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RIP Manuel Neri (April 12, 1930–October 18,2021)

October 20th, 2021

  • Manuel Neri wiki

    Manuel Neri – Hackettmill (See more art here)

  • Manuel Neri was an American sculptor who is recognized for his life-size figurative sculptures in plaster, bronze, and marble. In Neri’s work with the figure, he conveys an emotional inner state that is revealed through body language and gesture.

    Granddaughter Kaitlyn performed at Phoenix art museum.

  • Viggo Mortensen in Two Films, with Cronneberg & another with Lisandro Alonso

    October 19th, 2021

  • Crimes of the Future

    (On David Cronenberg)[He] has helped me do really good work, better than other directors. Maybe because he understands my process and because we have some things in common in terms of our sensibility – the kinds of books we like to read, our sense of humor is similar.
    It’s comforting to be working with someone you know will make a good movie. Some people will say, ‘Ahhh, he’s over the top, it’s gratuitous,’ [but] I disagree completely. He’s one of the most responsible filmmakers today as far as showing violence – which there’s very little of compared to other movies. It just stays with you because he shows very little of it. It just stays with you and he’s very direct about it. He shows you what happens, and what the consequences are physically and emotionally, in some cases; certainly he does in A History of Violence (2005), and also here [in Eastern Promises (2007)], that makes him very honest.

    Viggo Mortensen IMDB

  • Eureka – Viggo’s new film with Jauja director Lisandro Alonso

    The first part of the film, titled “Western” and set on the U.S.-Mexico border, will have echos of Jauja but is not a sequel, following Mortensen playing a father named Murphy searching for his daughter (Agger), who has been kidnapped. The second part of the film, titled “Pine Ridge,” is set in South Dakota on a Native American Reservation in the present-day. While there aren’t details on Part 3 yet, Part 4, titled “Amazonia,” will follow a character named Ubirajara, “a member of a far happier indigenous settlement in the Amazon who goes off to dig for gold, contracting, literally, gold fever.”

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  • Far from Men
    See Far from Men – Viggo Mortensen and Albert Camus (Previous post)


  • Viggo on his art –
    “Photography, painting or poetry those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things, they are my way of communicating.” (via IMDB)
    Happy birthday Viggo Mortensen

  • Hannah Arendt – Lesson from Life

    October 18th, 2021
  • How the facts of Hannah Arendt’s life read like fiction

    Lesson from Life – Hannah Arendt

    As her friend Mary McCarthy once said, Arendt was “a magnificent stage diva”. Focusing on only one episode in Arendt’s eventful existence, Margarethe von Trotta’s dull 2012 biopic Hannah Arendt didn’t show the half of it. Time, surely, for the 12-part HBO drama series. Having read Ann Heberlein’s lyrical yet lucid On Love and Tyranny, I suggest Episode One end with the young Arendt declaring, “I can either study philosophy or I can drown myself”.

  • Raul Hilberg, the first historian to document the banality of Nazi evil, nursed a lifelong grudge against Arendt. who borrowed from and popularized his work without crediting him.

    Hanna Arendt never did the research, she popularized the idea that Nazis were primarily bureaucrats. Here is a book about the man whose research Hanna used without attribution.

    Hilberg was not happy either. After toiling for thirteen years on his book, he was being eclipsed by someone who had worked for little more than two years on hers. “Who was I, after all?” Hilberg asked bitterly in his autobiography. “She, the thinker, and I, the laborer who wrote only a simple report, albeit one which was indispensable once she had exploited it.”

  • Hannah and Her Admirers by David Rieff (Susan Sontag’s son)

    Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them.
    Arendt had relied, by her own admission, on Raul Hilberg’s magisterial history of the Shoah, The Destruction of the European Jews, published in 1961. Most valuable of all to her was Hilberg’s account of the role of the Judenräte during the Shoah, and to what degree the leaders of these councils had in effect collaborated in the Jews’ extermination. Her conclusion was that had the Jews been leaderless and unorganized, there would have been chaos and misery, but nowhere near as many as 6 million would have been murdered. It was this position, far more than her thinking about the banality of evil, that had set so much of the official Jewish world against her. And while Hilberg did not agree with her, as he makes clear in a few icy paragraphs of his memoir, The Politics of Memory, he nonetheless defended Arendt publicly during the controversy.

    It is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them. Despite her immense talent as a director of actors, perhaps with Hannah Arendt von Trotta is not so far from those late Rossellini films after all, and is nowhere near being as diligent or trustworthy.

    Billion Dollor Code -A Brilliant Thriller

    October 12th, 2021
  • Billion Dollor Code (Zurich film festival)

  • Meet the splendid cast

  • Etel Adnan, The Poet, Novelist, Journalist and Artist – Guggenheim Oct 8, 2021

    October 9th, 2021
  • Etel Adnan Art

  • Poetry Foundation

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    Exhibition – Etel Adnan Lights – New Measure

    She was born in Beirut in 1925 to a Greek mother and Syrian father; grew up speaking French, Arabic, and Greek; and as an adult has lived for extended periods in Lebanon, the United States, and France. She began to paint in the late 1950s, while working as a professor of philosophy in Northern California. It was a period when, in protest of France’s colonial rule in Algeria, she renounced writing in French and declared that she would begin “painting in Arabic.”

