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Federico Fellini: «One Question & One Answer»

2 Apr

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Q: You refused lucrative offers from Hollywood. You probably could have made millions of dollars.

A: Perhaps I could become the richest man in the world, or even the poorest. More likely the latter. No, I simply cannot imagine leading my army into my creative battles in any other way than my own. What good is money in exchange for giving up my independence, my friends, my Roman restaurants, my crazy Italian people, traffic at rush hour by the Colosseum? I would have made money and lost my joy of life. And that’s all filming has been about for me: joy of life, battle of life, comedy of life, fascination of life. Life! Life! Life!

Federico Fellini: January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993

via: Letter to Jane

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Dustin Hoffman: «Midnight Cowboy»

30 Dec

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Yousuf Karsh: «Cecil B. DeMille»

11 Dec

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(…) Though Cecil B. DeMille was respected by his peers, his individual films were often criticized by them. «Directorially, I think his pictures were the most horrible things I’ve ever seen in my life,» said director William Wellman about him. «But he put on pictures that made a fortune. In that respect, he was better than any of us.» Critic Pauline Kael called DeMille «a sanctimonious manipulator who used to satisfy the voyeuristic needs of the God-abiding by showing them what they were missing by being good and then soothe them by showing them the terrible punishments they escaped by being good.» (…)

(…) Yousuf Karsh was a master of studio lights. One of Karsh’s distinctive practices was lighting the subject’s hands separately. He photographed many of the great and celebrated personalities of his generation. Throughout most of his career he used the 8×10 bellows Calumet (1997.0319) camera, made circa 1940 in Chicago. Journalist George Perry wrote in the British paper The Sunday Times that «when the famous start thinking of immortality, they call for Karsh of Ottawa.» (…)

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Bruder H. und Schwester G.

26 May

Kinderchor:
(passend zur bekannten Volksweise)
Hallo, Ihr Lieben, nun ist es Märchenzeit,
Heut‘ gibt es Kuchen und ein wenig Streit.
Den Hänsel und die Gretel hört Ihr gleich rap-end,
Freut Euch des Lebens, es gibt ein Happy-End.

Märchenonkel:
Na, Bruder H. und Schwester G., alles klar, alles O.K.?

Bruder H. + Schwester G.:
Klar, Onkel H.

Märchenonkel:
Ist es wahr, was Euch geschah?

Schwester G.:
Es war wahr, Onkel H., als es klar war, daß die Hexe gar war, heiß wie Lava war der Ofen, in den ich sie steckte, sie jäh in ihm verreckte, das war das was ich bezweckte, sie mit der Leichtigkeit von WASA niederstreckte.

Bruder H.:
Schwester G. ich entdeckte den Trick, den Dreh, mit dem ich sie krass neckte, erschreckte, eine Knochenkollekte ich ancheckte, träge Knochensplitter durch ihre Gitterstäbe steckte, reckte, die Frist, mich zu kochen, so um Wochen streckte, das schmeckte der Hexe wahrlich nicht…

Schwester G.:
So löschte ich ihr Licht mit diesem Gedicht:
Walle, walle, Manche Schwade,
daß zum Feuerbade Knochen knistern
und Benzin im freien Falle
möge fließen aus Kanistern.

Kinderchor:
Hänsel und Gretel, die hatten ein Problem:
Und beide fanden das wirklich nicht bequem.
Die Hexe wollt‘ ihn mästen, sie stand auf Hänsel-Klein.
Doch vor den Gästen wollt‘ er kein Schnitzel sein.

Märchenonkel:
Meinen Flow habt Ihr gehört.
Doch hat mich Eurer sehr betört!

Bruder H.:
Verstört, betrübt hab‘ ich den Groove geübt. Der Feind saß uns im Nacken, ich lernte die Worte in Reime zu verpacken. Es war ein Muß diese Nuß zu knacken. Im Knast war diese Hast meine Last.

Schwester G.:
Ham‘ Reime geschrieben und Reime verpraßt, die wir zuvor erprobten. Nach Belieben andere verfaßt, mit Leukoplast verleimt, die wir lobten, innerlich in unsren Herzen tobten, das hat uns vereint.

Bruder H.:
Es scheint, daß beim Schwitzen, Zeitabsitzen, Silben wie Diamanten aufblitzen, die geschüttelt und gerührt konstantengleich und edel stetig durch den Schädel flitzen.

