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Fool for Love, Passing of Playwright/Actor Sam Shepard -(Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

August 1st, 2017
  • “I believe in my mask — The man I made up is me.” Sam Shepard

    — ‘Crow’s Song’, Tooth of Crime

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    “I had a sense that a voice existed that needed expression,” Shepard said of his early plays.
    Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe
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  • Sam Shepard appreciation by Stephen Rea

    ‘He was the kindest man, truthful, witty and generous’

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    Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders (Paris/Texas)

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    (The Right Stuff)
    From Philip Kaufman, Sam was half jackrabbit and best chili maker

    Sam was half jackrabbit, and I could rely on that sense of Sam the writer. It seems to me that his plays all sprang fully out of Sam’s character. He wasn’t writing about something he didn’t know much about. The tale was always some ghost that he was searching for. That ghost was always hovering, so he was very productive.

  • Sam Shepard on Days of Heaven (youtube)

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    Sam Shepard (Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

    La Mama – Sam Shepard

    It is with great sadness today that we learned of the passing of the great American playwright, Sam Shepard. Sam did much of his early work at La MaMa.

  • Full film – with John Malkovich& Gary Sinise-

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  • Sam’s greatest roles.

  • 1. Name the film in which he co-stars with Penelope Cruz.
    2. In what film is he killed in a car bombing?
    3. What TV film earned him an Emmy nomination?
    4. Which of his films featured the music suite “The Carnival of the Animals” by French composer Saint-Saens?
    5. In what film is he bitten by a badger?
    6. Name the film in which he says – “Anybody that goes up in the damn thing is gonna be Spam in a can”.
    7. In what film does he visit the Louvre?
    8. Which film did he star in that was previously a Shepard play?
    9. In what film does he play Dad to seven sons?
    10. Name the film in which he plays a veterinarian.
    11. In what film does he ride a motorcycle?
    12. In “Brothers” he plays a Vietnam vet. Name the film in which he plays a very disturbing and dangerous Vietnam vet.
    13. Spud is his character’s name. Can you name the film?
    14. Name the film based on a Beth Henley play.
    15. In real life we know he’s a playwright, but in what film does he play a writer of hard-boiled detective stories?
    16. Name the film that was based on a biography called “Shadowlands” by William Arnold.
    17. Name in the film in which Eva Marie Saint plays his mother.
    18. In what film is his character a train robber?
    19. He directed Sean Penn in one of his plays but can you name the film in which Sean Penn directed him?
    20. Name the film that tells a true 1993 war story in Somalia.

    Find answers here scroll down

    R I P Edward Albee (March 12, 1928 – September 16, 2016)

    September 16th, 2016
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    Edward Albee R I P.

    The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia? A Delicate Balance

    LA times Obit here..

  • Edward Albee was my mailman

  • 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.

    Yukio Mishima’s Madame Sade Staged by Ingmar Bergman

    June 2nd, 2015
  • MARKISINNAN DE SADE

    Madame Sade
    ‘Starkly ascetic regarding the physical effects, yet vibrating with sensibility.’

  • Arthur Schnitzler – La Ronde

    January 20th, 2015
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    La Ronde Gerard Philippe

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  • The Draem master:The stories of Arthur Schnitzler, the amoral voice of fin-de-siècle Vienna.
    By Leo Carey

    “Anatol” established Schnitzler as the sardonic, amoral voice of his generation.

    Meanwhile, as he entered his forties, the pace of his sex life was becoming a little less frenetic. In 1903, he married Olga Gussmann, an aspiring actress and singer twenty years his junior, with whom he had a son and a daughter. The Schnitzlers became part of the Viennese cultural élite, in which, it seems, everyone knew everyone. Gustav and Alma Mahler were friends, as were Stefan Zweig, Bruno Walter, Felix Salten, and Franz Werfel. The satirist Karl Kraus was an enemy.

    Arthur Schnitzler

    List of films based on Arthur Schnitzler

    Alain Delon was in two films based on Schnitzler - Christine (Youtube) , The Return of Casanova
    (CHRISTINE is a 1958 French film, based on the novel “Liebelei”)

    Circle of Love (Jane Fonda directed by Roger Vadim).

    The Bachelor (Keith Carradine’s homepage).

    Carl Jung and Arthur Schnitzler
    Previous post:Kubrick on Carl Jung and Arthur Schnitzler (Eyes Wide Shut was based on Arthur Schnitzler)

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    Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Arthur Schnitzler, Oskar Kokoschka | Illustration: K. Klein
    (via The Age of Insight )

    Samuel Beckett’s “Perfect Actress” Billie Whitelaw Died on the Anniversary of Beckett’s Passing

    December 22nd, 2014
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    Samuel Beckett died on Dec 22, 1989.
    Billie Whitelaw died on Dec 21, 2014 (A day early)

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    In her autobiography Billie Whitelaw… Who He?, however, she acknowledged it was her work with Beckett that generated the most interest.
    Without their association, she wrote, “nobody would have been remotely interested in my autobiography.”

    See photos (guardian)

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    Jane Bown photographed Billie Whatelaw

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    photo by Jane Bown

  • The Day of Mike Nichols – Who’s Afraid of Dolphin & Karen Silkwood

    November 20th, 2014
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    (Portrait by Eric Fischl)

    R.I.P Mike Nichols
    6 November 1931, (Berlin, Germany) – November 19, 2014
    Back in Berlin, Mike’s father was part of a young intellectual circle that included Russian immigrants such as Vladimir Nabokov’s sister and Boris Pasternak’s parents. (via IMDB)

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    Jack, Arthur and Carol from Carnal Knowledge. (Arthur G was also in Catch-22, Paul Simon’s part was cut.)

    According to Jack Nicholson’s April 1972 Playboy Magazine interview, Nichols asked Nicholson and other cast members not to smoke marijuana while filming Carnal Knowledge (1971) on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, where cannabis was easily available. Nichols thought that it dulled an actor’s performance. (via IMDB bio)

  • On Elaine..

    Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball wanted to give us our own show, and we flew all the way out to L.A. with our lawyers and manager. We got to this room with a big desk, and I said: “You know what? I don’t want to do it.” And Elaine laughed so hard, she fell on the floor. The two of us on a TV series would have been a catastrophe. We were too weird. We weren’t made for that.

    I liked doing the stand-up. I only stopped because Elaine wanted to stop. I’ve never understood it. I thought: “Why? It’s not a very long show. It doesn’t cost us anything emotionally.” But it was hard for her. She was much more inventive than I was. I was plot, she was character. (via)

    Mike Nichols filmography

  • What about Dolphins? (Robin Williams from the Birdcage – youtube)

  • R.I.P Geoffrey Holder (1 August 1930 – 5 October 2014)

    October 6th, 2014
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    Multitalented Artist, Dies at 84

    Mr. Holder directed a dance troupe from his native Trinidad and Tobago, danced on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera and won Tony Awards in 1975 for direction of a musical and costume design for “The Wiz,” a rollicking, all-black version of “The Wizard of Oz.” His choreography was in the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He acted onstage and in films and was an accomplished painter, photographer and sculptor whose works have been shown in galleries and museums. He published a cookbook.

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  • This lavish ballet choreographed, composed and designed by Geoffrey Holder depicts real and imagined events in the life of the renowned Haitian painter, Hector Hyppolite. The goddess Erzulie and St. John the Baptist appear to the central character in a vision, inspiring his vivid, exotic illustrations of the African gods and goddesses that populate Holder’s mystical theater and dance drama.

    The Making of Amadeus + Paul Scofield as Salieri

    August 17th, 2014
  • Antonio Salieri
    8/18/1750 – 5/7/1825
    Italian composer
    1) Take this quiz..
    by Mikhail Simkin

    The audio clips below are either from Mozart or from Salieri.

    After listening to each clip choose the composer. Hit the Submit button when done. The quiz will be graded and you will see the correct answers.

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    digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    This Dream People Call Human Life – Institute Benjamenta – Mark Rylance

    June 9th, 2014
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    Institute Benjamenta

    Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life, released in 1996, was the first feature-length film by the Brothers Quay. It is based on Jakob von Gunten, a novel written by Robert Walser. It stars Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, and Gottfried John.

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  • Mark Rylance wins Tony.

    Rylance, 54, won Best Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, after taking home awards for Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing in previous years.

    Mark Rylance here. (Previous post)

    Mark Rylance was fabulous as Lenoardo
    (BBC)

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    Thanks Beth Levin for finding this trailer.
    Update: see the film from this site.. The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything.

  • Angels & Insects (trailer – based on a novel by A.S. Byatt)

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    R.I.P Claudio Abbado – (A Great Conductor Arranged the Tarkovsky Festival)

    January 20th, 2014
  • R.I.P Claudio Abbado (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014)

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    Andrei and Claudio
    ( Photo by Cordula Groth)

    Photo via Nostalghia.com.

    Tarkovsky spoke Italian here.., with Claudio Abbodo.

  • Hearing the silence :a portrait (youtube) of Claudio Abbado

  • Gustavo Dudamel dedicates TV live Berlioz Requiem in Abbados Memory

  • Abbado conducted Cecilia Bartoli, Exsultate,Jubilate by W,A,Mozart

    Meredith Monk – Dancing Voices

    November 20th, 2013

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    Happy birthday Meredith Monk

    Book of Days

    Peter Greenaway documentary part 1 (8 parts)

    Lots of great images and videos here: Meredith Monka An Art That Seeks

  • Happy birthday Bjork and Meredith M.. (Bjork’s birthday is Nov 21..one day later)