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RIP William Klein (1926 – 2022)

William Klein (1926 – 2022) was an American-French photographer and film director.

He is known for such photos as Broadway and 103rd Street, New York, 1954–1955 and films such as Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966), Mr. Freedom (1969) and The Model Couple (1977).

Tate docu on Klein, with lots of his early New York photos.

Klein was unassuming, unpretentious and had a healthy dose of humor. Here at Jahsonic we have lots of sympathy for mr. Klein. He strikes us as a nobrow artist, a category we hold in high esteem.

RIP Jean-Luc Godard (1930 – 2022)

Jean-Luc Godard  was a French-Swiss film director.

Famous “Si vous n’aimez pas la mer, si vous n’aimez pas la montagne, si vous n’aimez pas la ville … allez vous faire foutre!” scene from  À bout de souffle (1960)

Godard rose to prominence as a pioneer of the ‘Nouvelle Vague’ in European cinema. He is best known for his jump cuts in À bout de souffle (1960).

Of the same period and in the same style are other films that defied audience expectations: Vivre sa vie (1962), Bande à part (1964), and Pierrot le Fou (1965).

Also of interest are his lesser known political films during his communist period. There is for example his use of stills such as the Freudo/Marx pinup in Le gai savoir (1969).

We at Jahsonic have little sympathy for the humorless pretentiousness of mr. Godard. He is, however symptomatic of the ‘épater les bourgeois’ tradition of Baudelaire, Brecht and Beckett. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. We have nothing against going against the grain, but if you do it, do it good, like Debord, who gave the jacket of his mémoires sandpaper covers to damage the books in their vicinity maximally.

RIP Wolfgang Petersen (1941 – 2022)

Wolfgang Petersen is a German film director known for films such as Das Boot (1981) and Troy (2004).

I want to remember him for The NeverEnding Story (1984), a fantasy film based on the German novel of the same name by Michael Ende.

The book describes the fantasy world of Fantasia slowly being devoured by a malevolent force called “The Nothing“.

RIP Bob Rafelson (1933 – 2022)

Chicken salad scene from Five Easy Pieces.

Bob Rafelson was an American film director. I remember him for Head (1968) and Five Easy Pieces (1970).

Five Easy Pieces is famous for its chicken salad scene.

Head, full film.

Head is known for being a hippie film in the style of The Trip (1967), Medium Cool (1969) and Putney Swope (1969).

RIP Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930 – 2022)

Jean-Louis Trintignant was a French actor who worked with all European art house directors between the 1950s and the 2000s. He is known for his economic acting.

Here he is in  My Night at Maud’s (1969):

 My Night at Maud’s (1969), trailer

BDSM-wise (let’s, shall we?) two films come to mind.

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