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.
Iranian film auteur Abbas Kiarostami, who directed such classics as Taste of Cherry and Close-Up, passed away today in Paris a the age of 76.
The Guardian eulogizes him here.
Dobri Dobrev is perhaps one of the most beautiful human beings on the planet. A Bulgarian Orthodox Christian, deaf from a bombing attack during World War II, he has become a living saint, showing the sort of humility that has gained him admirers even from the atheist world.
Grandpa Dobri, as he is known to those whom he sees in his trips to the city daily, is the subject of the documentary, The Silent Angel. Consider watching it when it comes to your area.
The good will is just and true. Everything in it is good. We must not lie, nor steal, nor commit adultery. We must love each other as God loves us.
Nina Simone was always worth celebrating as a wonderful musician. She was also, unfortunately, a bit of a monster to her daughter. What Happened, Miss Simone?, will show a balanced view of her public and private persona.
OpenCulture.com is a godsend of a resource, housing all kinds of material past the copyright protection date. In this post, we find Eddie Muller giving a list of what he thinks are the best film noir flicks ever. I agree with most of it!
Does it get any trashier than the movies of Jess Franco? Maybe, but those probably aren’t legal to show anywhere outside of Europe.
Italian film-score maestro Bruno Nicolai is responsible for this slab of fuzz. For more on the film, read here.
Yesterday would have been Orson Welles’ 100th birthday. This is quite a present for the rest of us!
NPR has more here.
A trailer and a scene from Viy, a Russian film based on the horror story penned by Nikolai Gogol.
Dark, yet somewhat romantic music by Ennio Morricone from the 1974 film, Moses The Lawgiver.
Akira Ifukube should be a name familiar to grungy cinema, though one wouldn’t know it by such a delicate piece like this. If his name is, indeed, familiar, it is because you heard his soundtrack music to Godzilla. Yeah, he did that!