Märchenonkel:
So lerntet Ihr das Bleistiftspitzen.

Bruder H. + Schwester G.:
Sie haben uns geführt, den Weg ins Licht gewiesen!

Märchenonkel:
Ja, das ist bewiesen!

Schwester G.:
Einen guten Rap kannst Du nicht kaufen oder leasen, laß‘ den Flow nur laufen, in Flächen fließen, gleich den Bächen bunter Alpenwiesen…

Märchenonkel:
Mir will scheinen, im Reimen seid Ihr Riesen!

Kinderchor:
Hänsel und Gretel, sie dichten seitdem nur,
Ob in der Wanne oder in Waldes Flur.
Erst war’n sie ganz unten, dann kamen sie groß raus,
Was soll’n wir sagen, jetzt ist die Story aus.

Märchenonkel:
Und sie gehen froh nach Haus‘.

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Robert De Niro: «Inside The Actors Studio»

18 Apr

All you need to know about the TV-show «Inside The Actors Studio» you can find on Wikipedia.

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Those Were The Days: «Peggy Lee & Judy Garland talk a little and sing a duet»

21 Feb

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Sebastian Kim: «David Lynch»

2 Feb

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Website Sebastian Kim
via Interview

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George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

20 Jan

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via: Awesome People Hanging Out Together.

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Jim Jarmusch: «Iggy Pop And Tom Waits In – Coffee and Cigarettes»

11 Jan

Aus dem Film Coffee and Cigarettes von Jim Jarmusch zeigen wir die Episode Somewhere in California in voller Länge: Bei einem Zusammentreffen von Tom Waits und Iggy Pop erzählt Tom davon, dass er einen ausgesprochen anstrengenden Tag als Notarzt gehabt habe. Er habe direkt am Straßenrand jemanden operieren müssen. Iggy ist darüber ziemlich verblüfft, denn bisher wusste er nicht, dass Tom im Nebenjob Arzt ist. Beide Musiker diskutieren lange darüber, dass es eine hervorragende Sache sei, mit dem Rauchen aufzuhören.

Der Film ist bei Amazon als OmU erhältlich. Wir persönlich bevorzugen ja mehr die OoU-Version. Aber wenn es nicht anders geht…

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Klaus Kinski: «Welpenschutz möglich»

8 Jan

Das interessante an diesem Interview ist, daß Klaus Kinski mehrere Offerten, standesgemäß auszuflippen, schlicht ignorierte und für sein Selbstverständnis ungemein gelassen blieb. War es etwa, daß schweizer TV-Journalisten, die weiße Tennissocken zu schwarzen Schuhen trugen, die umgehende Aufnahme in Kinskis persönliches Welpenschutzprogramm gewährt wurde? Wir vermögen nicht, es restlos auszuschließen.

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Zukünftig wird Klaus Kinski für uns kein Thema mehr sein.

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Clint Eastwood: «You Either Do It With The Real Camera Or Not At All»

2 Jan

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In 1991, Clint Eastwood was starring in and directing «The Unforgiven». Eddie Adams was photographing him between takes and told him he needed to make some Polaroid proofs. Eastwood responded that «Ansel Adams didn’t take Polaroids. Edward Weston didn’t take Polaroids. You either do it with the real camera or not at all.» So Eddie Adams shot three frames, and this is one of them.

Eddie Adams became most famously known for his photograph of Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Nguyễn Văn Lém on February 1, 1968. Donald R. Winslow, a close friend of Eddie Adams, wrote about «The Pulitzer Eddie Adams Didn’t Want».

The American Newspaper Washington Post honours the great photographer with a special selection of his work. His fine light portrait of Fidel Castro, for example, is as amazingly enlightend as Yousuf Karsh’s portraits. His photo-journalistic stuff is as outstanding as of any other Magnum-photographers. So, just get a quick refill of your basic knowledge about great photographers.

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Brazil: «Tuttle Meets Buttle»

29 Dec

We have absolutely no idea how this film made it into You Tube and will not know for how long this situation is about to be conserved precisely that way. So, may be you might like to spend some 2:11 hours of your most un-valuable lifetime watching this. Our serving suggestion: Why don’t you look out for a little-bittle train station somewhere out in the pampaesque country-side and use your iPhone for this exploration. Just keep in touch with mother nature while getting futuristic at all.

