Breathless

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Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” is a good example of the dialogue driven films I love, which the French seem to excel at. It’s so beautifully shot, with scenes easily imagined as photographs taken by Doisneau or Cartier-Bresson. The film was a stand out in the French New Wave when it was released in 1960 and it’s easy to see why, with it’s documentary style hand-held camera, fresh dialogue and unique rhythm.

The film is in step with the rebellious nature of the ’60’s – a youth bored with the conventions of bourgeois society. Seberg’s character Patricia is stylish, entitled, aloof and confident – add in Belmondo’s Michel, a petty thief with the swagger of the rich – both selfish with a restlessness that even a great city like Paris can’t assuage. I recommend watching “Breathless” in the quiet stillness of the early hours – I think it really brings out the film’s beauty.

Sweet Jane

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“My mother was right: When you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.” ~Jane Birkin

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Lovely, spirited, bohemian Jane Birkin (with Serge Gainsbourg)

FRANCE - CIRCA 1960: Portrait of Jane Birkin, taken in the Sixties. (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

FRANCE – CIRCA 1960: Portrait of Jane Birkin, taken in the Sixties. (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

 

Stan the Man

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Congratulations to Stan Wawrinka, who won his first French Open title today. It’s quite extraordinary that his game is finally gelling in his thirties, winning two grand slam titles recently. He played two brilliant matches in the French, one against Roger Federer and in the final, Novak Djokovic. Well done Stan the man! 🎾

Full Speed Ahead

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“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” ~ Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald

Heart’s Gone to Sea…

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A REDOLENCE FOR NIMS

O triple sob — turned forty

at midnight — body at dawn

booze-soddened but hopeful,

knowing that the only thing

to remember is dreams.

Dead clear zero, Sunday afternoon

in an attic of a closed resort

on Lake Michigan with one lone

duck riding the diminishing

swells of yesterday’s storm

against the snowy cliffs of North Manitou:

Whom are we to love?

How many and what for?

My heart’s gone to sea for years.

This is a prayer, plaint, wish,

howl of void beneath breastbone.

Dreams, soul chasers, bring

back my heart alive.

~Jim Harrison

Alison & Jamie

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He is a direct line to all my emotions. When he’s down on something I’ve done, I take it really seriously. And when he thinks it’s great, I believe it and don’t care what anyone says. He’s all the things I want out of myself that I’m not.

~Alison Mosshart on Jamie Hince

 

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