November 2004 Blog

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2004, Dec 01; 10:12 ::: Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - Robert Aldrich

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - Robert Aldrich [FR] [DE] [UK]

Kiss Me Deadly a chilling film noir from 1955 based upon a Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer mystery. Ralph Meeker plays Hammer, tough-guy private eye who is just slightly less brutal and modestly more honest than the crooks he chases. As everyone tries to get a hold of the secret "whatsit," the body count and paranoia keep rising to an unexpected ending. It is considered to be the American godfather to the French New Wave, directed with skill by Robert Aldrich and introducing Cloris Leachman.

In 1999 the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_Me_Deadly [Dec 2004]

2004, Nov 30; 22:37 ::: La Belle Captive (1983) - Alain Robbe-Grillet

La Belle Captive. 1967 - guache sobre papel. 29,8 x 45,2 cm

La Belle Captive (1983) - Alain Robbe-Grillet

Date: 20 January 2002
Summary: Last Year at Skinemax

Alain Robbe-Grillet, in his post-Marienbad career, has made a decent living for himself combining his structuralist maze-narratives with skin, guns, black leather, trapezes and motorcycles. In short he has managed to wedge one of the artiest of art-movie genres into the Erotic Thriller shelf of your local video store. (But don't expect to see any Robbe-Grillets there soon.) Before a dismal tail-off (it was all a dream! or was it? no, it was! or was it?) Robbe-Grillet manages to solder together a pleasing array of rhymes, repetitions, hangovers, frames-within-frames, and other toylike devices which he wisely powers with High Surrealist fuel: dreamlike sexual obsessiveness. The first twenty minutes or so of La Belle Captive combine story elements from Eyes Wide Shut and Kiss Me Deadly--a winning combination (and one that suggests more that Robbe-Grillet read Schnitzler's Traumnovelle than that Kubrick jacked Robbe-Grillet's conception). As always in Robbe-Grillet, the combination of elegant, "meaningless," self-referential puzzling with lurid, charged material makes for a powerful experience--Andre Breton 2.0. Too bad that, unlike his late, masterly THE BLUE VILLA (still shamefully undistributed), LA BELLE CAPTIVE cops out so shamefully.

One must now acknowledge, after LA BELLE CAPTIVE, Antonioni's IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN, EYES WIDE SHUT and MULHOLLAND DRIVE, that the Cheesy Erotic Thriller is now the dominant paradigm of the Western art film. --matthew wilder via http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085226/ [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 30; 18:34 ::: Metafiction

Metafiction is a term given to fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality. In providing a critique of their own methods of construction, such writings not only examine the fundamental structures of narrative fiction, they also explore the possible fictionality of the world outside the literary fictional text. --Patricia Waugh, Metafiction: The Theory and Practice of Self-Conscious Fiction (1984) - Patricia Waugh [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK] via http://www.eng.fju.edu.tw/Literary_Criticism/postmodernism/metafiction.htm [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 30; 09:52 ::: Bomarzo, Italy

Bomarzo - The park of Monsters

2004, Nov 30; 01:19 ::: Enduring Creation: Art, Pain, and Fortitude (2001) - Nigel Jonathan Spivey

Enduring Creation: Art, Pain, and Fortitude (2001) - Nigel Jonathan Spivey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Times Literary Supplement
"Spivey's historical knowledge is enjoyable, and his commentary is sane and humane."

Product Description:
Nigel Spivey takes on one of the greatest taboos in Western culture in this brilliantly original work of cultural history: why is so much pain depicted in the art of the West? Beginning with a meditation on Auschwitz, the prizewinning author then takes us on a journey that encompasses the stone-bound screams of classical sculpture, the many depictions of the Crucifixion, the Massacre of the Innocents and St. Sebastians pierced with arrows, self-portraits of the aging Rembrandt, and the tortured art of Vincent van Gogh. Exploring the tender, complex rapport between art and pain, Spivey guides us through the twentieth-century photographs of casualties of war, Edvard Munch's The Scream, and back to the recorded horrors of the Holocaust.

Beauty and disfigurement, violence and thrill, horror and comfort-these are pairings fostered throughout Western art, for causes as various as religious martyrdom, judicial torment, artistic virtuosity, and erotic gratification. The ancient Greeks invented tragic drama: but how far was pity for tragedy's victims tempered by the notion of just deserts? The first Christians preached Christ Crucified: why then did it take some five hundred years before images appeared of Christ on the cross? The Massacre of the Innocents was an event that never happened: for what reasons were artists of the Italian Renaissance so eager to show it convincingly?

