Monday, August 20, 2012

The Nietzsche Connection

A Torinói ló / The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)

Prin fiecare dintre ele [fotografii], fără greş, treceam dincolo de irealitatea lucrului reprezentat, intram nebuneşte în spectacol, în imagine, cuprinzînd cu braţele ceea ce este mort, ceea ce urmează să moară, aşa cum a făcut Nietzsche cînd, pe 3 ianuarie 1889, s-a aruncat plîngînd de gîtul unui cal chinuit: devenit nebun din cauza Milei.
- Roland Barthes, Camera luminoasă. Însemnări despre fotografie
trad. Virgil Mleşniţă, ed. Idea Design & Print, 2010, Cluj

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Girls, Girls, Girls

Girlfriends (Claudia Weill, 1978)

If you haven't had the chance to see Claudia Weill's Girlfriends (I myself have been looking for it for about a year), you'll want to drop whatever you're doing now, whatever you were planning on doing in the next hour and a half, and head over to youtube and watch it.

+ Richard Brody of The New Yorker on Claudia Weill's Girlfriends:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It Is Margaret You Mourn For

Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)


Spring and Fall

To a young child

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Seeing Red. Red Signs

Saw this on the news and it gave me chills. The footage is from an Armenian monastery in Suceava. Hagigadar. It gave me chills because it made me think of Don't Look Now. Of the red in Don't Look Now. (Did the red above look more intense on my tv screen? I now see it's not exactly the same shade of red as the one in the film. It's never exactly the same. Always close but not close enough. Sigh. Nevertheless, I'll allow myself this association.)

Don't Look Now (Nicolas Roeg, 1973)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tokyo 1964

Kokuriko-zaka kara/ From Up on Poppy Hill (Goro Miyazaki, 2011)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Life on Mars

Total Recall (the original, naturally) (Paul Verhoeven, 1990)

+ follow Curiosity

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tu n'as rien vu à Hiroshima {re:post}



       Tu n'as rien vu à Hiroshima. Rien.


       J'ai tout vu. Tout.


Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

Note: Originally posted on August 6, 2011.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Saddest Girl

Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits (John Huston, 1961)

Gay (Clark Gable) to Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe): "What makes you so sad? You're the saddest girl I ever met."

+ Once wrote a text about Marilyn's death. Don't really remember what I wrote, 'cause I don't have the nerves to reread it.

Friday, August 3, 2012

LACONIA, or: Thinking Through Film

LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film (cover) / CINEMA sign in Cluj

I'm a gusher, which makes it difficult for me to sit down and write a coherent, cohesive text about the things I love or to even present at length the reasons for which I love that certain book, film, etc. I suppose that's perfectly evident from my latest text for Projectorhead. (Many thanks to Anuj Malhotra.)


I have read LACONIA twice and could read it many times more as I know that with each read there will be smth new to enthuse over, a new connection to be made. Masha Tupitsyn's writing is so insightful and powerful and addictive. Yes, addictive. Thanks to her blog, her writing is now part of my daily reading. Also: I cannot wait for her next book. Meanwhile, I got Beauty Talk & Monsters, which is a collection of stories told through movies. I'll just have to finish a bunch of others books before I can give it my undivided attention.


"Thinking through film." I cannot imagine any other way of thinking. I don't know any other way of thinking. Part of why I love LACONIA so much is that it validates this thinking through film.

+ MT's twitter: @lifeasweshowit
+ MT's blog: Love Dog

Wednesday, August 1, 2012