Utamaro and His Five Women (1946)

Utamaro and His Five Women (1946) Made under the American occupation, Kenjii Mizoguchi directed this fictional account of the famous printmaker Kitagawa Utamuro, some of whose depictions of the ‘floating world’ of geishas so incensed the magistrates that Utamoro was handcuffed for 60 days. Film scholars claim that Utamuro is really Mizoguchi’s self-portrait as a … More Utamaro and His Five Women (1946)

Swing Time (1936)

Swing Time (1936) George Stevens directed what is now regarded as the best Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance film. “The Way You Look Tonight” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but I still sing “Pick Yourself Up” which strikes me as quite relevant these days.  The “Bojangles of Harlem” number, more a … More Swing Time (1936)

Asparagus (1979) and Pinball (2013)

Asparagus (1979), Suzan Pitt’s first breakthrough animation, and Pinball (2013), her last animation, showcase amazing accomplishments celebrating independent filmmaking. On the CalArts Web site, Maureen Seawood wrote, “She [Suzan] believed that within us, we had the ability to unfold the way we dream. That each image leads us to the next image, giving birth to … More Asparagus (1979) and Pinball (2013)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) [Silent Movie]

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) [Silent Movie] Lon Chaney transforms into Quasimodo as if one of the gargoyles along the church walls had come to life. Patsy Ruth Miller plays the innocent beauty Esmeralda in this classic romance. Produced by Carl Laemmle, overseen by Irving Thalberg, and directed by craftsman Wallace Worsley, this movie … More The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) [Silent Movie]

Faces/Places

Faces/Places [Villages Visages] (2017) Documentary filmmaker Agnès Varda joins forces with instillation photographer J. R. on a road trip across France, visiting coal mines, stockyards, factories, farms, and enlarging photographic images of the people who live and work there, to plaster across buildings, silos, train cars, crates, etc. The impermanence of art is J. R.’ … More Faces/Places

Final Portrait (2018)

Final Portrait (2018) Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this independent film that focuses on the unrelenting obsession of Alberto Giacometti when at work making a portrait of his friend James Lord, who wrote about the experience. Geoffrey Rush provides a credible performance as the artist, and Tony Shalhoub surprises as his brother Diego. The excruciating … More Final Portrait (2018)

Fractal Delight

Blog with a View After Terry Wright’s Fractal Blog Page 1. By the image in the word Meaning casts its shadow By the word in the image Colors strain to stain. 2. Flow sweeps away on Mercury wings With magnification The hidden emerges 3. Gaudy or polite Or impish wisdom   Sharing the void Ought … More Fractal Delight