Enduring Creation reveals the amazing power of art to console, to warn, to prepare the viewer for the harsher experiences of life, raising intriguing questions: Can pain be beautiful? Do we always pity suffering? Are sainthood and sadomasochism linked? This compelling study concludes with a positive message of hope for the enduring human spirit.

2004, Nov 27; 11:19 ::: Bitter Rice (1949) - Giuseppe De Santis

leading actress of Bitter Rice, Silvana Mangano

Bitter Rice (1949) - Giuseppe De Santis [Amazon.com]

One of Italy's most commercially successful films, Bitter Rice packed theaters around the world despite being banned by the Legion of Decency in the United States. Though intended as a scathing indictment of harsh conditions endured by women laboring in Italy's rice fields, the film's enormous popularity was largely attributed to the erotic appeal of young Silvana Mangano. The former Miss Rome became a star overnight for her sultry debut as an impoverished yet voluptuous laborer who turns down the chance to emigrate to a better life in South America in favor of a steamy affair with her best friend's lover. Ironically, Marxist writer and director Giuseppe De Santis, one of the founders of Italy's post-World War II neorealist movement, virtually brought the genre to an end with Bitter Rice by demonstrating that sex was a far greater draw than social criticism. --via Amazon.com

National Legion of Decency [...]

The National Legion of Decency was an organization dedicated to identifying, and combatting, objectionable content in American motion pictures. Founded in April of 1934, for the first quarter-century or so of its existence, the legion wielded great power in the American motion picture industry.

Though established by Roman Catholic bishops, it originally included many Protestant and even some Jewish clerics as well; however, these latter gradually dropped out, and by the 1960s the organization had become an exclusively Catholic concern. Eventually, the entity was subsumed into the United States Catholic Conference, which later changed its name to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Legion_of_Decency [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 26; 20:53 ::: Sex is Comedy (2002) - Catherine Breillat

Sex is Comedy (2002) - Catherine Breillat

Writer-director Catherine Breillat's new film Sex Is Comedy (2002) bases its premise on the shooting of a sex scene from Breillat's last film A Ma Soeur!/Fat Girl (2001), and casts Anne Parillaud in the role of Jeanne, director of the film-within-the-film and a thinly disguised version of Breillat herself. It's as though she were compiling DVD extras for A Ma Soeur! and became so hooked on the "making-of" documentary that she turned it into a feature - similar to the way in which screenwriter Charlie Kaufman spun a whole new movie, Adaptation (2002), from the problem of how to write the follow-up to Being John Malkovich (1999). It's unclear, though, to what extent Sex Is Comedy asks to be viewed as an insider's account of the making of A Ma Soeur!, or a movie in its own right. -- Edward Lamberti, http://www.kamera.co.uk/reviews_extra/sex_is_comedy.php [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 26; 20:32 ::: The Ultimate Movie Thesaurus: The Only Book You Need to Find the Movie You Want (Henry Holt Reference Book) (1996) - Christopher Case

The Ultimate Movie Thesaurus: The Only Book You Need to Find the Movie You Want (Henry Holt Reference Book) (1996) - Christopher Case [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

From Publishers Weekly

The Ultimate Movie Thesaurus begins with short descriptions of 8000 movies. What makes it unique, however, is what comes next. Rather than just a handful of categories or a list of directors or movie stars, it also includes such subcategories as "In-Laws? Troublesome: see also Relatives? Troublesome"; "Trapped in a Hole" and "Cattle Herded by Barbara Stanwyck." Obviously, there are other, more inclusive categories, but if you're in the mood for a movie on, say, Austria, it has nearly 20 suggestions. --Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

See also themes

2004, Nov 26; 19:18 ::: Introducing: "Le Fantastique"

Fantastique is a French term for a literary and cinematic genre that overlaps with parts of science fiction, horror and fantasy. It is not a specifically French genre. The conventional usage in French encompasses many non-French authors who may be categorised differently in their own countries.

