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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Standing Up to Fascism

March 7th, 2022

  • (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit)

    Review here

    ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ Review: Judith Kerr’s Childhood Classic Gets Faithful, Tasteful Screen Treatment
    Oscar-winner Caroline Link’s child’s-eye saga of a Jewish refugee family fleeing Nazi Germany misses some of its source novel’s urgency, but it’s absorbing and beautifully crafted.

  • Caroline Link wiki

  • Caroline Link on directing “When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit

  • Four Films Starring Simon Abkarian, “Audition”, “Ararat”, “Yes” & “The Cut”

    March 5th, 2022
  • Happy birthday Simon Abkarian! (His wiki – see his filmograpy here)

    Simon Abkarian was born Simone Abkarian on March 5, 1962, in Gonesse, a northeastern suburb of Paris, France, into a French – Armenian family. Young Simon Abkarian grew up in a trilingual environment, he learned French at school in addition to his native Armenian, and also learned English by watching American films since he was a kid. He spent most of his childhood in France until the age of nine, then went with his parents to Beirut, Lebanon.


    The Audition (2019)

    In one of his latest movies, The Audition by Ina Weisse, Simon Abkarian portrays the luthier Philippe married to Anna, a violin teacher. They have a musically gifted son Jonas, who Anna has been trying to impose her lessons on. The story revolves around their family dynamic when Anna starts preparing a talented violinist Alexander for the end-of-the-year exam. She becomes obsessed with Alexander’s lessons, moving further away from her husband and son. With this role, Simon Abkarian expands his repertoire, portraying a calm and loving character, who primarily evokes empathy.

    (Simon Abkarian in Audition)


  • Ararat

  • Directed by Atom Egoyan, Ararat is one of the most well-known movies about the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. In the movie, Simon Abkarian plays Arshile Gorky, a famous visual artist of Armenian origin. His portrayal of Gorky is haunting and powerful.

    Many Lives of Simon Abkarian

  • Tahar Rahim & Simon Abkarian

    Fatih Akin directed Tahar Rahim and Simon Abkarian in “The Cut”.

  • Sally Potter directed Simon Abkarian in “Yes”

    Hinamatsuri – Girls Day in Japan, March 3, 2022

    March 3rd, 2022
  • Happy Hinamatsuri Girls day in Japan

    37 Seconds Movie directed by Hikari

    A story of Cerebral Palsy and self-dicovery


  • (Moving Shinji Somai )
    Film review “Moving’ by Shinji Somai

    13-year-old Tomoko Tabata provides a great anchor for the film in her debut, as the narrative seems to follow her every whim. The plethora of feelings, behaviors, and psychological statues she depicts is the highlight of a naturalistic performance, which allowed her to begin a career in acting that continues until today.

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    Girls building a solar toy car.

    See girls building Solar Car toy

  • Yevgenia Belorusets a Wartime Diary from Ukraine

    March 1st, 2022

  • (Yevgenia Belorusets)


  • (From “Victories of the defeated,” a photo series from eastern Ukraine, by Yevgenia Belorusets.)

    Ukraine War Book – Codastory. com

  • A wartime diary by Yevgenia Belorusets – Artforum

    This diary will be updated daily and is copublished with Isolarii press.

    This ability of the residents of Berdyansk to fight on and on, to approach the soldiers unarmed and shout the truth in their faces, even when the city has almost fallen into Putin’s hands, promises a lot. It is hope itself.

    My father is a translator, he translates German poetry into Russian. Thanks to his translations of Paul Celan, I fell in love with this poet when I was still a student. For years, since the Maidan Revolution, he has published his translations almost exclusively in Ukraine.

    He took part in protests back then, I remember calling him from Berlin and finding out that he was standing with the demonstrators at the parliament building. Then I heard an explosion; luckily he wasn’t hurt. Now he is in Kyiv. He feels quite weak after a long cold and cannot go to the shelter. Maybe he doesn’t want to either. Every day I see how he continues to work on his translations. Despite the rocket attacks, despite the danger, or maybe because of it.

  • Four Stories about Alexander Sokurov

    February 25th, 2022

  • Four Stories about Alexander Sokurov (By Victor Kossakovsky | August 16, 2019)

    I dedicated my new film Aquarela to Alexander Sokurov and people have asked me why, so I thought I’d write something to explain. Everybody knows that he’s an outstanding filmmaker, a scientist of cinema who’s made an incredible contribution to cinema language with films like Russian Ark, Mother and Son and Faust. And people in Russia know he’s a real fighter – someone who’s trying to save St. Petersburg, where they’re destroying buildings to put up a 400-meter tower in the center of the city, and fighting for human rights, arguing with Putin to try to save Oleg Sentsov.

