3.24.2017

The Beauty of Jean Cocteau’s ‘La Belle et la Bête’ ( The tale’s magic began on film, with Jean Cocteau).



...In his collected essays in The Art of Cinema, Cocteau coins his essays on cinema under the cine-poetry term, calling them Poésie de cinéma. As Robin Buss notes in his introduction to the collection, Cocteau “asserts that the underlying mechanism of cinema is like that of dreams.” Cocteau is neither a filmmaker nor a playwright nor a writer, but a poet; and to him, poets operated not just in the form of poetry, but in the form of dreams. Importantly to him, however, cinematic poetry is not “deliberately ‘poetic’” (which steered into the world of elitist art cinema, according to Cocteau), but derivative from the real and the unreal; from what audiences believe and what they see.
What Cocteau allows his audience to see in La Belle et la Bête can either be seen as a manipulation of his viewer or his ability to use the technicalities of filmmaking as a form of magic. For example, Cocteau has described how he persuaded Alekan “to shoot Jean Marais, as the Prince, in as saccharine a style as possible. The trick worked. When the picture was released, letters poured in from matrons, teenage girls and children, complaining to me and Marais about the transformation.” A conflict between the artistic and the technical emerges here, as the ugliness of the Prince reminds the viewer of the lure and attractiveness of the Beast.

Yet, for the Beast’s actor Jean Marais (who also played what would be Disney’s version of Gaston, Avenant, and the Beast-turned-prince), the costume of the Beast was so uncomfortable that Marais developed painful sores while his skin was damaged by the glue used to keep the fur on his body. For Jean Marais — a person who looks more like a Greek sculpture than a mere human — turning into the Beast brought pain and ugliness for the actor, while for Josette Day’s Belle, and for the audience, the pain only came once the Beast had vanished, left only with the uncomfortably real-looking Marais. In fact, there’s the now well-known story that Marlene Dietrich, upon seeing the shimmering prince, called “where is my beautiful Beast?” The technical is turned into poetry here, with Marais’ real-life pain mirroring both the Beast’s internal struggle as well as the pain audiences feel upon seeing the prince.

https://filmschoolrejects.com/jean-cocteau-la-belle-et-la-bete-retrospective-f08cbd27a96f#.ylyo3wj62 


BRIAN DE PALMA SUPERCUT: GOD'S EYE


...In the following supercut from La Cinematheque Francaise, most-all the god’s-eye view shots (more like Dutch tilts) from DePalma’s filmography have been assembled to reveal the various impacts the shot has on his particular brand of storytelling.

1.19.2017

KUBRICK AND TARKOVSKY:TWO CINEMATIC GIANTS SIDE BY SIDE.





Two cinematic giants, side by side.

The films included are:

Stanley Kubrick
- Path of Glory (1957)
- Spartacus (1960)
- Lolita (1962)
- Dr. Strangelove (1964)
- 2001: A space odyssey (1968)
- A Clockwork Orange (1971)
- Barry Lyndon (1975)
- The Shining (1980)
- Full Metal Jacket (1987)
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Andrei Tarkovsky
-Ivan's Childhood (1962)
- Andrei Rublev (1966)
- Solaris (1972)
- The Mirror (1975)
- Stalker (1979)
- Nostalghia (1983)
- The Sacrifice (1986)

Music: Max Richter- On the nature of daylight

"THE DEATH OF SOCRATES" BY JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID: HOW TO READ A PAINTING


1.18.2017

THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM:THE WORLD'S FIRST COMPUTER





In 1900, Greek sponge divers discovered a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The artifacts they came back up with included money, statues, pottery, and various other works of art and craft, as well as a curious lump of bronze and wood that turned out to be by far the most important item onboard. When an archaeologist named Valerios Stais took a look at it two years later, he noticed that the lump had a gear in it. Almost a half-century later, the science historian Derek J. de Solla Price thought this apparently mechanical object might merit further examination, and almost a quarter-century after that, he and the nuclear physicist Charalambos Karakalos published their discovery–made by using X-ray and gamma-ray images of the interior–that those divers had found a kind of ancient computer....

The video depicts a virtual model of the Antikythera Mechanism by Mogi Vicentini based on the theoretical and mechanical model by Michael T. Wright produced for the Galileo Museum in Florence, Italy.

Learn more at:
http://naturedocumentaries.org/9444/v...

http://naturedocumentaries.org/6294/a...



