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Andreas Feininger—Time & Life Pictures, via
In this Tedx talk, David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects was invited to discuss the distrust that people feel about architecture, from a practitioners point of view, with the seductively titled talk: Why does everyone hate modern...
original www site at Ubu.com:
Duration: 58 min.
One way street explores the life and work of German Jewish critic and philosopher, Walter Benjamin, who died escaping the Gestapo in 1940. Although Benjamin's work is little known in this country, he is regarded in Europe as one of the most influential figures in 20th Century thought.
One way street provides clear and accessible introductions to some of the central ideas in Benjamin's writings. Expert commentary from a range of English scholars situate Benjamin's work in the context of their time and evoke a sense of the excitement that his work has generated. A heightened visual style, montage structure and strong musical treatments correspond in evocative and powerful ways with the concerns and the strategies of Benjamin himself.
Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The European Graduate School
2 youtube videos (~16min)
As an enthusiast of the modern, Léger was greatly attracted to cinema, and for a time he considered giving up painting for filmmaking. In 1923–24 he designed the set for the laboratory scene in Marcel L'Herbier's L'Inhumaine (The Inhuman One). In 1924, in collaboration with Dudley Murphy, George Antheil, and Man Ray, Léger produced and directed the iconic and Futurism-influenced film, Ballet Mécanique (Mechanical Ballet). Neither abstract nor narrative, it is a series of images of a woman's lips and teeth, close-up shots of ordinary objects, and repeated images of human activities and machines in rhythmic movement.
Ferdinand Hodler is considered as the best-known Swiss painter of the 19th century. Hodler is known for his portraits and nature and landscape images, especially those of the Swiss mountains and lakes. Hodler’s paintings had a major influence on Switzerland’s picture and perception of itself. At the same time, he was one of the most important representatives of the transition from the 19th century to modernism. The Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Basel, Switzerland) currently presents a comprehensive exhibition of the late work of Ferdinand Hodler. The show has been organized in conjunction with the Neue Galerie in New York and is curated by Ulf Küster (Fondation Beyeler) and Jill Lloyd (Neue Galerie). In this video, Ulf Küstler provides us with a guided tour of the exhibition. He presents highlights of the show and talks about the life and work of the artist. (This video is an excerpt. The full-length versions in English and German language are coming soon on this page. They are already available on Fondation Beyeler’s YouTube channel.).
The exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, which focuses on the late work of the Swiss painter Ferndinand Hodler, comprises some 80 works and includes loans from renowned Swiss and American private collections and major national and international museums. The show is complemented by a extensive supporting program such as lectures, readings, and a dance performance.
Ferdinand Hodler at Fondation Beyeler. Tour with curator Ulf Küster, February 6, 2013.
Video presenting the exposition (oAnth: IMHO weak)
Von Alexandra Pontzen (13.02.2013).
Margarethe von Trotta hat ihrer filmbiografischen Galerie von ‚starken Frauen‘, nach Gudrun Ensslin, Rosa Luxemburg und Hildegard von Bingen, ein weiteres Porträt hinzugefügt, das der vor den Nazis 1941 nach New York geflohenen und ebendort 1975 verstorbenen deutsch-jüdischen Philosophin Hannah Arendt.
Unter dem verkürzten Titel „Hannah Arendt“ – auf den Zusatz des Originaltitels „Ihr Denken veränderte die Welt“ wurde in der deutschen Präsentation eher verzichtet (er hätte auch zu sehr an den in der DDR gängigen, auf Lenin gemünzten Spruch „Er rührte an den Schlaf der Welt“ erinnert) – erlebte der Film im Beisein der nordrhein-westfälischen Ministerpräsidentin und dreier ihrer Ministerinnen am 8. Januar in Essen seine deutsche Erstaufführung und gelangte ab dem übernächsten Tag in die deutschen Kinos. Kaum ein deutsches Feuilleton lässt sich finden, das dem Werk nicht seine Aufmerksamkeit und Reverenz erwiesen hätte – und beides, soviel vorweg, dürfte sich mindestens ebenso doppelter politischer Korrektheit, feministisch wie historisch grundierter, wie seinem filmkünstlerischen Rang verdanken.
All entries concerning "The Third Man" here listed are bundled available on soup.io - please click on the title line
- The film (British release without subtitles) was completely available at Youtube - the account has been closed due to copyright infringement - it is nevertheless completely available e.g. via
-2 original recordings (1949/50) at Youtube, too, with zither player & composer Anton Karas playing his famous "Harry Lime Theme".
- British version beginning of the film:
- Shadowing the Third Man - Documentary [eng]
Carol Reed's The Third Man - Documentary in 7 parts
- youtube playlist
The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted camera angles, is a key feature of The Third Man. Combined with the unique theme music, seedy locations, and acclaimed performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War. The film's unusual camera angles, however, were not appreciated by all critics at the time. C. A. Lejeune in The Observer described Reed's "habit of printing his scenes askew, with floors sloping at a diagonal and close-ups deliriously tilted" as "most distracting". American director William Wyler, a close friend of Reed's, sent him a spirit level, with a note saying, "Carol, next time you make a picture, just put it on top of the camera, will you?"
Through the years there was occasional speculation that Welles, rather than Reed, was the de facto director of The Third Man. Film scholar Jonathan Rosenbaum, in his 2007 book, Discovering Orson Welles, ...
Differences between releases
As the original British release begins, the voice of director Carol Reed, unnamed, is heard describing post-war Vienna from the point of view of a racketeer. The version shown in American theatres replaced this with narration by Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins. This change was instituted by David O. Selznick, who did not think American audiences would relate to the seedy tone of the original. In addition, eleven minutes of footage were cut. Today, Reed's original version appears on American DVDs, in showings on Turner Classic Movies, and in U.S. theatrical releases, with the eleven minutes of footage restored. Both the Criterion Collection and Studio Canal DVD releases include a comparison of the two opening monologues.
In Austria, "local critics were underwhelmed" and the film ran for only a few weeks; William Cook, after his 2006 visit to an eight-room museum in Vienna dedicated to the film, wrote "In Britain it's a thriller about friendship and betrayal. In Vienna it's a tragedy about Austria's troubled relationship with its past."
Upon its release in Britain and America, the film received overwhelmingly positive reviews....
.... The picture demanded music appropriate to post-World War II Vienna, but director Reed had made up his mind to avoid schmalzy, heavily orchestrated waltzes. In Vienna one night Reed listened to a wine-garden zitherist named Anton Karas, [and] was fascinated by the jangling melancholy of his music.
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