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R.I.P Malick Sidibe – Mali Photographer of Youth, Women and Joy

April 16th, 2016
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    Malick Sidibé

    NYtimes. Malick Sidibe Photographer known for social reportage in Mali dies at 80.

    He attended Saturday-night parties at which young Malians, dressed to the nines, danced the twist, the rumba and the merengue to the Beatles, James Brown and Afro-Caribbean music. This was Mali’s youthquake, and Mr. Sidibé was its photographic witness.

    “For me, photography is all about youth,” he told The Daily Telegraph of London in 2008. “It’s about a happy world full of joy, not some kid crying on a street corner or a sick person.”

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  • Malick Sidibé: Portrait of the Artist as a Portraitist (Trailer)

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    See more photos from The Redlist

    Brad Dourif – In Wise Blood and London Kills Me (Hanif Kureishi) + Nureyev Photo by Diane Arbus

    March 18th, 2016
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    Happy birthday Brad Dourif! (March 18)
    Wise Blood, (J.Huston/Flannery O’Connor), One flew over the cukoo’s nest, Mississipi Burning, London Kills Me (Hanif Kureishi) . Tommy Lee Jones was supposed to play Hazel Motes. I just found this interview..

  • Many laughs of Brad Dourif (youtube)

  • In 1981, Vincent Canby listed Dourif as one of twelve actors to watch, calling Dourif “one of the most intense, most interesting young film actors of his generation”
    (via wiki)

    London Kills Me (Tumblr) (Written and directed by Hanif Kureishi)

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    Erik Bruhn and Nureyev Photo by Diane Arbus

    Two supreme dancers directed by Ken Russell.

    Nureyev’s birthday .. March 17, 1938 Nureyev was to die of AIDS – see more photos at Aids Memorial

  • March 15 – International Day Against Police Brutality + Bernie Sanders was a Civil Rights Activist

    March 15th, 2016
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    Photo by Gordon Parks (Harlem, 1963)

  • March 15 is International day against police brutality.

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    Bernie Sanders Arrested In 1963 For Protesting Against Segregation At A Civil Rights Demonstration!

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    Robert Hass - previous post

  • Not quite violent..(previous post) Six Cops and Nothingness.

    Tatsumi Hijikata – Butoh Founder with Mishima, Hosoe, Tomatsu & Donald Richie

    March 9th, 2016
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    Kamaitachi #40 (Hijikata Tatsumi), 1965 by Eikoh Hosoe
    Tatsumi Hijikata His wiki shows a photo of Hijikata and Sada Abe (In the Realm of Senses by Nagisa Oshima was loosely based on Sada Abe)

    Hijikata undertook his first Ankoku Butoh performance, Kinjiki, in 1959, using a novel by Yukio Mishima as the raw input material for an abrupt, sexually-inflected act of choreographic violence which stunned its audience. At around that time, Hijikata met three figures who would be crucial collaborators for his future work: Yukio Mishima, Eikoh Hosoe, and Donald Richie In 1962,

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    Yukio Mishima and Hijikata in Barakei – 1961 photographed by Eiko Hosoe.

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    Hijikata posed for Shomei Tomatsu 1970 (master photographer)

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    Keiya Ouchida, Hosotan, film de 1972. Chorégraphie de Tatsumi Hijikata.
    Courtesy Cinémathèque de la danse © Collection Cinémathèque de la danse

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    Eiko Hosoe photographed Kauzo Ohno
    Kazuo Ohno – previous post

    Photography of Peng Chun Yen – Afterworld from Taiwan

    February 11th, 2016
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    Photography – Afterworld by Peng Chun Yen

    Afterworld means the world after death. These series of pictures were all taken inside a small pumping station in Taipei. Inside the station seems very desolate, which is out of tune with the urban cityscape of Taipei. The water stains caused by raindrops appear to create proof of life in the lifeless environment. In this barren landscape located inside a city, it is like walking on the road of the Afterworld, trying to find the next exit to reincarnation.
    Photographs & Text: Peng-Chun Yen 顏鵬峻

    Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Fire Monkey – 2016

    February 6th, 2016
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Goodbye the Year of Goat or Sheep 2015

    Happy Chinese Lunar new year of the fire Monkey, 2016
    (Leonardo da Vinci, Charlies Dickens, Elizabeth Taylor were monkeys)

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    Frida Kahlo with her pet Fulang Chang

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  • The Meeting of Thomas Merton and D.T. Suzuki + Loui Loui Played Bongo

    January 31st, 2016
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  • “I sat with Suzuki on the sofa and we talked of all kinds of things to do with Zen and with life … For once in a long time I felt as if I had spent a few moments with my own family.” (Dancing in the Water of Life, pp. 116-117)

    “One had to meet this man in order to fully appreciate him. He seemed to me to embody all the indefinable qualities of the “Superior Man” of the ancient Asian, Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist traditions. Or, rather in meeting him one seemed to meet that “True Man of No Title”, that Chuang Tzu and Zen Masters speak of. And of course this is the man one really wants to meet. Who else is there? In meeting Dr. Suzuki and drinking a cup of tea with him I felt I had met this one man. It was like finally arriving at one’s own home.” (Zen and the Birds of Appetite, p. 61)

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  • Thomas Merton met D.T. Suzuki in NYC in 1964

    “Without contact with living examples, we soon get lost or give out …. He really understands what interior simplicity is all about and really lives it. This is the important thing.” (Letter to Anglican priest, Fr. Aelred, Dec. 8, 1964, The School of Charity, p. 254)

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    Leila Alaoui – the Photographer was killed by Jihadists – (10 July 1982-18 January 2016)

    January 22nd, 2016
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    Photo by Leila Alaoui

    Leila’s homepage – see her works.

