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Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:44 pm
by trevor826
Re: Klimt.

I'm not fond of his standard portrait work but his more stylised work is like a mix of Pre-Raphaelite and medieval art, I prefer his rougher work to the at times too clinical finish of some of his more famous paintings. Like Renoir and Degas, his nudes are outstanding and have a very individualistic style and eroticism to them, he was extremely influential but an often underrated artist.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:32 am
by arsaib4
Good. It appears that you've seen more than me. I was fortunate enough to come across Hope, II (1907-08) a couple of years ago at an exhibition and simply fell in love with its rich palette. Only then I started to read about him and have since also watched a documentary, appropriately titled Klimt.

It looks like Flanders is coming up shortly. I guess you're already familiar with my somewhat mixed reaction. The film is also being released on U.K. DVD pretty soon.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:00 am
by trevor826
Re: Hope II, an excellent example of his work, almost religious and medieval in its approach, I'd love to se the original as it's the type of painting that you can dwell upon while discovering so much within the minutia. The styling also brings the Japanese block prints to mind which proved influential for quite a few european artists at the time.

Re: Flanders, I'll definitely see it in the chapter, it'll be my first theatrical screening for a Dumont film. I'm a little annoyed that the videos I had taped of La Vie de Jsus and L'Humanit have vanished.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 9:35 am
by A
If you need a copy of the first two Dumont films, I could send them to you. I've recently seen Twentynine Palms at the cinema. A friend of mine fell in love with it, and I had high expectations as I own the DVD and was blown away by the images when I looked into it a bit. The film as a whole did not impress me much though (aside from bringing up some unpleasant memories from my own relationships..). I'm was trying to write something on it, but gave up after three pages of convoluted text - I guess it will end up as one of the two dozen unfinished reviews I have lying around.

I also love Klimt btw, though I haven't seen any of his paintings at an exhibition, yet. A friend of mine absolutely adores Klimt, and she kind of introduced me to his work some two years ago (before that, I didn't like him )

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:54 pm
by arsaib4
Trev: I'm glad to hear that you've seen Dumont's earlier films. I think that's important going into Flanders. You know what to expect and have a set of parameters to guide your critical reaction.

Yes, Klimt was said to have been influenced by the Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e). It's interesting to note that he originally referred to Hope, II as Vision, but since he'd earlier painted a similar portrait which was called Hope (1903), this work came to known as its offspring of sorts.



A: My reaction to Twentynine Palms was perhaps quite similar to yours. But I don't dislike the film as strongly as many do. Nevertheless, it has "cult classic" written all over it.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:24 am
by trevor826
If you need a copy of the first two Dumont films, I could send them to you.

I may take you up on that one day A though I'm surprised that they haven't had dvd releases here.

I saw the films several years ago and I'm sure I wrote some notes on them during the first incarnation of this site. I also have Twentynine Palms on dvd but haven't found the inclination to watch it again.

Re: Hope, Hope ll, similar yet stylistically so different, I love the way he experimented so much with his techniques to produce such a diverse range of finishes. Isn't it strange that so many paintings from this period, Klimt, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, etc were once condemned and considered controversial yet now adorn almost everything from chocolate boxes to handbags and casual clothing.

B.t.w. hasn't John Malkovich played another artist during his career?

Cheers Trev.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:33 am
by arsaib4
Oh, yes, he has! ;)

I'm not positive but I think L'Humanit is available in the U.K. from AE.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:48 am
by trevor826
Oh, yes, he has!

Who was it?

Re: L'Humanite, you're right arsaib4, just checked on A.E.'s site plus I noticed that I'd listed it on the UK dvd release thread.

I'll try and get hold of it soon. As regards 'La Vie de Jsus', I remember how much I detested it the first time I saw it, simply because it was such an incredibly honest piece of filmmaking, I'd really appreciate seeing it again sometime.

Cheers Trev.

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:21 am
by hengcs
Hmmm,
I cant believe the resemblance ...

Valkyrie (200
www.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0...f.JPG.html

Re: Future screenings at the Chapter, Opinions wanted.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:11 am
by trevor826
A.E.'s site have 12.08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?) (2006) - Corneliu Porumboiu down for a September screening at the Chapter so that'll be something to look forward to. It will probably be another week or two before the full month's listings are available.

Cheers Trev.