Or may be it was Terry Gilliam himself using «Nick Max lii» who posted his own movie (among others) on You Tube just to put the germ of self-reflecting thinking into the brains of those who did not enjoy the luxurious advantage of being brought up in a time where the world the movie Brazil introduces us to was nothing but pure fiction.

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Alfred Hitchcock: «Happiness»

28 Dec

«A clear horizon …

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TimelessClassicMovie: «The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)»

5 Dec

«The St. Louis Bank Robbery» (also called «The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery» in the opening credits) is a 1959 heist film shot in black and white. The noir film stars Steve McQueen as a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. The film is based on a 1953 bank robbery attempt of Southwest Bank in St. Louis. The film was shot on location in St. Louis and some of the men and woman from the St. Louis Police Department, as well as local residents and bank employees, play the same parts they did in the actual robbery attempt.

TimelessClassicMovie is a YouTubeChannel featuring a lot of classical movies in full length! We have absolutely no idea if this is a legal operation by the copyrightholders but it’s strictly awesome. You will find some early works by Alfred Hitchcock or the legendary film The Chase (1946) by Arthur Ripley. But these are just two examples. May this channel stay forever.

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Removies: «Movies With One Letter Removed»

11 Sep

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via Nag On The Lake

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Alfred Hitchcock: «Ten Beer For The Sawmill’s Men»

1 Sep

Magellan: «If you’re interested in the suspense MEISTER this lovingly assembled spot should be your FIRST STOP on the web.».

via: The Red List

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Don Lane to Tom Waits: «I’m certainly glad you’ve finished the sentence»

7 Aug

There are, of course, up-coming voices, saying that Tom Waits’ 1979 performance in the Australian Don Lane Show was the model for Heath Ledger’s strange interpretation of Joker. Naturally, we see it slightly different: Heath Ledger was nothing but playing an old toothless snake which had too much to drink. End of story.

Tom Waits’ performance, however, is simply great. Just invest nine minutes of your worthless lifetime in order not to miss the small clip from the movie Paradise Alley in which Waits, the piano man, is chatting with Silvester Stallone at the end of this footage.

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Weltrekord: «UFO über Wiesbaden»

19 Jul

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UFOs haben, so viel wissen wir nach Jahrzehnte langer UFO-Forschung, viele Gesichter. Diese, von unserem Redaktionsfotografen kurz nach dem Verlassen einer Maison-du-Pain-Filiale am Dernschen Gelände gesichtete Flugscheibe, verfügt sogar über einige hunderte Antlitze gleichzeitig. Weltrekord. Keine Frage.

Außerdem ist das unbekannte Flugobjekt durch seine vielen Luftschlitze arm im Luftwiderstand und damit extrem kraftstoffsparend unterwegs, ein Umstand der sich gerade beim selbstlosen Waleretten aus der Luft bezahlt macht.

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Edward Quinn: «Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock»

13 Jul

Edward Quinn: «Grace Kelly and Alfred Hitchcock»; 1954

We cannot precisely say that Alfred Hitchcock was pretty much amused when his gold donkey («Goldesel» – as we say in Germany), carrying this marvellous name Grace Kelly around the globe and on her v-card, married Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi, Count of Polignac and the Prince of Monaco in 1956, an event which automatically ended her career as one of the most hottest and wanted Hollywood divas with a blimp of an eye.

Nevertheless, this photograph, taken by Edward Quinn in the year 1954, displays the basis of their harmoniously and perfectly working cooperating system: Our Full English Gentleman is celebrating High Tea with the later Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. At that present moment they both were working on To Catch a Thief in Cannes.

Edward Quinn’s website provides us with some information about himself: «Born 1920 in Ireland, lived and worked since 1950 as a photographer on the French Riviera. During the “Golden Fifties” this was the favored playground retreat for celebrities from the world of show biz, art and business. The Edward Quinn Archive contains more then 100’000 photos from the 1950s up to the 1970s. It’s very likely that every famous person who visited the French Riviera at the time was photographed by Quinn. The most important part of the archive consists of about 10’000 photos of Picasso.»

We like to strongly recommend his two books: «Riviera Cocktail» and «Stars And Cars Of The ’50s».

At the very present moment the Hamburg based gallery Photography Monika Mohr Galerie shows «Edward Quinn: Pablo Picasso» from June 5th until October 9th 2012.

Website: Edward Quinn
via: Awesome People Hanging Out Together.

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Frank Sinatra: «Fly Me To The Moon»

4 Jun

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