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RIP – Pharoah Sanders (October 13, 1940 – September 24, 2022)

September 24th, 2022
  • Phaorah Sanders died – Rolling Stone

    Pharoah Sanders, Saxophonist Who Pushed Jazz Toward the Spiritual, Dead at 81
    “The Creator Has a Master Plan” legend was sideman on John Coltrane’s landmark avant-garde journeys before embarking on a decades-long career that concluded with 2021’s acclaimed Promises

  • Photo via Pharoah Sanders John Coltrane Welcome to Love

  • RIP Hilary Mantel ( 6 July 1952 – 22 September 2022)

    September 23rd, 2022
  • British writer Hilary Mantel photographed at home.

    Hilary Mantel author of Wolf Hall dies

    She saw and felt things us ordinary mortals missed,’ her agent says of Booker prize-winning author who died on Thursday
    Hilary Mantel remembered: ‘She was the queen of literature’
    ‘The pen is in our hands. A happy ending is ours to write’: Hilary Mantel in her own words

  • I always treasure my last meeting with Hilary Mantel


  • (Thomas Brodie Sangster and Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall)

  • RIP Irene Papas, Singer, Actress

    September 14th, 2022

  • (Iphigenia)

  • (The Trojan Women)
    Irena Pappas was directed by Michael Cacoyannis in “Zorba the Greek”, “The Trojan Women”, “Iphigenia’ and “Electra”.


  • (“Christ Stopped at Eboli’ directed by Francesco Rosi.)

  • Irene Papas
    was a Greek actress and singer who starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. She gained international recognition through such popular award-winning films as The Guns of Navarone (1961)

    In 2013 she began to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.[54] She died on 14 September 2022, having spent her final years in Chiliomodi.

    (via wiki)

    Her wiki on her affair with Marlon Brando.

    In 1954 she met the actor Marlon Brando and they had a long love affair, which they kept secret at the time. Fifty years later, when Brando died, she recalled that “I have never since loved a man as I loved Marlon. He was the great passion of my life, absolutely the man I cared about the most and also the one I esteemed most, two things that generally are difficult to reconcile”

  • Manoel Oliveira directed Irene Papas in “Party” and “A Talking Picture”.

  • Adieu Jean Luc Godard

    September 13th, 2022
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    Une Catastrophe Jean Luc Godard!

  • Tributes from Mik Leigh, Claire Denis, Kelly Reichard, Paul Schrader etc..

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  • William Klein dies aged 96

    September 12th, 2022

    William Klein Photographer dies aged 96 (Guardian obit)

    Sight & Sound Interview

  • William Klein ICP. Org

  • 10 Lessons William Klein has taught me about street photography


  • May Day Parade

    Many Lives Photography of William Klein

    “Another famous photograph, which was used a lot. These kids were just play-acting and they weren’t as tough as they look. I asked them to look tough and for me, it’s a self-portrait, you know? I also played on the streets with guns but I was also a sort of angelic. So I was both of them.” – Klein

    RIP Alain Tanner A Pioneer of Swiss New Wave Films – Sept 11 2022

    September 12th, 2022

    Messidor is an original, unpredictable, and disturbing film about two alienated young women in search of freedom from society. The film, in its poetic sweep, is reminiscent of Terrence Malik’s Badlands and could have been a prototype for Thelma and Louise.”

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    Bulle Ogier from La Salamandre.

    Alain Tanner

    Influenced by his involvement with the British “Free Cinema” movement in London and with the French New Wave during his years in Paris, Tanner is best known for his movies Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l’an 2000 (Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000), Dans la ville blanche (In the White City) and Messidor. (via wiki)

    See his filmography (via MUBI)

    “My films have always represented a balancing act between those films whose objective is the discourse, the concept, and those which start from the material, from emotions, behaviour and locations.”

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  • Requiem

  • John Berger wrote the script for La Salamandre (1971); The Middle of the World (1974); and Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)

    Author of “Written Lives” Javier Marias Passed away

    September 11th, 2022

    Javier Javier Marias Detail of R. Kipling’s hand on the cover of book “Written Lives”

    Javier Marias passed away (wiki)

    Spanish novelist Javier Marías dies at home in Madrid aged 70 (Guardian)
    Marías, also a translator and columnist, was described as ‘one of Spain’s greatest contemporary writers’

  • “The Man Who Would be King” was the favorite book of both Faulkner and Proust, so we learned from Javier Marias.

    28 snippets of writer’s lives are told according to this author with a mixture of affection and humor, except for three; Joyce, Mann and Mishima, who took themselves too seriously.

    “The idea, then, was to treat these well-known literary figures as if they were fictional characters.

  • Words and Meaning:

    “Spanish writer Javier Marias’s parallel career as a translator taught him how to be a novelist, he tells Aida Edemariam.”

