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“Real/Surreal” at The Whitney – Jewels of Uneasiness, Faithfully Rendered

Posted by the editors on Monday, 7 November 2011

Ken Johnson has written an interesting and probing article entitled “Jewels of Uneasiness, Faithfully Rendered”, itself a rather evocative title, in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, looking at the show “Real/Surreal” (through 12 February 2012 at the Whitney Museum of American Art; (212) 570-3600, “Real/Surreal”, works from the Whitney’s permanent collection, is an exhibition of American art from the 1920s to the 1950s: a haunting, disenchanted, uncomfortably dream-like body of work, and a significant predecessor to the energy-filled creations of Abstract Expressionism.  Johnson proposes a resurgence of context: Depression, ecological cataclysm, war, loss of moral referents, in attempting to understand and find the roots of today’s rekindled interest in Surrealism.

top image: Edward Hopper ‘s “Early Sunday Morning” (1930), from “Real/Surreal”/Whitney Museum of American Art/The New York Times

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Fireworks (Hana-Bi) by Takeshi Kitano

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 11 September 2011


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Hana-bi (Fireworks) by Takeshi Kitano

Hana-Bi (Fireworks, in English) (1997)(DVD)  Written, directed and edited by Takeshi Kitano, starring “Beat Takeshi” (Takeshi Kitano) and winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 1997 Venice Film Festival, with a score was composed by renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi.  Serene and brutal, melancholy, tender, loving and stylized Hana-Bi, is an exceptional film by an exceptional artist.  The film includes many scenes in which Kitano’s own pointillist, pop, surreal paintings, made during his recovery from a terrible motorcycle accident in 1994, are, if not featured, certainly present, haunting, and quite moving. (PR)

See our other posts on the films directed and/or starring Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine, Boiling Point and Battle Royale

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Youth Without Youth

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 23 April 2011

Youth Without Youth theatrical release poster

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Youth Without Youth (2007) (DVD) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather (1972), Apocalypse Now (1979), Twixt Now and Sunrise (to be released in 2011)), starring Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Funny Games (2008)), Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader (2008)), Bruno Ganz (The Boys from Brazil (1978), Wings of Desire (1987), The Reader (2008)), with a very brief participation by Matt Damon (Saving Private Ryan (1998), Syriana (2005),  The Adjustment Bureau (2011)).

Magical Realism, Surrealism, Science Fiction of a sort, politico-religious intellectual mish-mash?  One could suppose that a kind of Magical Realism best describes Coppola’s style in Youth Without Youth, keeping in mind that Coppola not only directed the film but was also its producer and writer, the film being based on the autobiographically inspired novella of the same name by the Romanian author, religion scholar, and extreme-right political supporter, Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) .

An interesting film, at least in theory, Youth Without Youth, falls flat through relatively poor acting, except on the part of Bruno Ganz, as well as poor writing.  Not to mention the dubious novella from which it is drawn.  Nevertheless, it is a Francis Ford Coppola film, and as such merits watching.  Perhaps. (PR)

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