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Blue and White Porcelain – They Too/October Collection

October 18th, 2017
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    Delft plates with images of nuclear power stations

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    Saw this with Jurgen Trautwein

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    Ann Agee

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    Kathryn Clark – on Mel Robson

  • The Chateau de Groussay
    Chateau blue and white

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    Jared Fitzgerald

  • See Paul Scott

    More Qin Fua

  • Chen Chang – A Brighter Summer Days to Assassin, Working with E.Yang, WKW, A.Lee to H.H.Hsien,

    October 13th, 2017
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    Lisa Yang and Chang Chen
    A Brighter Summer Day a 4 hours film directed by Edward Yang

    (Chen Chang born on born 14 October 1976)
    Chang Kuo-Chu, and his son Chang Chen (in his debut) are both cast in this film playing father and son.

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    Hou Hsiao Hsien

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    Winners at Cannes 2015 – Hou Hsiao Hsien for directing the Aassassin.

    The Assassin trailer here.

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    Eros -Wong Kar Wai (Gong Li and Chen Chang)

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    Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee. (Chan Cheng and Zhang Zheyi have made many films together including The Grandmasters since then.)

    Chen was directed by Kim Ki Duk in Breath (his only Korean film)

    More photos of him at Pinterest.

    The National Treasure of France from Theater/Cinema, Jean Rochefort Dies at 87

    October 9th, 2017
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    Jean Rochefort with Delphine Seyrig and Simone Signoret

    Jean Rochefort dies

    Lost in La Mancha’s Jean Rochefort, veteran French actor, dies at 87
    Rochefort, who scored a major international success in The Hairdresser’s Husband, was also cast as Don Quixote in Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated Cervantes adaptation

    More obit from Guardian

    On his return to Paris, he started performing in cabaret and in plays, on stage and on television. In 1960, with Delphine Seyrig, Rochefort appeared in a number of plays primarily by British playwrights, including Harold Pinter, James Saunders and Peter Nichols, but from 1970 he devoted himself almost entirely to films.

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    Man on the Train (with Johnny Hallyday) directed by Patrice Leconte.

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    Ridicule was also directed by Patrice Leconte.

  • Jean Rochefort – who loved horses complained how Terry Gillium starved the horse when he was filming.. from here.

    Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel – The Writer of the Floating World

    October 5th, 2017
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    Andrew Garfield and Kazuo Ishiguro
    See an excerpt from Never Let Me Go (Previous post – scroll down)

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    Congratulations! Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel Prize.

    The Inevitable sadness of Kazuo Ishiguro’s fiction from the Conversation.

    BBC

    The New Yorker (James Wood) Wood loves “Never Let Me Go” and his early novels – saying Ishiguro has supremely done
    his own kind of thing.

    LA times –

    “The author’s subtlety and coolness are fascinating,” wrote Patricia Highsmith
    Ishiguro attended British boarding schools and took time off, in 1973, to hitchhike across the U.S. with his guitar. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Kent, when he sang and played in a band, and then got a master’s in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Steeped in the idealistic social movements of the 1960s and ’70s, he worked for several years helping the homeless and on housing rights.

  • Paris Review interview

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    Toyota brake pad talk show. (My old web art from Post Mutant Eggplant)

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    NYtimes

    Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Winner Whose Characters Are Caught Between Worlds

    RIP Anne Wiazemsky – Actress, Novelist, Muse to Bresson, Godard & Script with Claire Denis

    October 5th, 2017
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    Anne Wiazemsky
    (14 May 1947 – 5 October 2017)

    Through her mother, she was the granddaughter of François Mauriac.
    She and Godard were married from 1967 to 1979

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    Anne W worked with Pasolini in Theorema.

  • (Guardian obit)

    As Godard’s wife and star, she went on to share with him the turbulent adventure of France’s political self-questioning in the late 60s, but it would be a disservice to portray her merely as a key supporting player in the convoluted epic that was Godard’s life. As well as chalking up several important screen roles over three decades, Wiazemsky triumphantly created a new career, becoming a successful novelist – her 1993 work Canines won the prestigious Prix Goncourt.

