Stanislaw Lem on Psychogeography

From Lem’s sci-fi detective novel, The Investigation:

The little game has always fascinated Gregory when he was nineteen. He used to stand in the middle of a crowd without knowing until the last minute whether or not he’d board an approaching train, waiting for some kind of internal sign or act of the will to tell him what to do. “No matter what I won’t move from this spot,” he would sometimes swear to himself, then would jump on just as the doors were shutting. Other times he would tell himself severely, “I’ll take the next train,” and instead would find himself entering the one standing right before him. The very concept of chance had fascinated Gregory when he was younger, and through self-analysis and research he had tried to study it s workings in his own personality, though without any results, to be sure.

Scripts by Mohsen Makhmalbaf at SimplyScripts

A nice addition to SimplyScripts: A collection of Mohsen Makhmalbaf scripts in Persian and English. The exact quality of the scripts is hard to ascertain, however, mostly because they all are listed as “undated, unspecified script.”

Manuel Puig meets Garbo

While completing his first book in New York during the early 1960s, Manuel Puig worked at JFK’s Air France ticket counter. Puig, a well-known and inveterate cinephile, looked up…

…and saw, less than two feet away, the exquisite face of Greta Garbo. Even before he saw her, he heard her, or rather he heard a familiar cavernous contralto voice requesting a ticket to Paris, France. Manuel’s seamless impersonation of Garbo was no doubt enhanced by the visitation; Guillermo Cabrera Infante describes how Manuel’s imitations forever changed the experience of seeing Garbo in dazzling black in white: she became a mere copy of Manuel’s imitation… Minutes later she returned to the counter: “Are you sure this plane is going to Paris, France?” Manuel offered to carry her suitcases… “The woman is tired,” she cried suddenly, handing him a tip and inspiring a lifelong mannerism of referring to himself as “la woman.” Then she disappeared into the bowels of the plane, and “the myth became human, vulnerable and anonymous all at one time, Garbo eclipsed by the masses, the gestures of countless individuals also vanishing in a similar airport, or railway station.”

From Suzanne Jill Levine’s Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman

Iggy & the Stooges concert footage from Cincinnati, 1970

iggy pop

Via DVblog.

Take a tour through nuclear America

The New York Times visits the National Atomic Museum , the Trinity Site, the Nevada Test Site, and the Museum of Atomic Testing.

Jose Carlos Avellar gives props to Rosalind Krauss in… Variety?

Avellar: I enjoy reading other critics, not only film critics but also art and literature critics — just coming to mind is some writing by Rosalind Krauss, for example. I think I started to write about cinema after reading the texts by (Sergei) Eisenstein that gave me the feeling that to write and read about films could be as good as seeing or making a film.

And still today, I remember how good the feeling was to read for the first time not only Eisenstein (it is a very special case, of course) but also (Andre) Bazin, (Jean) Epstein, (Pier Paolo) Pasolini, (Siegfried) Kracauer. … In this field, some anthologies or essay books — as in Brazil, the ones by Ismail Xavier and Jean-Claude Bernardet — are a good help.

Worth a read.

Clouzot Films Picasso

From Clouzot’s Mystery of Picasso (1956). Via Tinselman.

David Lynch

Talks DV and TM.


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