Samuel Beckett Died on 22 December 1989.
Samuel Beckett Draws Doodles of Charlie Chaplin, James Joyce & Hats
Samuel Beckett discusses forms with Harold Pinter.
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.
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.
‘Starkly ascetic regarding the physical effects, yet vibrating with sensibility.’
La Ronde Gerard Philippe
David Hare - Blue Room
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.
List of films based on Arthur Schnitzler
Circle of Love (Jane Fonda directed by Roger Vadim).
The Bachelor (Keith Carradine’s homepage).
Previous post:Kubrick on Carl Jung and Arthur Schnitzler (Eyes Wide Shut was based on Arthur Schnitzler)
Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Arthur Schnitzler, Oskar Kokoschka | Illustration: K. Klein
(via The Age of Insight )
Samuel Beckett died on Dec 22, 1989.
Billie Whitelaw died on Dec 21, 2014 (A day early)
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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Photo by Jane Bown bromide print, 1969
Jane Bown photographed Billie Whatelaw
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)
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)
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)
What about Dolphins? (Robin Williams from the Birdcage – youtube)
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.
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.
8/18/1750 – 5/7/1825
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.
digital image by Fung Lin Hall
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.
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
Angels & Insects (trailer – based on a novel by A.S. Byatt)
R.I.P Claudio Abbado (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014)
Photo via Nostalghia.com.
Tarkovsky spoke Italian here.., with Claudio Abbodo.
Hearing the silence :a portrait (youtube) of Claudio Abbado
Abbado conducted Cecilia Bartoli, Exsultate,Jubilate by W,A,Mozart
Harold Pinter was born on 10 October 1930.
The Servant (Scripted by Pinter, directed by Losey, starrig Dirk Bogarde, James Fox & Sarah Miles)
R.I.P Harold Pinter (don’t miss “Apart from that” – much better than the presidential debate).
The Lovers – Clip from 1963 TV Play by Pinter
Harold Pinter without dialogues? Vivien Merchant, Pinter’s first wife
plays the character.
In his screenplays Pinter constantly returns to fascism’s pyschological and historical origins . It is that that makes his movies as significant as his plays and elevates him from the ranks of a master-stylist into an auteur.
“I think definitely. But it’s worth noting that Havel and Pinter were close friends. During the communist period Pinter, along with other playwrights, really tried to lobby for Havel’s release, to help – he was active. In terms of the plays I think that the only major difference was that Mr Havel wrote more from the ‘lived’ experience of the absurd whereas with Pinter it’s almost a philosophical question. I mean, he was living in a democracy and not under a communist system. But there are areas where they meet.