  • Anne Wiazemsky co- scripted US Go Home with Claire Denis – see the film here.

    Anne’s relationship with Bresson was complicated.

    Anne Wiazemsky was 18 when Robert Bresson entered her life. She was cast as Marie in his 1966 movie, Au Hasard Balthazar, and the director promptly became obsessed with his teenage leading lady. “Bresson always had a very close relationship with his actresses during filming. But in my case, he pushed the experience to the extreme,” she says. “For a month and a half, we lived under the same roof with adjoining bedrooms and he never let me out of his sight.”

  • Christoph Waltz, His Playboy Interview & film with Alicia Vikander

    October 4th, 2017
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    Tulip Fever receiving bad reviews.

    Alicia Vikander won the best actress first in Sweden in “Pure” (previous post)

    Alicia Vikander – birthday Oct 4, 1988
    Christoph Waltz – birthday Oct 5, 1956

    Playboy interview – Christoph Waltz

    Christoph Waltz called Tarantino movies “operas without singing…”

    QUESTION :What’s the most memorable experience Tarantino has shared with you recently?

    Apart from movies I otherwise wouldn’t have seen, one of the most interesting things he showed me was a compilation of trailers he put together of teenage-rebel movies of the 1950s. It was like a cultural history of teenage rebellion and rock-and-roll culture. It was fascinating. It was probably better than watching the entire movies because you get the big highlights without having to experience the scenes in between—in which nothing happens anyway.

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    On Roman Polanski

    I spent three fabulous months with Roman. I like his directness and sharp, sarcastic sense of humor. His precision in moviemaking is beyond words. He’s a grand master, even though he is one of the short guys. My view of him is tolerant and understanding of the man he is today.

    On therapy

    A perfect argument for therapy is Einstein’s quote “You can’t solve a problem by the same thinking that produced it.”

    On studying under Stella Adler

    with Stella Adler, which was the one crucial, eye-opening, pivotal experience in all my training. With Stella a world opened up for me.

    Christopher Waltz is directing himself and Vanessa Redgrave in Georgetown.

    W.S Merwin at 90, in Maui, Hawaii – 2017

    September 30th, 2017
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    During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin’s unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, Merwin’s writing influence derived from his interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Residing in a rural part of Maui, Hawaii, he writes prolifically and is dedicated to the restoration of the islands’ rainforests.

    The Ascetic Insight of W. S Merwin (New Yorker)

    “For the Anniversary of My Death”:

    Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
    When the last fires will wave to me
    And the silence will set out
    Tireless traveler
    Like the beam of a lightless star

    Then I will no longer
    Find myself in life as in a strange garment
    Surprised at the earth
    And the love of one woman
    And the shamelessness of men
    As today writing after three days of rain
    Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
    And bowing not knowing to what

  • Maui Now birthday tribute to W.S. Merwin

    The State of Hawaiʻi will also be present, issuing a Gubernatorial Proclamation proclaiming Sept. 30, 2017, as “W.S. Merwin Day” in Hawaiʻi and presenting Merwin with a special Gubernatorial Commendation for his life-long achievements.

  • On reading slowly and reading what you want and the beauty of tress

    A Great American Poet in Conversation with Paul Holdengraber

  • Photo of James Dean Telling His Favorite Arnold Schonberg Joke & ETC.

    September 29th, 2017
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    Elia Kazan, Marlon, Julie Harris and James Dean (Marlon visiting the set of East of Eden)

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    See more photos of Martin Landau and James Dean – here

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    Immoralist photos (scroll down to see James Dean with Geraldin Page)

  • “He didn’t show you very much. He’d challenge you to find him. Then when you’d found him, he’d still make you guess. It was an endless game with him. The thing people missed about Jimmy was his mischievousness. He was the most constantly mischievous person I think I’ve ever met. Full of tricks, full of magic, full of outrageousness.”
    Stewart Stern

    “Every time I go to Europe, I remember that James Dean never saw Europe, but yet I see his face everywhere. There’s James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe – windows of the Champs Elysees, discos in the south of Spain, restaurants in Sweden, t-shirts in Moscow. My life was confused and disoriented for years by his passing. My sense of destiny destroyed – the great films he would have directed, the great performances he would have given, the great humanitarian he would have become, and yet, he’s the greatest actor and star I have ever known.”
    — Dennis Hopper

