Saturday, March 10, 2018
Friday, Mar. 9, 11:28 pm
I’m befuddled about why I missed Jane Campion’s “Portrait of a Lady” when it was first released, 1996. I can recall that the year was somewhat chaotic for me. But I loved “The Piano” (1993).
Anyway, I saw the film tonight (streamed it). I was mesmerized: Campion’s use of light, the editing, the camera, the acting! Nicole Kidman wasn’t nominated for Best Actress? Her mastery of showing that a woman may be nearly always thinking more and differently from what she says is stunningly done. Getting beyond the breathtaking prettiness of Ms. Kidman (amplified so well by Campion’s use of light)—beyond those eyes—Ms. Kidman is simply beautiful as a character of intense intelligence lost in La Belle Époque. (And only John Malkovich can be so suavely evil. He’s brilliantly hateful.)
-- gary e. davis --- 8:15 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Jasper Johns is still painting.
The reviewer, Deborah Solomon, ends her review: “... Leonardo da Vinci was one of the first masters that Mr. Johns admired. He was especially captivated by the ‘Deluge’ drawings,... When he was in mid-30s, Mr. Johns had a chance to actually see the drawings..... Was it an exciting experience? ‘Yes,’ he replied with typical terseness, and a little laugh, ‘except that they looked exactly like the reproductions.’”
I began my “Comment” at the article: “Solomon’s article ending is lovely. It reminds me of Jacques Derrida’s iconic point that writing in speech—displaced authoriality in authorship—makes all originals quotational.”
-- gary e. davis --- 12:06 AM