Sunday links

1st May 2016

The usual weekly selection of links to things I have found interesting to read and to watch over the past seven days.

The Kennedy films of Robert Drew & Associates – capturing the Kennedys: it’s great news that The Criterion Collection in the States have just released a DVD set of four key verité films from Drew Associates made in the early 1960s, including Primary, 1960 (above). Here, Thom Powers celebrates their achievement; at Criterion online there is also a complementary (and fascinating) photo-feature by Issa Clubb.

Films beget films: Luke McKernan pays tribute to the archive film researcher, although I’m not so sure about this:

I’ve come to realise that insisting the clips must portray what they originally portrayed is a form of pedantry, and that poetic licence is not only a necessity but frequently a virtue.

• Andrei Tarkovsky – poetic harmony: a gorgeous compilation from Lewis Bond:

• Bleed, bleed, poor country – Shakespeare on the Indian screen: a richly interesting article for Sight&Sound by Koel Chatterjee and Preti Taneja.

Our dated model of theatrical release is hurting independent cinema: Richard Brody for The New Yorker.

• The photographers who exposed America – Arbus, Goldin, Winogrand: Shaun Pett for the Guardian on what looks like a great show in Toronto, with some terrific images.

The secret history of Tiger Woods: a wonderful piece of journalism from Wright Thompson for espn.

Trains in space: at London Review of Books, James Meek reviews at (considerable) length Simon Bradley’s exceptional The Railways: Nation, Network and People…

Railways for Ever: … and the 1970 British Transport Film Unit short marking the passing of steam with John Betjeman, courtesy of the BFI.

Richard Prince always wanted to be the coolest artist in the world:  Carl Swanson’s fascinating profile for New York magazine of the appropriating artist.

• What happened to Purity? – Jonathan Franzen and the aspirations and disappointments of a contract writer: GD Dess for LA Review of Books on a writer, an aspiring best-seller and the state of American fiction.

The secret signals that rule our transport networks: artists Georgina Voss and Wesley Goatley on their installation that uses data guiding trains and boats and planes.

The storyteller’s guide to the virtual reality experience: Katy Newton and Karin Soukup tackle the question, How do we tell a story for the audience when the audience is present within it?

• Sydney Opera House 360° experience featuring soprano Nicole Car and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: this 360° video really is very cool.

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