinglsey is no stranger to inhabiting larger-than-life characters. From Gandhi to Schindler’s List and Sexy Beast, the actor’s career has spanned a wide variety of roles with presence and gravitas. Despite his comfort with such parts, Kingsley says that approaching the enigmatic and iconic Salvador Dalí in Mary Harron’s Daliland – the story of the artist’s strange and fascinating marriage to his tyrannical wife Gala (played by Barbara Sukowa) – was still a “daunting task”.
      “He was exhausting and exhilarating to portray,” comments Kingsley in his first interview since wrapping the movie. “Dali’s cup overflows. I had to give myself the opportunity to take risks. Dali encouraged me to take risks. That could have been catastrophic, but it could also pay off. If I’m in Dali’s silhouette, then I must allow myself to take certain risks. His artwork, writing and public appearances were one risk after another. He was not a character that one could portray carefully.”

      Ben Kingsley can play just about any ethnicity (see photos here)
      (Happy birthday Sir Ben Kingsley)

    • Ben Whishaw was terrific in ‘Surge”, a film he made with his friend. (Kanopy was streaming).

    • The Passing of Our Wise Seer, Joan Didion

      December 23rd, 2021
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      Joan Didion Documentary shows the warmer side of a cool Icon

    • (See a full film on youtube)

      (Directed by Frank Perry, starring Tuesday Weld and Anthny Perkins, Play as it lays, written by Joan Didion)

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    • The Center will not hold

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      Photo by Annie Leibovitz

    • Joan Didion wrote the White Album (previous post)

      “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the first sentence of this collection of essays written by Joan Didion.
      “The White Album” includes her essays on Doris Lessing and Georgia O’Keefe.
      “I WILL BE HER WITNESS.
      That would translate sere su testigo, and will not appear in your travelers’ phrasebook because it is not a useful phrase for the prudent traveler.’ Another beginning sentences from her novel “A Book of Common Prayer”.

    • Joan is the wise seer with a fragile exterior and migraine headaches and Harrison Ford built this deck at Joan Didion’s home’

      Remembering Joan Didion: ‘Her ability to operate outside of herself was unparalleled’

    • Paris Review interview

    • Cooler than “All About Eve”, Eve Babitz – (1943-2021)

      December 23rd, 2021
    • Eve Babitz (1943-2021) was the author of several books of fiction, including Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for a Good Time, L.A. Woman.


      ( Eve Babitz, pictured in Ed Ruscha’s “Five 1965 Girlfriends,” from 1970.)
      (Photograph by Julian Wasser / Courtesy of Ed Ruscha)

      Ed and Paul Ruscha on Eve Babitz Death

      HDP: Do you think that she had any influence on you in terms of the evolution of your own art?

      Ed Ruscha: Oh, I guess I’m influenced by everything. There’s nothing that crosses my path that doesn’t influence me in some way or other. Even if I reject it, I’m influenced by it. And, so, sure. I mean, she was a strong figure and I think everybody respected her. All the artists respected her, and and we were curious about her because she was a hot number. She did well with it, you know. (laughs)

    • Eve Babitz on the time She played Chess Nude with Marcel Duchamp

      The only trouble was, I had been taking birth control pills for the first and only time in my life, and not only had I puffed up like a blimp but my breasts had swollen to look like two pink footballs. Plus they hurt. On the other hand, it would be a great contrast—this large, too-LA surfer girl with an extremely tiny old man in a French suit. Playing chess.
      (After I saw the contact sheets, I never took the Pill again.)

    • Rare Interview Eve Babits long sober cool author

      Eve Babits introduced Salvador Dalí to Frank Zappa.

    • Émilie du Châtelet & Voltaire

      December 17th, 2021
    • Google celebrated Émilie du Châtelet (17 December 1706 – 10 September 1749)
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      Relationship with Voltaire
      In the frontispiece to Voltaire’s book on Newton’s philosophy, du Châtelet appears as Voltaire’s muse, reflecting Newton’s heavenly insights down to Voltaire.

