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

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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

  • 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)

  • Harold Pinter – Colin Firth – The caretaker

    October 10th, 2012

    Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard photographed by Arnold Newman

    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).

    Portrait of Harold Pinter by Joe Hill

  • The Lovers – Clip from 1963 TV Play by Pinter

    Harold Pinter without dialogues? Vivien Merchant, Pinter’s first wife
    plays the character.

    Master and Caretker

  • 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.

    Pinter and Vaclav Havel

    “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.

    Go Between – Alan Bates Julie Christie script by Harold Pinter(see two youtube clips)

    Vaclav Havel – Leaving

    December 18th, 2011

    R.I.P Vaclav Havel – a leader of the Velvet Revolution and the first democratically elected President of the Czech Republic… He wrote plays, Letters to Olga and many theater works..
    Vaclav Havel 1936-2011

  • Václav Havel in front of his favorite painting, Master Theodoric’s portrait of St. Matthew, at Prague’s National Gallery in 1992. Pavel Štecha

    December 29, 1989: Havel became the President of Czech Republic

  • Shy and bookish, with wispy mustache and unkempt hair, Havel came to symbolize the power of the people to peacefully overcome totalitarian rule.”

    A film directed by Vaclav Havel “Leaving”(via)

    Based on his own play, Leaving is “about — what else? — a politician trying to adjust to a new life after leaving politics.” It “tells the story of Vilém Rieger, the former chancellor of an unnamed country, locked in a battle of wills with his successor, the unsavory Vlastík Klein. It’s a King Lear-like contemplation on a politician’s frustrating impotence at finding himself slowly being forced out of his beloved government villa, with several of Havel’s favorite actors among the cast. They include his wife Dagmar [Havlová], who plays the chancellor’s wife, Irena.”

    Always the Optimist
    Václav Havel’s transcendence of politics. By Stefany Anne Golberg

    On the day of Havel’s death, Czech novelist Milan Kundera said, “Václav Havel’s most important work is his own life.” There’s a moral there somewhere, one that Havel would have appreciated very much indeed.

    The Power and the Powerless – Obit from Artinfo

  • Havel was still the President when I took this photograph of the
    toilet paper in the Prague Castle
    This photo was presented as The Articles of Faith here.

    Richard III & Brick Dudes

    June 29th, 2011

    Peter Sellers as Laurence Olivier playing Richard III (The Beatles introduced Peter Sellers)

    Richard III at Old Vic – see a slideshow from Laurence Olivier to Kevin Spacey, take a look at an embarrassment of Richards, past and present

    Now is the winter of discontent on youtube – Laurence Olivier <> <> <> Ian McKellen

    Looking for Richard aMagrittowl1 (Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey who was brilliant)

    Guarding the King a2dogguard

    Brick Dude & rival a2dudes.

    Umbrellas of Chez Bricks here

    Nov 2008 by Dotdude
    See Spike and Daisy from Jtwine’s blog.

    Abandoned Theaters + Janus Films

    April 17th, 2011

    75 Abandoned Theaters from around the USA



    #47 in holyoke MA is the victory theater. I am part of a group documenting the restoration efforts, which are already underway. one early project was to interview very elderly people from the area (before they died!) about their memories of the space, to aid in an accurate restoration. these interviews are all on film.” Cicily Corbett

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    I have identified the Buffalo theatre (#43). It was called The Sattler Theatre, also known as The Casino and The Broadway (or Dipson’s Broadway), located at 512-516 Broadway. The Sattler was built in 1914, and was in continuous use as a movie theater until the mid-60s, when it was converted first into a mosque, then a Christian revival church (“God’s Holy Temple”) for the local African-American community. It was designed by Henry L. Spann , who also designed other Buffalo theatres, including the North Park (which is still operating as an art-house theatre, near my home Jeff O’Connell

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    I saw the Russian Hamlet in this theater and my late mother saw Bergman’s Silence here.

