Juli 2014

Thelma & Louise (1991) Ridley Scott

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Easy Rider (1969) Dennis Hopper

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Baby Face (1933) Alfred E. Green

Siehe Besprechung auf Cargo. 

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck

SEEING “GLORIA”
By Akira Kurosawa (ca. 1980)

Some twenty-odd years ago, I saw a picture, titled Shadows, in Paris at the recommendation of Mr. Henri Langlois, Miss Mary Meerson and Miss Lotte Eisner of Cinemateque.

In the screening room, I was told that the young man who made the picture was present, but when I said I wish to meet him because I was so impressed with the quality of the picture, he ran away through the corridor without a word. I was puzzled of his action, and Mr. Langlois told me that he was being shy.

I know then that the wonderful talent which I saw in Shadows will be displayed in the motion picture industries of the world someday, and waited to hear about him. I have been mystified as I hadn’t recalled ever hearing about him until today.

I was all wrong. It was just my being in Japan that I didn’t hear about him. I was not aware that talents of Mr. Cassavetes have been highly acclaimed in the U.S. for sometime. That’s all there was to it.

When I learned that Gloria was made by the man who made Shadows, I was so happy and excited that I found myself clapping my hands. I wasn’t happy only because I felt that my judgement of him was proved right, but also because I thought that my long belief, that truly great talents will never stay buried, was proved right.

That young man I saw in the screening room of Cinemateque must now be over 50 years of age. However, the young and fresh film-making senses I saw in Shadows are still there in Gloria.

I think the beauty in the way sequences are executed and how they are put together is a natural thing—that the man was born with it.

I have seen many good movies and I have been impressed and moved many times before. But the excitement I felt in the screening room of Columbia where I saw Gloria was something special. Perhaps, it was because I felt the same kind of excitement over twenty-odd years ago in the screening room of Cinemateque, and because I could feel the same sort of excitement after such a long interval.

(Source: kurosawa-akira, via doriswalter)

wehadfacesthen:

James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt, 1955
via theniftyfifties

wehadfacesthen:

James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt, 1955

via theniftyfifties

(Source: nickdrake)

Natalie Talmadge and Buster Keaton at their wedding day in May, 1921.

Natalie Talmadge and Buster Keaton at their wedding day in May, 1921.

Gena Rowlands & John Cassavetes 

Gena Rowlands & John Cassavetes 

blue-voids:

Stanley Kubrick - Couple on the Subway, 1946

blue-voids:

Stanley Kubrick - Couple on the Subway, 1946

(via pubertad)

René Magritte and his wife Georgette Berger in 1929.

René Magritte and his wife Georgette Berger in 1929.

Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward