10/03/2009

lost films, lost books

"Loss is not an anomaly, or a deviation, or an exception, it's the norm." Rescue tries: Scorsese's cinema foundation, Lost films initiative, The Book of Lost Books, The invisible Library

Some films really drove their viewers into screaming madness, like 'Nerven' in Munich 1919 (more).

Catalogue Livres curieux & bizarres

On Orwell's 'Bookshop Memories'.

Memories of the Future, (more)

An artist who "pondered harder and more courageously than anyone... what it meant to live with ideas." (more, more)

"I have met some good story-tellers in my life, but Reznikoff, a poet of the eye, was the champion" says Auster.

Nietzsche's model for a "superman" was - a woman.

THE 16th century armchair traveler's compendium and antidepressivum (acc. to Robert Burton in 'The Anatomy of Melancholy').

Oneg Shabbat Archive (book)

A play about a woman adrift in modern times - several people first watching this film wanted to vomit, not because it was badly made but because it was so harrowing and well-made, tells Brian, a NY film critique. Sounds like a cinematographic realisation of Rilke's "Das Schöne ist nichts als des Schrecklichen Anfang, den wir gerade noch ertragen".

A friend called this the "best film ever made by a Buddhist monk in Bhutan".

One of the greatest movies ever, "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) by Carl Theodor Dreyer, based on actual trial records.