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John Schlesinger – Far from the Crowd, Worked w/ Bates, Christie & Finch.

February 16th, 2019

  • “Darling” with Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey. .

    John Schlesinger
    A Kind of Loving.. his first film, starring Alan Bates.

    Old Obit from Independent

    Oscar-winning director of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ who brought a fresh approach and contemporary viewpoint to his film,
    John Richard Schlesinger, film director: born London 16 February 1926

    Terence Stamp. See Nicolas Roeg’s spectacular cinematography from here.

  • “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – his most personal film –

    Ian Bruma was his newphew.

    Conversation with John Schlesinger

    Goodbye, The Last Days in Chez Bruno Ganz

    February 16th, 2019
  • RIP Bruno Ganz

  • On the set of The American Friend

  • Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper (American Friend directed by Wim Wenders, based on a story by Patricia Highsmith )

  • From angel to Hitler Bruno Ganz
    headlines splashed.

  • On filming in Beirut,

    Volker Schlöndorf, said that Bruno Ganz was distressed with the war experience whereas Hanna felt quite comfortable in the midst of chaos.

    Circle of Deceit see another photo here ‘


  • Marquis d’O – directed by Eric Rohmer
    (Marquis d”O was based on the novel by Heinrich von Kleist)

  • Isabelle Huppert posted two photos on FB (did not know about these two films, both actors so prolific).

  • Bruno Ganz was in Australia working with Gillian Armstrong in Last Days in Chez Nous.

  • Thank you Bruno Ganz!

    Bride & Groom – Yves Klein & Rotrout, R. D.Laing & Jutta – Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 13th, 2019

  • Yves Klein & Rotrout

    In 1962, Rotraut and Klein married in Paris. Klein died six months later, while Rotraut was pregnant with their son’

    Rotrout divides her time between Phoenix, Arizona, Paris and Sydney Australia.
    Brother of Rotrout Uecker is Gunter Uecker

  • My Paintings are only the ashes of my art – Yves Klein


  • Jutta and R. D.Laing.

    Mad to be Normal – reviewed by Psychology Today

    Gabriel Byrne played a mad patient in Mad to be Normal.

  • Happy Valentine’s day!

  • RIP Robert Ryman – Poetic Minimalist Painter Died at 88

    February 9th, 2019

  • Art News Obit

    Robert Ryman, Painter of Poetic Minimalist Canvases, Has Died at 88

    Robert Ryman (wiki)

  • Robert Ryman, Untitled, 1961,
    graphite pencil, charcoal pencil and white pastel on gray paper,
    10″ x 10″ (25.4 cm x 25.4 cm),
    WORK ON PAPER,
    No. 44025,
    Alt # RR 61.100, Format of original photography: digital

  • Albert Finney, Stopped the Train, Shoot the Moon, Left the World at age 82

    February 8th, 2019
  • Albert Finney made Audrey happy.


    He also made Anouk Aimee happy.

    Finney, an almighty physical presence Obit (guardian)

    He was a brilliant and utterly distinctive actor, deeply rooted in a theatrical tradition but capable of naturalistic performances, a product of Britain’s vital new “kitchen-sink” cinema. And as a producer, Finney gave early breaks to Tony Scott and Stephen Frears, helped get Lindsay Anderson’s If… off the ground, and was a driving force behind Mike Leigh’s first feature, Bleak Moments.

  • Charm, Booze etc from Malcolm McDowel & Mike Figgis

  • Dialogue from Shoot The Moon


  • Under the Volcano, directed by John Huston, starring with Jacqueline Bisset.
    (Malcolm Lowry wrote Under the Volcano)
    Danny boy

    His wiki

    In 2002 his critically acclaimed portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm won him BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Actor.

