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Rene Magritte Photos + Remembering River Phoenix

August 23rd, 2017
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    Rene Magritte - 130 photos featured in world first exhibition

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    River Phoenix
    August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993
    (Repost Looking back Gus Van Sant )
  • Late Raul Ruiz in His Studio & Cinematic Shapeshifting of Nanni Moretti

    August 19th, 2017
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    R.I.P Raúl Ruiz 1941- Aug 19, 2011

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    Melvil as a child actor made his first film “City of Pirates” directed by Raul Ruiz
    Mystery of Lisbon

    Melvil Poupaud (previous post)

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    Happy birthday Nanni Moretti

    Cinematic Shapeshifting of Nanni Moretti (The New Yorker)

    anni Moretti is one of the key makers of the modern personal cinema, as in such masterworks as “Caro Diario.”

    T.E. Lawrence – Sand, Costumes, Ralph Finnes, Peter O’Toole as Lawrence.

    August 16th, 2017
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    T.E. Lawrence, His Books, Bedroom.
    (See his bedroom photos, with books and without + other links)

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    Ralph Fiennes as T.E. Lawrence.

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    30 Seconds Lawrence of Arabia (youtube)

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  • Lawrence of Arabia FB album (Omar Shariff there too)

    Lawrence and dagger

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  • Ray Johnson, Mystery Artist, Mail Art, Moticos & Nothing

    August 12th, 2017
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    Mathew Marks Gallery

  • Ray Johnson – Mail Art & Ephemera

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    Ray Johnson helping Andy Warhol film Jill Johnston Dancing at the Factory, 1964

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    In Memory of Moticos

    Ray Johnson has been called a mystery artist, outsider and visionary. He’s one of the earliest progenitors of pop art, performance, installation and happenings, and was the founder of correspondence art, phone art, Moticos and nothings. Ray’s body of work has had a growing interest and fascination since his untimely timed suicide, on January, Friday the 13th, 1995.

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    Your daily dose of Ray Johnson

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  • I like funny storiess (In Geman, see Samuel Beckett by Ray Johnson)

    Blurred boundaries and other connections (Nothing on Ray Johnson, some great art here)

    Portrait of John Kiriakou Jailed Cia Whistleblower by Andres Serrano

    August 8th, 2017
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    (Portrait of John Kiriakou by Andres Serrano)
    Torture, Andres Serrano
    June 3 – October 8, 2017
    Station Museum Alabama

    “It’s easy to torture people when you have power over them.” – Andres Serrano

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    (Photo by Andres Serrano)

  • Democracy Now – Formerly Jailed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama’s War on Leaks

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    Jay Leto interviewed John Kiriakou who was Jay’s High school teacher.

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    Kiriakou on Snowded at Democracy Now (youtube)

    Epic Poetic Art of Julie Mehretu – Painter from Ethiopia

    August 4th, 2017
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  • NYtimes -artist Working at Harlem Church .

    The artist Julie Mehretu has been flying awfully close to the sun.

    Soaring midair on a mobile platform inside an unused Harlem church, she has been working and reworking two towering paintings taking shape on opposite walls, a monumental commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

  • More art from Julie Mehretu Artnet

    (See Epigraph, Damascus, 2016 –
    Photogravure, sugar lift aquatint, spit bite aquatint, open bite)

    Julie Mehretu painter from Ethiopia

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  • Conversation with Julie Mehretu

  • Fool for Love, Passing of Playwright/Actor Sam Shepard -(Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

    August 1st, 2017
  • “I believe in my mask — The man I made up is me.” Sam Shepard

    — ‘Crow’s Song’, Tooth of Crime

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    “I had a sense that a voice existed that needed expression,” Shepard said of his early plays.
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  • Sam Shepard appreciation by Stephen Rea

    ‘He was the kindest man, truthful, witty and generous’

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    Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders (Paris/Texas)

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    (The Right Stuff)
    From Philip Kaufman, Sam was half jackrabbit and best chili maker

    Sam was half jackrabbit, and I could rely on that sense of Sam the writer. It seems to me that his plays all sprang fully out of Sam’s character. He wasn’t writing about something he didn’t know much about. The tale was always some ghost that he was searching for. That ghost was always hovering, so he was very productive.

  • Sam Shepard on Days of Heaven (youtube)

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    Sam Shepard (Nov 5, 1943 – July 30, 2017)

    La Mama – Sam Shepard

    It is with great sadness today that we learned of the passing of the great American playwright, Sam Shepard. Sam did much of his early work at La MaMa.

