A beautiful Charles Laughton scene from 'Rembrandt', 1936. Just watch how believable and natural he is in this very short clip. Such an unactory actor so subtle and real with a beautiful voice. Click here
Barney Rosset, creator of the Evergreen Review in 1957 (right) with Samual Beckett in the 70's.
In its original paperback form.
The Evergreen Review was a US based literary magazine founded by Barney Rosset, publisher of the Grove Press. It first appeared in 1957, as a quarterly trade paperback, a little like Britain's Granta. Over the early period, Evergreen featured notables like Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
This cover from 1965 clearly inspired Annie Leibovitz with her 1981 Lennon Ono Rolling Stone cover.
During the sixties, Evergreen blossomed and was often ahead of the pack in featuring features writers like Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman and continuing the regular association with Kerouac, Mailer, Beckett, and Burroughs.
Sex and art were recurring themes in Evergreen and by the late 1960's it change to a large, glossy magazine format and switched from a quarterly to bimonthly eventually attaining a circulation of 1000,000. The Evergreen Review ceased publication in 1973.
As can be seen by the covers featured above, all from the 60's, the graphic style is very much of the period with lots of exposed flesh, as always mostly women. But there were also illustration commissions by some notable illustrators among them Paul Davies, Robert Crumb and Tomi Ungerer. In the late 1960's the masthead and editorial layout were redesigned, followed by another revamp in the 70's when the overall production became more sophisticated.
Although the original Evergreen Review ceased publication in 1973, the magazine was revived in 1998 in an online edition edited by founder Barney Rosset and Astrid Rosset.
I had the great pleasure of seeing a sneak preview of Mike Mills' new film 20th Century Women. If you enjoyed his last film Beginners I think you'll love this.
Mike Mills is a graphic designer/illustrator turned writer-director, and it is this mix of designer and filmmaker that makes for a very individual vision. As in Beginners Mills uses wonderful graphic interventions to give both the back and future biographies of key characters, all produced in a beautifully choreograph way. He is also married to the equally talented Miranda July (above).
The film is set in Santa Barbara in the late 70's and focuses on, Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a wonderfully eccentric single mother, divorcée living in a dilapidated, but charmingly eclectic house where she lets two rooms to help make ends meet.
One is occupied by Abbie (Greta Gerwig) a free-spirited photographer/artist, feminist and lover of punk. The other tenant is a totally laid back ageing hippy car mechanic William (Billy Crudup).
Dorothea is in her mid-50s and has hit the adolescent years of her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) at a time of cultural change, sexual politics and rebellion. Dorothea's main ambition is to turn Jamie into a caring, good person without the help or influence of a male partner.
Running into trouble she turns to Abbie and long term friend of Jamie's, Julie (Elle Fanning), a provocative teenage neighbour to teach Jamie the ways of the world. There follows a hilarious, bittersweet series of events that at their extremes are very challenging. The stand out performance comes from Annette Bening who is magnificent and totally believable.
It is so good to see actresses of a certain age getting leads like this and Bening gives a wonderfully nuanced performance. I hope she gets the credit and accolades she deserves for bringing this delightful character to life.
Mills' film is a humble low budget indy, whereas Allied, the new Brad Pitt film, co-starring Marion Cotillard is a huge budget Hollywood blockbuster. I also saw this and wished I hadn't. It is everything that 20th Century Women is not. Clichéd, predictable, sentimental, wooden, badly written, laboriously uninspired direction with lashings of syrupy music. All I can say is long live independent cinema.
I stumbled on this artist's work by chance and rather love it.
Alan Feltus was born in Washington DC in 1943. He was educated at Yale and later the Cooper Union before attending the Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia in 1961. He has been a working artist ever since. In 1987 he left the US and moved to Assisi, Italy in 1987.
Apparently, he doesn't work from models but constructs these intimate scenarios from his imagination, often spending many months on each painting.
He says of his method:
“I am guided by instinct as I watch what evolves on the canvas, nothing is planned, anything can happen, but the changes that happen are within the context of my paintings over decades of painting this way. This is how most painters work. What unfolds is from within. In that sense it is personal.”
You can clearly see his love of Italian Renaissance paintings, no wonder he moved to Italy. His work is widely collected and present in many museums . I can certainly see why. They are delightful.