Building a Log Cabin in One Man’s Wilderness

Comments   2   Date Arrow  December 26, 2023 at 1:56pm   User  by Mark Willis

The memory of Dick Proenneke has been  a welcome presence this Christmas. I gave Brendan a copy of One Man’s Wilderness, and on Christmas Eve, Ms. M and I watched the PBS documentary based on the book and Dick’s vintage film footage. I’m fascinated by the solo process he developed for documenting his cabin-building in [...]

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Isabella Rossellini Dances the Sex Life of Calamari at Café Mouffe

Comments   2   Date Arrow  October 30, 2023 at 7:19pm   User  by Mark Willis

If you’re striving for that nerdy, campy “adult” costume for Halloween, look no further than Isabella Rossellini’s simple garb in Green Porno, her series of anatomically correct nature films on the Sundance Channel. You could be a sexy spider or praying mantis. Rossellini discussed the project last month on WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

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Brigitte Bardot Turns 75

Comments   3   Date Arrow  September 28, 2023 at 7:17pm   User  by Mark Willis

Brigitte Bardot was the “locomotive of women’s history”? It sounds like something Roger Vadim concocted to promote a movie. Actually, Simone de Beauvoir said it in a 1959 essay titled Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome. Simone explained, “ She has no idea what her rights or her duties could be. She follows her inclinations. [...]

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Mouffe at the Movies: Sue Lyon’s Lolita

Comments   0   Date Arrow  July 17, 2023 at 3:46pm   User  by Mark Willis

We finished Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita today — reading it aloud, mind you — and almost immediately asked ourselves the question posed by the trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 movie adaptation. “How could they make a movie out of Lolita?” My guess is that the film minimizes Humbert Humbert’s monstrous delusional transgressions, instead playing up Lolita’s [...]

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William Kurelek’s Canadian Art

Comments   6   Date Arrow  February 15, 2023 at 12:10am   User  by Mark Willis

Kurelek by William Pettigrew - NFB: (1967, 10 min 7 s) A documentary about the self-taught painter William Kurelek, told through his paintings. There are scenes of village life in the Ukraine and the early days of struggle on a prairie homestead and the growing comfort of family life. In Ontario, Kurelek paints the present [...]

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Café Mouffe: Miles Davis & Jeanne Moreau

Comments   0   Date Arrow  October 24, 2023 at 3:00pm   User  by Mark Willis

Miles Davis has been long overdue at the Mouffe. Alex suggested Looking for Julien from the soundtrack of Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud ), director Louis Malle’s 1958 film debut. Jazz critic Phil Johnson has described Miles’ score as “the loneliest trumpet sound you will ever hear, and the model for sad-core music [...]

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