A great deal of literature, from every part of the world and dating back to time immemorial, falls within the category of fantastique. Fairy tales like The Book of One Thousand and One Nights and epic literature like the Romance of the Holy Grail are within the scope of this genre. Among the precursors of modern fantastique are such luminaries as Voltaire and Jonathan Swift, who hid satire behind non-realist stories, as well as the noir fiction of William Beckford (Vathek) and Matthew Gregory Lewis (The Monk). Elements of fantastique can be found in the works of many 19th century authors like Honoré de Balzac (La peau de chagrin), Guy de Maupassant who exorcises his own demons in Le Horla, Jules Verne explaining the supernatural with science in Le château des Carpathes, Oscar Wilde working along more philosophical lines in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mary Shelley who takes up the myth of the Golem in Frankenstein, and Bram Stoker's famous Dracula. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastique [Oct 2004]

2004, Nov 26; 16:24 ::: Jacques Fabian Gautier d'Agoty (1717-1785)

2004, Nov 26; 15:25 ::: The blog I nearly lost [...]

2004, Nov 26; 11:23 ::: De Koppelaarster (1656) - Johannes Vermeer

De Koppelaarster/The Procuress (1656) - Johannes Vermeer


1. Someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce).
2. Someone who obtains or acquires; "the procurer of opera tickets".
--Webster's Online Dictionary [WOD]

2004, Nov 11; 09:35 ::: 1918 - World War I ends

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) - Lewis Milestone [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

1918 - World War I ends: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside of Compiègne in France. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_with_Germany_(Compi%E8gne)

2004, Nov 10; 10:03 ::: Some images

Special effects by Ray Harryhausen in One Million Years B.C. (1967) - Don Chaffey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Ray Harryhausen (born June 29, 1920 in Los Angeles, California) was an American film director, producer and most notably a special effects creator. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Harryhausen [Nov 2004]

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) - Lewis Milestone [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

This 1930 film, No. 54 on the AFI's Top 100 list, still holds up as a surprisingly forceful and honest antiwar drama. --Amazon.com

Il Fiore delle mille e una notte/Arabian Nights (1974) - Pier Paolo Pasolini [Amazon.com]

director Pier Paolo Pasolini (Canterbury Tales) combines the heroics and hedonism of the classic Arabian tales with his dreamlike vision of bawdy pleasures and sublime sensuality to create Arabian Nights, the masterwork of his Trilogy of Life. --product description

Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1967) - Don Chaffey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Chesty Morgan in Il Casanova di Federico Fellini/Fellini's Casanova (1976) - Federico Fellini

Chesty Morgan in Measurements: 73FF-32-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) via http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074291 [Nov 2004]

- (1963) - Frederico Fellini [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Frida (2002) - Julie Taymor [Amazon.com]

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 - July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 08; 15:40 ::: Marilyn Monroe, photocredit unknown [Nov 2004]

Marilyn Monroe, photocredit unknown [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 08; 15:17 ::: Mommie Dearest (1981) - Frank Perry

Mommie Dearest (1981) - Frank Perry [Amazon.com]

Mommie Dearest is a memoir and expose written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford that was published in 1978.

Presented by its author as nonfiction, the book depicts Christina's version of her childhood and her relationship with her mother. She alleges that for many years she was the victim of child abuse during her mother's battle with alcoholism.

Crawford's name has become a byword for parental abuse and cruelty. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mommie_Dearest [Nov 2004]

The 1981 film has achieved cult status as a high camp classic. Dunaway later stated that she wished she had never appeared in it. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mommie_Dearest [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 08; 15:17 ::: Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios/Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) - Pedro Almodóvar

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios/Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) - Pedro Almodóvar [Amazon.com]

Pedro Almodovar broke into the art-house mainstream with this wild, manic comedy about a gaggle of women and their various problems with men, be they married lovers, cheating husbands, fiancés, or terrorists.

Chock full of the director's over-the-top stylization, in terms of both story and sets, the film is a hilarious yet heartfelt marriage of kitsch and drama, verging on parody but never going entirely over the top.