  • Full film – with John Malkovich& Gary Sinise-

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  • Sam’s greatest roles.

  • 1. Name the film in which he co-stars with Penelope Cruz.
    2. In what film is he killed in a car bombing?
    3. What TV film earned him an Emmy nomination?
    4. Which of his films featured the music suite “The Carnival of the Animals” by French composer Saint-Saens?
    5. In what film is he bitten by a badger?
    6. Name the film in which he says – “Anybody that goes up in the damn thing is gonna be Spam in a can”.
    7. In what film does he visit the Louvre?
    8. Which film did he star in that was previously a Shepard play?
    9. In what film does he play Dad to seven sons?
    10. Name the film in which he plays a veterinarian.
    11. In what film does he ride a motorcycle?
    12. In “Brothers” he plays a Vietnam vet. Name the film in which he plays a very disturbing and dangerous Vietnam vet.
    13. Spud is his character’s name. Can you name the film?
    14. Name the film based on a Beth Henley play.
    15. In real life we know he’s a playwright, but in what film does he play a writer of hard-boiled detective stories?
    16. Name the film that was based on a biography called “Shadowlands” by William Arnold.
    17. Name in the film in which Eva Marie Saint plays his mother.
    18. In what film is his character a train robber?
    19. He directed Sean Penn in one of his plays but can you name the film in which Sean Penn directed him?
    20. Name the film that tells a true 1993 war story in Somalia.

    Find answers here scroll down

    Adieu Jeanne Moreau Beloved Actress was Brilliant & Breathlessly Cool

    July 31st, 2017
  • “Don’t take care of yourself because you want to stop time. Do it for self-respect. It’s an incredible gift, the energy of life. You don’t have to be a wreck. You don’t have to be sick. One’s aim in life should be to die in good health. Just like a candle that burns out.”
    “I am a woman with absolutely no sense of nostalgia”
    “While you work, while you create, you have doubts, and this is essential.”
    “I am open to what is irrational. I open doors to intuition, because rationality is really death.”
    . – Jeanne Moreau

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    (This dress is designed by Pierre Cardin, from Losey’s film Eva. )

    (On Joseph Losey in 1983) I love the way he films; it’s very personal, very brilliant.

    Read more on her view on other directors at the bottom of this page.

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    Moreau with Pierre Cardin.
    She had a long affair with designer Pierre Cardin.. and a short marriage to Friedkin (director of The French Connection).
    Moreau lost a friendship with Coco Chanel after she started living with Pierre Cardin..

    Many years of collaboration of M. Duras and Jeanne Moreau..

    Her name has been often associated, both socially and professionally, to that of respected French writer and director Marguerite Duras; apart from their close friendship, Moreau starred in two movies based on Duras’ novels, Peter Brook’s Seven Days… Seven Nights (1960) and Tony Richardson’s The Sailor from Gibraltar (1967), was directed by Duras in Nathalie Granger (1972), was the narrator in another Duras screen adaptation, The Lover (1992) and even went on to portray Duras in the biopic Cet amour-là (2001)

  • Jeanne Moreau on Charlie Rose

  • Moreau and Ebert (happy days)

    Jeanne Moreau as star and as director – BY ROGER EBERT / November 21, 1976 –
    He captured Moreau’s free spirit well…. on her walking out on Warren Beatty when he was on a power trip at the meeting, or how Jean Eustache taught her to drink Jack Daniel.
    Ebert on Jeanne Moreau

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    (Louis Malle, Yoko, John and Jeanne at Cannes 1971)

  • Life in pictures

  • Jules et Jim (video from Independent obit)

  • Marlon on Jeanne Moreau..”I was told that Edward Albee judges actors–and perhaps all people–by their reaction, their enjoyment, their appreciation of Samuel Beckett. That’s fine; that’s sensible. I judge people–particularly actors–by those artists of acting they find remarkable and worth many visits. There are many, many wonderful people on this list, and I’ll share it with you, but today I’m thinking of Jeanne Moreau, and I have to tell you that I cannot fathom the company of anyone who isn’t astonished by this brilliant, brazen woman. Thank God for video! I’m up nights watching this woman, and re-evaluating everything I thought I knew.” –Marlon Brando on Jeanne Moreau/Interview with James Grissom

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  • (On Roger Vadim in a 1983 interview) He’s very charming, but he was very nervous on the set because co-star Gerard Philipe (who died soon afterwards) was very ill.

