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Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter for Kurosawa, Kobayashi Dies at 100

July 20th, 2018
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    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

    Obit – shinobu-hashimoto-dies-at-100

    Screenwriter for Rashomon dies – (deadline)

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    (Samurai Rebellion directed by Kobayashi, screenwriting by Hashimoto)

    Mainichi obit

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    Certain Women 2016 from the Criterion Collection – Kelly Reichardt

    July 17th, 2018
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    The Guardian –

    Her work is subtle, deliberately anti-dramatic. Her approach goes beyond naturalism and lands somewhere between painful introversion and acute empathy. As such, Certain Women won’t appeal to everyone.

    But for those who connect with Reichardt’s approach – and I count myself among them – the film is a minor miracle. Based on the writing of Maile Meloy, it is loosely a triptych of stories in which nothing much happens, full of expressive moments in which nothing is said, but which somehow convey an ache of longing or a small stab of triumph. The tales don’t so much intersect as brush against each other. They unfold in the small-town American northwest and feature four women, who each, in their own way, have something of the unvarnished pioneer spirit that fascinated Reichardt in Meek’s Cutoff (2010).

    Found the film from the local library - as Criterion added to it’s collection.
    The disc includes an interview to Todd Haynes who was an executive producer of Certain Women.

  • Another Interview –

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    Ingmar Bergman the Centennial Celebration with His Actresses

    July 13th, 2018
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    The first sentences from the Magic Lantern by Ingmar Bergman.
    When I was born in 1918, my mother has Spanish influenza. I was in a bad way and was baptized as a precaution at the hospital.

    (Ingmar Bergman archive here)

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    Jeanne Moreau visiting Ingmar Bergman.
    (Read Ingmar Bergman’s Dangerous Liasions)

    As Harriet Andersson acknowledged, his leading performers grew exasperated at his tendency to describe them as “my actresses”, as if they were his chattels. From the very beginning of Bergman’s career in the 1940s to its very end 60 years later, the women in his films have testified to the intense and claustrophobic relationship he cultivated with them.

  • Jeanne Moreau – beloved actress was brilliant and breathlessly cool.

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    (During the awarding of the Selznick-Goldlorbeer-award on 29th June 1961 in Berlin on accasion of the Berlinale Film Festival. )
    (Shimura appeared in 21 of Akira Kurosawa’s 30 films)

  • Happy birthday Ingmar Bergman

    More photos of Ingmar Bergman here.

  • Double Contradictory Feeling, Collage by John Stezaler

    July 9th, 2018
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    John Stezaker (wiki)

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  • see more here…The Approach

    RIP Robby Muller – Cinematographer for Jarmusch, Wenders, Schroeder, & L.V. Trier

    July 4th, 2018
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    Robby Müller, Cinematographer for Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier, Dead at 78

    R.I.P. Robby Müller. “When I choose to work on a film, the most important thing to me is that it is about human feelings. I try to work with directors who want their films to touch the audience, & make people discuss what the film was about long after they have left the cinema. (Film Society tweeted)

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    Mystery Train - Jim Jarmusch

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    Paris Texas

  • I don’t know what this life is about. I thought I did for a long time, but now I have no idea.
    I am not even sure if it matters what we do while we are here. But I think it is something to leave behind as much love and beauty as is possible.
    Robby Muller has died.
    If there is anyone who surpasses him as far as leaving beauty behind, I have no idea who that could be.
    He was a true artist. John Lurie on Facebook July 4, 2018

  • Alchetron – Robby Muller

  • Buena Vista Social Club Ibrahim Ferrer

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    Coffee and Cigarettes – Cate Blanchet in two roles.

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    Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves (directed by Lars Von Trier)

  • Ken Russell, Kafka and Tom Stoppard Born on July 3.

    July 3rd, 2018
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    Ken Russell July 3rd, 1927 (The Mad music lover – previous post)

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    (Robert Crumb – Introducing Kafka)

    Kafka Imagining (previous post)


  • Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard photographed by Arnold Newman
    Both Tom Stoppard and Franz Kafka were born in Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic today).

  • Patrick Morell – Filmmaker, Documentaries, & Travels

    June 29th, 2018
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    Patrick Morell Filmmaker, Documentaries, Taravels and more.
    Happy birthday!