    James Dean died on Sept 30, 1955 – visit James Dean (homepage)

  • Bill Binney, the Original NSA Whistleblower – A Good American, a Documentary about Binney

    September 25th, 2017
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    Computer Weekly.com – Interview (The Original NSA Whistleblower)

    Bill Binney, the ‘original’ NSA whistleblower, on Snowden, 9/11 and illegal surveillance

    Binney was responsible for feeding targeting rules gleaned from the analysis back into the analytical tools. This self-refinement was key, allowing analysts to hone in on their targets, without the need for mass data collection.

    Boing Boing - 9/11 could have been prevented

    After his resignation, Binney and his fellow whistleblowers faced retaliation from the NSA, as the agency prevented him from getting work as a private intelligence contractor and eventually staged a guns-drawn dawn raid on his home.

    Binney has been a sharp, articulate, deeply knowledgeable critic of mass electronic surveillance ever since, refusing to be intimidated by the NSA despite the risks to himself.

    Beyond China, Czech Dinnerplate, Aleppo, Syria (Refugees Series) in Blue & White, Qin Fua Pottery

    September 20th, 2017
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    Aleppo by Paul Scott

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    Paul Scott from Refugees series

    Paul Scott Refugees series

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    A City Life – Jared Fitzgerald

    Jing de Zhen (Jared Fitzgerald)

  • Google Qing Fua Design

    Blue and White Pottery (wiki) (青花)

  • Le Xue – Drinking Tea – humorous pottery

    Looney Tunes by Le Xue

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    Plate from China – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Plate made in Czech Republic – photo by Fung Lin Hall

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    Porcelain statue of Ai Wei Wei by Michel Cox

    Noise artists - Michel -Ai Wei Wei

    Porcelain Cube (Ai Wei Wei)

    Owl House – Ai Wei Wei

  • Harry Dean Stanton Passed Away at 91 – His Last film “Lucky” Paralleled His Life.

    September 15th, 2017
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  • LA Times Obit

    Stanton had a fondness for David Lynch, and Lynch had a fondness for him. He was cast as the ill-fated private detective in “Wild at Heart” and had roles in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and the recent reboot of “Twin Peaks: The Return

    He turned down a role in “Blue Velvet,” however, a part later given to Dennis Hopper.

    Stanton was never married, though he had a long relationship with Rebecca De Mornay.

    One of the most anticipated title is Lucky, actor John Carroll Lynch‘s directorial debut.
    Lucky follows a ninety years old atheist, named Lucky, played by Harry Dean Stanton, coming to term with his fragile life and setting off on a journey of self-exploration. The film stares Ed Begley Jr, Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant and an appearance by David Lynch.

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    Stanton, who has appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows, including Alien, Paris, Texas and HBO’s Big Love, already worked with David Lynch on Wild At Heart and The Straight Story and will also appear in Lynch‘s Twin Peaks revival.

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    Julian Schnabel and Harry Dean Stanton

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    Joel- Peter Witkin – Heaven, Hell of Intersex, Transsexuals & Deformed People

    September 13th, 2017
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    Joel-Peter Witkin, Anna Akhmatova, Paris, 1998

  • Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses, and various outsiders such as dwarves, transsexuals, intersex persons, and physically deformed people
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    (Born September 13, 1939 – Joel Peter Witkin is 77 years old.)

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    “A flamboyant creator, incredible story-teller and irresistible liar (his awakening to photography during a car accident that decapitated a little girl whose head fell into his arms probably didn’t exist, but never mind)’ a hallucinating culture, Joel, who lives in an Albuquerque ghetto (on a farm no less) has for 30 years been exploring the relationship between sacred and profane.”

    See more and read JOEL-PETER WITKIN DAY: Heaven or Hell (Elizabeth Avedon Journal) here.

  • Las Meninas, New Mexico, from the “Twelve Photographs, 1993″ book

  • Witkin Archive

    Vienna Eye Phanthom, Philadelphia,1990

    see 220 photographs by Witkin here.