• Rip Torn | America's Loose Cannon

    Rip Torn was arrested earlier this week for breaking into a Litchfield, CT bank while heavily intoxicated and holding a loaded gun.  In honor of this psychopath, here is the infamous fight that broke out on the set of Norman Mailer's movie, Maidstone.  The scene was supposed to be an improvised and fictional fight between Torn and Mailer's character, but as the cameras rolled Torn pulled out a hammer and beat Mailer with it, intending on killing his "character".  Mailer's head cracked open. Blood spilled. Mailer bit a piece of Ton's ear off. Mailer's children cried and mayhem ensued. The fight, in which the actors called each other by their "real" names actually made it into the final cut of the film. Enjoy.


    Thanks Jim!

    Categories: Movies, Fights, Actors
  • Stills from Tron

    Visually speaking, I Love Hotdogs is one of the better movie sites on the web. Not only can you use it to load up your netflix que with the editors excellent taste in movies, but you can also use their images for inspiration in your next art project. The editor basically collects stills from cool movies and lets you drool all over them. Here are some selects from their Tron series.


    Categories: Movies, Science Fiction
  • The Other Work and Loves of Serge Gainsbourg

    Evguenie Sokolov


    This is the one and only novel by the 20th century provocateur of French pop music and film - the legendary Serge Gainsbourg . This prototype lusty punk tore into the threads of French society with his numerous films, music projects, and outlandish persona. He made recordings with Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and a scandalous recording of "Lemon Incest" with his own daughter Charlotte. If that wasn't bad enough, he told Whitney Houston live on French TV that he would love 'to fuck' her.

    Evguenie Sokolov is a novel about an artist who uses his intestinal gases as the medium for his scandalous artwork. What once was a huge smelly and noisy problem in his social and sex life becomes a tool for success in the early eighties art world.

    Tam Tam

    Ja T'aime Moi Non Plus (I Love You...Me Neither)





    Je t'aime... moi non plus is a 1976 feature film directed by Serge Gainsbourg, starring Jane Birkin, Hugues Quester and Joe Dallesandro, and featuring a cameo by Gérard Depardieu.

    The plot of the movie centers on Krassky (Joe Dallesandro), a homosexual man, who is attracted to Johnny (Jane Birkin), a boyish looking woman. They begin an affair, which is complicated by the fact that he cannot achieve orgasm through vaginal intercourse. The pain of anal intercourse is so great for Johnny, though, that her screams cause them to be thrown out of a series of motels. After a scandal with Johnny, Krassky returns to his boyfriend Padovan (Hugues Quester).

    Je t'aime... moi non plus was the first film directed by Gainsbourg. Jane Birkin was his partner at that time. It includes elements of symbolism recurrent in Gainsbourg's work: death and sex. Depardieu has a few short appearances, playing a homosexual bestialist.






    Janey B




    Initials B.B.






    Serge's Grave

    ...apparently someone leaves a cigarette there every day



     Most images sourced from The Hound
  • The Tube - A Day In The Night of New York

    Jools Holland & Leslie Ash give you a glimpse of post-disco NYC, visiting the pivotal places and players of the downtown dance club scene. The Roxy, Danceteria, Arthur Baker, NYC Peech Boys, Klaus Nomi are given their proper due on this edition of BBC's The Tube.

    Sourced from Sktrachworx

  • Various Images of Jean Rollin's Films

    Jean Rollin is a French Filmmaker who is credited with making both the first French Vampire movie and the first French Gore movie. He was influenced by Surrealism, American horror films, comics, fantasy and gothic literature. His films have been described as beautiful, poetic, macabre, sensual, bizarre and sometimes pornographic. With minimal dialogue and often low budget techniques, these films are for the Eurosleeze and horror film enthusiasts and not really the casual viewer. The images below came from all over the web, but mostly from the essential, Requiem for Jean Rollin blog.



















    Categories: Movies, Sex, Vampires
  • Werner Herzog's Film School

    Dangerous Minds, the quirky website that features videos of outstanding round table discussions led by Richard Metzger posted this a while back and I still can't tell if this is a joke.  Apparently, Werner Herzog is going to teach his own film school and I'm sure it's cheaper than NYU. If only Kinski were alive to run the drama department...


