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TV DRAMA BBC War and Peace





BBC TV War and Peace cast photo




Rarely put up a review of a TV drama. But this is a classic on BBC’s serial War and Peace.


In Which We Would Never Lie To A British Person


Sickness and Remorse


by Dick Cheney, This Recording, 8 February 2016


Dick Cheney…Sickness and Remorse….for a moment….hard to resist. Dick, a lot of people out there are puzzling over this one. Personally, I would change the surname. Chainlink or something.



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March 31, 2016 Posted by | BBC drama, War and Peace | , , , | Leave a comment

FILM PHOTOGRAPHER Bob Willoughby 1927-2004





PHOTOGRAPHER Bob Willoughby


“The man who virtually invented the photojournalistic motion picture still.”


Audrey Hepburn and George Cukor on the set of My Fair Lady, 1963

Audrey Hepburn and George Cukor on the set of My Fair Lady, 1963






Behind the Hollywood Scenes: Bob Willoughby Photography


Bob Willoughby Photography


112 set photos. Full bio.

His body of work, documenting this historic era of filmmaking, is unsurpassed. He captured with wonderful perception the most famous actors and directors of the time on and off the set, in unguarded moments of repose, vulnerability and high drama. He had a unique ability to capture what was essential to each film. Sydney Pollack said in the introduction to Bob’s autobiography: “Sometimes a filmmaker gets a look at a photograph taken on his own set and sees the ‘soul’ of his film in one still photograph. It’s rare, but it happens. It happened to me in 1969, the first time I looked at the work of Bob Willoughby during the filming of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.”




March 27, 2016 Posted by | Bob Willoughby, Film photography, unit photography | , | Leave a comment

FILM DIRECTOR Ingmar Bergman’s essay The Snakeskin





Ingmar Bergman, Sven Nykvist, Faro 1972

Ingmar Bergman, Sven Nykvist, Faro 1972




The Snakeskin


~ Possibly Bergman’s greatest essay, in which he explains his doubts of cinema and art in general.


Written in 1956. Translated into English in 1972 by Keith Bradfield.


From ingmarbergman.se



March 26, 2016 Posted by | Bergman, Ingmar Bergman | | Leave a comment

FILM VIDEO ESSAY How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene





FILM STILL VERTIGO from video essay




How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene


Another one of Evan Puschak’s highly polished video essays.


Aisha Harris in Slate has it down as :


If You’re a Hitchcock Nerd, This Insanely Deep Dive Into a Pivotal Vertigo Scene Is For You


Check out his video on Ansel Adams photography.



March 26, 2016 Posted by | Ansel Adams, Evan Puschak, video essay | , , , , | Leave a comment

FILM Style in film: La piscine [1969]





Jaques Deray, La piscine[1969]

Dir. Jaques Deray, La piscine[1969]




Style in film: La piscine


From Classiq



March 24, 2016 Posted by | Jacques Deray, La piscine [1969] | | Leave a comment

PHOTOGRAPHER Francesca Woodman





ART Greg Allum Francesca Woodman [slightly HDR-ish




ART FRANCESCA WOODMAN blur corner room




Francesca Woodman – Laurie Anderson


Enzo Amoruso’s slide show of many of Francesca Woodman’s photographs with 2 tracks, “statue of freedom” and “strange perfumes” from Laurie Anderson’s Transitory Life works quite well. Not being a Laurie Anderson expert, I have absolutely no idea if these are the correct tracks as suggested in the YouTube comments.

Coming to her for the first time, this is quite a good way to do it. Enzo has used a lot of them in the 15 minute video. It seems like a good idea to look at her photographs without wondering too much about who she is and what reputation she has. I have come to her from an visual point of view, if that makes any sense. Saw a blurry one and was struck by it and wanted to see more.

I have learnt who she is but do not want to spend much time on academic analyses of her photography. Listening to some dire presentations on YouTube, one going on for 20 mins. about her taking photographs in corners — no names, no pack-drill — one is drawn nonetheless by this inaccessible tripe to the fact that she was an artist who used a camera. So therein also, perhaps, photographic artist vs. installationist. If that also makes sense. She sets up a shot and then shoots it but not with video.

I feel there are parallels between her process and that of setting up a shot in a film. The mise-en-scene for one of her still images is often as meticulous as one might find in one of the classic films noted for it’s impeccable mis-en-scene.

Discussing the distinction between the artist as photographer and a photographer who is considered an artist of the trade is worthwhile. What’s the difference between Francesca Woodman and the war photography of Don MucCullin, say?



Francesca Woodman


A 39 1/2 min slide show also with music, but more soothing.


Interior geometries on Tumblr


A vast number of Francesca Woodmans. Some not Woodmans. Look enough elsewhere and this all falls into place. Some of these are not in the other places. Because it’s Tumblr, there are a number of repetitions. Most are not attributed or described or dated which would have been good. But hey, it’s Tumblr. Not particularly quick and easy to navigate but another way to get into her photography. ALSO SEE final remarks.