      Du Châtelet may have met Voltaire in her childhood at one of her father’s salons; Voltaire himself dates their meeting to 1729, when he returned from his exile in London. However, their friendship developed from May 1733 when she re-entered society after the birth of her third child.[4]

      Du Châtelet invited Voltaire to live at her country house at Cirey in Haute-Marne, northeastern France, and he became her long-time companion. There she studied physics and mathematics and published scientific articles and translations. To judge from Voltaire’s letters to friends and their commentaries on each other’s work, they lived together with great mutual liking and respect. As a literary rather than scientific person, Voltaire implicitly acknowledged her contributions to his 1738 Elements of the Philosophy of Newton, where the chapters on optics show strong similarities with her own Essai sur l’optique. She was able to contribute further to the campaign by a laudatory review in the Journal des savants.[12]

      Sharing a passion for science, Voltaire and Du Châtelet collaborated scientifically. They set up a laboratory in Du Châtelet’s home. In a healthy competition, they both entered the 1738 Paris Academy prize contest on the nature of fire, since Du Châtelet disagreed with Voltaire’s essay. Although neither of them won, both essays received honourable mention and were published.[13] She thus became the first woman to have a scientific paper published by the Academy

      A Memoir, The History of Bones – by John Lurie

      December 14th, 2021

    • (Happy birthday John Lurie – December 14)

      John Lurie’s father used to take him to fishing. John Lurie is a hard working, self taught artist in music, acting and in painting. Basquiat painted and slept at his place. Basquiat was a close friend that Lurie wrote a lot about in this memoir.
      John Lurie is a world traveller.
      He wrote about Africa, one of many places Lurie visited. He wrote.
      “I had been depressed for a long, long time. I could not get out of it. Africa saved me. You can feel life started there.

    • More paintings at his Gallery with great soundtrack from John Lurie’s Strange and Beautiful homepage

    • Strange and Beautiful John Lurie (previous post)

    • Listen to his playing here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_864xjMQY8)

    • John Lurie: ‘I wanted to break into Martha Stewart’s house and change the curtains. My lawyer said no’
      (He’s hung out with Warhol and gone ice fishing with Willem Dafoe, but the Fishing With John man’s new series stars just him and his canvas)


    • (A man, a bull and of course, the Soldier Bunnies. – John Lurie)

    • Art Installations of Estonian artist Katja Novitskova

      December 13th, 2021
    • Katja Novitskova wiki

      Katja Novitskova (born 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia) is an Estonian installation artist. She lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her work focuses on issues of technology, evolutionary processes, digital imagery and corporate aesthetics. Novitskova is interested in investigating how, “media actively redefines the world and culture, and everything”[2] related to art, nature and commerce.

      Her series of installations, pattern of activation

      Novitskova derives patterns from and expresses her works through her archives of online images, in a contemplation of our relationship with our screen based and environmental spaces. Her work is equal parts science, philosophy and an expanded approach to reading visual imagery. A perfect example of this lens is Pattern Of Activation, a series of more than five installations made by the artist over a span of six years. Her visual vocabulary is informed by her study of semiotics, culture, new media arts and graphic design in conversation with her philosophical interests. On the series Pattern Of Activation, Novitskova comments on her anthropologically and ecologically driven exploration, “I have always been interested in deep time loops. If you look at a contemporary object or emotion like an iPhone or our obsession with social media, I am always curious about the deep time origin of that activity and how it connects to our first tools of humanity or the evolutionary structures in our brains and our bodies that enable us to behave how we do today even though today’s world feels so far removed from the ancient times. We are actually really connected to the older generations, it’s not that long ago. I am always trying to be aware of this time thread and how we got here and of course the time scale of the Earth itself and our deep connection to other living creatures on it. From a jellyfish to bacteria, can be seen as a web of connections that is active today but also has this historical connection”.