Tag Archives: Billy Wilder

a cow still had to die

A cow still had to to be sacrificed to make that leather car seat that adds such prestige to the automobile…. But young people, more than ever are less interested in cars, and more concerned about cleaner, safer and quieter … Continue reading

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coffee,cars and the communal experience

Much better than his television series. This is a wrinkle on a what seems a new sort of interview style reality program that takes face to face out of the confines of the studio and into new contexts. Seinfeld’s production … Continue reading

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moods of modernism… berlin to the bayou

Post war American movies were locked into a pattern that began when Shirley Temple saved Hollywood studios from completely going under and were “rescued” by Morgan and Rockefeller money and then the post WWII era saw the norm being movies … Continue reading

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ghosts of remembrance: of things past

The docudrama. It was awful as commercial cinema. In fact it was a form of propaganda. But in its own inscrutable way, the newsreel style, the efforts to depict reality and achieve political goals in West Germany through cinema were … Continue reading

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there’s plenty of room at the bottom

From the previous post that brought up Harry Saltzman, one of the originators of developing the social realism genre of film. Of course, Saltzman did not operate in a vacuum, but he had an intuitive sense that connected the north … Continue reading

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to pity the poor lawyer

Even back then as a pre-teen, I didn’t need a Hubble telescope to confirm they were pretty sexy. It was before fitness classes, personal trainers and yoga. It was the 1970’s and women were a little roundier and sexier; kind … Continue reading

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hard to spot betrayal

From a very extensive review of Donald Kuspit’s The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist which in part, dismantles Kuspit’s argument and by extension also reinforces much of what is written. The problem is that Kuspit is a near genius, collecting … Continue reading

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warhol: another green world

Rimbaud:”The poet should make himself a seer by a long, immense, deliberate disorder of all the senses”.¬† The constipated mind of dented cans. An alchemical process of language, which Rimbaud could not have foreseen the ways in which consumer society … Continue reading

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there’s something about paradise

The double entendre of a trouble in paradise.The Lubitsch touch. The phrase used to describe the work of director Ernst Lubitsch. Reams have been written on the subject, but it remains a vague elusive concept that defies generic interpretation and … Continue reading

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war and conflict: those pauses that refresh

Its the ultimate kitsch product. Coke. All style and form. No substance. Something with multiple layers of meaning exposing a vast fictionality of the object situated in a space between reality and illusion. Kitsch. Both imitative and its negation, kitsch … Continue reading

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