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Carlos Saura (4 January 1932 – 10 February 2023)

Friday, February 10th, 2023
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  • Carlos Saura Criterion

    Directed by Carlos Saura

    Reality and fantasy, dreams and memories flow freely into one another in the haunting, layered works of iconoclastic auteur Carlos Saura, arguably the most important Spanish filmmaker to emerge between Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar. Achieving international renown during the repressive years of Francisco Franco’s rule, Saura became a model for how to make dissident political cinema under an authoritarian regime, using potent metaphors and symbolism to dodge censors and examine his nation’s troubled twentieth-century history. In complex and often controversial works like PEPPERMINT FRAPPÉ, COUSIN ANGELICA, and CRÍA CUERVOS . . . —frequently starring his longtime partner Geraldine Chaplin—Saura explored the legacy of fascism and its devastating effects on a generation of Spanish citizens, while in often-overlooked post-Franco films such as DEPRISA, DEPRISA he captured the turbulence of a society experiencing the first shockwaves of liberalization.

    RIP Alfred Leslie – Painter & Filmmaker

    Friday, January 27th, 2023
  • Alfred Leslie, a second-generation Abstract Expressionist and filmmaker who turned his back on nonrepresentational art in the early 1960s to lead a revival of figurative painting, died on Friday in Brooklyn. He was 95. His son Anthony said the cause of his death, at a hospital, was complications of a Covid infection. (New York times).

    The World is Charged with the Grandeur of God

    Alfred Leslie – Artnet

    Alfred Leslie wiki

  • (Delphine Seyrig from Pull My Daisy)

    Pull My Daisy Robert Frank, Albert Leslie, USA, 1959, V’08, Tribute to Bob Dylan

    Pull My Daisy is a 1959 American short film directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, and adapted by Jack Kerouac from the third act of his play, Beat Generation. Kerouac also provided improvised narration

  • Goodbye Gina Lollobrigida, Actress, Photojournalist (4 July 1927 – 16 January 2023)

    Monday, January 16th, 2023

  • (With Gerard Philipe in Fanfan La Tulipe)

    Gina Lollobrigida

  • Dame in the Game: The Unexpected Feminism of Gina Lollobrigida

  • Throughout her acting career, Lollobrigida never abandoned her dreams of returning to the fine arts, and she used her time on set as a master class in photography. By the late 1960s, she was an accomplished photojournalist and over the course of her career, she photographed as diverse figures as Paul Newman, Salvador Dali, and Henry Kissinger. Most notably, Lollobrigida became so skilled in her photojournalism that she managed to secure an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro in 1972. Speaking of this incredible opportunity, Lollobrigida noted that she was shocked to discover Castro was more nervous to meet her than she him. Inspired by this rare access, Lollobrigida produced, directed, and wrote a documentary short entitled Ritratto di Fidel. Years before Cuba would be reopened to America, she secured a personal and in-depth look at one of the world’s most reclusive political figures.

    Lollobridiga retired from acting in 1997, but she continued to pursue an avid career as an accomplished photographer, painter, and sculptor. Her work has been displayed all over the world and has won numerous accolades, including the “Legion of Honor” as “artiste de valeur” from France.

    “Argentina 1985” & “She Said” – Witness for the Prosecution

    Sunday, January 15th, 2023

  • Happy birthday Ricardo Darin Jan 16
    (Peter Lanzani played Luis Moreno Ocampo.)

  • Luis Moreno Ocampo on Argentina 1985 and Why Democracy is at Risk Today (Amy Goodman Democracy Now)

  • (Jody Kantor, Megan Twohey, Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan)

    Maria Schrader directed “She Said” – Vanity Fair

    The “Sacred Duty” of “She Said”
    In their first interviews about the film, the stars—and the journalists they play—talk about the big-screen adaptation of the groundbreaking investigation into Harvey Weinstein.

  • A Stranger in Shanghai Based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Diary

    Thursday, January 5th, 2023
  • NHK World on Demand till June 2023

    China is tumultuous in 1921 when the famed Japanese author of Rashomon, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, visits Shanghai as a correspondent. Here he encounters revolutionaries, courtesans and much more…

    Ryuhei Matsuda who played Ryunosuke Akutagawa was directed by Nagisa Oshima in Gohatto (御法度), also known as Taboo.

  • Akutagawa Ryunosuke
    KappaRyunosuke Akutagawa
    drawing at the bottom by an author.
    Akira Kurosawa made “Rashomon” world famous with Toshiro Mifune playing the bandit.

