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The Confessions – 2016 film Starring Toni Servillo

August 22nd, 2020
  • The Confessions (Variety review)

    See the trailer here.

    Roberto Ando at Karlovy Vary

    Italian director discusses global politics, failure of capitalism, monastic orders

  • John Maynard Keynes would turn over in his grave at the “austerity” actions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), particularly the Greek transfers of assets depicted in this film.

    John Maynard Keynes vs Laissez Faire

  • For an in depth first person account of what it was actually like dealing with the IMF during the period of the film, see the experience of Greece’s Finance Minister.

    Yanis Varoufakis – Greek Spring, my 160 days as finance minister

    Ron Gorchov – (April 5,1930-August 18, 2020)

    August 19th, 2020
  • Art News obit

    Ron Gorchov, Beloved Painter of Stripped-Down Canvases, Is Dead at 90

    Ron Gorchov’s work ‘Victory’ was purchased at Sotheby’s auction in New York City for $118,750 in 2019.

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    See more at Art net

    By stretching linen over curved stretcher bars, Gorchov achieves unique, concave surfaces which recall Bronze Age shields or sarcophagus masks. “I fell in love with Matisse’s way of using very little paint. I liked the elegance of using thin paint,” he explained.

    Serapis via Vito Schnabel gallery (See more from here)

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    Ron Gorchov Brooklynrail org. In Conversation

  • RIP Linda Manz, Days of Heaven, Gummo, Out of Blue

    August 15th, 2020
  • Linda Manz Star of Days of Heaven, Out of Blue dies at age 58 (Vanity Fair)

  • Gummo

    Terrence Malick on making of Days of Heaven

    ON Linda Manz, Malick said,

    Linda, the teenage girl, is the heart of the film. She was a sort of street child we had discovered in a laundromat. For the role, she should have been younger, but as soon as I spoke to her, I found in her the maturity of a forty-year old woman. Non-judgmental and left to her own imagination, she had her own ideas [for the role] giving the impression of having actually lived this life instead of having to invent and play within another.

    At first it was a bit frustrating to work with her. She couldn’t remember her lines, couldn’t be interrupted, and was difficult to photograph. Despite this, I started to love her and I believed in her more than anything else. She transformed the role. I am glad that she’s the narrator. Her personality shines through the film’s objectivity. Every time I gave her new lines, she interpreted it in her own way; when she refers to heaven and hell, she says that everyone is bursting into flames. It was her response to the film on the day when she saw the rushes. That comment was included in the final version. Linda said so many things that I despaired being unable to keep them… I feel like I have not been able to grasp a fraction of who she really is.

  • “Anyone with that kind of brilliance, you just give them space . . . She was a kind of unique, extraordinary, eccentric wild animal. And some jewels came out of her mouth.”
    Richard Gere
    Criterion, The Streetwise voice of Linad Manz

  • Hans Haacke is 84 Today – 2020

    August 12th, 2020
  • Hans Haacke at Museo Reina Sofia

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    Venice: Hans Haacke at the Central Pavilion

  • Happy birthday Hans Haacke!

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    The art of good business – Hans Haacke (Goes after Koch)

  • Keiko Kishi – Actress, Writer, UNESCO Ambassader

    August 11th, 2020

  • (Robert Mitchum and Keiko Kishi in Yakuza directed by Sydney Pollack)
    Keiko Kishi wiki (born August 11, 1932 in Yokohama, Japan)

    Keiko Kishi Live Talk Show will be on October 11, 2020

    Kishi Keiko is an actress, writer, UNESCO Ambassader and a recipient of legion d’honneur from the French gov’t. She was in “Early Spring” directed by Ozu with Ryo Ikebe. Masaki Kobayashi directed Kishi in 3 films, Inheritance,I will Buy You, Kwaidan, she co-starred again with Ryo Ikebe in “Snow Country.”
    She made more than four films with Ichikawa Kon, including “Sasame Yuki – Makioka Sisters” “Younger Brother” … Sydney Pollack directed her in Yakuza with Robert Mitchum and Takakura Ken.

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    Ryo Ikebe and Keiko Kishi in “Snow Country”

    Author of Snow Countray Kawabata Yasunari was at her wedding when she married Yves Ciampi in Paris.

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    Makioka Sisters

    Sasame Yuki -(Makioka Sisters – adapted from a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki)

    Kon Ichikawa

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    (Kishi Keiko with Mishima and Jean Cocteau)


  • (Early Spring – Kishi Keiko and Ryo Ikebe – directed by Ozu Yasujiro)

    Inheritance MUBI – Masaki Kobayashi


  • (Keiko Kishi with Jean Cocteau – 1960)
    From Kishi’s autobiography “Ma Vie A La Carte”, Kishi wrote that as a teenager she saw Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” 5 times, never imagined that she would in 10 0r 12 years later be directed by Cocteau for his last play at the theater. (Shadow Picture – the Wife of Wet Coat).
    (Unable to find any information about this production).