    They evoke many feelings of beauty, majesty, longing for the memory of decades of experienced magic, tragedy of neglect for ornate architecture that was once common and taken for granted, and wish that they could all be brought back to life as performance art and cinema spaces. Perhaps some say these are examples of “ruin porn” (the voyeuristic and exploitative celebration of decay), but I disagree. They are certainly motivators to reconsider and reclaim the urban landscape as a resource and not symbols of crime, death, and the Death Of America. Jeff O’Connell

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    50 Years of Janus Film

    Cyrus I. Harvey R.I.P.
    a quirky entrepreneur who created two significant brands in disparate fields — Janus Films, a distributor of movies by international directors like Bergman, Fellini and Kurosawa, and Crabtree & Evelyn, the purveyor of aromatic soaps and botanicals — died Thursday in Dayville, Conn. He was 85 and lived in Woodstock, Conn.

    Harvard Film Archives

    The founders of Janus Films, Bryant Haliday and Cyrus Harvey Jr. (both actors), eventually purchased the Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, converting it into an art film movie house. Haliday and Harvey continued to show Janus titles at the Brattle until 1966, when they sold Janus Films to its new owners, Saul Turell and William Becker.

    Janus film Charlie Chaplin..

    Below I’ve linked the images to their corresponding pages within the Janus site, for each Charlie Chaplin film they’ve made available so far.

    Tadeusz Kantor

    April 6th, 2011
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    Kantor and the sink from a play Let the Artist Die

    Kantor is to Polish art what Joseph Beuys was to German art, what Andy Warhol was to American art. He created a unique strain of theatre, was an active participant in the revolutions of the neo-avant-garde, a highly original theoretician, an innovator strongly grounded in tradition, an anti-painterly painter, a happener-heretic, and an ironic conceptualist. (Via)

    Tadeusz Kantor April 6, 1915

    Saint-Lô + Waiting for Beckett

    March 4th, 2011

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    Vire will wind in other shadows
    unborn through the bright ways tremble
    and the old mind ghost-forsaken
    sink into its havoc.

    -Samuel Beckett, “Saint-Lô” (1946)

    Where is Saint-Lô?

    In Love with Hiding

    Beckett might have sat out World War II in his native Ireland, but as he later quipped in an interview with Israel Shenker, “I preferred France in war to Ireland at peace.” By 1941 he had joined the Resistance in Paris, largely as a response to the arrest of such Jewish literary friends as his old Trinity College classmate Alfred Péron. As a neutral Irishman who spoke fluent French, Beckett was in great demand; he and his companion (later wife) Suzanne Deschevaux-Dumesnil joined Gloria, a reseau de renseignement or information network, whose main—and dangerous—job was to translate documents about Axis troop movements and relay them to Allied headquarters in London.

    Waiting for Beckett: A Portrait of Samuel Beckett is a must for anyone interested in his work. It traces Beckett’s early years in Ireland and Paris, before discussing the impact of his novels, plays and late work with the help of friends, scholars and publishers.

    A Piece of Mononlogue Waiting for Samuel Beckett (all six parts of the documenatry film are linked here)

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    Georges Bataille (1951):

    What ‘Molloy’ reveals is not simply reality but reality in its pure state: the most meager and inevitable of realities, that fundamental reality continually soliciting us, but from which a certain terror always pulls us back. . . . There is in this reality the essence or residue of being. . .

    Ingmar on August Strindberg

    January 22nd, 2011
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    Lena Olin as Miss Julie.

    Ingmar and Lena Olin Fršken Julie av Agust Strindberg

    Various reviewers noted Bergman’s faithfulness to Strindberg and the naturalistic elements on the one hand, yet also pointed out that the production worked its way down from the naturalistic surface to culminate on an almost expressionist level. A number of critics also noted the intensive psychological interplay that characterised the performance, yet opinions were divided as to how well this worked, and who was the real centre of attention.

    August Strindberg was born on Jan 22 1849.

    Robert Wilson

    October 4th, 2010

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    Happy birthday Robert Wilson!

    Robert Wilson (born 4 October 1941) is an American avant-garde stage director and playwright who has been called “[America]’s — or even the world’s — foremost vanguard ‘theater artist'”. Over the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer. He is best known for his collaborations with Philip Glass on Einstein on the Beach, and with numerous other artists, including Heiner Müller, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, and David Byrne. (wiki)

    October 4 birthday
    The Dark Brain of Piranesi pinranesi

    Jean-François Millet (October 4, 1814 – January 20, 1875)
    The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda) starts with a painting by Millet.