    So many great films..
    The Entertainer, Tom Jones, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Shoot The Moon, Under the Volcano, The Dresser, Miller’s Crossing, Two for the Road, Browning Version, Charlie Bubbles,The Playboys,A Man of no Importance,Washinton Square, Before the Devils Knows You’re Dead,Big Fish, Erin Brockovich, Rich in Love. He was directed by Alan Rudolph Breakfast at Champion.. Murder on the Orient Express.

    Guardian

    Lawrence of Arabia casting by David Lean..

    Albert Finney death: The actor was David Lean’s first choice for Lawrence of Arabia’

    Forgotten Classic Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

    RIP Susan Hiller -Artist, Explorer of Consciousness & Occult

    February 7th, 2019

  • (Susan Hiller and the installation of “First Aid: Homage to Joseph Beuys”)

  • via

    Susan Hiller, 78, Maker of Dreamlike Conceptual Art, Dies

    Susan Hiller NYtimes obit

    Susan Hiller (homepage)


    Hommage to Yves Klein

    From Aura Photos to Automatic Writing – (Hyperallergic)

    Document Journal

    Happy New (Y)ear of the Pig – Feb 5, 2019 – January 24, 2020

    January 31st, 2019

  • Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch
    Happy New Year of the Pig (or Inoshishi in Japanese, meaning wild boar)

  • Chinese New Year in 2019 starts on Tuesday, February 5th and ends on January 24th, 2020. Conforming to the chinese horoscope , the year of the Pig 2019 comes right after the Year of the Dog (2018) and before the year of the Metal Rat (2020)!

    Ohara Koson (Wild Boar -Ukioe)

    Inoshishi <> Inoshishi by Amikami
    (Image source)

    The Happy Pig
    Tomoo Gogita (Cloe Sevigny saw his exhibit in Japan)

    All I Need Is Ham – (Remixed from Obama’s Inaugural poem)

  • Here is a trailer Pigsty by Pasolini (seemingly unpalatable and enigmatic film).

    Porcile (Pigsty) by Pasolini.

    A savage parody of Godard, Resnais and… Pasolini, ironically chronicling the ‘existential anguish’ of the children of the bourgeoisie, it features Léaud as a mystic youth whose being finally merges with ‘nature’: he gets eaten by the pigs he loves.

    The first, “Orgia,” was originally conceived as a possible companion piece to Buñuel’s Simon of the Desert, and concerns a 15th-century cult of cannibals who must eventually reckon with Church and State. The second, “Porcile,” involves a West German industrialist and Nazi war criminal whose son (played by Truffaut and Godard regular Jean-Pierre Léaud) likes to copulate with pigs.

  • James with pig 1aaJamesfarmbig photo by Dennis Stock

    Adieu Michel Legrand – The French New Wave Composer

    January 26th, 2019
  • photo via

    Tributes to Michel Legrand (Variety) Pour In


  • Criterion – Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand – partners in song

    Michel Legrand studied under Nadia Boulanger – see two videos from Go Between)

  • RIP Jonas Mekas, Happy Avant Garde Poet/Filmmaker Moved on at 96

    January 23rd, 2019

    Dear Friends,
    Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning. He was at home with family. He will be greatly missed but his light shines on. — with Maria Sweet-Herz. (via FB Jonas Mekas)

    Jonas Mekas, hailed by many as “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema” has passed away at the age of 96. (via FB Experimental Conversation)


    Left, Jonas Mekas and brother Adolfas at the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, 1962. © Jonas Mekas. Right, Jonas Mekas with his Bolex in Lithuania, 1971. © Jonas Mekas
    Photo via Life of a happy man

