Comic Cat, Lit Cat, Film Noir Cat – 2020

August 8th, 2020

  • Edward Gorey loved cat and Balanchine (previous post)

    The Cop and Peter Cook the Comic Genius

  • Doris Lessing
    Doris Lessing archive here.

    Herman 1HermanHesse
    and the Cat.
    . another photo from writing & the feline muse.

    Herman Hesse – The Glass Bead Game

  • Yuichi Hibi – Neco hibineko

    Kay Ryan

    A cat can draw
    the blinds
    behind her eyes
    whenever she
    decides. Nothing
    alters in the stare
    itself but she’s
    not there. Likewise
    a future can occlude:
    still sitting there,
    doing nothing rude.

  • Patricia Highsmith (archive) 1patriciaJeannette

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    Samuel Beckett Archive

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    Louisa Chase

  • Isabelle Weingarten worked with Bresson, Eustache & Wenders

    August 4th, 2020

  • (Isabelle Weingarten – photo by Wim Wenders)
    Wendes directed her in The State of Things, they were married from 1981 to 82.

    Mother and the Whore
    (Isabelle was directed by Jean Eustache, not in this photo)

    Sad news about the passing of Isabell Weingarten came from Paul Soares.

    Isabelle Weingarten Instagram

    (See her filmography from MUBI)

    (Steve Hiett | Isabelle Weingarten, 1973)

  • Four Nights of a Dreamer is based on the story White Nights written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
    Robert Bresson directed her in Four Nights a Dreamer.

  • Isabelle
    (with Sam Fuller)

    David Goldblatt – South African Photographer (1930–2018)

    August 2nd, 2020

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    David Goldblatt, ‘The salute of the banned African National Congress at the graves of four assassinated black community leaders’, Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 20 July, 1985, gelatin-silver print. Museum no. E.112-1992, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    Art Net David Goldblatt

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    (Cafe de Move On Johnnesburg 1964)

  • Marian Goodman Gallery- / Structures of Dominion & Democracy

  • (Guardian obit in 2018)
    Art and Design – David Goldblatt (See more wonderful photos here)

    David Goldblatt A Monument to Apartheid In Fietas

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    Carvings for Sale on William Nicol Drive , 1999

  • Miriam Mazibuko waters the garden of her RDP house for which she waited eight years. It consists of one room. Her four children live with her in-laws. Extension 8, Far East Alexandra Township, 12 September 2006

  • Picture Protest – Frieze

  • Art Net David Goldblatt

    David Goldblatt was South African photographer known for his uncompromising images of his country during apartheid and afterward. “I was very interested in the events that were taking place in the country as a citizen but, as a photographer, I’m not particularly interested, and I wasn’t then, in photographing the moment that something happens. I’m interested in the conditions that give rise to events,” he once explained. Born on November 29, 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, he began photographing at an early age but his father’s illness required Goldblatt to run his family business while studying at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. After selling the company in 1963, Goldblatt focused entirely on a career in photography. His involvement with various artistic circles in Johannesburg granted him access to a broad range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

    RIP Alan Parker Midnight Express, Shoot the Moon

    July 31st, 2020

  • (Alan Parker and Mickey Rourke)
    Alan Parker Angel Heart

    Alan Parker Rolling Stone obit

    Sir Alan Parker, Director of ‘The Wall,’ ‘The Commitments,’ ‘Midnight Express,’ Dead at 76
    British filmmaking giant also helmed Bugsy Malone, Mississippi Burning and Fame

    Midnight Express Director Alan Parker died (Deadline obit)

  • Alan Parker’s Archive (Notes, letters etc from BFI.org.UK)

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    (Brad Davis in Midnight Express)

  • Albert Finney and Diane Keaton in Shoot the moon.
    (His most personal film)

    Peter Bradshaw A Guardian film critic who also loved “Shoot the Moon”

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    (Peter Weller and Diane Keaton in Shoot the Moon)

  • Frank McCourt wrote Angela’s Ashes

  • Chris Marker – Staring Back

    July 29th, 2020

  • (Alain Resnais and Chris Marker)

  • Chris Marker Appriciations

  • Chris Marker Par Agnes Varda

  • Le Joli Mai
    Marker, Eustache, Melville, Bresson

    Sayonara Kansai Yamamoto, Bowie Collaborator

    July 27th, 2020
  • Bowie collaborator Kansai Yamamoto dies aged 76

  • (David Bowie and Kansai Yamamoto)

  • Kansai Yamamoto debut Vogue Shoot 1971

  • RIP Olivia De Havilland – Gone with the Wind at 104.