  • Gong Li & Gaspard Ulliel – Goodbye 2022 & Happy New Year

    Saturday, December 31st, 2022
  • Gong Li
    and Gaspard Ulliel, at Premier of Hannibal Rising.

    Tragically Gaspard Ulliel an Elegant actor, he was only 37 when he passed away last January 2022.

  • Gong Li was born on New Year’s Eve. (Like Matisse and Paul Bowles)

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    Eros -Wong Kar Wai (Gong Li and Chen Chang)

  • Gong Li lives in France with her composer husband.

  • RIP Angelo Badalamenti (March 22, 1937 – December 11, 2022)

    Monday, December 12th, 2022

  • Interview with Angelo Badalamenti

  • Angelo Badalamenti wiki

    Yoshishige Yoshida – Famous for film “Eros Massacre” Passed Away

    Thursday, December 8th, 2022
  • Yoshishige Yoshida

    Graduating from the University of Tokyo, where he studied French literature, Yoshida entered the Shōchiku studio in 1955 and worked as an assistant to Keisuke Kinoshita,[1] before debuting as a director in 1960 with Rokudenashi.[2] He was a central member of what came to be called the “Shōchiku Nouvelle Vague” along with Nagisa Oshima and Masahiro Shinoda,[3] and his works have been studied under the larger rubric of the Japanese New Wave,[4] a linkage which Yoshida himself disliked.[1] Like many of his New Wave cohorts, he felt restricted under the studio system. After Shōchiku’s re-editing of his Escape from Japan (1964), he left the studio to start his own production company,[1] for which he directed such films as Eros + Massacre.[2]
    Between 1960 and 2004, Yoshida directed more than 20 films, some of which starred his wife, actress Mariko Okada.[1] After a long absence from the screen following the 1973 Coup d’État, he returned with A Promise, which was shown in the Un Certain Regard section the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.[5] Two years later, his film Wuthering Heights would compete for the Golden Palm at the 1988 Festival.[6] In 2002, Women in the Mirror followed after another hiatus of 14 years.[7] In addition to his theatrical films, Yoshida directed a series of documentaries for Japanese TV.
    Yoshida named European cinema as a great influence on his work, most notably the directors Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, and pre-war French films like the works of Jean Renoir.[1] He also published a number of books on the topic of cinema, including one on his own cinematic work and an analysis of the films of Yasujirō Ozu.

  • Mariko Okada married to Yoshishige Yoshida is an actress who worked with her husband, Yasujiro Ozu, Juzo Itami and her father was a legendary silent film star Okada Tokihiko. (Both father and daughter were directed by Ozu).

  • Yoshishige Yoshida MUBI

  • Midnight Eye Interview Yoshishige Yoshida

  • Chris Smith Directed “Sr.”, A Lovely Film On R. Downey Jr. & His Father

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
  • Independent CO UK

    ‘We can’t paint a rosy picture’: Robert Downey Sr’s life of drugs, taboo-busting films and parental regrets

    Robert Downey Jr. Reveals Making of Sr. was Improvisational

    Indewire Interview on Downey Jr and Chris Smith

    Making “‘Sr.’” was a transformative experience for both Downey and Smith, with the latter saying it had a “huge profound impact” on the way he shoots and directs future projects. “Robert says early on, ‘My dad’s a lover of process.’ And I felt like that was something that was always with me during the process of making this film. And I do so many other films that are done in a different way, that there was something very exciting and it reminded me of how I started, which is like on this film called ‘American Movie,’ where it was me with a camera on my shoulder, little to no crew, just trying to figure it out as we went along. And to me, that’s the most exciting,” said Smith.

  • Many of us not so familiar with Robert Downey Sr. learn from watching this documentary that Robert Downey Sr. appeared in “Boogie Nights”, or that Senior and Paul Thomas Anderson were close friends. (Many of their conversations were on youtube).

    Robert Downey Jr Admits he was ‘a tad bit jealous’ of Paul Thomas Anderson’s relationship with his father

    Watch this,
    Paul Thomas Anderson & Robert Downey Sr Talk Putney Swope/

  • Because of “Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond”, the producer suggested that Chris Smith contact Robert Downey Jr to make his documentary.

    (Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond” .)

  • Christhepool
    (The Pool in Goa)


    Chris Smith Interview – Filmmaker

    Filmmaker: When did you first read Randy Russell’s short story? And when did you decide you want to transpose it to Goa?