  • [on Luis Bunuel]: I consider him my Spanish father, and I called him that. We met simply because of box-office considerations – he didn’t know what actress he wanted for “Le Journal D’Une Femme De Chambre”, and the producers offered me. We met in an apartment in St. Tropez and enjoyed so much being together that we also had dinner. He was a fantastic person.
    (On Orson Welles in 1983) He transformed a town square in Spain into a Chinese marketplace. To me, that’s what film is about – magic!
    (On Luis Bunuel in 1983) I called him my Spanish father. He said, ‘If you had been my daughter, I’d have tied you up and kept you behind bars.’
    (On Michaelangelo Antonioni in 1983) He was a whole different experience. He doesn’t speak at all to he actors. We filmed at night. I couldn’t understand why we should be down on the set – but the result was good.
    (On Martin Ritt in 1983) That was a different experience for me. He would cover everything – closeups, medium shots, long shots, very few tracking shots. It took ages and ages to make a sequence, and I was used to working with people who did a sequence – and covered four pages – in one movement. So, I learned a new way of shooting.
    (On Ranier Werner Fassbinder in a 1984 interview) It was his ex-wife that told me he wanted me to be in the film. The picture was done in 24 days. Immediately, when I was on the set, I could feel his willpower. He was perfect in terms of creativity!
    (On Peter Brook in a 1983 interview) His approach is sometimes quite frightening because he reaches that part of you he wants to be sensitive – and it opens up incredible things.
    (On Jean-Luc Godard in a 1983 interview) I asked for him as the director of “Eva.” He signed the contract and was paid some money; he was supposed to deliver a first draft in four weeks time. He eventually sent it – in a one page letter! The producers screamed, ‘Where did you get that crazy bum?’ So, then I recommended Joe Losey
    (On Burt Lancaster after filming “The Train”) Before he can pick up an ashtray, he discusses the motivation for an hour or two. You want to say just pick up the ashtray and shut up! (In 1983 Moreau thinks her remarks were unfair to Lancaster.)

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    Esplanade, Paul Taylor & Rauschenberg Were Kindred Spirits, + Dogs Designed by Alex Kats

    July 29th, 2017

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    Happy birthday Paul Taylor! (biography)

    Born on July 29, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, Paul Taylor started the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1954 and worked with icons like Martha Graham and George Balanchine. Taylor went on to establish a massive repertory with his company and created a distinct, acclaimed mode of choreography in works like “Esplanade” and “Arden Court.”

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    Kiki Smith and Paul Taylor
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    The Paul Taylor Dance Company Performing Tracer, in 1962. Robert Rauschenberg’s Bicycle Wheel was the only scenery on stage.

    Kindred Spirits (youtube)

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    “I had seen Paul dance for the first time shortly before we met with Edwin [Denby] and thought his choreography was one of the most surprising things I had seen as an artist. Paul’s dancing seemed to be a real break with that of the previous generation: no expression, no content, no form, as he said, and with great technique and intelligence.”

    Alex Kats

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    Paul Taylor proves staying power of ’70s and ’80s dance

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    Pictured all smiles and full of joy the dance trio Gwen Verdon, Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev in performance benefitting the Paul Taylor Dance Company ..(via)

    “S For Stanley”, an Intimate Documentary film of Stanley Kubrick’s Driver/Handyman/

    July 26th, 2017
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    Emilio D’Alessandro, left, and Stanley Kubrick in the documentary “S Is for Stanley.”
    S For Stanley (See a trailer here)
    S For Stanley is a most delightful film, about a competent driver with modest ambition became indispensable to a genius filmmaker.

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    Stanley Kubrick photo by Weegee

    Much like Weegee, Stanley Kubrick started his career as a photographer on the streets of New York & contributed era defining shots to LIFE magazine. Kubrick admired Weegee’s photographs & during shooting of Doctor Strangelove employed him as a stills photographer. When Peter Sellers heard Weegee speak he apparently used Weegee’s peculiar voice as the basis for that of Dr Strangelove!

    Kubrick, Carl Jung and Arthur Schnitzler (Previous post)
    Kubrick was thinking a lot about ‘The Shadow Concept’ and decided to explore that in his next war film.

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    With Marlon during the making of One Eyed Jack.

    How Marlon fired Kubrick

    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)

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    River Phoenix
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    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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    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.

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    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 .