Wednesday, March 31, 2010

trains in cinema - les rendez-vous d'anna

chantal akerman - les rendez-vous d'anna - 1978
(click images to make bigger - to see trains or other details)

Monday, March 29, 2010

news from home

exterior shots/urban landscapes from
chantal akerman's news from home - 1976

(in connection with)

- the early morning urban photographs of eugène atget (no people)
- movement and abstraction (later images [10-17] abstracted by car and train travel)
- storefront architecture : see the book store front: the disappearing face of new york
- joe zawinul's arrival in new york from the album zawinul - 1971 (the reverse of the closing shot of this film)
- scott macdonald's writings on the urban landscape in the garden in the machine: a field guide to independent films about place
- early martin scorsese films (mean streets, taxi driver, american boy: a profile of: steven prince, san francisco photography in the last waltz)
- the cinematography of babette mangolte
- other street posts * and films listed there (ernie gehr etc.)
- interiors in akerman's films *
- suggestions?, more urban posts to come (because i can no longer stand being in the city?)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

trains in cinema - make way for tomorrow

beulah bondi saying goodbye/adieu to her love (victor moore)
in leo mccarey's make way for tomorrow - 1937

Saturday, March 27, 2010

bigger than life

image 4+5 (a door opening) very bressonian

chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying

fight sequence toward the end of nicholas ray's bigger than life - 1956
cinematography by joe macdonald

rather disorienting camera work accompanied by an equally disorienting sound track
(a tv turned out to drown out the sound of the killing)