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1989. --Mark Englehart, amazon.com

2004, Nov 08; 12:21 ::: Sture Johannesson

Sture Johannesson’s poster for the exhibition Underground (1969, Lund, Sweden)

2004, Nov 08; 00:56 ::: Teorema/Theorem (1968) - Pier Paolo Pasolini

Teorema/Theorem (1968) - Pier Paolo Pasolini [Amazon.com]

The Lickerish Quartet (1967) looks like a remake of Pasolini's Teorema, but its pedigree is actually even fancier: Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921). --Gary Morris, http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/21/21_metzger.html [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 07; 19:25 ::: Festen/The Celebration (1998) - Thomas Vinterberg

Festen/The Celebration (1998) - Thomas Vinterberg [Amazon.com]

2004, Nov 07; 12:31 ::: Ro.Go.Pa.G. Pier Paolo Pasolini (segment La Ricotta) (1963)

Ro.Go.Pa.G. Pier Paolo Pasolini (segment La Ricotta) (1963) [IMDB]

La ricotta (1963), a 35-minute film by Pasolini about a director who sets out to make a film about the Passion of Jesus

La ricotta is featured on Criterion's Mamma Roma (1962) - Pier Paolo Pasolini [Amazon.com] and on the massive The Criterion Collection Holiday 2004 Gift Set (2004) - Various (282 discs) [Amazon.com]

2004, Nov 06; 11:22 ::: The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) - Dario Argento

The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) - Dario Argento [Amazon.com]

Stendhal syndrome or Stendhal's syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when the individual is exposed to an overdose of beautiful art, paintings and artistic masterpieces.

It is also the title of a 1996 film by Italian filmmaker Dario Argento, featuring his daughter Asia Argento. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal_syndrome

2004, Nov 04; 22:33 ::: Les Valseuses/Going Places (1974) Bertrand Blier

Les Valseuses/Going Places (1974) Bertrand Blier [Amazon.com]

Les Valseuses/Going Places (1974) is a film by french director Bertand Blier featuring Gerard Depardieu, Jeanne Moreau, Patrick Dewaere and Isabelle Huppert

2004, Nov 04; 22:49 ::: The Masque of the Red Death (1964) - Roger Corman

The Masque of the Red Death (1964) - Roger Corman [Amazon.com]

The Masque of the Red Death is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1842.

It was adapted by film director Roger Corman as a classic film (1964) starring Vincent Price, which, like the story, ends with the sentence:

And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.
--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_the_Red_Death [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 04; 11:28 ::: Easy Rider (1969) - Dennis Hopper

Easy Rider (1969) - Dennis Hopper [Amazon.com]

Easy Rider is a 1969 film which has become an anthem to the hippie lifestyle of the 1960s. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider [Nov 2004]

Dennis Hopper directed, essentially bringing the no-frills filmmaking methods of legendary, drive-in movie producer Roger Corman to a serious feature for the mainstream. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

2004, Nov 04; 09:33 ::: Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma/Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom - (1976) - Pier Paolo Pasolini

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma/Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom - (1976) - Pier Paolo Pasolini [Amazon.com]

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom) is a 1976 film by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, based on the book The 120 Days of Sodom (1785) by the Marquis de Sade.

Controversy over the film exists to this day, with many praising the film for its fearlessness and willingness to contemplate the unthinkable, while others condemn it roundly for being little more than a pretentious exploitation movie.

The film has been banned in several countries due to its graphic portrayals of rape, torture and murder -- mainly that of people suspected to be younger than 18 years of age. Many questions about the film's legality have been raised -- namely, whether or not the actors and actresses that participate in the (admittedly simulated) sexual or violent acts in the film were of the age of consent. See also banned films.

2004, Nov 03; 23:45 ::: Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Arthur Penn

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Arthur Penn [Amazon.com]

How do you begin to describe the shockwaves this movie sent through Hollywood back in 1967? Well, fortunately, that's already been done in Peter Biskind's excellent Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (1998) , a history of the "New Hollywood" with each chapter more or less focusing on a single film for each year of the decade many now talk about as a "golden age." And for Biskind, the 70s started in '67 with this movie. --David Hudson , http://www.greencine.com/webCatalog?id=314 [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 03; 18:45 ::: Akira (1988) - Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Akira (1988) - Katsuhiro Ôtomo [Amazon.com]

This classic movie led the way for the growing popularity of anime, and according to many people caused anime to become quite popular in western Europe in the mid-1990s. In North America, Akira was the beginning of the current wave of anime fandom and served as inspiration to the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix trilogy of motion pictures. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_(film) [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 03; 16:44 ::: The Gibson Girl

Camille Clifford (1885-1971) aka The Gibson Girl (photo: Bassano, London, 1906)

Camille Clifford as she sang 'Why Do They Call Me a Gibson Girl?' with Leslie Stiles (b.1876) in The Belle of Mayfair, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1906.

