4 items from 2011
Pune architect Dheeraj Akolkar and Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty have just taken Indian cinema to the next global level by collaborating with one of the world's most iconic actresses on a film on the life of one of the most celebrated filmmakers of all times. Unknown to most, one of the world's most accomplished actresses Liv Ullmann has been putting together a docu-feature on the life of her mentor, discoverer, lover, and companion, Ingmar Bergman. Bergman whom Woody Allen describes as "probably the greatest artiste since the invention of the motion picture camera", not only discovered Liv Ullmann, he subsequently cast her in ten of his masterpieces. Liv Ullmann shared a stormy passionate, creatively and emotionally comprehensive relationship with Bergman, a bonding that spanned 4 decades and 41 years and spawned a love-child and infinite space on Page 3 all over the world. Liv has now decided to chronicle her turbulent relationship with Bergman. »
- Subhash K. Jha
This week's news in the arts
Autumn is the Ringo of the seasons. It often gets overlooked, when set next to the artistic possibilities – cold, new life and heat – offered at other times of year. No other season, certainly, is covered by such a small canon.
John Keats obviously leads the way with To Autumn, a poem which suggests that even in 1819 this was the bridesmaid season. "Thou hast thy music too," Keats protests, lest anyone think spring more worthy of his poetry. What he had not arrived at was the idea that dying leaves could be compared to human sadness. That was Verlaine's job, with the Chanson d'Automne. Read this aloud in your best French accent: "Les sanglots longs/ Des violons/ De l'automne/ Blessent mon coeur/ D'une longeur/ Monotone." You are now 18% cooler, and 56% more depressed.
- Leo Benedictus
Swedish star of the notorious 1967 film I Am Curious (Yellow)
The Swedish actor Lena Nyman has died of cancer aged 66, a day after the death of Maria Schneider. Both actors were instantly associated with a sexually explicit film: Schneider with Last Tango in Paris and Nyman with I Am Curious (Yellow). But while Schneider's career and life suffered consequently, Nyman went on to establish herself as a well-loved performer in her native country.
Cut by 11 minutes in Britain, I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), directed by Vilgot Sjöman, was seized by the Us customs, pronounced obscene and banned. But a federal appeals court then ruled that it was protected under the first amendment, which allowed it to be released in March 1969 – though only in New York and New Jersey. From today's perspective, it seems much ado about nothing, but the brouhaha helped it remain the most financially successful foreign film in the »
- Ronald Bergan
Updated through 2/7.
"Swedish actress Lena Nyman, who starred in Ingmar Bergman's 1978 film Autumn Sonata, died Friday after a long illness, her agent told Afp. Nyman got her breakthrough in Vilgot Sjöman's 1967 and 1968 landmark films I Am Curious (Yellow) and I Am Curious (Blue)… She obtained the Swedish Film Institute's Guldbagge award for Best Actress in 1968 for her work in both films, which had caused scandal because of her nudity… Tributes to the actress poured in in Sweden Friday, where she is known for her work in theatre, film and television." »
4 items from 2011
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