The Antikythera Mechanism: http://bit.ly/fm4oFK is the oldest known scientific computer, built in Greece at around 100 BCE. Lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901. But not until a century later was its purpose understood: an astronomical clock that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision. 

In 2010, we built a fully-functional replica out of Lego. 

Sponsored by Digital Science: http://www.digital-science.com/ a new division of Macmillan Publishers that provides technology solutions for researchers. Available under a CC-BY-3.0-Unported license.

Antikythera Mechanism Research Project http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr

VIA http://www.openculture.com/page/2
 

ANDREI TARKOVSKY: POETIC HARMONY





FURTHER READING AND RESEARCH:
Tarkovsky, A. (1986) 'Sculpting In Time'
Documentary - Sacrifices of Andrei Tarkovsky (2012)
Documentary - Tarkovsky In Italy (1984)
Cinephilia & Beyond - 'Sacrifices of Andrei Tarkovsky'
Essay - Criterion Collection (Andrei Rublev)
Essay Criterion Collection (Solaris)
Nostalghia.com - A collection of interviews and various research material focused on Tarkovsky.

3.18.2016

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE: In THe Mood Of...


"YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE" generic mood video from DIMITRI VORRIS on Vimeo.
Four women. A major challenge. A life-changing journey.
Four women challenged by breast cancer, meet in a New York hospital. Travelling for a wedding to the Aegean island of Kos, in Greece, the birthplace of Hippocrates, father of (holistic) medicine, they seize the opportunity. Their doomed careers and wrecked personal lives take a turn for the better...
A heartfelt screenplay about finding the courage to change and fall in love again after life (and others) had let you down...

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE: Artemis Simpoulos-author of THE OMEGA DIET-on Greek Diet (part one)


Artemis P. Simopoulos, author of the Omega Diet describes the advantages of the Greek diet for your health. This is part one. Please also watch part two.
Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D. is the Founder and President of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C. since 1990. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, with a major in Chemistry, and a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, she is a pediatrician and endocrinologist whose research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was on the nutritional aspects of genetic and endocrine disorders; evolutionary aspects of diet and fatty acids; and the importance of a balanced ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development.

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE: Artemis Simpoulos-author of THE OMEGA DIET-on the greatness of Greece



Dr. Artemis Simopoulos is a Founding Member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in 1991, Secretary/Treasurer of ISSFAL from 1991 to 1998, and a member of the Editorial Board of the ISSFAL Newsletter from 1994 to 2000. She is the Founder of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN) and was Past President of ISNN from 2005-2009. She is the author of The Omega Diet (HarperCollins, 1999) and has edited over 50 books and journal supplements, in addition to publishing over 350 scientific papers. She was the editor of the Karger series World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics from 1989-2011.

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE: Artemis Simopoulos-author of THE OMEGA DIET-on Hipporates and the concept of positive health



...Long time ago #Hippocrates, father of Medicine, in #Kos #Greece invented the concept of  #positive #health. How to use your food as medicine and stay healthy and active.
Artemis P. Simopoulos, MD- author of THE OMEGA DIET-on Hippocrates and positive health
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8UYmUKZC_I
Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D., author of the Omega Diet, introduces us in less than two minutes in the basic principles of the Hippocratic philosophy.
Artemis P. Simopoulos, M.D. is the Founder and President of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C. since 1990. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, with a major in Chemistry, and a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, she is a pediatrician and endocrinologist whose research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was on the nutritional aspects of genetic and endocrine disorders; evolutionary aspects of diet and fatty acids; and the importance of a balanced ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease and in growth and development.

Dr. Simopoulos was chair of the Nutrition Coordinating Committee at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that coordinated all Nutrition Research of the Federal Government in the U.S. in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. She was consultant to the Office of Consumer Affairs at the White House. Prior to that she was the Executive Secretary of the Division of Medical Sciences at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) during which time she directed the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA technology. While at the NAS she directed the Committee that developed the report Genetic Screening: Programs, Principles, and Research.

Dr. Simopoulos is a Founding Member of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in 1991, Secretary/Treasurer of ISSFAL from 1991 to 1998, and a member of the Editorial Board of the ISSFAL Newsletter from 1994 to 2000. She is the Founder of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (ISNN) and was Past President of ISNN from 2005-2009. She is the author of The Omega Diet (HarperCollins, 1999) and has edited over 50 books and journal supplements, in addition to publishing over 350 scientific papers. She was the editor of the Karger series World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics from 1989-2011. 

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE: "Christina speaks out"