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Looking back, Gus Van Sant -Birth of Indie films, Death Trilogy & His Polaroids

July 23rd, 2017
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    polaroid by Gus Van Sant

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    Happy birthday Gus Vant Sant!

    Initially Gus wanted Tom Waits for the role that went to Matt Dillon. Drugstore Cowboy was based on a true story. William
    S. Burroughs changed the profession for his part to that of a priest. He only wanted to work for one day so they shot everything in a day.

    Gus Vant Sant the evolution of Indie film (2015)

    John Waters and John Sayles inspired him to make films.

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    See Skateboard art and a video of Skateboarding from Paranoid Park (camera by Christopher Doyle)

  • Film Notes on Paul Schrader, Willem Dafoe +The Passing of Martin Landau, John Heard

    July 22nd, 2017
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    Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader (Schrader scripted Taxi Driver and Raging Bull)

    “I wrote Taxi Driver (1976) as personal therapy, not as a commercial project.” -Paul Schrader

  • Paul Schrader directed Natasha Richardson twice in Patty Hearst and the Comfort of the Strangers starring also Christopher Walken, Helen Mirren and Rupert Everett, script by Harold Pinter.

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    (The Light Sleeper)

    Happy birthday Paul Schrader (22 July 1946) and Willem Dafoe (22 July 1955)
    Their more recent film was Dog Eat Dog .
    They have collaborated many times, The Light Sleeper, The Affliction and Auto-Focus.

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    Chilly Scenes of Winter (based on Anne Beattie’s Novel)

    RIP John Heard (with Mary Beth Hurt now Mrs. Paul Schrader here in this photo)
    Heard was also directed by Paul Schrader in Cat People.

    Jeff Bridges‏ tweeted.
    John Heard- what a wonderful actor. We were in the movie Cutter’s Way together & I got to experience his artistry and dedication first hand.

    John Heard played Jack Kerouac in Heart Beat with Nick Nolte and Sissy Spececk.

  • John Heard’s Final Inteview

  • RIP Martin Landau!
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    See more photos of Martin Landau and James Dean – here .

  • Wing Shya, Hong Kong Photographer Who Collaborated with Wong Kar Wai

    July 16th, 2017
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    (Photo of Maggie Cheung by Wing Shya)

    Wing Shya

    In 1997, appointed as the exclusive photographer and graphic designer; Shya began his collaboration with the renowned movie director, Wong Kar-Wai on Happy Together, continued then on In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046.

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    Dystopic Visions from the movie sets of Wong Kar Wai

  • See a short video by Wong Kar Wai – Shanghai Diva here.

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  • Louise Alexander Gallery – Wing Shya

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    (From Happy Together)

  • RIP Liu Xiaobo Most Prominent Dissident Died, (December 28, 1955, July 13, 2017)

    July 13th, 2017
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    Sad news ..

    Liu Xiaobo: China’s most prominent dissident dies

  • Liu Xiaobo persuaded student protesters to leave Tianamen Square.

  • The Passion of Liu Xiaobo

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    (Photo by his wife before his arrest)
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    Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61.
    The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion” and was recently moved to a hospital due to a terminal liver cancer.
    A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by authorities.
    The Nobel Committee said the Chinese government bore a “heavy responsibility” for his death.
    The campaigner was repeatedly jailed throughout his life. When not in prison, he was subject to severe restrictions while his wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest.

    Long Hot Summer of Love from Germany, Sigmar Polke & Jurgen Trautwein

    July 11th, 2017
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    See more art by Sigmar Polke from an archive here.

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    See Jurgen Trautwein’s archive here.

  • Fugitive Kind, Tennessee Williams, Marlon Brando & the Passing of Vivien Leigh

    July 7th, 2017
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    Photo by Jo Healy/Erin Clermont 1948
    Outsider Art Tenessee Williams

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    Fugitive Kind (Based on Tennesse Williams’s play Orpheus Descending)

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    Vivien Leigh
    Died:July 8, 1967,

    Leigh made just three more films after “Streetcar.” One of them, “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” was based on a novel by Williams. She died in 1967 from chronic tuberculosis.

  • 25 Things you did not know about A Street car named desire.

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    Olivier staged “A Streetcar named desire” in London earlier with Vivien.

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    Vivien Leigh

    Jean Cocteau – Postcard from Paris, Self-Portrait to Paul Valery -2017

    July 5th, 2017
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    see portrait by Modigliani and other links here.

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  • Jean Cocteau Part II

  • True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. Jean Cocteau

    Jean Cocteau (more quotes here)

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    Postcards from Paris

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    (With Francois Truffaut )

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    Self-Portrait by Jean Cocteau in a letter to Paul Valéry…

    Rilke and Paul Valery (previous post)

    Chinese Box, Hong Kong Nostalgia, Photos by Fan Ho -2017

    June 30th, 2017
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    On June 30, 1997, in Hong Kong, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling it for 156 years
    Wayne Wang’s film “The Chinese Box starred Jeremy Iron & two great actresses from China, Gong Li & Maggie Cheung (M.C was happy to play this scarfaced woman – a departure. .The film took place during the transition, using the real footage, Prince Charles was there.. very emotional moment in history.

    Ruben Blades singing here (excerpt from Chinese Box on youtube)

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    Fan Ho’s never-before-seen Hong Kong images on show in exhibition and new book

    Fan Ho – (8-october-1937-19-june-2016), see more photos here.