    Smith: I’m always looking for something that looks interesting and engaging. For me, it was one of those stories that I read and then came back to. It just sort of stuck with me; it was so simple and some of the themes seemed so universal. I thought back to the experience I had when I was in India about four or five years ago helping some friends shoot a movie, where we were living at that hotel and interacting with the roomboys and getting a sense of their lives. The idea of putting those two worlds together seemed really interesting to me, and I thought the two could be combined in a way that could provide a lot of rich material to work from.
    2)The kids didn’t know how to read so for me it was more important to get a good performance than to get word-for-word.

    Adieu Mylene Domengeot (29 Sept 1935 – 1 Dec 2022)

    Friday, December 2nd, 2022
  • Mylene Demongeot at Cannes

  • Mylene Demongeot was born Marie-Helene Demongeot on September 29, 1935, in Nice, France, into a family of actors. Her parents met in Shanghai, China, and moved to Nice, where she grew up. Her mother, Klaudia Trubnikova, was a Russian-Ukrainian émigré from Kharkiv, who escaped from the horrors of the Russian Civil War.

    A “veteran of cinema”[11] who started as one of the blond sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s,[12][13][14] she managed to avoid typecasting by exploring many film genres including thrillers, westerns, comedies, swashbucklers, period films and even pepla, such as Romulus and the Sabines (1961) and Gold for the Caesars (1963).

    Demongeot was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for her portrayal of Abigail Williams in The Crucible (1957) which also garnered her best actress at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and was twice nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the César Awards for 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)[15] and French California (2006).

  • (Bonjour Tristesse Jean Seberg and Mylene Demongeot directed by Otto Preminger).

  • (“The Singer Not the Song” Mylene Demongeot with Dirk Bogarde)

  • Mylene Demongeot was in supporting roles with Catherine Deneuve in “Midwife” and “On My Way”.

  • Celebrate Our Greatest Talk Show Host Dick Cavett – 2022

    Saturday, November 19th, 2022
  • “I do remember Nebraska idyllic images. Playing guns with my friends, or kick-the-can, or ditch, watching airplanes drone overhead on lazy Sunday afternoons, collecting June bugs in a jar on summer nights, playing statues, making mud slippers. … I know there are people who can’t dredge up a single pleasant memory of their childhood, and I can come up with a hundred from mine, some of them right off a calendar or out of ‘Tom Sawyer,’ ” wrote Dick Cavett in his autobiography, “Cavett,” in 1974.

    Happy birthday Dick Cavett (wiki)

  • Anagram Brando Conversation (Previous Post)

  • Why Dick Cavett was the greatest talk show host of all time

  • Ingmar Bergman, Bibi Andersson & Dick Cavett on youtube here.

  • Dick Cavett’s Top 10 at Criterion

  • Mel Brooks, Frank Captra Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Altman on Dick Cavett Show

  • (Orson Welles Interviews Dick Cavett.)
    Assorted hijinks an interview with Dick Cavett (Paris View)

  • Actor, Writer, Director, the Passing of Douglas McGrath at 64

    Sunday, November 6th, 2022

  • Bullet Over Broadway Script by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath

    David Shayne: Helen, have you thought about what I said before about the way I feel—
    Helen Sinclair: Don’t speak.
    David Shayne: But, I. . . I want to express—
    Helen Sinclair: Don’t. . .speak. Don’t!
    David Shayne: Just a few things that I want to tell you—
    Helen Sinclair: Don’t. . .speak!
    David Shayne: When we first met—
    Helen Sinclair: No, no, don’t speak. Don’t speak. Please don’t speak. Please don’t speak. No. No. No. Go. Go, gentle Scorpio, go. Your Pisces wishes you every happy return.
    David Shayne: Just one—
    Helen Sinclair: Don’t speak!

  • (Douglas McGrath on Charlie Rose)
    Douglas McGrath talked about Woody Allen and Robert Redford on Charlies Rose. McGrath was directed by Redford in “Quiz Show”, he described Redford having a great sense of ‘humor.

    Douglas McGrath Dead, Oscr, Tony Nominated Writer Director (The Guardian obit)

    Douglas McGrath wiki (February 2, 1958 – November 3, 2022)

  • McGrath would appear on screen for Allen seven times – Celebrity, Sweet And Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Hollywood Ending, Cafe Society, Crisis In Six Scenes and Rifkin’s Festival. The last two featured McGrath in more prominent roles. On screen he was a calming figure that didn’t seem disturbed by Allen’s manic characters.

    McGrath did lots of work without Allen. Most significantly he wrote the film Emma and the very successful Carole King musical Beautiful.

  • (Toby Jones as Capote and Daniel Craig as Perry)

    Douglas MacGraths messy “Infamous” improves upon Capotes