    July 26th, 2020
  • (Olivia De Havilland Fast Facts )

    Olvia de Havilland Classic Hollywood Star dies at age 104

  • Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine Sisters Feud (Biography.com)

  • RIP John Saxon (August 5, 1935 – July 25, 2020) & Bruce Lee

    July 25th, 2020

  • (John Saxon and Bruce Lee – On set of Enter The Dragon – 1973)

  • John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico; August 5, 1935 – July 25, 2020) was an American actor and martial artist who worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. Saxon is known for his work in Westerns and horror movies, often playing police officers and detectives.
    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Saxon studied acting with Stella Adler before beginning his career as a contract actor for Universal Pictures, playing in such movies as Rock, Pretty Baby (1956) and Portrait in Black (1961). During the 1970s and 1980s, he established himself as a character actor, frequently portraying law enforcement officials in horror movies such as Black Christmas (1974), Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
    In addition to his roles in horror movies, Saxon co-starred with Bruce Lee in the martial arts movie Enter the Dragon (1973), and has supporting roles in the westerns Death of a Gunfighter (1969) and Joe Kidd (1972), as well as the adventure thriller Raid on Entebbe (1977). In the 1990s, Saxon occasionally appeared in movies, with small roles in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) and From Dusk till Dawn (1996).

    Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on July 25, 2020.


  • Goodbye, Jazz Icon Annie Ross

    July 22nd, 2020
  • Independent/UK obit

    Annie Ross death: Acclaimed jazz singer and actor dies aged 89
    London-born musician and nightclub owner left an indelible mark on jazz music

    Vocalese trio formed by jazz vocalists (from left to right) Annie Ross, Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks during a photo shoot for DownBeat magazine shot near First National Bank Building in Chicago, published on 17th September 1959.

    The original recording of her song “Twisted” was used in the introduction to the 1997 Woody Allen film Deconstructing Harry.

  • Bela Tarr- Satantango, The Turin Horse etc.

    July 21st, 2020

  • (Erika Bók in Satantango and The Turin Horse)

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    Werckmeister Harmonies,The melancholy of resistence, from Kinoeye.

    The setting is a provincial town cut off by ice, but there are also unclear rumours of events to come—this time robbery, violence and maybe apocalypse. A travelling circus comes to town offering to exhibit the biggest whale in the world, accompanied by a mysterious and uncontrollable figure referred to as “the prince,” who has the capacity to attract violent followers and whose presence alone is sufficient to trigger his policies of destruction.

  • From an interview with Bela Tarr, not surprisingly Bela Tarr mentioned Robert Bresson, Ozu, Fassbinder and Cassavattes as masters who influenced him.

    RIP Keith Sonnier – (July 31, 1941-July 18, 2020)

    July 19th, 2020
  • Poet of Light & Neon, Keith Sonnier (Artnet obit)

    “The difference with Keith is that he has a willingness to expose himself to experimentation that a lot of his peers lacked,” curator Jeffrey Grove, who worked on the artist’s seminal show “Until Today” at Parrish Museum, told Artnet News. “And that’s not a lack of rigor, that’s a confidence… a kind of quirky confidence that allowed him the freedom to expose himself to nontraditional materials that a lot of artists of his generation weren’t doing at the time.”(via Artnet)

    Irish art org – Keith Sonnier Until Today

    Keith Sonnier homepage

  • Inflated Workes 195-66 at the National Exemplar NY

  • Keith Sonnier (1941-2020, Mamou, Louisiana) was a Postminimalist, performance, video and light artist.[1] Sonnier was one of the first artists to use light in sculpture in the 1960s, and was been one of the most successful with this technique. Sonnier was a part of the Process Art Movement.(via wiki)

  • Keith Sonnier – 1969, Artforum

    WAS BORN in Mamou, a French-and-English-speaking town in Louisiana. The unassimilated Frenchness of Sonnier’s background—he speaks with no Southern accent—partly made for an unregretted childhood, and one which was open to the arts; at least it was not hostile to personal eccentricity. His father ran an hardware and electrical supply store. At 12 he drove. He went to Mamou High between 1955 and 1959. Nothing deeply disrupted this Southern rural picture except when, at 15, he had an inkling that “there had to be something else.”

  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa Master of Fear -Cure, Tokyo Sonata

    July 19th, 2020
  • Happy birthday Kiyoshi Kurosawa!

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Letterboxed

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa (born July 19, 1955) is a Japanese filmmaker. He is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre.

    “Cure” is in this list, Best Japanese film every year – BFI

  • Tokyo Sonata

    Interview Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Tahar Rahim (Film Comment)