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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:30 am 
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What was most remarkable to me, he was a late bloomer. I don’t think he read till 10? He wasn’t the greatest student...but most of all, his disability wasn’t an inability.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:20 am 
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Errol Morris's fine documentary on Hawking is certainly a good introduction (and far more preferable to The Theory of Everything). And to make it to 76 with ALS is indeed remarkable.

Also, Matt Dike, who was actually a third 'brother' of the Dust Brothers when they produced one of the great albums of all-time, the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. (Nearly everything was recorded in Dike's own living room.) He also produced some of hip-hop's biggest crossover hits like "Bust a Move" and Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing" but honestly, those feel like footnotes to something like Paul's Boutique, an album that was under-appreciated in its time but is now widely recognized as a landmark masterpiece.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:44 am 
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Died on Pi Day and Einstein's birthday.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:17 pm 
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Danish director Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt (1931-2018)
His best known feature film - also outside of Denmark - is no doubt Once There Was a War (1966), of which Time Out Film Guide wrote "A calm, doggily funny study of a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Copenhagen during WWII. [...] Beautifully shot on location...it's a strangely haunted and haunting film, all the more effective for its insouciant air of being miles removed from the realities of war".

I also quite like Weekend (1962), a film influenced by the French new wave.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:55 pm 
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On Stephen Hawking in pop culture, he was good in the Simpsons but truly great in Futurama, especially in that "Anthology of Interest" episode (the equivalent of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episodes) where he, Nichelle Nicholls, Al Gore and Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax team up to stop Fry from destroying the universe! Though while Hawking has some great lines ("Yes, shove him in the tube", "Who is the Journal of Quantum Physics going to believe?"), Nichelle Nicholls has the best line of that episode with: "Something's wrong. Murder isn't working, and that's all we're good at"!

(Of course Al Gore's best moment in Futurama came later on in the series!)

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Jim Bowen, famous in the 1980s as host of the gameshow involving a dart playing component, Bullseye. Which is probably most notorious for all of the "Look at what you could have won" moments, rubbing the losing contestant's faces in the fact that they failed to win that Vauxhall Nova, caravan, or speedboat! (The speedboat was actually one of my first memorable life lessons, where I asked my father why the heck people would pretend to be happy when they won a practically useless speedboat. Only for my dad to say that you just smile and say thank you on the show itself, then quietly sell it off when you are out of the limelight!)


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:01 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:54 pm 
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colinr0380 wrote:
On Stephen Hawking in pop culture, he was good in the Simpsons but truly great in Futurama, especially in that "Anthology of Interest" episode (the equivalent of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episodes) where he, Nichelle Nicholls, Al Gore and Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax team up to stop Fry from destroying the universe! Though while Hawking has some great lines ("Yes, stuff him in the tube", "Who is the Journal of Quantum Physics going to believe?"), Nichelle Nicholls has the best line of that episode with: "Something's wrong. Murder isn't working, and that's all we're good at"!

(Of course Al Gore's best moment in Futurama came later on in the series!)
His appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing poker with Data, Einstein and Newton on the holodeck, was also memorable.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:53 pm 
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His voice is also featured on two songs from the last two Pink Floyd albums, primarily taken from this commercial.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:26 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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Sudan, the last male white rhino.

Recently featured on a heartbreaking/heartwarming episode of Nature on PBS. Hopefully they can preserve the northern white rhino through in vitro fertilization, in one of the 2 females that are left.

Insanity.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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This depresses me to no end. Several years ago I went on an African safari and these animals are just so amazing. It's very sad that many will go extinct. Hopefully technology can keep them around.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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Andre S. Labarthe

Coincidentally I was just watching his brilliant short film about Antonioni's Passenger, which is an extra on Indicator's new release. What an extraordinary legacy Labarthe leaves.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
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Louise Latham

