The Grim Reaper claimed a twofer today, taking the lives of cult horror director George A. Romero and sci-fi legend Martin Landau. Romero’s obituary can be read here, while Landau’s can be accessed here.
Yankee Doodle Dandy was a 1942 film starring James Cagney. It was a bio-pic based on the life of George M. Cohan, known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway.”
Johann Sebastian Bach was the master of his field in music, as Andrei Tarkovsky was a master in his chosen medium of film. Sit back and enjoy “St. Matthew Passion,” which is perfect for the nearing of the end of Holy Week.
Elektro Moskva, directed by Elena Tikhonova & Dominik Spritzendorfer, shows the history of electronic music in Russia from the works of Léon Theremin to the ANS synthesizer used by such luminaries as Eduard Artemiev (famous for his soundtracks to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky) and beyond. I’m very much looking forward to seeing this when …
From OpenCulture.com’s website: In this darkly poetic animation, the Polish filmmaker Piotr Dumala offers a highly personal interpretation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel, Crime and Punishment. “My film is like a dream,” Dumala said in 2007. “It is as if someone has read Crime and Punishment and then had a dream about it.”
In Aeternam Vale are a techno music project out of Lyon, France, and their music tends to be driving, but ultimately standard fare for the genre. What’s more interesting, however, is the choice of video material they used. It comes from a Russian/French production called Ograblenie po…, which is a play on American, Italian, French …
John Hurt, whose devastating performances in movies like The Elephant Man, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Alien and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone showcased a craftsmanship rare in Hollywood today, died at the age of 77 due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer. The Daily Mail presents the story here.
Dada was the radical movement of art which would launch all kinds of future artistic madness, such as surrealism. The Cabaret Voltaire, based in Zürich, Switzerland, was the place where this action was crystallized.
After launching with Bing and David Bowie, here’s the King of the Crooners singing traditional Christmas tunes.
The Turner Prize (est. 1984) is awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition presentation of their work anywhere in the world the previous year. However the jury is specifically composed of national and international curators, writers and even musicians. What does this self-consciously British show look like […] …