Monday links

6th June 2016

Véra et Arlette, Cannes, May 1927 by Jacques Henri Lartigue

Links to interesting stuff that I have discovered over the past week. A day late, I fear, in part accounted for by the preparations for the RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcast of Hamlet on Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton vs herself: an excellent profile by Rebecca Traister for New York magazine.

A visit to the nitrate picture show: Hillary Weston for The Criterion Collection reports from a ‘glorious weekend’ at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York.

• Ingmar Bergman’s 1950s soap commercials wash away the existential despair: far from a new post at the excellent online resource Open Culture, but I had not previously come across the film ads that Bergman made in 1951 for a new anti-bacterial soap called Bris (“Breeze,” in English).

• Rohmer at the water: a lovely video essay by Tope Ogundare for Fandor, with more here: ‘Why water? Rohmer at the beach‘:

Rohmer at the Water from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.

• Hou Hsiao-hsien – film culture finally comes through: David Bordwell on the visual style of the great Taiwanese filmmaker.

The Black film canon: for Slate Aisha Harris and Dan Kois chose the fifty greatest films by Black directors; read, argue, enjoy.

• In quest of the Romantic tradition in British film – Penda’s Fen: Graham Fuller for the BFI on the extraordinary 1974 television film written by David Rudkin and directed by Alan Clarke, newly available on DVD.

Lancing corruption in Line of Duty and Undercover: Gaylene Gould on the two recent BBC series, for Sight & Sound.

Facebook and Snapchat – the new television: Derek Thompson for The Atlantic:

In the second half of the 20th century, the center of gravity in news media moved from newspapers and magazines to television. Facebook appears to be retracing this transition within a few months.

Picasso and the fall of Europe: a demanding but hugely rewarding essay by T.J. Clark in London Review of Books.

• Snap judgment – how photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue captured the moment: William Boyd on the wonderful French image maker for the Guardian, tied to this forthcoming exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery.

In the picture: Anthony Lane for The New Yorker on a new biography of Diane Arbus.

Socks: the ever-essential Janet Malcolm for New York Review of Books on Constance Garnett and translations of Anna Karenina.

Theatre of the World: this looks amazing – Louis Andriessen’s new opera in a production by Pierre Audi at Dutch National Opera, with decor and video by the Brothers Quay.

• A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi: this Vox piece by Aja Romano(and the video below) is so strange, and entirely beyond my capacity to precis it adequately – but if you are interested in movies, copyright, AI and the future then it’s really worth trying to make sense of.

The future is almost now:… after which you might want to read Elizabeth Alsop for The Atlantic on contemporary sci-fi.

Fandom is broken: … and if you think all that’s weird, then try Devan Faraci on the state of fandom today, with a follow-up here, ‘Yes, Disney should have a queer Princess‘.

ImageVéra et Arlette, Cannes, May 1927 by Jacques Henri Lartigue.

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