Gibson Girls are attractive yet independent young women as drawn by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson in the Victorian era. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_girl [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 03; 12:09 ::: Una Giornata particolare/A Special Day (1977) - Ettore Scola

Una Giornata particolare/A Special Day (1977) - Ettore Scola [Amazon.com]

Directed by veteran Ettore Scola, this somewhat strained study of sexual and political repression features two of Italian cinema's greatest stars cast against type: Sophia Loren, as a weary, frumpish housewife and mother of six; and Marcello Mastroianni, as a homosexual, anti-fascist broadcaster recently dismissed from his job. A chance meeting between these two desperately lonely individuals reveals a common bond; their encounter takes place on May 6, 1938, the date of Hitler's historic visit to Rome to sign an alliance with Mussolini. Notable for its excellent period detail, and its use of bleached, sepia-like colour, A Special Day was the recipient of several prestigious honours at time of its release. Scola accomplishes a skillful integration of plot, theme, setting, acting and photography (Lillian Schiff). --http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/archives/ital8.html [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 02; 23:05 ::: 1990s Benetton ads

1990s Benetton advertisment

Debra Ollivier:But aren't you exploiting social issues to increase Benetton's brand recognition? Isn't there a contradiction here or at least a problematic relationship?

Oliviero Toscani: Listen, a doctor who works with cancer, an oncologist -- does he exploit cancer? He's a rich man because he's a doctor. But do you think when he sees a patient he rejoices and says, "Ah, finally here's somebody with cancer?" Or Frank Gehry the architect, when he's doing a building for Coca-Cola -- do people ask him if he's doing this beautiful building so that Coca-Cola will sell more? Is he exploiting Coca-Cola to do architecture? I think this is a very old way of thinking. I'm exploiting, yes, and I want to exploit in the right way. [April 2000|Nov 2004], http://dir.salon.com/people/feature/2000/04/17/toscani_int/index.html

2004, Nov 02; 12:21 ::: Vito Acconci

Project for a new World Trade Center, New York, 2002. Photomontage - Acconci Studio

2004, Nov 02; 11:54 ::: Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley: The Uncanny (2004) - Mike Kelley [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Considered to be one of North America's most influential artists, L.A. artist Mike Kelley has done it all. He's worked in the realms of performance art, sculpture, painting, music (Destroy All Monsters, the Poetics) and writing. Highly revered, Kelley has had his fair share of controversy throughout his career. The cover art he provided for Sonic Youth's 1992 album Dirty came close to garnering them infamy with its alternately cute and surprising depictions involving home-made stuffed animals. --http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_03.09.00/arts/artsweek.html [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 02; 10:40 ::: Grand Guignol

poster for Grand Guignol play

Grand Guignol is an adjective describing any dramatic entertainment featuring the violently gruesome and gory.

The phrase comes from the "Grand Guignol" theatre in Montmartre, Paris, which specialised in such entertainment. It opened in 1897. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_guignol [Jun 2004]

André de Lorde, (1871-1933 (?)) was the chief author of the Grand Guignol plays. He wrote more than a hundred plays, all of them devoted chiefly to the exploitation of terror. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%E9_de_Lorde [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 01; 22:53 ::: Dr No (1962)

Ursula Andress in Dr No (1962)

In one of cinema's most famous moments, Ursula Andress emerged seductively from the sea and caused bikini sales to skyrocket. Sean Connery was just an unknown actor when chosen to star as James Bond by producers Saltzman and Broccoli, but Dr No was so successful that 007 is still going strong today. So sexy is the Ursula Andress character Honey Ryder, that she regularly tops Bond girl polls even now. --http://www.channel4.com/film/newsfeatures/microsites/S/sexy/results_10-1_2.html [Nov 2004]

2004, Nov 01; 17:44 ::: USA film rating: NC-17

Profile of the American NC-17 film rating and about 25 deeplinks to NC-17 films.

2004, Oct 30; 16:59 ::: The Dreamers (2003) - Bernardo Bertolucci

The Dreamers (2003) - Bernardo Bertolucci [Amazon.com]

"Only the French would house a cinema inside a palace," observes Matthew, a twenty-year-old American movie buff hanging out in Paris in 1968. He's speaking, of course, of Henri Langlois' Cinématèque Française, the national film archive which was a center of activity for directors of the French New Wave. --http://www.culturevulture.net/Movies8/Dreamers.htm [Oct 2004]

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