Wiki: Francesca Woodman has a table of Woodman’s photographs including links to where they can be found.


Google Images gives a good idea both of the extent of her work and how it has been taken up by all and sundry. Despite the photos being everywhere, there doesn’t seem to be one place where the vast majority of them are lodged online. And it’s hard work comparing sets of photos with so much duplication and overlap.


My recommendation is to search assiduously for her work online before delving into her life, then perhaps try:


The Woodmans [2010]


1 hr 20 min film based around family recollections, predominantly Dad’s. Both parents artists. Spanish subtitles which spoil it. So far not found a subtitle-free version. It is available on DVD. Watched this several months ago. It is The Woodman’s not Francesca Woodman, so is as well a promo for Mum and Dad’s art while at the same time telling us all about Francesca, which is o.k., but I have my reservations. That’s how they chose to make it, who am I to argue?


Francesca Woodman at SF MoMa- an artist decisively ahead of her time
By hannahkozak


Nice sepia set – half a dozen or so.


Francesca Woodman


by James Catchpole


Seriously essaying with three sets of photos sandwiched into the text.


Francesca Woodman, I’m trying my hand at fashion photography


Jonas Cuénin, The Eye of Photography, 28 February 28 2015


And finally, a great story. The top header photo is not by Francesca Woodman but by Greg Allum a British photographer. He explains in this July 2014 piece on his website:


The Francesca Woodman Conspiracy


If you are not an art expert specialising in Woodman, how do you know if what you are being told is a Woodman actually is? You don’t. It’s context. Because it’s with the others you are more likely to assume, expect, it to be a Woodman.

Searching the videos for good examples presenting a wide selection of Woodman photos, I found two which included the photo Greg says is his. I wrote to him pointing out the first one, then went away and found it again in a second video. He is amazed his photo has spread as a Woodman, but has not so far indicated any interest in proving it is his. In fact as you an see from his post, he has there a set of three Swirling Girls. Why was this particular one taken up and not the other two? Did he only put up the one or all three when he first put them online?

Who first got hold of his Woodmanesque Swirling Girl? The trail is there. Over to you Lloyd? Or is it over to David? Oh, never mind. Is Lloyd still alive?



March 18, 2016 Posted by | Francesca Woodman | , | Leave a comment

FILM ROBERT ALTMAN The Player [1992]





FILM ALTMAN THE PLAYER [RA on set]




How Would Lubitsch Do It?


cinearchive.org


Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’: What Lessons Hollywood Has Learned From The Showbiz Satire


moviephone.com


Untold Stories of Robert Altman’s The Player or Who the Hell is Thereza Ellis?


“If we can just get rid of these actors and directors, maybe we’ve got something here.”


Last two by Edward Copeland, Edward Copeland’s Tangents. 2011.



March 11, 2016 Posted by | Robert Altman | | Leave a comment

FILM ADAPTATION And Its Discontents





DIAG Book to film




Part 1: The Process and Reception of Book to Film Adaptations


Part 2: The Process and Reception of Book to Film Adaptations


Part 3: The Process and Reception of Book to Film Adaptations


Steve McCarthy, Motion Brothers, 8 Sept 2014



March 11, 2016 Posted by | film adaptation, Film script/screenplay, screenplay, screenwriting, script, script-writer | | Leave a comment

FILM Movies about photography





Hitchcock's Rear Window

Hitchcock’s Rear Window






40 Movies About Photography Every Photographer Should Watch


20 More Movies About Photography That Every Photographer Should Watch


Each film has a still and a short comment.


Then there’s films about film-making. Two for starters: Truffaut’s Day for Night and Kieslowski’s Amator.



March 11, 2016 Posted by | Films on photography | | Leave a comment

PHOTOGRAPHER Josef Koudelka



PHOTO JOSEPH KOUDELKA The immigrant

Josef Koudelka – A young Gypsy suspected of being guilty takes part in a murder reconstruction, Jarabina, Czechoslovakia, 1963.



Josef Koudelka: the man who risked his life to photograph the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia – in pictures

Guardian 5 November 2014


PHOTOGRAPHER Joseph Koudelka [EXHIBITION]


This selection and the the Koudelka story. Several of the iconic Prague ’68 photographs.


Doubtful Nationalities: A Josef Koudelka Retrospective


Tom McLean · in Culture & Integration · March 6, 2015


* Deals with his Roma photographs, in particular on the header one I’ve posted.


Getty Center > Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful ~ 11 November 2014 – 22 March 2015


A larger display of the same photos in the other exhibition.


Josef Koudelka

Wiki entry

Remember the film The Incredible Lightness of Being based on Milan Kundera’s novel? Here are the images.



March 11, 2016 Posted by | Josef Koudelka | | Leave a comment