    Oleg Sentsov is an Ukranian filmmaker

  • Putin Critic Sokurov Shuts Russian film foundation

    Alexander Sokurov, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has shut down his film foundation after legal attacks from Russia’s culture ministry. (July 2019)

  • Anton Sikharulidze & Elena Berezhnaya Skating to Chaplin & Chaplin’s Roller Skating.

    February 23rd, 2022

  • (Anton Sikharulidze & Elena Berezhnaya)

  • Dan Graham (March 31, 1942 – February 19, 2022)

    February 20th, 2022
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  • Dan Graham obit, Art News

    Dan Graham, Conceptual Artist Who Bent Time and Space, Dies at 79

  • Dan Graham wiki

    Daniel Graham (March 31, 1942 – February 19, 2022[1]) was an American visual artist, writer, and curator.
    Graham grew up in New Jersey. In 1964 he began directing the John Daniels Gallery in New York, where he put on Sol LeWitt’s first one-man show, and in groups shows, exhibited works of Donald Judd, Dara Birnbaum, Dan Flavin, and Robert Smithson. Like these artists, Graham considered himself a writer-artist, publishing essays and reviews on rock music, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s paintings, and Dean Martin’s television show. His earliest work dealt with the magazine page, predating but often associated with Conceptual art. His work often focuses on cultural phenomena, and incorporates photography, video, performance art, glass and mirror structures. He lived and worked in New York City

  • One of a Kind by Donald Graham – Photos (Many photo portraits here)

  • Dan Graham Radically Reworked Perceptions – Interview

  • Best & Worst about Art School by Dan Graham

  • An Astronaut and Alien

    February 13th, 2022

  • (Madison Chock and Evan Bates)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Happy birthday Harriet Andersson (90 years old today)

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    (Peter Weller and Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon)
    Also a birthday of Alan Parker who directed Midnight Express, Shoot the Moon, Angel Heart etc. (See an obit for Alan Parker who passed away July 2020)

  • Jason Brown & Nathan Chen, The Magical Olympic 2022

    February 10th, 2022
  • Jason Brown
    (and Nathan Chen)

  • Jason Brown
    (and Nathan Chen)

  • Jason Brown skates to Nina Simone here

  • Nathan Chen Skates to La Boheme Charles Aznavour at Olympic short program for men.

  • Deerskin – French Comedy Deadpan Horror film

    February 8th, 2022
  • DEERsKIN

    SF Chronicle Deerskin review

    “Deerskin” is a fun bit of French twistedness, a black comedy about a newly divorced man experiencing a bizarre variety of crackup. It stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), who is both a leading man and a send-up of a leading man, and that double quality he has — of being a subtly comic rendering of the very thing he actually is — turns out to be ideal for this movie’s weird spirit.

  • French Comedy Horror

    Deerskin review: a strangely enjoyable film about a jacket fetish

  • Husbands, Birth, Death & Faces, John Cassavates, Ben Gazarra

    February 3rd, 2022
  • John Cassavates passed away on Feb 3, 1989 .
    Ben Gazarra passed away on Feb 3, 2012
    Cassavates directed Ben Gazzara in Husbands, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Opening Night.

  • Happy birthday Kenneth Anger (95 years old?)

  • Gertrude Stein, Simone Weil, Alan Sondheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer were all born on Feb 3.

    Faces digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    Faces from left, Anna Akhmatova, Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson and Simone Weil.

    We have the actresses to portray Anna Akhmatova and Simone Weil. Would anyone care to write scripts for these talented actresses?

  • Robert Duncan passed away on Feb 3,1988, San Francisco.
    See Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan portraits by Kitaj here.

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    Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan by Kitaj

    Arrivederci – Monica Vitti (Nov 3, 1931 – Feb 2, 2022)

    February 2nd, 2022

  • (Dirk Bogarde and Monica Vitti in Modesty Blaise directed by Joseph Losey)


    See full film here

  • Monica Vitti Queen of Italian Cinema dies aged 90


    (Alain Delon and Monica Vitti)

  • Monica Vitti wiki

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    Monica Vitti and Antonioni looking at Giacometti sculptures.