Happy Covid Christmas -2020

December 21st, 2020
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  • Soviet Santa (How Santa Survived the Soviet Era)

  • Edgard Varese, Frank Zappa Connection
    Frank Zappa – Birth date, December 21
    Edard Varese – Birth date, December 22

  • See Marilyn as a streetwalker with Charles Laughton

    Choose Alan Rudolph, & his Collaborators

    December 18th, 2020

  • (Campbell Scott as Benchley and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker)

    Alan Rudolph the most underrated independent filmmaker.. he was Robert Altman’s assistant. & Altman produced some films for Alan… “you either know all of his films or none at all..” I love many of his films.
    Choose Me (Ed Ruscha designed & appeared.. G. Bujold, Keith Carradine etc), Equinox (Mathew Modeine). Made in Heaven, The Moderns, After Glow (Julie Christie was nominated for an Oscar, Nick Nolte), Trouble in Mind, The Secret Lives of Dentists (Hope Davis, Cambell Scott.. love this film).. Albert Finney was directed by him..Breakfast of Champions.

    There’s so much confidence and freedom that comes from that way of doing things. Robert Altman and Alan Rudolph make the set the place to be. It’s fun. It’s a kind of creative freedom that’s really inspiring. Altman loved actors so much. He was a great mentor for me, really.
    Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Bujold starred in Choose Me (1984), directed and written by Alan Rudolph. She promptly made two more films for Rudolph:Trouble in Mind (1985) and The Moderns (1988).

  • Happy birthday Alan Rudoph – the vision of a filmmaker

    Partners in mind, Keith Carradine and Alan Rudolph

    Here is the list of actors/actresses who worked with Alan Rudolph and Robert Altman.
    Keith Carradine, Julie Christie , Geraldin Chaplin, Jennifer Jason Leigh,Emily Watson, Mathew Modine (Equinox) Lori Singer, Jeff Goldblum .

    Our Hero, John Le Carre Showed us the World beyond England

    December 15th, 2020

  • (Photo of John Le Carre by Lord Snowdon)

    Atlantic Obit

    John le Carré Knew England’s Secrets
    He revealed more about the country’s ruling class than any political writer of his era.

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  • Writers, Friends remembered John Le Carre

  • Actor Ralph Fiennes and author John Le Carre pose for photographs at an auction in aid of The Constant Gardeners’ Trust, at the Soho Hotel in London, Sunday March 12, 2006. The trust was set up to help the people of Kenya, where the book and film The Constant Gardener, was set. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA

    Ralph Fiennes, actor
    When I was approached by [producer] Simon Channing Williams in 2003 about making The Constant Gardener, I was already an enormous fan of le Carré’s books. I loved the world he created. And then I met the man, and he was so charming and generous of spirit and immediately available for conversation about the novel and the character. I must have fired all sorts of spurious questions at him but I just remember how he was very gregarious and excited about the project. (viaread more)

  • (Ralph Fiennes and Pete Postlethwaite from the Constant Gardner)
    The Constant Gardner

  • John Le Carre on Philip Seymour Hoffman

    (Philip Seymour Hoffman with German cast)

    A Most Wanted Man – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last film

    10 ways of getting to know John Le Carre Novels

    Kim Ki Duk Dies of Covid 19, in Latvia at 59

    December 11th, 2020

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    Kim Ki Duk wiki

    Deadline obit, Kim Ki Duk dies of Covid 19 at 59 (South Korean director won prizes at Venice, Cannes and Berlin)

    Obit from Onmanrama

  • Jean Louis Trintignant at 90, 2020

    December 11th, 2020

  • (The Conformist)
    Jean Louis Trintignant

    Robbe Grillet
    Trans Europe Express a film directed by Alain Robbe Grillet

  • Jean Louis Trintignant surprises in Amour

    When Mr. Trintignant was named best actor (for “Amour”) at the recent European Film Awards, it was his first acting honor of any kind in four decades. He was not, in fact, heavily laureled even in the period of his greatest success, the 1960s and ’70s, when he starred in more than his share of international hits — pictures like “A Man and a Woman” (1966), directed by Claude Lelouch; Eric Rohmer’s “My Night at Maud’s” (1969); Costa-Gavras’s “Z” (1969); and Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Conformist” (1970) — and seemed to be working constantly, primarily in his native France, sometimes elsewhere in the world. (Read more here)

  • Eric Rohmer directed Jean Louis Trintignant in My Night at Maud

  • (Il Sorpasso – directed by Dino Risi – with Vittorio Gassman)

    Goodbye Suh Se Ok, Korea’s Art Abstract Pioneer

    December 6th, 2020

  • (Dancing Two People)


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    Art News Obit

    Artist Suh Se Ok, Pillar of Korean Contemporary Painting, Dies at 91

    Effie Gray, Portrait of Ruskin, & Bronte Sisters

    December 4th, 2020
  • Effie Gray wiki – scripted by Emma Thompson

  • “Effie Gray is more than just an ordinary costume drama”

  • Ruskin Effie Marriage

    Portrait of John Ruskin by Millais

  • Bronte family biography

    Brontes Sisters

  • Brontes Sisters – Modern Family – art forum

    Sensitive to the extreme limits the Brontë sisters faced owing to their sex, Téchiné is careful not to overdramatize the fact that Charlotte, Emily, and Anne all published, in 1847, their first novels under male pseudonyms (becoming, respectively, the “brothers” Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell). The director’s insistence on understatement—though never at the expense of diminishing the anguish and thwarted desire the sisters endured during their too-short lives (all died before reaching the age of forty)—clearly guided the performances as well.

    Roland Barthes as an actor

    Roland Barthes

    Agnieska Holland Directed “Mr Jones”

    November 28th, 2020

  • (‘Mr. Jones – a film directed by Agnieska Holland, with James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard)

    Agnieska Holland Interview (Film Comment)

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    Mr. Jones Quotes

    “It was not unrest, it was a tactic. The Nazis now have an excuse to end all opposition.” – Gareth Jones
    “War begins in the minds of men.” – Gareth Jones

  • On “Europa Europa”

  • Burning Bush miniseries directed by Agnieska Holland was on the tragic story of Czech dissident Jan Pallach.

  • Agnieska Holland directed Total Eclipse – Leo Dicaprio as Rimbaud and Verlaine played by David Thewlies.

    Happy birthday Agnieska Holland!

    Noguchi Sculpture for White House Rose Garden

    November 24th, 2020
  • Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s piece, titled “Floor Frame,” is displayed in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Washington. Noguchi is the first Asian American artist to be featured in the White House collection, according to the first lady and the White House Historical Association. He died in 1988. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Noguchi Sculpture for the White House Rose Garden

    Art News

    Isamu Noguchi’s American Story: How a Small Sculpture Made a Big Impact at the White House

    Previous post (Isamu Noguchi, Yoshiko Yamaguchi, + tea ceremony with Charlie Chaplin etc)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Photographs by Masatoshi Nagase

    November 19th, 2020
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    Prevous post – Kiki and Masatoshi Nagase

  • (Photo of Matt Dillon by Masatoshi Nagase)

    (Photo of Hou Hsiao Hsien by Masatoshi Nagase)
    Previous post – Hou Hsiao Hsien

    (Christopher Dolye – photo by Masatoshi Nagase)

    The Last Life in the Universe – cinematography by Christopher Doyle.

  • (Shark Fin photo of Tadanobu Asano by Nagase)
    (Nov 27 update: Happy birthday Tadanobu Asano)

  • RIP Soumitra Chatterjee, Actor, Playwright, Poet

    November 15th, 2020

    Soumitra Chatterjee: India acting legend dies, aged 85

    Soumitra Chatterjee (January 19, 1935 — November 15, 2020)
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    The third movie of the trilogy, Apur Sansar, which released in 1959, was also Chatterjee’s debut film. He would go on to star as the lead actor in 14 of Ray’s films.
    Pauline Kael called Chatterjee Ray’s “one-man stock company” who moved “so differently in the different roles he plays that he is almost unrecognisable”.

  • Chatterjee, who starred in more than 300 movies, was also an accomplished playwright, theatre actor and poet.

  • Chaterjee shone even in non-Satyajit Ray films

    Lesser Known facts about the living legend

    RIP Aldo Tambellini, Pioneered Electric Intermedia

    November 13th, 2020
  • Aldo TambelliniHe pioneered electronic intermedia, and is a painter, sculptor, and poet. He died at age 90, in 2020.

    Art news Obit

    Guardian Obit

    Aldo Tambellini, the pioneering artist and film-maker who had an obsession with the colour black, has died aged 90. He will be remembered among other things for developing what he termed “electromedia” – the bringing together of multiple forms including strobes, dance, film, poetry and slide projection. “We have lost a titan,” said Stuart Comer, a curator at MoMA in New York.

    Aldo Tambellini (born 29 April 1930) is an Italian American artist.

  • (R)evolution in Art & Physics: The All-Round Genius of Aldo Tambellini

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