    "The Rogue Film School will be in the form of weekend seminars held by Werner Herzog in person at varying locations and at infrequent intervals.

    The number of participants will be limited.

    The Rogue Film School will not teach anything technical related to film-making.  For this purpose, please enroll at your local film school.

    The Rogue Film School is about a way of life.  It is about a climate, the excitement that makes film possible.  It will be about poetry, films, music, images, literature.

    The focus of the seminars will be a dialogue with Werner Herzog, in which the participants will have their voice with their projects, their questions, their aspirations.

    Excerpts of films will be discussed, which could include your submitted films; they may be shown and discussed as well.  Depending on the materials, the attention will revolve around essential questions: how does music function in film?  How do you narrate a story? (This will certainly depart from the brainless teachings of three-act-screenplays).  How do you sensitize an audience?  How is space created and understood by an audience?  How do you produce and edit a film?  How do you create illumination and an ecstasy of truth?

    Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking.  Traveling on foot.  The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully.  The athletic side of filmmaking.  The creation of your own shooting permits.  The neutralization of bureaucracy.  Guerrilla tactics.  Self-reliance.

    Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.

    Related, but more reflective, will be a reading list: if possible, read Virgil’s “Georgics,” read “Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber,” The Poetic Edda, translated by Lee M. Hollander (in particular the Prophecy of the Seeress), Bernal Diaz del Castillo “True History of the Conquest of New Spain”."

    Enroll here

    Via Dangerous Minds

    Categories: Schools, Movies
  • William Klein | Movie Maker




    The multifaceted artist William Klein is everything but a conformist. He is in fact its antithesis, making the most of each opportunity he has to question all conventions, be it in the world of photography or film. He craves the eccentric and out of the ordinary, he explores behind the scenes and brings to light the absurd, the forgotten and the rejected. He seeks not to please but rather to provoke; with wit and humor he reveals what others choose to ignore.

    Just after World War II, Klein, the 18-year-old Jewish New Yorker was sent to Germany to do his military service. Two years later he went to Paris, where he met the love of his life and future collaborator, Jeanne Florin. He studied painting with Fernand Léger, but soon began his photographic career shooting fashion photos for Vogue (New York) magazine and then moving to street photography. His first book, New York (Life Is Good & Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels) changed the course of photography. His innovative choice of subject matter and use of wide-angle lenses, out-of-focus elements, and grainy film were criticized at the time but soon earned him international recognition.

    In 1958, encouraged by his friends Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, Klein began his filmmaking adventure with the short Broadway by Light. With Times Square as the stage and the neon signs as ready-mades, Klein created an exquisite collage of words, lights, and abstract images that was considered to be the first Pop movie.

    With the swinging sixties came Klein’s first feature film, the luscious Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (1966), a satire on the extravagance and superficiality of the media and the fashion world. With a truly unique style, Klein cunningly cuts from one genre to another, from fiction to false documentary, passing through animation, musical comedy, and even a bit of cinéma verité.

    As Klein approached his forties, the war in Vietnam was at its peak and he became overtly political. In 1967 he joined with Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, Claude Lelouch, Joris Ivens, and Chris Marker to make the film Loin du Vietnam, a direct attack on U.S. foreign policy.

    Long before comic book characters became a trend in film, Klein created Mr. Freedom (1968), which features a superhero who incarnates the United States’ God-like attitude toward the world. This hilarious farce offers an unmerciful critique of the American government as well as other political doctrines such as Maoism and Stalinism. Initially banned in France, it presents a harmonious and yet disturbing explosion of color, violence, and humor.

    (Continuing reading at Walker Art Blog)



  • Xavier Marrades' Documentary, The Stranger's Land to debut at Anthology Film Archives


    Xavier Marrades is an amazing filmmaker that has edited some of our videos.  His feature documentary, The Stranger's Land, has been hailed by Indie Wire as "One of the best unreleased films of the year." This personal story documents his journey back to his Catalan hometown after a 10 year absense and is sure to be a beautifully shot tale of the region's people, traditions and landscapes.  If you have an interest in great filmmaking or if you have an interest in anything at all. This film is for you.

    Tuesday, February 2nd
    7:30 pm
    Anthology Film Archives
    32 2nd Ave
    Watch the Trailer

    Categories: Movies, Events