Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Harry Munter

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

Cover to Cover

Michael Snow, Cover to Cover (1975). Cool to see a filmmaker making a book that looks like a film... This is from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

El jardin de las delicias

Wow, never really knew about Carlos Saura films before. So good!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Noye's Fludde

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.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Gregory Bright

Sounds like Devendra...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Last Art College

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.