    Interview - on books – Proust, Thomas Wolfe, Genet, August Wilson, Philip Roth etc.

    Lawrence of Arabia. From Lawrence Book. The 7 pillars of wisdom. Big influence. I took a nap under his Rock in the desert of Wadi Rum, at the order and border of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. – Patrick Morell

    Wellfleet. Massachussetts
    Patrick Morell -Golden Rabbit films LLC

    Patrick’s #1 inspiration was Louis Malle’s most personal film, Phantom of India .

    Uummannaq. Western Greenland. (click to see large)
    Photo by Patrick Morell

    Donald Hall – Work, Love, Build a House and Die – (1928-2018)

    June 25th, 2018
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    (Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon)

    LA Times obit

    The joy and tragedy of his life were his years with Kenyon, his second wife. They met in 1969, when she was his student at the University of Michigan. By the mid-’70s, they were married and living together at Eagle Creek, fellow poets enjoying a fantasy of mind and body — of sex, work and homemaking.

    “We sleep, we make love, we plant a tree, we walk up and down/eating lunch,” he wrote.

    Paris Review

    Donald Hall, Who Gave His Life to Work and Eros.
    He was also very funny and very particular (“I love chicken salad, egg salad as long as it has onion, turkey and salami. I don’t like tuna”). The horrors of antiquity—a “black fatigue,” congestive heart failure, “a hundred and fifty colonoscopies,” walking more slowly with his “rollator,” falling down, the loss of words—did not exclude joy and love.

  • New Yorker -Between Solitude and Loneliness (Hall’s short Story)

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  • “Work, love, build a house, and die,” he wrote. “But build a house.” – Donald Hall

  • Poetry foundation

    Often compared favorably with such writers as James Dickey, Robert Bly, and James Wright, Hall used simple, direct language to evoke surrealistic imagery. In addition to his poetry, Hall built a respected body of prose that includes essays, short fiction, plays, and children’s books. Hall, who lived on the New Hampshire farm he visited in summers as a boy, was also noted for the anthologies he has edited and is a popular teacher, speaker, and reader of his own poems.

  • All That Jazz – Cabaret, Lenny & Star 80, Bob Fosse

    June 23rd, 2018
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  • Happy birthday Bob Fosse!

  • Nusch Eluard, René Char & Cafe Society -2018

    June 21st, 2018
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    The combustive Nusch Eluard Born: June 21, 1906

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    René Char - Lucidity is the Wound Closest to the Sun

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    Protesting with Picasso on the heights of the Mont Ventoux against the nuclear installations.

    Resistance in Every way

    obéissez à vos cochons qui existent;
    j’obéis à mes dieux qui n’existent point.

    obey your pigs who exist;
    I obey my gods who do not.

  • Coffee & Cigarettes, Cafe Society

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    Simone de Beauvoir - Paris with Sartre, Chicago with Nelson Algren.

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    (Picasso, Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus and Picasso’s dog)

  • Fotos of R. Crumb by H. Benson & G. Cooper by Robert Capa

    June 16th, 2018
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    Robert Crumb 1968, photo by Harry Benson

  • Robert Crumb, Birthday Bean Effect (previous post)

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    Gary Cooper photo by Robert Capa

    Happy Father’s day!

  • Robert Capa, War and Ingrid Bergman

  • Being There – Jerzy Kosinski, Hal Ashby & Peter Sellers

    June 14th, 2018
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    Who was Jerzy Kosinski? (Previous post)

    Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933. He was an award-winning Polish-American novelist, best known for the novels The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971), the latter of which was adapted into a film in 1979.

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    Hal Ashby directed Being There.

  • Philip Roth on Jerzy Kosinski –

    In the end, I don’t understand Jerzy Kosinski. At some level, he must have judged his life as successful. Using his talent, wits, boldness and determination, he went far, if you consider the boy growing up under the most menacing of shadows. Was he happy? There is so much darkness in his novels, I wonder how much brightness there was in his life (inside him, in the place he kept hidden). I am left with a sense of pity, which I’m sure he would not want me to feel. He would prefer respect. And I can grant him that.

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    David Foster Wallace described Steps as a “collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that’s like nothing else anywhere ever”. Wallace continued in praise: “Only Kafka’s fragments get anywhere close to where Kosiński goes in this book, which is better than everything else he ever did combined.

    Polish Children