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Explore the world of Mod Cinema with Colorspace Vol. 2
07.11.2011
08:07 pm

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Dante at ModCinema recently sent me a another volume of his fantastic 2-hour Colorspace compilations exploring the “mod” aestheitic of the 60s/70s.

As I wrote before about the first volume: “Professional graphic designers and design snobs will love it.” One of the ultimate DVDs to leave on at a party. Colorspace Vol 2 might even be better than than its predecessor and that’s a hard act to follow:

Modcinema presents its second two hour compilation of vintage movie trailers, music, and TV ads exploring 60’s/70’s pop culture. This volume features appearances by Raquel Welch, Marianne Faithfull, Soft Machine, Jane Birkin, Cher, Ronnie Bird, Serge Gainsbourg, Nancy & Lee, Johnny Harris Orchestra, Michel Polnareff, Tammi Terrell, Annie Girardot, Shocking Blue, Françoise Hardy, The Carpenters, Anna Karina, and Los Bravos. Fabulous 60’s fashions by André Courrèges, Mary Quaint, Paco Rabanne, choreographed dancing and so more! Plus it comes with cool artwork!

Video quality is A+. Order a copy of Colorspace Vol. 2 at ModCinema.com

Below, one of the treats in store for purchasers of Colorspace Vol. 2, Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra sing “Some Velvet Morning” on her 1968 NBC TV special, Movin’ With Nancy.
 

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Kubrick’s letter of praise to Ingmar Bergman, 1960
07.11.2011
07:18 pm

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February 9, 1960

Dear Mr. Bergman,

You have most certainly received enough acclaim and success throughout the world to make this note quite unnecessary. But for whatever it’s worth, I should like to add my praise and gratitude as a fellow director for the unearthly and brilliant contribution you have made to the world by your films (I have never been in Sweden and have therefore never had the pleasure of seeing your theater work). Your vision of life has moved me deeply, much more deeply than I have ever been moved by any films. I believe you are the greatest film-maker at work today. Beyond that, allow me to say you are unsurpassed by anyone in the creation of mood and atmosphere, the subtlety of performance, the avoidance of the obvious, the truthfulness and completeness of characterization. To this one must also add everything else that goes into the making of a film. I believe you are blessed with wonderful actors. Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin live vividly in my memory, and there are many others in your acting company whose names escape me. I wish you and all of them the very best of luck, and I shall look forward with eagerness to each of your films.

Best Regards,
Stanley Kubrick
 
Via Letters Of Note

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Rock and roll family trees: NY Punk rock
07.11.2011
07:10 pm

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Narrated by the legendary John Peel and based on music writer Peter Frame’s extensive rock and roll family trees, this 1995 documentary features some tasty interviews with members of The NY Dolls, Patti Smith, Blondie, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Richard Hell, Jayne County and more.

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of that New York punk rock.
 

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‘Hitch’ - the ultimate Alfred Hitchcock cook book
07.09.2011
06:57 pm

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Hitch is a graduation project made by Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco, Torsten Strer, at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. Hitch is:

The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook, an animated book containing the recipes for Alfred Hitchcock’s classics. It’s made for Hitchcock enthusiasts and every other couch potato out there.

 

 
With thanks to Maria Guimil
 

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I-Spy Books
07.09.2011
05:40 pm

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I started off with the Famous Five, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Gerry Anderson, Edith Piaf, Spiderman, Geoff Love and Big Chief I-Spy.

Big Chief I-Spy was Charles Warrell, a retired headmaster who started a series of spotter’s guides in the mid-1950’s called I-Spy. There were some forty volumes, which were intended to encourage young British children to take an interest in the outside world.

Each book focussed on one subject - I-Spy Creepy Crawlies, I-Spy Birds, I-Spy Working Vehicles, I-Spy Trees, I-Spy Wild Flowers, you get the picture, pocket books with various things to “spy”, with pictures, information and a few dotted lines to be filled with where you saw them. 

Once all the contents had been marked up, the book was returned to the Big Chief (c/o his address at “Wigwam by the River”), who then sent you a feather and an order of merit. The I-Spy books lasted from the 1950s-1980s, and hundreds of thousands were sold to enquiring youngsters. In 1991 they were relaunched by Michelin, and again in 2009.