  • Comic Cat, Lit Cat, Film Noir Cat – 2020

    August 8th, 2020

  • Edward Gorey loved cat and Balanchine (previous post)

    The Cop and Peter Cook the Comic Genius

  • Doris Lessing
    Doris Lessing archive here.

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    and the Cat.
    . another photo from writing & the feline muse.

    Herman Hesse – The Glass Bead Game

  • Yuichi Hibi – Neco hibineko

    Kay Ryan
    A CAT/A FUTURE

    A cat can draw
    the blinds
    behind her eyes
    whenever she
    decides. Nothing
    alters in the stare
    itself but she’s
    not there. Likewise
    a future can occlude:
    still sitting there,
    doing nothing rude.

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    Samuel Beckett Archive

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    Louisa Chase

  • Isabelle Weingarten worked with Bresson, Eustache & Wenders

    August 4th, 2020

  • (Isabelle Weingarten – photo by Wim Wenders)
    Wendes directed her in The State of Things, they were married from 1981 to 82.

    Mother and the Whore
    (Isabelle was directed by Jean Eustache, not in this photo)

    Sad news about the passing of Isabell Weingarten came from Paul Soares.

    Isabelle Weingarten Instagram

    (See her filmography from MUBI)


    (Steve Hiett | Isabelle Weingarten, 1973)
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  • Four Nights of a Dreamer is based on the story White Nights written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
    Robert Bresson directed her in Four Nights a Dreamer.

  • In memory of the wonderful Isabelle Weingarten.

    In memory of the wonderful Isabelle Weingarten. She was „Anna“ in the lost film crew in THE STATE OF THINGS (1982) and she played herself in REVERSE ANGLE (1982).

    Posted by Wim Wenders Foundation on Tuesday, August 11, 2020


    (with Sam Fuller)

    In memory of the wonderful Isabelle Weingarten. She was „Anna“ in the lost film crew in THE STATE OF THINGS (1982) and she played herself in REVERSE ANGLE (1982).(via Wim Wenders foundation on FB)

    David Goldblatt – South African Photographer (1930–2018)

    August 2nd, 2020

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    David Goldblatt, ‘The salute of the banned African National Congress at the graves of four assassinated black community leaders’, Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 20 July, 1985, gelatin-silver print. Museum no. E.112-1992, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


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    (Cafe de Move On Johnnesburg 1964)

  • Marian Goodman Gallery- / Structures of Dominion & Democracy

  • (Guardian obit in 2018)
    Art and Design – David Goldblatt (See more wonderful photos here)

    David Goldblatt A Monument to Apartheid In Fietas

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    Carvings for Sale on William Nicol Drive , 1999

  • Miriam Mazibuko waters the garden of her RDP house for which she waited eight years. It consists of one room. Her four children live with her in-laws. Extension 8, Far East Alexandra Township, 12 September 2006

  • Picture Protest – Frieze

  • Art Net David Goldblatt

    David Goldblatt was South African photographer known for his uncompromising images of his country during apartheid and afterward. “I was very interested in the events that were taking place in the country as a citizen but, as a photographer, I’m not particularly interested, and I wasn’t then, in photographing the moment that something happens. I’m interested in the conditions that give rise to events,” he once explained. Born on November 29, 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, he began photographing at an early age but his father’s illness required Goldblatt to run his family business while studying at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. After selling the company in 1963, Goldblatt focused entirely on a career in photography. His involvement with various artistic circles in Johannesburg granted him access to a broad range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

    RIP Alan Parker Midnight Express, Shoot the Moon

    July 31st, 2020

  • (Alan Parker and Mickey Rourke)
    Alan Parker Angel Heart

    Alan Parker Rolling Stone obit

    Sir Alan Parker, Director of ‘The Wall,’ ‘The Commitments,’ ‘Midnight Express,’ Dead at 76
    British filmmaking giant also helmed Bugsy Malone, Mississippi Burning and Fame

    Midnight Express Director Alan Parker died (Deadline obit)

  • Alan Parker’s Archive (Notes, letters etc from BFI.org.UK)

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    (Brad Davis in Midnight Express)

  • Albert Finney and Diane Keaton in Shoot the moon.
    (His most personal film)

    Peter Bradshaw A Guardian film critic who also loved “Shoot the Moon”

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    (Peter Weller and Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon)

  • Frank McCourt wrote Angela’s Ashes

  • Chris Marker – Staring Back

    July 29th, 2020

  • (Alain Resnais and Chris Marker)

  • Chris Marker Appriciations

  • Chris Marker Par Agnes Varda

  • Le Joli Mai
    Marker, Eustache, Melville, Bresson

    Sayonara Kansai Yamamoto, Bowie Collaborator

    July 27th, 2020
  • Bowie collaborator Kansai Yamamoto dies aged 76


  • (David Bowie and Kansai Yamamoto)


  • Kansai Yamamoto debut Vogue Shoot 1971

  • RIP Olivia De Havilland – Gone with the Wind at 104.

    July 26th, 2020
  • (Olivia De Havilland Fast Facts )

    Olvia de Havilland Classic Hollywood Star dies at age 104

  • Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine Sisters Feud (Biography.com)