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CHILDREN OF PARADISE

Jean-Louis Barrault (standing) as Baptiste. Image credit: Movie City News

After the fall of France in 1940, Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, and Jean Gabin (briefly) decamped for Hollywood. Director Marcel Carné and poet–screenwriter Jacques Prévert stayed in their occupied country and, under straitened circumstances, assembled their magnum opus LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS (CHILDREN OF PARADISE). “The cast is a record of Paris under the Nazis, and one […]

WAR, EXILE, AND “UNDERDEVELOPMENT”

The Exiles, directed by Kent Mackenzie
Image credit: Exilesfilm.com

“This was one of the first films to deal with the contemporary lives of Native Americans, [and is] still one of the very few pieces to deal with the Native urban diaspora, in this case in the no-longer existing L.A. neighborhood of Bunker Hill, in 1961. More broadly, THE EXILES is a film about displacement, and […]

JIMMIE DURHAM — PROGRAMS

Jimmie Durham, Still Life with Stone and Car
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“The official history is certainly not true.” — Jimmie Durham* JIMMIE DURHAM: AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, the retrospective exhibition at the Hammer Museum, is open through the first week of May, 2017. In the coming weeks, the museum will present a series of on-site programs related to Durham’s life and practice: conversations, readings, […]

THE BOOK OF CLARENCE AT MOMA

Clarence Fountain.
Image credit: Discogs

When writer-director-lyricist Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson fused Sophocles to the African-American church experience in The Gospel at Colonus, Clarence Fountain and the Blind Boys of Alabama were cast to collectively portray Oedipus—an event that vaulted Clarence and his group into mainstream recognition.  Thirty-five years later, the Museum of Modern Art will present the world premiere […]

SAMUEL FULLER

Image Credit: Film Affinity

One didn’t talk to pulp-filmmaker Samuel Fuller about “narrative” and “discourse.” Fuller spun yarns—gripping, overheated tales of warfare, psychosis, and boardroom-capitalism-as-gangsterism—as the country transitioned from depressed isolation prior to WW II to predatory empire in the ’50s, ’60s, and beyond. A high-school dropout, he was a teenage cub reporter for the New York Evening Graphic […]

JAMES BALDWIN

“There are too many things we do not wish to know about ourselves. People are not, for example, terribly anxious to be equal (equal, after all, to what and to whom?), but they love the idea of being superior….Furthermore, I have met only a very few people—and most of these were not American—who had any […]

BODYSHELLS BY HEIDI BUCHER

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Heidi Bucher (1926-1993) is a swiss artist Born in Winterthur. She moved to California in the 1960s. In the United States, she befriended Edward Kienholz and collaborated with her husband, Carl Bucher, on Bodyshells, a series of wearable sculptures exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1972. Continuing her exploration of the […]