I’ve always thought it probable that the I-Spy books led to a generation of youngster taking greater interest in their environment, who then went on to become involved in various ecological or political groups. Charles Warrell died in 1995, at the age of 106, which suggests an active mind keeps you young.

The publisher and writer, Callum James uploaded these original I-Spy covers onto his website Front Free Endpaper, which is worth dipping into for its interesting book collections.
 
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Steve Coogan makes mincemeat of News Of The World ‘journalist’
07.09.2011
10:26 am

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Not only is oldstream UK media tearing itself apart right now, previously picked on figures are getting their own back too. For the benefit of non-UK readers, “mincemeat” is also known as “ground beef”, and that is exactly what comic Steve Coogan makes of former deputy features editor for News Of The World, Paul McMullan, on last night’s BBC Newsnight program’s round table discussion concerning the phone-hacking scandal, the closure of NotW by Rupert Murdoch, and his still possible takeover of the BSkyB TV network. Paul McMullan is no stranger to celebrity revenge, as a covertly-recorded pub conversation between himself and Hugh Grant, in which he admitted the extent of the NotW’s phone-hacking activities, and which was then published in the New Statesman, was responsible for reopening this whole media can of worms.
 

 
Steve Coogan has had a tussle with the tabloids before, when it was claimed he was having an affair with Courtney Love (which was denied by both parties, but which caught the public imagination). But what’s going on here is not simply revenge - as Coogan rightly points out in his very first sentence, Paul McMullan is a walking PR disaster for the tabloid press and News international. He comes across as oily, evasive, self-interested and a hypocrite - perfectly fitting the public image of everything bad about tabloid-level journalists.

Journos love to pick on politicians, but in the British public imagination they are second only to them in terms of being disliked. I’ve always wondered if they know this and pick on politicos and celebs to deflect attention from themselves, or if they genuinely, honestly, believe they are doing some kind of public service. According to McMullan it’s the latter (though I can’t believe that he is completely unaware of the level of animosity the public has for him and those in his trade).

So perhaps they really are that self-deluded, but the other thought echoing through my mind during all of this coverage is “these people work/live/breathe the media - so how can they look so bad on the TV screen?”. OK so the press seem to be trying to outdo each other to find the worst picture of Rebekah Brooks, but also take for instance News International’s Director of Corporate Affairs Simon Greenberg (interviewed here by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow) or Roger Alton, Joint Executive Editor of The Times (also owned by parent company News international). These people deal in exposé, guilt-admission and subsequent rehabilitation for a living. So why aren’t they acting humbled, the way they tell everyone else they should act?

Interestingly, Paul McMullan has had some bad things to say about his then editor Brooks (neé Wade) recently. Brooks, more than anyone, is the central figure in this row, and it is claimed that Murdoch has sacrificed the oldest running, and most widely circulated newspaper in British history, just to protect her. But McMullan is not the only disgruntled former employee of NotW willing to dish the dirt - internet hype has been building around a Twitter account that has gone online during the last couple of days called ExNOTWjourno. The account is run by a journalist who has now found herself jobless, and who intends spill the beans on life behind the scenes of NotW under Rebekah Brooks, in a new blog. According to the account there are now 16 newly unemployed journalists working on dishing the dirt (and running stories planned for the last ever publication of NotW tomorrow), and the blog is due to go online sometime this evening. This is going to get interesting…

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Who benefits by Rupert Murdoch sacrificing the ‘News Of The World’?
The phone-hacking scandal that may finish Rupert Murdoch’s ambitions

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Meet Tokuzou!
07.08.2011
10:01 pm

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The information on his YouTube page says merely:

Hi! I’m Tokuzou.
Caution!!
I’m not a Gay!!

 

 
Another video from the enigmatic Tokuzou-san, here seen as “Chai-ne”
 

 
After the jump, Tokuzou on skis…

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The Clash made a cameo in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King Of Comedy’
07.08.2011
09:08 pm

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An interesting cinematic footnote to the Clash’s time spent in New York City in the early 1980s, is their “blink and you missed them” appearance in Martin Scorsese’s classic The King of Comedy.

Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and some of their cohorts (sometime manager Kosmo Vinyl, singers Ellen Foley and Pearl Harbour and filmmaker Don Letts) are credited as “Street Scum.”

Take a look:
 

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