    While Adnan’s writings have been unflinching in their critique of war and social injustice, her visual art is an intensely personal distillation of her faith in the human spirit and the beauty of the natural world. She has stated, “It seems to me I write what I see, paint what I am.” Adnan creates her paintings decisively and intuitively.

    (Via Guggenheim)

  • The Luminous Abstractions of Etel Adnan (New Yorker)

  • Emily Mortimer – Leonie, The Bookshop etc.

    October 6th, 2021

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    Leonie (Film)
    Written and Directed by Hisako Matsui, Emily Mortimer played Leonie who was the mother of Isamu Noguchi.
    Watch trailer on Kanopy

  • More on Isamu Noguchi (previous post) (Including the Tea Ceremony with Charlie Chaplin)

  • Happy birthday Emily Mortimer! She was great in The Bookshop, Young Adam, The Party, The Match Point, Dear Frankie. etc.

    In 2000, Mortimer met her husband Alessandro Nivola while both were starring in Love’s Labour’s Lost.

  • Emily Mortimer is now directing, In the Pursut of Love (Rolling Stone)

    Emily Mortimer’s Lifelong ‘Pursuit’

    How the actress brought a beloved book from her youth to life onscreen as writer-director of the Amazon miniseries ‘The Pursuit of Love’

  • Justin Peck Dancer, Choreographer Extraordinaire

    September 30th, 2021
  • Justin Peck homepage

  • Four Phrases Justin Peck Ballet improvisations

  • See a documentary on Justin Peck at Kanopy Ballet 422

  • Rodeo

    NYC Ballet’s Justin Peck and Taylor Stanley on Peck’s RODEO: FOUR DANCE EPISODES

    The Moon & Basho

    September 26th, 2021
  • The Moon Glows the Same

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  • The moon so pure
    a wandering monk carries it
    across the sand

    Matsuo Bashō

  • In Balanchine Classroom

    September 19th, 2021

  • May 19, 1965: George Balanchine examines Suzanne Farrell’s hand in rehearsals for a NYCB production of Don Quixote at New York State Theater. (Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    In Balanchine Classroom is streaming at Kanopy.

    Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.

  • Balanchine, 1941
    (Above photo by George Platt Lynes)

  • Balanchine Teaching – the New Yorker

  • Shakespeare of Dance and Our Contemporary

  • Balanchine danced with John Maynard Keynes‘s wife who was
    a ballerina.

  • 10th Anniversary of Occupied Wall Street – 2021

    September 17th, 2021
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    “Even the smallest of voices need to be heard” a placard held by the young Lego artist.
    (She will be 15 years old in a few days)

  • Occupy Wall Street was seen as a failure when it ended in 2011. But it’s helped transform the American left.

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    Merrill Lynch Wall Street Waltz (Digital photo collage by Fung Lin Hall)

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  • Looking back…

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    Wall street Anti- Captitalist Protest Picture Gallery slideshow (Guardian)

    LiveStream Global Revolution

  • A line from Salvador Allende

    Balancing between abstract
    expressionism & futurism
    the calm metal instrument
    of my voice tweaks the once-

    sacred double-helix to create
    pyramids in bold colors &
    textures. Exquisite tropes. The
    great avenues will open again.

    Daniil Medvedev Moment, First Grand Slam at US Open

    September 12th, 2021

  • New signal to the Tennis world
    Other Tennis players react on social meida

    Medvedev is the first to win a Grand Slam final against one of the Big 3 since Stan Wawrinka.


    (Dead fish celebration)

    “I like to play FIFA. I like to play PlayStation. It’s called the dead fish celebration. If you know your opponent when you play FIFA, many times you’re going to do this. You’re going to score a goal, you’re up 5-0, you do this one.


  • Happy winners!

  • Naomi Kawase – “True Mothers’ ( japanese title Asa ga kuru)

    September 9th, 2021

  • A review of True Mothers

  • (Azu Makita was in “After the Storm” “The Third Murder’, “The Shoplifters” directed by Kore eda)


  • Juliette Binoche and Naomi Kawase photographed by Leslie Kee for Vogue Taiwan, 2018

    The Dvd of “True Mother”s offers Bonus feature discussion of Naomi Kawase and Juliette Binoche. Both ladies often became emotional and were in tears.

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    Naomi Kawase
    Masatoshi Nagases previous post
    Naomi Kawase wiki

    She employs this documentary-realism to focus on individuals of lesser cultural status, challenging prevailing representations of women within the male-dominated Japanese film industry.[1] This theme is also connected to her own personal reflections on contemporary issues in the current climate of economic depression such as the declining birthrate, alienation, and the collapse of traditional family structures