The right film, in the right place, at the right time.
(each one was superb – in its own right…) ❤️
April 10th, 2018
Stills from ”Moving Mountains”
a film by Yang Fudong
Yang Fudong is an important figure in the contemporary art scene and independent cinema movement in China. His films and photographic work, often derived from traditional Chinese painting, examine tensions between urban and rural, historic and present, worldliness and intellectualism.
The artist often presents works of epic scale and duration that invite the viewer into a richly crafted and layered experience. The exhibition features the U.S. premiere of his most recent film, “Moving Mountains,” a 46-minute, black-and-white film, as well as photographs from the film set, drawings and props.
The film is inspired by the ancient tale of a man, whom some called foolish, for seeking to move a mountain, and extolls the virtues of perseverance and collective action. The artist makes this story a poetic reflection upon human nature and the shifting values to which it can be subjected. Visually, the artist drew inspiration from a masterful ink painting, “The Foolish Old Man Removes the Mountains,” produced in the early 1940s by Xu Beihong. The film mirrors the spirit of endurance that Xu Beihong’s painting extolls. Yet, “Moving Mountains” also explores a new interpretation by taking the old story of the foolish man as an outlet for musings on contemporary realities. The spirit of motherhood is also central in the film and embodied in a character played by the famous Chinese actress Wan Qian.
SCAD Museum of Art – Savannah, GA
April 4th, 2018
”I did this book on New York: black-and-white, grungy photographs. People said, “What a put-down–New York is not like that. New York is a million things, and you just see the seamy side.” So I thought I would do a film showing how seamy New York was, but intellectually, by doing a thing on electric-light signs. How beautiful they are, and what an obsessive, brainwashing message they carry. And everybody is so thankful for this super spectacle. Anyway, I think it’s the first Pop film.” – William Klein (source)
It’s been almost three years since we came to live next to Times Square – just off, still ”too close for comfort”. I’ve been crisscrossing Broadway every working day of the week, at least twice; sometimes during the weekends too. I have seen it by day and by night, sweating in the sizzling summer heat and glimmering after the rain, covered in snow and confetti, flooded with crowds and quasi-empty (yes, it does happen – rarely, but it does). But seeing it through Mr. Klein’s lens adds a whole new poetic dimension to the reality of Broadway, as we know it today.
It begins with these words:
”Les américaines ont inventé le jazz pour se consoler de la mort, la star pour se consoler de la femme.
Pour se consoler de la nuit, ils ont inventé Broadway…”
Click on the stills gallery for a larger view or, better yet, bedazzle yourself by watching this beautiful short film (only about 10′ long), here:
March 8th, 2018
The unforgettable feeling of driving down Sunset Boulevard; Rodeo Drive; Santa Monica Boulevard. Strip after strip, mile after mile like a movie unfolding in front of you and you are part of the magic and have to keep pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.
See that long white colonnade building with the radio tower? That’s the old Warner Brothers Studio, now known as the Sunset Bronson Studios. And that’s where the first ever talkie was filmed in 1927, The Jazz Singer.
And now, Netflix, recently moved to their newly built Icon Tower next door, also signed a 10-year lease for the use of several sound stages at the studio.
Next time you see me, please don’t wake me up. Let me keep on dreaming.
July 16th, 2017
Marching into November be like.
Did anyone see what happened? Last time I looked it was beginning September…
PS: I think I like these storyboards even more than the finished movie scenes.
Warner Bros Studio Tour
July 14th, 2017
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005)
Warner Bros Studio Tour
July 14th, 2017
Following his murderous quest for vengeance against the doctors he believes responsible for the death of his beloved wife, Victoria, the fiendish Dr. Phibes enters the crypt where he has enshrined her, ”incredibly maintained neither alive nor completely dead”. And there he places himself in suspended life, like her, until it will be time to rise again. And there he lays in darkness, next to her body, in a splendid satin sarcophagus, until the moon, aligning with the eternal planets, shines upon the sarcophagus – once every 2.000 years – signalling the opening of the crypt. And then, the fiendish Dr. Phibes rises again from his deep sleep and, together with his trusted aid, Vulnavia, prepares to take Victoria to Egypt where, years ago, in a mountain overlooking the Valley of the Pharaohs, he prepared a wondrous shrine, ”unknown by any living man”. There, under a secret temple, the River of Life flows, promising resurrection for Victoria and eternal life for them both.
Three years have passed, and now it is time for their greatest adventure. But, to his utter horror, Dr. Phibes finds his house has been destroyed and his papyrus scrolls stolen, the very scrolls that would lead him back to the secret temple in Egypt.
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
October 27th, 2018
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