    Marias has said that “in the intellectually mediocre country I grew up in, in which everyone thought Franco was eternal, people like me took shelter in the movies. The American pictures of the ’40s and ’50s were our stimulation”.

    The summer he was 17, Marias saw 85 films in six weeks.

    J. Marias described Laurence Sterne whose novel he has translated thus “He was a kindly, easy-going man, who once tried to “inherit” two children left behind by a poor widow on her death” ” He included a few pages speaking against slavery in the later volumes of Tristram Shandy.”

  • “As of Nobakov, he is a joker who prefers not to aknowledge this openly, which is why his expression is one of passion and discovery. ”

    Djuna Barnes in Silence – “in her youth when she worked as a journalist, it was the activity to which she devoted most of her time – well, that and maintaining prolonged silences. Her silences were both written and verbal.

    The rest of edited excerpts are found here.

  • “This habit of choosing is central to the kind of writer Marías has become, and explains much of what is unique about his work: he has made indecision—the space between two alternatives—the center of his stories. And this indecision is conveyed in the equivocations and qualifications of the narrative voice.” (A MAN WHO WASN’T THERE The clandestine greatness of Javier Marías. by WYATT MASON – from the New Yorker)

    Two entire essays are online.
    William Faulkner on Horseback

    Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampadusa in Class
    Visconti adapted Lampadusa’s novel “The Leopard” starring Burt Lancaster as the Sicilian nobleman with Alain Delon and Claudio Cardinale.

  • Paris Review interview..

  • Brilliant Casting of Hidetoshi Nishijima for “Drive My Car” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

    September 4th, 2022
  • Hidetoshi Nishijima and Ryusuke Hamaguchi photographed by Mark Selige

  • Drive My Car at Criterion

  • In Conversation Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Hidetoshi Nishiima – Adapting Drive My Car for Screen

  • The Playlist Interview

  • Actor embraces grief Chekov and a red Saab for “Drive My Car” (LA times)

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    (Hidetoshi Nishijima in Dolls directed by Takeshi Kitano)

  • Adam Driver Played Daniel Jones in “The Report”

    September 2nd, 2022

  • Adam Driver “the Report” interview –

    Adam Driver on ‘The Report’ and Why He Loved Scott Z. Burns’ Script

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    (Best Original Screenplay written by Scott z Burns)
    (Photos by Fung Lin Hall)

    Fred Lyon San Francisco Photographer Dies at 97

    August 31st, 2022

  • SF Gate Obit

    His DNA was in San Francisco’: Prolific photographer Fred Lyon dies at 97

  • Fred Lyon Portfolio

  • Kenji Miyazawa – A Poet, Educator & An Agronomist

    August 27th, 2022
  • Kenji Miyazawa cultivated a life as a thinker, a practicing buddhist, a geologist/agronomist, and idealsitic educator and reformer.

    From Who is Kenji?


    In the introduction to his collection of short stories, The Restaurant of Many Orders, he set himself up as an experimental medium for the chaotic processes of natural phenomena. Kenji Miyazawa was born on Aug 27, 1896. Today he is known mostly for writing children’s stories.
    He saw himself as a simple vehicle for reprocessing nature itself. “These stories of mine,” he wrote in 1923, “all came to me from moonlight and rainbows, at places like railroad tracks and fields and forests.”
    Kenji Miyazawa, Rebel with a Cause (collection of essays)

  • He was 37 when he died. (wiki)
    Almost totally unknown as a poet in his lifetime, Miyazawa’s work gained its reputation posthumously,[2] and enjoyed a boom by the mid-1990s on his centenary.[3] A museum dedicated to his life and works was opened in 1982 in his hometown. Many of his children’s stories have been adapted as anime, most notably Night on the Galactic Railroad. Many of his tanka and free verse poetry, translated into many languages, are still popular today.

    Miyazawa Kenji anime

    Kame neko (oven cat- a sample story by Kenji Miyazawa)

    Miyazawa Kenji
    Drawings by a buddhist/poet/geologist/agronomist/socialist

  • The World of Kenji Miyazaki

  • Julio Cortazar (26 August 1914 – 12 February 1984)

    August 26th, 2022
  • Mexico – high in Julio Cortazar’s list
    (“Mexico is one of the countries on my list, but the years go by without me having time to visit it,” Julio Cortázar.)

    Julio Cortázar or the writer who saw the world turn upside down

    He is considered one of the most innovative and original authors of his time, a master of history, poetic prose and short story in general and a creator of important novels that inaugurated a new way of making literature in the Hispanic world by breaking the classical moulds through narratives that escaped temporal linearity.

    Julio Cortazar
    (“I love Hopscotch.and a film Antonioni made based on my story.. how cool is that.”)

  • Julio Cortazar named his cat Theodore Adorno.