  • Bruce Lee
    (Bruce with IP Man)

  • Ann Hui (Hong Kong/Macao Filmmaker who won many lifetime achievement awards)
    Maggie was directed by Ann Hui in Ann’s autobiographical film.

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    Autumn Moon directed by Clara Law

    Full film of Autumn Moon by Clara Law here (Youtube)

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    Clara Law

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    In the middle is Tony Leung Chiu Wai and the bottom is Tony Leung Ka Fai

  • Max, Misery, & Mel Brooks – Summer of Pop Horror – 2017

    June 28th, 2017
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    Noah Tayler as Hitler, John Cusack as an art dealer.

    Max – trailer

    The central mystery of Hitler, William Boyd writes in a recent Times Literary Supplement, is: “How on earth could a dysfunctional, deranged, down-and-out homeless person in pre-First World War Vienna become, 20 years later, Chancellor of Germany?” A peculiar and intriguing film named “Max” argues that he succeeded because he had such a burning need to be recognized–and also, of course, because of luck, good for him, bad for us. If Hitler had won fame as an artist, the century’s history might have been different. Pity about his art.

    “Max” imagines a fictional scenario in which the young Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) is befriended by a one-armed Jewish art dealer named Max Rothman (John Cusack) in Munich in the years following World War I. Both served in the German army and fought in the same battle, where Rothman lost his arm. The dealer opens an avant-garde art gallery in a vast abandoned factory, showcasing artists such as George Grosz and attracting important collectors–and Hitler, clutching his portfolio of kitsch. Rothman takes pity on this man and is friendly to him, moved by the pathos beneath his bluster. (Roger Ebert)

  • Considers the scripts to Max (2002) and Being John Malkovich (1999) the best he has read. (IMDB)

    Cusack with Arundhati Roy (2016)

    Happy birthday John Cusack, Mel Brooks and Kathy Bates.

    Mel Brooks Hitler Rap (youtube)

    Kathy Bates made two films based on Stephen King, Misery and Dolores Claiborne and she won an Oscar with Misery.

    See funny photos from here..

    Peter Weller, Naked Lunch Actor is an Art Historian of Italian Renaissance

    June 24th, 2017
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    Judy Davis and Peter Weller (they were in two films in the past, Naked Lunch and the New Age)
    Happy birthday Peter Weller!

    From 2013 interview
    Peter Weller on feminism, sequels, and more.
    On Judy Davis – Peter said,

    I did two movies with her, and she may be the most brilliant actress… well, one of the most brilliant actresses. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her and Diane Keaton and Dianne Wiest, and those three actresses are unbeatable. Unbeatable!

    Peter Weller is also an art historian, (via his wiki)

    Italian Renaissance Art History.[13] In October 2013 he filed his dissertation,[14] entitled “Alberti Before Florence: Early Sources Informing Leon Battista Alberti’s De pictura”, and was awarded his doctorate in 2014

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    With David Cronenberg and William S Burroughs

    On Naked Lunch (youtube)

  • Edit DeAk , Critic & Curator for the Undercovered – (1950–2017)

    June 23rd, 2017

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    Art critic Edit deAk has died. Doyenne of a downtown New York art world that was the playground for many a nascent movement and ideology—punk, Pictures, New Wave, No Wave, and postmodernism—DeAk wrote for Artforum, Interview, ZG, and Art Random, among other publications. She was also, perhaps most famously, the cofounder—with artist-critic Walter Robinson and writer Joshua Cohn—of Art-Rite, an art periodical published from 1973 to 1978. Artists such as Alan Vega (of the band Suicide), Dorothea Rockburne, Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Pat Steir, and Rosemary Mayer designed covers for the paper.

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    New York City Ballet dancer Ulrik Trojaborg, artist/critic Edit DeAk, and art luminary Andy Warhol discussing Polaroids at The Odeon, 1986.

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    NYtimes obit

    Ms. DeAk founded Art-Rite in 1973 with Walter Robinson and Joshua Cohn, two fellow students at Columbia University. Its stated goal was to provide “coverage of the undercovered.”
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    Attuned to the emerging alternative galleries and performance spaces in downtown Manhattan, the journal, published out of Ms. DeAk’s SoHo loft, turned the spotlight on art at the margins: performance art, video art, conceptual art and outsider art. She had a special affection for street art, which she once called “information from the middle of the night.”
    Ms. DeAk’s critical style was personal, quirky and inventive, with adjectives like “nuancical” popping up unexpectedly.

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    Vito Acconci arranging cushions for PersonA, curated by Edit deAk, April 1974
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    Vito Acconci - previous post

    World’s End, Schwitters’ Barn, Walcott Museum, T. C Boyle’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s House

    June 22nd, 2017

  • Kurt Schwitters (Dada, sound poetry, the first installation artist)
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    Kurt Schwitters

    Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn under threat from property developers
    German artist’s ‘outstanding’ unfinished work in Cumbria could be sold after art institutions refuse to save it

    Derek Wallcott museum closing

  • World’s End..

  • Author TC Boyle at his home in Montecito, CA.

    2009 – archpaper – Frank Lloyd Wright Obsession is more novel than we thought
    (The Women by T C Boyle is based on Frank Lloyd Wright)

    T C Boyle homepage

    Page 2 – from his homepage

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    Frank Lloyd Wright and his curious asian collection (Previous post)