    Jonas Mekas wiki

    Arthur arthurMekas with Jonas Mekas

    Jonas Mekas

    Jonas Mekas, Jim Jarmusch on film, poetry and Trump

    JJ: I was just looking through a small amount of different artists – film artists – that you have preserved or celebrated. This is only a small amount of people that have really moved me: Peter Hutton, Hollis Frampton, Nam June Paik, Bruce Conner, Hans Richter, Taylor Mead, Danny Lyon, Rudy Burckhardt, Shirley Clarke…
    JM: And we have not only their finished films, but unfinished materials. Outtakes of Hans Richter, Maya Deren, Hollis Frampton and even Tarkovsky.
    JJ: … Man Ray, Joseph Cornell, Robert Frank, Harry Smith, Jack Smith, George and Mike Kuchar, Kenneth Anger, Lizzie Borden, Stan Brakhage, Bruce Baillie, Ron Rice, Michael Snow, Andy Warhol, Ken Jacobs, Maya Deren… on and on.
    JM: Anthology is the bastion of poetry and cinema and we are here to stay. This is the building where the poets of cinema live. It is a metaphor, this building.

  • Jonas Mekas inspired Andy Warhol to be a filmmaker

    Edward Gorey’s Love of Goerge Balanchine + Photos of Balanchine Dancers

    January 22nd, 2019

  • Corradp Cagli, Vittorio Rieti,Tanaquil LeClercq George Balanchine -the Ballet Society; Photo by Irving Penn

  • Edward Gorey

    What did Gorey appreciate about Balanchine’s work?

    He had a real artistic genius’ ability to zero in on genius in other artists, and he appreciated Balanchine at that level. As he famously said in one interview, “What makes Balanchine so extraordinary is that when you see his dances, you feel ever after as if the steps were absolutely perfect for the music, and there can be no other choreography.” It was literally as if the music was becoming flesh before his very eyes. And it was that absolute clarity and concision and complete mastery of the medium that I think struck such a responsive chord with him. In the same way that Balanchine famously said, “Ballet is woman,” I daresay Gorey would say ballet is Balanchine.

  • Balanchine and Arthur Mitchell


  • (Balanchine with Farrell, McBride, Mimi, Paul, Verdy in promo for Jewels)
    Photo by Martha Swope

  • Soumitra Chatterjee is 84 years old

    January 19th, 2019
  • Soumitra Chatterjee is 84 years old today. Happy birthday!
    (photo via)


  • (On his mater Satyajit Ray, via Time of India)

    The Passing of an Elegrant Writer/Critic , Francine Du Plessix Gray

    January 16th, 2019

  • Portrait of Francine Du Plessix Gray by Balthus and Man Ray.


  • (Francine with her parents) became a cover photo of her book “Them”.

    Francine Du Plessix Gray passed away

  • Francine du Plessix Gray (1933–2019)

    Francine du Plessix Gray, the French-American reporter, critic, novelist, and feminist known for her elegance and unsparingness in chronicling issues of the self and beyond, died in Manhattan on Sunday from complications of congestive heart failure. She was eighty-eight years old.

    Gray’s upbringing was defined by both entitlement and loss. Born to a French father and a Russian mother in Warsaw’s French embassy in 1933, Gray emigrated from France to New York with her mother, Tatiana Yakovleva, after her father’s plane was shot down by fascists near Gibraltar in 1940. In New York, Yakovleva—once a muse for the Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky—married socialite and future Condé Nast director Alexander Liberman and eventually became a prolific milliner for Saks Fifth Avenue. Gray recounted her complex childhood and family life in 2006’s Them: A Memoir of Parents, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  • Paris Review – Francine and sorrel soup.

  • Gore Vidal on “At Home With The Marquis de Sade – (A Life) by Francine Du Plessix Gray

    “It was brilliant idea of Francine du Plessix Gray to re-create not so much the “Monster” who was to become, somber fate, an adjective but the actual man who spent so much of his time in prisons… thanks not only to his sexual capers but, also, to a real-life monster, his mother-in-law, who would have walked off with Les Liaisons Dangereuses had the author dared cast her.
    “This is an elegant, enlightend Enlightenment study of a powerful sexual imagination trapped in the mere human body, not to mention the Bastille from which it would take a revolution to free him—and us, his unborn readers.”