Friday, February 26, 2010

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Film Log Next Stop Wonderland., Hope Davis Daisy Kenyon, female sensibility?

Hope Davis was a discovery and made a new admirer in me because she could be the beautiful cool intelligent blonde like she is in Next Stop Wonderland , in every film The way that Jen Anniston is in every movie she makes wearing mini-skirts and her long blonde hair. So Hope Davis is Very attractive and blonde in NSW
but she has hid her looks in disguises almost (American Splendor). And I love her in one of my all time favorite movies About Schmidt. And is she in what else? something where she played the kind of up tight upper crust Mother. Any way the film had a gyno-centric pov. (Yes POV is not that obscure of a term. Mr. Amazon..) And I can't think of a better term. what about the terms and meanings of female POV or a female sensibility? ? And yes Jane Austen did that. Really came through in Sense and Sensibility. I wrote about this female sensibility previously. But gyno-centric is what I am going to call it. HA HA Oh guess what--the American New Wave is the title given the Film makers of the 90s not the film makers of the 70s. I thought I hear Leonard Maltin using that term to describe the 70s films. I saw it on one of those---maybe that Laslo Kovacks docu./tribute

PSH is in this Next Stop Wonderland and loved his supporting role. I kept thinking Sean would never return in the film and he does unexpectedly and it is a refreshing surprise. We see him in 3 major scenes I think--that includes the scene where he is on tape. so if you are on tape are you really in the film? lol
And well I guess the storytellers were telling us the Brazillian easily replaced her so Erin made the right decision with the Plumber/marine biologist.
This film reminded me of the other film I am watching: Daisy Kenyon. starring Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda. d. Otto Preminger--Peter Bogdonavitch: Are you familiar with Otto Preminger? Daisy Kenyon was also about a woman who had a choice. Was able to have a choice due to beauty, sex appeal, intelligence independence of thought and "breeding" or class. And she was a career woman Her role was so FAb. esp. when the scene where she is in bed talking to her daughter and lounging on the bed where the chauffeur is getting dressed. At first we just see a man in the background getting dressed. One with a nice body. Then the last frame shows him kissing Erin's Mother in what is clearly a chauffeurs uniform!!!!!
Next Stop Wonderland. had and element of class with the Mother. Was the Mother, Holland Taylor some kind of Modeling agent? I have Owning Mahoney to watch next.
And there was class in the Dana Andrews character in DK. According to the commentator Foster Hirsch. 1) The element of class distinction comparing the two.--2) both were women who had the "luxury" of a choice. 3) both had attractive suitors.



Thursday, February 25, 2010

English language word of the week:

mensch (mens̸h, menc̸h)
noun pl. menschen mensch′en (-ən)
a person, esp. a man, regarded as being honorable, decent, and responsible and having strength of character
Etymology: Yiddish < Ger, person < OHG mannisco, orig., human < mann, man + isc-, -ish
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2009 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

I always knew that mensch was a Yiddish term, but I thought it was a derogatory one.--- Shows you what I know--- about American -Yiddish anyway. Many Yiddish words are certainly a part of American slang. Certainly there is a book or three on the topic.

English language word of the week: Amanuensis

Main Entry: aman·u·en·sis
Pronunciation: \ə-ˌman-yə-ˈwen(t)-səs\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural aman·u·en·ses \-(ˌ)sēz\
Etymology: Latin, from (servus) a manu slave with secretarial duties
Date: 1619
: one employed to write from dictation or to copy what another has written.

Pat Hackett acted as amanuensis to Andy Warhol. This is how the AW Diaries and Popism were written.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fred Hughes. Close Associate/Advisor to Andy Warhol

Fred Hughes had grown up in Houston, working for art patrons John and Dominique de Menil on their art projects and acquistions. After his first visit to the Factory, he started visiting almost daily.

Andy Warhol:

“He’d [Fred Hughes] spend mornings and afternoons at the de Menil Foundation, having meetings with people like Nelson Rockefeller.. and then straight from that he’d come down to the Factory to sweep floors.” (POP216)

According to Warhol, Fred “got caught up in the scene completely” moving from “the beautiful de Menil house ... into the Henry Hudson Hotel on West 57th” where a lot of the Factory people were staying. (POP217)

With the leftover money from a De Menil commission arranged by Fred, Andy was able to start filming Lonesome Cowboys at the end of the year. (POP215-7)

Later, in the seventies, Fred would go on to marry fashion executive Marina Schiano, although the marriage would only last two years. Though he always said that he was heterosexual, he admitted to having homosexual encounters when he had 'enough gin and tonics.' Ed Hayes, the attorney for Andy's estate after his death, said of Hughes, "I knew he was in love with me... I said 'Fred, I'm just too old to change. I'm not like that. I love you, you're my friend." (DD128)

Duncan Roy, the director of the film 'AKA' (released in 2002), admitted to having a gay relationship with Fred Hughes in the late seventies. According to Duncan, "He [Hughes] was a weirdo - he used to wank off in front of me..." When the Warhol Foundation was asked to verify the relationship, a representative from the Foundation replied: "Deception might have been a perfect glue for such a relationship... Fred Hughes was a consummate liar, social climber, and a bespoke SOB who grew to total ghoulishness because of his connection to... Andy Warhol. Why is it, I wonder, that great people seem to love the presence of reptiles like these creatures?" According to Duncan Roy, Fred Hughes would lie to people, telling them that he was Howard Hughes's son. (GW)

According to Bob Colacello, it was Fred Hughes who described himself by saying, "I'm deeply superficial", a quote often attributed to Andy Warhol. (BC92)

This is from Warhol Stars excellent web site. Fred Hughes was amongst those present when Andy was shot by Valerlie Solanas at the New Factory on Union Square.