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On this day Nov 22, Benjamin Britten & Hoagy Carmichael were born

November 22nd, 2019

  • Benjamin Britten (22 November 1913)

    Life in Picturess

    Britten and Shostokovich

    Rebels with a cause: the friendship of Britten and Shostokovich

    Benjamin Britten & W H Auden

    ‘Love’s a little boy’
    Alan Bennett’s new play imagines a meeting between Britten and Auden 25 years after they fell out irrevocably. But why did their creative relationship go wrong?

    Hoagy Carmichael November 22, 1899
    Hoagy Carmichael

    Bunker Archeology

    November 16th, 2019
  • Nuclear bunker for sale in Arizona

  • US Nuclear Bunkers, Washington, VA. Pennsylvania

  • Paul Virilio Philosopher of Bunker Archeology

    Roland Barthes – Notes on Mourning & Neil Young in the Desert

    November 12th, 2019

  • Notes on mourning. By Roland Barthes
    September 6, 2010

    Roland Barthes – A Cruel Country – The New Yorker

    Roland Barthes as an Actor

    Mythologies

    What I hide by my language, my body utters (See a Necktie Skirt)

    Camera Lucida

  • Jacques Derrida paid ironic homage to Barthes’ “The Death of the Author” in his essay “The Deaths of Roland Barthes”


  • (Roland Barthes and Julia Kristeva in China, 1974)

    Writing Degree Zero

    Iconographie (more photos)

    When Barthes was Thackeray

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    Neil Young in the desert, photo by Dennis Hopper

    Happy birthday Neil Young!

    Keith Haring Berlin Wall Mural, 1986

    November 9th, 2019
  • The fall of the Berlin Wall, on 9 November 1989, was a pivotal event in world history which marked the falling of the Iron Curtain.
    Keith Haring was there in 1986.


    (Keith Haring painting his Berlin Wall Mural, 1986
    Photo: Vladimir Sichov/vladimirsichov.me)

    See more photos and read about Keith Haring Berlin Wall Art

    The destruction of the painting
    Unfortunately, the 300-meter stretch Haring had painted the mural was vandalized, destroyed and painted over by other artists by the time the wall came down on 9 November 1991. Although the actual mural is no longer there, Keith Haring is often given credit for agitating for free movement of East Berliners to the Federal Republic of West Germany.

  • Keith
    and Tseng Kwong Chi

  • How Keith Haring’s Art forced us to talk about Aids

  • Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs and John Giorno, photo by Tseng Kwong Chi.

  • Keith Haring Mural Sold at Auction

  • Camus’ Birthday Celebration with Viggo Mortensen – 2019

    November 7th, 2019

  • Reda Kateb and Viggo Mortensen from Far from Men

    David Oelhoffen’s latest film, Far From Men, is based on Albert Camus’ short story “The Guest.” Set during the Algerian War and shot in the manner of a Western, the film features a French and Arabic-speaking Viggo Mortensen as Daru, a schoolteacher in remote Algeria required, against his will, to transport murderous prisoner Mohamed (Reda Kateb) to meet his justice. The two men must confront their own morality and each other against a backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.

    Reda Kateb describes him as “like an actor-citizen in his sense of responsibility”.
    That kind of immersion means that his roles, especially if they are physically or emotionally gruelling, become part of his life. His last spoken-word album, Under the Weather, was dedicated to Albert Camus, whom he greatly admires for taking a principled stance against Stalin even though it cost him his closest friendships on the French left. “He suffered during his lifetime by being honest, by being true to himself, by staying in the moment,” says Mortensen reverently.(Mortensen on Camus via )

  • Viggo Mortensen, Camus Again

    Reading

    Alajbegovic was at Columbia to meet the actor Viggo Mortensen, who, that evening, was to reënact a lecture that Camus had given at the university during his trip, on no less a topic than “The Crisis of Humankind.” Camus’s daughter, Catherine, who also lives in Lourmarin, had sensed something in Mortensen’s pensive performance in a film adaptation of her father’s short story “The Guest.” Alajbegovic had reached out to Mortensen—“I just threw my bottle at Viggo’s sea,” he said—and a week later had a response in the affirmative.

    After the talk, which he delivered before an enchanted crowd, Mortensen suddenly realized he had to get going. As part of his attire for the evening, he’d left off an article of clothing that he holds dear—his Bernie Sanders watch.

    Isamu Noguchi, Saburo Hasegawa & Yoshiko Yamaguchi

    November 6th, 2019
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    Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa: A Friendship Nearly Lost to Art History

    Even decades after Saburo Hasegawa’s death, the artist and designer Isamu Noguchi would describe his friendship with Hasegawa as an “everlasting conversation.”

    <> <>How Noguchi SF Story Transformed Asian art & culture


    Saburo Hasegawa, Isamu Noguchi and YoshikoYamaguchi at Uransenke Konnichi-an estate,Kyoto, c. 1952

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    Tea Ceremony At Eames house

    Drinking Tea Tom Sachs (see many photos, including Isamu Noguchi, Charlie Chaplin tea ceremony photo).

