Curtis Hanson, Director and Oscar-Winning Writer on ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71
Sweet Bean (Nytimes) - A delicacy unites a vendor and an old woman.
Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.
Still Walking – Hirokazu Kore eda (previous post)
Full film ofAutumn Moon by Clara Law here (Youtube)
Mystery Train - Jim Jarmusch
From Tuesday, 13 September 2016 – the artist’s birthday – visitors arriving at the entrance to the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin will be greeted by Robert Indiana’s large-scale sculpture, Imperial LOVE (1966/2006).
Whitney (Beyond Love)
Love in Hebrew installed in Jerusalem Noguchi Garden (Previous post)
See a better photo of Ahava
How Love nearly ruined Robert Indiana’s career (mental floss)
Happy birthday Robert Indiana! his wiki here
and Tseng Kwong Chi
My mirrored glasses give
the picture a neutral
impact and a surrealistic
quality I am looking for.
I am an inquisitive traveler,
a witness of my time, and
an ambiguous ambassador.
Tseng Kwong Chi
Tseng and Herman Costa, Aids Memrorial (Photos of Eleven Good Men)
Tseng was 39 when he died.
See him at Grand Canyon
His imagery was always the curious, blank Chinese tourist. I would say to Kwong that you don’t fool me, I know, I can sense protest when I see it… this blankness was the way in which this culture at large expected him, as an Asian man, to exist. So he became a kind of a cipher, a smooth surface that because it was so impenetrable, this persona, it reflected everything!
Bill T. Jones
[TSENG’s work is like] a cross between Ansel Adams and Cindy Sherman.
Happy birthday Bernie Sanders!
via Andrew Bonheler
See previous post on Bernie Sanders (Contempt for Voters, theater of cruelty, undemocratic primary of 2016.
Martin Buber. I and thou.
“The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.”
― Martin Buber
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
― Martin Buber
Sparrow Impromptu in Portland – Hilarious Falcon Flying from Bosnia to Syria – War and Peace Spring of 2016
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Chalk Cliffs on Rügen
Oil on canvas, 90,5 x 71 cm
Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur
The painting was painted in recollection of the artist’s honeymoon.
Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 – 7 May 1840)
One of the unexpectedly important things that art can do for us is teach us how to suffer. It can do so by evoking scenes that are dark, melancholy or painful, and that normalise and lend dignity to the suffering we may ourselves be experiencing in isolation and confusion. They reveal – with grandeur and technical skill – that grief belongs to the human condition.
Caspar David Friedrich, a painter of sublime sadness, was born in 1774 in Greifswald, an ancient trading town in the far north of Germany, on the Baltic coast. It was a beautiful place in a severe, northern sort of way. As a child he loved the way the pinnacles, spires and towers of the town loomed up above the trees in the haze of very early summer mornings.
India – 1956
Marc Riboud (NYtimes obit)
Born: June 24, 1923, Saint-Genis-Laval, France
Died: August 30, 2016
See Nude in the mirror, Prague, 1982 and other photos here Slideshow czechoslovakia
From left to right: Panchen Lama, Dalaï Lama, Zhou Enlai, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. India, 1956
(via Politicians from Marc Riboud homepage)
Photo of Marguerite Yourcenar by Marc Riboud – (she was Madame Bibliotheque – see her book on Mishima.)
Lens culture: Educating the Eye: Looking Back With Marc Riboud
In conversation with Marc Riboud
Sad news - Gene Wilder passed away.
Prison scene from Stir Crazy (youtube)
Cary Grant stopping Gene Wilder to talk about Silver Streak – (via Sheila’s Variation)
Oh, Mr. Wilder! … Mr. Wilder!” I turned and saw Cary Grant stepping out of the taxi. My heart started pounding a little faster, but I didn’t throw up this time, as I did when I met Simone Signoret.
Cary took his daughter to see Silver Streak.. and he saw the film again.
Tell me something, will you?”
“Was your film in any way inspired by North by Northwest?”
“Absolutely! Collin Higgins, who wrote the film, loved North by Northwest. It was one of his favorites. I think he was trying to do his version of it.”
“I thought so,” Mr. Grant said. “It never fails! You take an ordinary chap like you or me … (An ordinary chap like you or me? Didn’t he ever see a Cary Grant movie?) … put him in trouble way over his head, and then watch him try to squirm out of it. Never fails!”
Aug 29 – birthday of Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington
Photo by Herman Leonard
1949 for charlie 1955 for Dinah
Happy birthday Fatih Akin -
“The funnier it is in the beginning of a story, the more dramatic it can become. Because when an audience is laughing, that’s opening their souls somehow, and when you have an audience with an open soul, it’s much better to hit them with a knife.” MUBI/Fatih Akin
The film stars the French-Algerian actor Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”) as an Armenian blacksmith who travels around the world — from Aleppo to Havana to North Dakota — in search of his two daughters, with whom he lost touch after the outbreak of systematic violence that would eventually claim the lives of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.
Commencing with his own personal inspirations, he referred to Bruce Lee as a key formative influence, although he admitted that he hadn’t yet made a film in direct tribute to Lee.
For his first major international breakthrough, “Head On” – that won the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2004 – he says that he was inspired by Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” especially in terms of the freedom of camera work, and by Lars von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves.”
Another key influence for “Head On” was Patrice Chereau’s “Intimacy.” Akin wanted to explore the boundaries of showing sex -scenes in the context of a hard-hitting drama and wanted a Turkish female lead, but this proved to be difficult because of the nude scenes. He ultimately cast former adult film actress Sibel Kekilli.
“I have to fall in love with my actors,” he said. “Filmmaking is a war, a holy war. It’s my own private jihad. When you’re in a war, you’re in the trenches. You create a brotherhood and you depend on each other for your lives.”
Roger Ebert – review of Edge of Heaven here .
Happy birthday A.S. Byatt
See a trailer here (youtube)
A.S. Byatt’s essay on Sigmar Polke
Sausages and potatoes, fairytale images and the dots of newspaper photographs – Sigmar Polke explores modern reality through an extraordinary range of imagery. The novelist A.S. Byatt sings his praises