Archive for 14. Januar 2020

The 47 Ronin

The 47 Ronin (元禄 忠臣蔵 Genroku Chūshingura, „The Treasury of Loyal Retainers of the Genroku era“) is a 1941/1942 black-and-white two-part jidaigeki Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, adapted from a play by Seika Mayama. The film chronicles the end of the lives of the forty-seven Ronin.

In the late 16th and early 17th century of feudal Japan, the great warrior samurai class was struggling to maintain its once proud identity. Japan was at peace for roughly 100 years and was experiencing political stability throughout the land.


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Michael Palin’s Super 8mm film from the Python’s time writing and filming “The Life of Brian” in 1978. With new commentary from Michael Palin himself (recorded in July 2019). The final pre-production script for „The Life of Brian“ was finished and ready to go by January 1978, but not without a couple of weeks focused writing in sunny Barbados. The Pythons wrote for six hours a day for the two weeks they were there. The ‚there‘ is Heron Bay, a house loaned to the group by a friend of Eric’s Michael Palin captured the fun of writing under the Caribbean sun with his trusty Super 8mm camera, which also travelled with him to Monastir in Tunisia in 1978 for the filming of “The Life of Brian”.

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In this meditation on speech and language, Cha juxtaposes English and French words to form new relationships and meanings. Vidéoème (1976)

Mouth to Mouth (1975).  8 min, b&w, sound. English and Korean words appear on the screen, a mouth forms the shape of an „O,“ then opens and closes. Is this the beginning of language? In this early videotape, Cha isolates and repeats a simple, physical act — a mouth forming the eight Korean vowel graphemes — so that this ordinary action becomes something primal and riveting.

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha was born in 1951 in Pusan, South Korea and died in New York City in 1982. Over a ten-year period in the 1970s, she received four degrees from the University of California at Berkeley: a B.A. in Comparative Literature, a B.A. in Art, an M.A. in Art, and an M.F.A. in Art. In 1976 she studied at the Centre d’Etudes Americaine du Cinema in Paris. Cha was awarded an artist’s residence at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, taught video art at Elizabeth Seton College and worked in the design department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 1980 until her death in 1982, she was an editor and writer at Tanam Press in New York.


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