Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Watched a movie called Harry Munter last night. Into the top ten it goes! Brilliant offbeat Swedish Harold & Maude vibes. It's about a teen inventor who paints his face blue and walk around on stilts. He's created a machine that makes sine waves and attracts slimy American investors who want to move his family to New York. Meanwhile he makes friends with various lost hearts -- an alcoholic former soccer star, a paranoid who believes she is being followed, an octogenarian who loves to have her back scrubbed in the tub. There's a brilliant sequence near the end in which each character's deepest wishes are fulfilled in Harry's sun-drenched, drug-induced reverie -- kind of reminded me of Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life. So good! Watch here.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Cuckoo! Here are some photos of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde, from the original 1958 performance and a few other productions in the 60s. That's Britten in the cardigan. Moonrise Kingdom fans have probably already done similar image searches, ha. The Britten-Pears foundation also has Ceri Richards's original animal mask designs (below), and a great short film introducing the opera. I love the revolving 3D image of Mrs. Bear.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Garry Neill Kennedy, The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968-1978 (MIT, 2012)
More Canadian goodness. This is one of many great books that my brilliant friend Eddie has been telling me about. A new, very impressive history of NSCAD in Halifax in the seventies, my new preferred time machine destination.