Up there with Hitchcock’s best of bad mothers. She wasn't just a monster, underneath she conveyed the sadness of a mother incapable of loving to her child. Her transformation in the flashback scenes a couple of decades earlier was startling but that was much closer to hear real age.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:10 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:01 pm 
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Probably best known as one of Jess Franco's patron producers in the mid 1970s. This was not quite on such lavish budgets as Franco had during his Harry Alan Towers-as-producer period before this, but the Dietrich period covers such films as the bizarre shot-on-location in Germany adaptation of Jack The Ripper(!) starring Klaus Kinski, Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun (which is Franco's entry into the nunsploitation-period horror trend that was kicked off seemingly by a combination of The Devils and Witchfinder General. Though it is pretty good for a Jess Franco film, it is not really in the league of the better entries in the genre such as Behind Convent Walls or Flavia The Heretic), as well as that strange 'unofficial' Franco entry into the Ilsa series in which Dyanne Thorne plays the title role of either Ilsa The Wicked Warden, Wanda The Wicked Warden or Greta The Mad Butcher depending on the territory it was released in!
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That is also the film in which Ilsa/Wanda/Greta gets her customary comeuppance (the character dies at the end of every film in the Ilsa series!) and is turned upon by the women she has been holding prisoner and torturing, who cannibalise her whilst being intercut with jungle cats and animal sounds!


Plus a couple of Franco's entries in the 'women in prison' genre that all seem to be shot in the same jungle locations as seen in the Ilsa film: Women In Cell Block 9 (which I have not yet seen) and Love Camp, which I remember (favourably) comparing to Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch film a few years ago. I will just quote that part of the post relating to Love Camp's head-spinning ending here:
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Perhaps it may be just that I was watching too many Jess Franco films in the run up to this one, but I was preparing myself for something in a different vein and somehow found myself watching something very similar! I guess though another way Sucker Punch shows that it is not quite a Franco film is that, despite a rather dark ending, it still doesn't have quite as depressing and abrupt ending of a Franco film, such as something like Love Camp! (At the end of that film the lead character escapes from a brothel with a couple of cellmates in order to rejoin her husband but in a shocking about-face when the group are captured by the rebel leader who was a frequenter of the brothel, and who incidentally provided our lead with her first sexual awakening, she lets her two female companions go back to the camp to be executed and even abandons her husband, who is also present on the scene, in order to run into the arms of the rebel leader! This all takes place in the space of about a minute of screen time!)

And the bizarre Blue Rita (very NSFW!), which is one of the more stylish of Franco's films of this period (it helps that he's back on his old 'nefarious nightclub' turf territory reminiscent of Vampyros Lesbos!)

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Outside of Franco, Dietrich also directed seemingly a lot of sex films and seemingly a lot of the 'sexy Scandinavia'-types of films. (For instance he directed Danish Love Acts, which has an amazing (and NSFW of course!) trailer shown on one of the 42nd Street Forever trailer compilation sets). Another film he produced was the cult classic homoerotic bonkers biker movie Mad Foxes (still very NSFW!)

But most strangely he had a very brief moment of producing more mainstream films with Escape To Athena (though only credited on the German prints of the film), as well as The Wild Geese and its Antonio Marghereti directed sequel Codename: Wild Geese with Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Kinski again and Ernest Borgnine(!)


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:13 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:34 pm 
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She's superb in Le Boucher.


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 Post subject: Re: Passages
PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:35 pm 
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Here's a great piece by Dan Sallitt and Kevin B. Lee on Le boucher and The Unfaithful Wife.

In basically anything by Chabrol she holds the centre of the screen, usually stoically, disturbingly inscrutable to her partners: playing dangerous relationship games in Les biches, the stunning fulcrum character around whom the action revolves (but also the character that we mostly view from a distance) in The Unfaithful Wife, and in Betty. I think her role in La rupture is one of the strangest ones, the central character but after the harrowing frying pan wielding first scene, almost passive in the face of the legal system and underhanded manipulations of the other characters until that beautifully sad drugged trippy ending. One of the most fascinating muse collaborations between director and actress in French cinema, and perhaps cinema in general.

In terms of other roles, of course there is the wonderful Babette's Feast. She is also in Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de Torchon in which she plays the wife whilst Isabelle Huppert is the young mistress of Philippe Noiret's character. She is also in one of the few UK-made westerns, Eagle's Wing.

In more surprising appearances she turns up in Jess Franco's bizarre 1988 remake of Eyes Without A Face, Faceless. Plus she plays Jean-Claude Van Damme's mum in Maximum Risk!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:22 pm 
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Deborah Lee Carrington at 58, mainly a stuntwoman but she had a memorable role as one of the prostitutes in the bar in Verhoeven's Total Recall, dispensing a particularly painful form of justice!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:55 pm 
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Gil Brealey, producer of Sunday Too Far Away and director of Annie's Coming Out (aka A Test of Love in the USA).


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Watching some Cop Rock now, the most splendid TV misfire ever conceived.


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