German choreographer Pina Bausch died just a couple of days before this film was to begin shooting. Wim Wenders, best known for the 1987 feature Wings of Desire, has nonetheless created an utterly mesmerizing 3D tribute to a genius of the body. Watch the trailer above or here.
In this 100th blog post, I’m pleased to find a timely reference to my own past. Acrobatics runs in my family and I did gymnastics as a child, though never quite like the above. The New York Times marks the passing of the last World War I veteran, a 110-year-old woman who served on the […]
Streep delivered this thoughtful, moving commencement address at Barnard in 2010, and she spoke with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross this week. Here’s an excerpt from Monday’s interview in which Streep discusses her experience filming The Iron Lady and the need for minimal yet transformative makeup: It’s not about the audience. It’s all about fooling the […]
A clip from the BBC staged 1962 production of The Cherry Orchard with Peggy Ashcroft as Liubóv Ranyévskaya, Judi Dench as Anya, Dorothy Tutin as Varya and John Gielgud as Gáyev. Another clip from the BBC’s 1981 production with Judi Dench now playing Liubóv Ranyévskaya, Frederick Treves as Gáyev, Suzanne Burden as Anya and Paul […]
In The Master, Colm Tóibín images the particular discomfort a young Henry James might have felt on being forced to share a bed with another young man. If that book became a movie, the filmed scene would almost certainly be exactly nothing like the above, even if the two would undoubtedly share (with a nod […]
First up, the revolution will be televised: Click on the image above (or here for the Arabic) to see a trailer of Top Goon, puppet political satire from Syria. The Guardian dubs 2011 the year of the translator and The National considers the “steep upwards trend” in Arabic literature in translation. If you ever wondered […]
Off Next Week: Back to blogging soon with Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
In this interview excerpt from the National Visionary leadership Project’s series of African American oral histories, David Graham Du Bois, the son of W.E.B. Du Bois’s second wife Shirley Graham, talks about his parents’ partnership and his stepfather’s commitment to socialism. He also discusses W.E.B. Du Bois’s views on racial progress and patriotism, his own […]
Take a tour of Beirut graffiti with Rayess Bek. via Our Man in Beirut