July 21, 2014

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.  

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
— AE Housman, A Shropshire Lad

Happy birthday, me

July 21, 2014
Brassai, Marlene (1937)

Brassai, Marlene (1937)

July 19, 2014
A young Bruce Chatwin in an earlier life as an art expert at Sotheby’s. From The Songlines:

When I was in my twenties, I had a job as an ‘expert’ on modern painting with a well known firm of art auctioneers. We had sale-rooms in London and New York. I was one of the bright boys. People said I had a great career, if only I would play my cards right. One morning, I woke up blind.
During the course of the day, the sight returned to the left eye, but the right one stayed sluggish and clouded. The eye specialist who examined me said there was nothing wrong organically, and diagnosed the nature of the trouble.
"You’ve been looking too closely at pictures,", he said. "Why don’t you swap them for some long horizons?"
"Why not?" I said.

A young Bruce Chatwin in an earlier life as an art expert at Sotheby’s. From The Songlines:

When I was in my twenties, I had a job as an ‘expert’ on modern painting with a well known firm of art auctioneers. We had sale-rooms in London and New York. I was one of the bright boys. People said I had a great career, if only I would play my cards right. One morning, I woke up blind.

During the course of the day, the sight returned to the left eye, but the right one stayed sluggish and clouded. The eye specialist who examined me said there was nothing wrong organically, and diagnosed the nature of the trouble.

"You’ve been looking too closely at pictures,", he said. "Why don’t you swap them for some long horizons?"

"Why not?" I said.

July 16, 2014

1. JMW Turner, Dawn after the Wreck

2. Andrei Tarkovsky, Polaroid photograph

July 12, 2014
David Cronenberg on the sets of Crash (1996), the film based on the JG Ballard classic.

“I don’t endorse everything that happens in either the novel or the film of Crash,” was author JG Ballard’s spin on the content of his most controversial book and David Cronenberg’s movie adaptation. “But both are cautionary tales…”
Leads like Holly Hunter and James Spader came to Cronenberg rather than the other way around. 
Hunter had her agent pester him to give her the role of Helen Remington, while James Spader’s only concern about taking on the film was who else was going to be in it. “He said, ‘After all I do fuck everybody in the movie,’” laughed Cronenberg.

David Cronenberg on the sets of Crash (1996), the film based on the JG Ballard classic.

“I don’t endorse everything that happens in either the novel or the film of Crash,” was author JG Ballard’s spin on the content of his most controversial book and David Cronenberg’s movie adaptation. “But both are cautionary tales…”

Leads like Holly Hunter and James Spader came to Cronenberg rather than the other way around. 

Hunter had her agent pester him to give her the role of Helen Remington, while James Spader’s only concern about taking on the film was who else was going to be in it. “He said, ‘After all I do fuck everybody in the movie,’” laughed Cronenberg.

(Source: totalfilm.com)

July 3, 2014

1. Et in Arcadia ego, Nicholas Poussin (1637-38)

2. Et in Arcadia ego, Guercino (1623)

June 30, 2014
shihlun:

cinephiliabeyond:
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s grave, Powązki Cemetery, Warsaw.

shihlun:

cinephiliabeyond:

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s grave, Powązki Cemetery, Warsaw.

June 28, 2014
George Lucas and the great Amrish Puri (!) on the set of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

George Lucas and the great Amrish Puri (!) on the set of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

June 26, 2014
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune on the sets of Sanjuro (1962)

Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune on the sets of Sanjuro (1962)

June 23, 2014
Ingmar Bergman and the legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist framing a close-up of Bibi Andersson on the sets of Persona (1966)

Ingmar Bergman and the legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist framing a close-up of Bibi Andersson on the sets of Persona (1966)

June 22, 2014
Story of my life. Jeanne Moreau and Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte (1961)

Story of my life. Jeanne Moreau and Monica Vitti in Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte (1961)

June 22, 2014
The Pythons at Cannes, 1983. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life won the Grand Jury Award that year.

The Pythons at Cannes, 1983. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life won the Grand Jury Award that year.

June 15, 2014
"I remember this one moment in northern Somalia quite distinctly. I was interviewing a very extreme jihadist-sympathizing mullah in the backroom of his mosque. You can imagine the room: carpet on the floor, it’s dark and dusty, and on the carpet is this guy pronouncing fire and brimstone and the end of times for diabolical America, and behind him on the wall in a frame was a sura of the Koran and a picture of bin Laden in finger-wagging mode. And then there was this picture of Thierry Henry, the Arsenal player. So there he is pronouncing how he’s going to lay low the Western world, and then he’s asking me will his beloved Arsenal win the league."

— JM Ledgard on globalisation and terrorism

(Source: newyorker.com)

June 15, 2014
Imogen Cunningham, Three Dancers (1929)

Imogen Cunningham, Three Dancers (1929)

June 7, 2014
kvetchlandia:

Elliott Erwitt     Jack Kerouac, New York City     1953

"…the car was swaying as Dean and I both swayed to the rhythm and the IT of our final excited joy in talking and living to the blank tranced end of all innumerable riotous angelic particulars that had been lurking in our souls all our lives." Jack Kerouac, "On the Road" 1957

kvetchlandia:

Elliott Erwitt     Jack Kerouac, New York City     1953

"…the car was swaying as Dean and I both swayed to the rhythm and the IT of our final excited joy in talking and living to the blank tranced end of all innumerable riotous angelic particulars that had been lurking in our souls all our lives." Jack Kerouac, "On the Road" 1957