  • Noguchi went to the Camp to help (New Yorker)

  • Noguchi Garden
    Isamu Noguchi previous post (See his Rose Garden in Jerusalem)

  • Yoshiko Yamaguchi
    and Isamu Noguchi

    Marie Laforêt (5 October 1939 – 2 November 2019)

    November 3rd, 2019
  • Marie Laforêt (wiki)
    Marie Laforêt est morte (Obit from Le Monde)

  • November – The Eyes of Many Elves

    November 1st, 2019

  • Photo by Fung Lin Hall

    November
    Besides the autumn poets sing,
    A few prosaic days
    A little this side of the snow
    And that side of the haze.
    A few incisive mornings,
    A few ascetic eyes, —
    Gone Mr. Bryant’s golden-rod,
    And Mr. Thomson’s sheaves.
    Still is the bustle in the brook,
    Sealed are the spicy valves;
    Mesmeric fingers softly touch
    The eyes of many elves.
    Perhaps a squirrel may remain,
    My sentiments to share.
    Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind,
    Thy windy will to bear!

    Emily D on November and Norway
    (By Sadie Stein – Paris Review)

    Emily Dickinson’s: “November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”

  • Kaoru Yachigusa – (January 6, 1931 – October 24, 2019)

    October 28th, 2019

    Kaoru Yachigusa passed away

    Kaoru Yachigusa, actress in “Samurai, The Legend of Musashi,” dies


    (Yachigusa Kaoru and Toshiro Mifune in Samurai, The Legend of Musashi”)

    She was a member of Takarazuka Revue

    Yachigusa, who started her career in the all-women Takarazuka Revue, gained popularity through her role as Otsu in the 1954 film, known as “Miyamoto Musashi” in Japan, which featured Toshiro Mifune as the swordsman Musashi. The film won the Honorary Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars in 1956.
    She appeared in a number of other films, including Japanese-Italian musical “Madame Butterfly” and “Yukiguni.”


  • (Mariko Kaga and Kaoru Yachigusa in With Beauty and Sorrow based on Kawabata Yasunari. )

    Kaoru Yachigusa was in “Yukiguni” with Kishi Keiko see previous post on Kawabata Yasunari

  • Citizen X, 3 Identical Strangers, Elena – 3 Films for Halloween

    October 27th, 2019
  • Citizen X

    Citizen X is a 1995[1] American television film which covers the efforts of detectives in the Soviet Union to capture an unknown serial killer of women and children in the 1980s, and the successive bureaucratic obstacles they consistently encounter. The film is based upon the true story of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of the murder of 52 women and children committed between 1978 and 1990. It stars Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, and Max Von Sydow.

  • Three Identical Strangers (Five things you may not know)

    3 Identical Strangers (wiki)

    Three Identical Strangers is a 2018 documentary film directed by Tim Wardle and starring Edward Galland, David Kellman, and Robert Shafran. It examines a set of American identical triplets, born in 1961 and adopted as six-month-old infants by separate families, unaware that each child had brothers. The separations were done as part of an undisclosed scientific “nature versus nurture” twin study, to track the development of genetically identical siblings raised in differing circumstances. Combining archival footage, re-enacted scenes, and present-day interviews, the documentary reveals how the brothers discovered one another at age 19 and thereafter sought to understand the circumstances of their separation.[3][4]

    The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival,[5] where it won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling.[6] The film was a nominee in the Best Documentary category at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. It was also on the shortlist of 15 films considered for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, out of 166 candidates

  • Elena

    Elena (With Philip Glass soundtrack)

    It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival[1][2] where it won the Special Jury Prize.

    Peter Bradshaw review
    (The above review was written earlier. Since then Andrey Zvyagintsev directed Leviathan.)

    Julian Schnabel & Hans Heiner Buhr – 2019

    October 25th, 2019

  • Happy birthday Julian Schnabel (photo via
    See more art (previous post)

  • Happy birthday Hans Heiner Buhr

    His homepage

    See more from previous post

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    The Silence of the Sea – Jean Pierre Melville

    October 19th, 2019

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    The 10 greatest films of Jean Pierre Melville

    “La Silence de la Mer” (1949)
    This debut feature is a distant relative to the atmospheric crime films that would ultimately carve his name among the greats, yet even so, “La Silence de la Mer” is vital in any conversation about Melville. It’s a film that relies so heavily on narration, and is so spatially limited (taking place mostly in a single living room), that it should revokes its right to be cinematic but ends up being so regardless.

    The Complete Melville at Criterion


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    Born Jean-Pierre Grumbach
    20 October 1917

  • “Léon Morin, Priest” in English — was Melville’s sixth feature and almost the exact midpoint between early successes like “Bob le Flambeur” (1956), about a gentleman thief organizing the heist of a lifetime, and “Army of Shadows” (1969), his late-career masterpiece about the Resistance. Given his interest in the war, it’s understandable that he was drawn to “Léon Morin” and its story of life during the occupation.

  • Le Samurai