And now Italian director
Bernardo Bertolucci dies, 13 years the junior of Roeg, also one of the big names of European cinema.
(1972) was the first of his films I saw. I’m sure if I would see it again, it would bore me to death. In contrast, Last Tango in Paris Performance (1970) by Roeg (see prev. post) has aged better. Both films are a testament to the sexual revolution.
The last of Bertolucci’s film that I saw was
(2003). I remember liking it and I guess that likely hasn’t changed. The Dreamers
Luck has it that YouTube has an entire copy of
(1970). Like The Spider’s Stratagem Performance of Roeg, it is inspired by Jorge Luis Borges.
I’ve never seen it, I’ll watch it now.
Let me end (because I can) with this beautiful juxtaposition only marginally linked to Bertolucci:
Update 27/11: The Spider’s Stratagem is actually a pretty good film: very Italian, surreal, Borgesian and Chirico-esque.
Nicolas Roeg dies at 90.
was the first of his films that I saw. In some Antwerp art house probably. Performance
Roeg’s most intriguing film is
, the true story of an adventurer who publishes an ad looking for a ‘wife’ to spend a year on a Castaway uninhabited island.
In the beginning of his career he was a cinematographer. He filmed Roger Corman’s
by Edgar Allan Poe. The Masque of the Red Death
Several aspects of
Performance were novel and it foreshadowed MTV type music videos (particularly the “ Memo from Turner” sequence in which Jagger sings) and many popular films of the 1990s and 2000s.
Roeg belonged to the generation of
Ken Russell and Stanley Kubrick and was the last one alive of the three.
Cesare Canevari died six years ago but it went unnoticed by me.
I learned of his death yesterday when I landed on Canevari’s
(1977) via Last Orgy of the Third Reich Nazi Love Camp 27 (1977). God knows what brought me there.
So this morning I watched
(1970), the Matalo! Spaghetti Western directed by Canevari.
It’s a whole lot better than
Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!  (1967), which I watched this January.
Matalo! sets itself apart by its psychedelic sequences, the silence, the lack of dialogue, the sound effects and the soundtrack by Mario Migliardi.
The full soundtrack is here:
I finished another
‘roman dur’ by Simenon, , one might say a rather unremarkable novel were it not for the fact that it makes one realize that it used to be possible to lead a L’Enterrement de Monsieur Bouvet double life, to disappear many times in one’s life and start all over again elsewhere without leaving a trace. And were it not of course that this is a Simenon ‘roman dur’ and this is the only ‘genre’ I currently enjoy, and have for a year or three.
L’Univers de Simenon, sous la direction de Maurice Piron avec la collaboration de Michel Lemoine
Wile researching this novel, I came across
L’univers de Simenon : guide des romans et nouvelles (1931-1972) de Georges Simenon (1983) by Maurice Piron and Michel Lemoine. It’s hard to believe that Michel Lemoine is the same person as the cult actor and director of French cinema of which I will post a photo.
Michel Lemoine in I Pianeti contro di noi (1962) – Romano Ferrara
‘The Move’ by Georges Simenon
(1967) is a The Move ‘roman dur’ by Belgian writer Georges Simenon.
I intend to read every roman dur by Simenon.
The Move is both a flawed novel and at the same time one of his more interesting ones due to its near total plotlessness and focus on psychological detail.
Its sub-theme is a criticism of the
anonymity of modern high rise, the lack of social control, a side effect of living in the banlieue, in the same vein as Jacques Tati’s films (1958) and Mon oncle (1967). Playtime
Its protagonist is an unwilling
Another of its themes is an exploration of
dark sexuality, a recurring motif with Simenon, such as in (1950). Un nouveau dans la ville
Francis Lai was a French composer, noted for his film scores, best-known for his song “ A Man and a Woman (chance pour toi et moi ba da ba da da da da da da)” wich is part of my top 1000.
Touché Boucher (1972-73) is an oil on canvas by Mel Ramos, is a pastiche of the Odalisque blonde by François Boucher.
Mel Ramos was an American painter, specializing in paintings of female nudes.
He was one of the
pop art erotica artists noted for his ‘flat light’ photorealism.
He also interpreted the female nudes of European masters in paintings such as
(1972-73) [above], which is a pastiche of the Touché Boucher by François Boucher. Odalisque blonde
Charles Aznavour, 94, French-Armenian singer, best-known for “ La Bohème” (1966), a song which is part of the Jahsonic 1000.
A re-interpretation of this song was done by Jahsonic fave
Nicolas Jaar [above].
Paul Virilio was a French theorist, urbanist, and aesthetic philosopher.
He is best known for his book
(1975), a book I discovered one lonely night in Brussels spent with a young woman at her place. She had acquired it that same afternoon. Bunker Archeology
One of the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall was photographed by myself in 2007
I’ve yet to hold a copy of this book in my hands.