20 February 2016

Stalker – Сталкер
written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979.

“Tarkovsky creates these disruptions in time by breaching the feeling of its normal rhythms. The sense of time’s universality is violated by personal memories that penetrate into past histories, creating ripples through the fabric of time. A sense of virtuality parallels one of actuality, and what is most personal becomes time-like and most universal. In effect, Mirror breaches the movement-image structure by implanting a time-image mesh (a mesh => “gaps”) at the heart of an infraction in the steady flow of time. The temporal disruptions result from the mélange of personal histories and time-memory elements that maintain the time-pressure differential between shots, sometimes moving into flashbacks and sometimes into dreams.”
A Deleuzian Analysis of Tarkovsky’s Theory of “Time-Pressure” by David George Menard.
Here, an interesting analysis of the movie by Matthew Pridham.

Stoyline from IMDB
Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife’s objections, a man rises in the early morning and leaves her with their disabled daughter to meet two men. He’s a Stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one’s secret hopes come true. His clients are a burned out popular writer, cynical, and questioning his talent; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.

Loved the railroard sequence near the beginning of the movie with the camera moving slowly from one portrait to another, as if time was inexistent.

Rerberg and Tarkovsky: The Reverse Side of ‘Stalker’
Documentary by Igor Maiboroda – 2009 – 141′ English subtitles

Best documentary Golden Eagle awards, Moscow (Russia), 2010
Best documentary “NIKA” Prizes, Moscow (Russia), 2009

This account of cinematographer Georgi Rerberg’s career and his creative turmoil with Andrei Tarkovsky on Mirror and Stalker, though disputed, provides a fascinating window into the making of the films and the artistic process and personalities of the individuals involved. The film is a visual feast – a collage of on-set footage, production stills, paintings, personal reminisences, home movies and interviews.
The movie «Rerberg and Tarkovsky. The Reverse Side of «Stalker» is part of the documentary sequence «Rerberg», which tells the dramatic story of life and work of one of the most striking national cameraman, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Georgi Ivanovich Rerberg. In the first 10 years of his work in cinema he shot his best movies: «The First Teacher», «The Story of Asia Kliachina», «The Nobility Nest» with the director Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky and also «Mirror» with Andrei Tarkovsky, without whom it is impossible to imagine the story of world cinema. Rerberg the cameraman was the last in the family of Russian painters, architects and musicians Rerbergs, whose destinies throughout different generations reflected the crisis of human relations in a totalitarian state. This crisis had an especially striking and devastating effect on G.Rerberg himself, when during the shooting of «Stalker» the director Andrei Tarkovsky provoked a «spiritual Chernobyl» against him and other members of the crew. Rerberg’s death severed the link to the true story of the creation of «Stalker», the story which became a legend and concerning which he never made any public statements, although certain existing versions of these events affected his honor, dignity, professionalism and seriously influenced his career. This is a private story, reflecting the future catastrophe of our society. It could become a warning to people, but the documentary facts have been collected only now in this movie.

Black Coal, Thin Ice – 白日焰火
written and directed by Diao Yi’nan, 2014.

Golden Bear award winner at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Our favourite scene of the movie, no doubt!
If you haven’t see it already, we also recommend, Night Train (2007).

Stoyline from IMDB
An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

Illinois Jacquet – Birthday Party

Just rediscovering this record at the moment. Just amazing music, Ebb Tide is by far one of my favourite song of this album. Lay back, listen, relax and enjoy.

Recorded to celebrate Jacquet’s 50th birthday, this date is an all-star collaboration with some of the greatest names in jazz: Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Joe Newman, Art Farmer, Jimmy Smith (on piano,) Gerry Mulligan, Jack Six, and Roy Haynes. More about the record HERE

Illinois Jacquet - Birthday Party CD cover

Illinois Jacquet – Birthday Party CD cover

Jean-Michel Basquiat – “Paintings” | AMERICAN SUBURB X

Jean‑Michel Basquiat  (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. He first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, …

Source: Jean-Michel Basquiat – “Paintings” | AMERICAN SUBURB X

Sugar Ray Robinson, 1982 - Jean-Michel Basquiat

Sugar Ray Robinson, 1982 – Jean-Michel Basquiat

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