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    Leila Alaoui,photographer, born 10 July 1982; died 18 January 2016

    Alaoui was in Ouagadougou to work on a photography project for a women’s rights campaign called My Body My Rights for Amnesty International.

    The Artist who was killed by jihadists and what she was trying to tell the world.

    Family and colleagues pay tribute to a talented young photographer, shot dead by four heavily-armed thugs in an al-Qaeda attack on a popular café in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    The Moroccans

    See a photo from Lebanon November 2013

    Patricia Highsmith with Arthur Koestler + Todd Haynes “Carol” inspired by Saul Leiter

    January 19th, 2016
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    Patricia Highsmith – (Photo by Francis Goodman 1957)

  • Peter Wells on Patricia Highsmith

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    Koestler with writer Patricia Highsmith in Alpbach, Switzerland – on the day of the moon-landing, July 20, 1969. (The Swiss National Library)

    She had a sort of romantic/intimate friendship with Arthur Koestler (who was married) but it was not presumed to be overtly physical.

    Arthur Koestler (Kepler and Koestler)

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    Carol

    Todd Haynes on Cate Blanchett, Saul Leiter and Queer Cinema

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    On the photographs of Saul Leiter…
    “In Carol, we definitely keep returning to the predicament of looking as a visual strategy in how the film is put together. It was very conscious, as something that puts the subject on one side of the glass and the object on the other and filters their access to each. I think that visual language is a way of just revealing the act of looking as a predicament to begin with and one that is never completely easy to achieve. There’s always something in the way of what you want. [Saul Leiter] is a clear influence because he loved to do that and he did it so beautifully, disrupting his subject matter and finding planes of intersection and abstraction in his colour photography. While at times you think you’re looking at an abstract painting, it actually gives such a specific sense of time and place because of the kind of light and how it plays on glass and how it interferes with dust and dirt and grime. The real conditions of being in that city at that moment are revealed as palpable and beautiful and elemental in a way.”

    See a video and photos Saul Leiter (1923-2013)

    Todd Haynes Journey – Discovery

    Samuel Beckett Died on 22 December 1989 + His Fascination with Chess and Endgame

    December 21st, 2015
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    by Richard Avedon

    Samuel Beckett Died on 22 December 1989.

  • Samuel Beckett Draws Doodles of Charlie Chaplin, James Joyce & Hats

    Samuel Beckett discusses forms with Harold Pinter.

    Beckett and Chess

    Poet John Montague, a close friend of his fellow Irishman in Paris in the 1950s and 60s, tells me that Beckett, who was ill at ease with people he didn’t know well, would sit in a cafe moving the objects on the table around, “playing a fantasy game of chess”, as Montague puts it. It is also tempting to see Beckett treating the stage like a chessboard.

    Endgame in particular is, as the title makes clear, infused with chess.

    As always with Beckett, there is no easy key to understanding. Chess is clearly a subtext of Endgame – his biographer Deirdre Bair says Beckett was clear on this point – but it is difficult to be reductive.

  • “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett quote tatooed on Stan Wawrinka’s arm.

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    Interview in Vogue, December 1969: “Writing becomes not easier, but more difficult for me. Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness. Democritus pointed the way: ‘Naught is more than nothing.'”

    To Samuel Beckett archive here.

    Being Malkovich & Being Others (His Homage to Photographic Masters)

    December 9th, 2015
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    Happy birthday John Malkovich!
    Malkovich ate nothing but Jello to lose weight when he was a child. The Dancer Upstairs was the only film he directed.. (Javier Bardem.. with Nina Simone soundtrack).. He was terrific in Dangerous Liasions and in Disgrace (adapted from Coetzee Nobel prize winning author). He worked with Portuguese director Oliveira in 3 films?? He loves to live in Lisbon he said .. Sheltering Sky (Bertoulucci).. took him to Europe.. he learned French & lived there. He played Klimt directed by Raul Ruiz. … he was also in Time Regained. Saw him first in Empire of the Sun..Choosing Mr. Right.. Being John Malkovich.. I also liked him in a film The Great Buck Howard, The Rounders.

    See Portrait Remakes – Malkovich Homage to Photographic Masters by Sandro Miller

    Finding a woman in his garden, funny story from John Malkovich (youtube)

  • Disgrace trailer (youtube)

    Making Mr. Right (youtube)

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    Manoel de Oliveira, Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich

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    Maritza and Maria
    Maritza came to this reader’s attention as a possible doppleganger of Maria Schneider.

    The Dancer Upstairs trailer (directed by J. Malkovich) was modeled after Maritza who is currently serving her term in prison.

  • Being John Cassavates - John C and John M shared a birthday

    Peter Falk and Gena on John Cassavates – (Youtube.. wonderful video)

  • 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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    See video here

    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