John Wayne throwing a punch, by Phil Stern
Phil Stern is a legendary Hollywood photographer - though Stern is much more matter-of-fact in discussing his career. This is a man who enlisted in the Army the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, earned a Purple Heart after being wounded alongside GIs fighting Rommel in northern Africa and who documented the Allied invasion of Italy for Stars and Stripes.
After the war, he photographed the biggest stars in music, shooting covers for storied record companies Verve and Reprise and was tapped by Sinatra to be the official photographer for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. No big deal, right?
“I was just a freelance photographer. Incidentally, I was available for weddings, confirmations and bar mitzvahs,” Stern said from his home in Southern California.
The new Sight and Sound magazine’s ‘Lost and Found’ film is A Bigger Splash.
Youtube: From 1971-1973, Jack Hazan gained intimate access to David Hockney and his circle of friends and lovers to create A Bigger Splash. Using a ‘structured reality’ format rather than pure documentary, he crafted a mesmerising film, groundbreaking in style and daring in nature. The above painting shares the same title.
Looks like a return to form for Ridley Scott! This looks amazing!
IMDB: Director Ridley Scott named the film Prometheus, seeing the name aptly fit the film’s themes: “It’s the story of creation; the gods and the man who stood against them.” In Greek mythology, the Titan Prometheus was a servant of the gods, who stole and gave to mankind the gift of fire, an immeasurable benefit that changed the human race forever (for better AND worse).
Minka a great short film ‘about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home’. Directed by Davina Pardo, here’s the synopsis:
The film begins when Associated Press foreign correspondent John Roderick became the unlikely owner of an enormous rundown farmhouse, a building type known as a “minka.” Working with a young university student named Yoshihiro Takishita, who would later become his adopted son, Roderick transported the massive timber house from the Japanese Alps to the Tokyo suburb of Kamakura.
'The only people that interest me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like roman candles across the night.'
This looks good.
“I am not really interested in doing a period piece that wouldn’t have a correlation with what we are living right now. There is a strange modernity to the theme, and maybe “On the Road” is more contemporary today than it ever was. The beauty of road movies is that they teach you that the further you go from the place where you originate from, the better you understand where you are from, and that is kind of a blessing to be able to discover one’s identity. This is a collective endeavor, so it is the result of that blending of perceptions that will actually generate a film and hopefully this interpretation will generate a dialogue with the Kerouac fans.” - Director Walter Salles