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*Mama’s in the factory she ain’t got no shoes
Daddy’s in the alley he’s looking for food
I’m in the kitchen with the Tombstone Blues...*

Nina Simone RiP

{More soon on the divinely intemperate impatient indignant Ms S.

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FLARE out to DH at freakytrigger.com who OFFICIALLY logs the first pillBOX e-mail.

I now apparently have a doppleganger. Cool. The more the merrier, this is the official line from myself and my Minister of dissInformation, H Bustos Domecq.


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PillBOOKS

These have arrived on our library desk, and are recommended:

· Projected cities / cinema and urban space by Stephen Barber
[Reaktion Books £10 / $16]

· Screening The City edited by Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice
[Verso £14 / $20]

Land of a THOUSAND Balconies
· Discoveries and Confessions of a B-movie Archaeologist
by Jack Stevenson
[Critical Vision £14.99 / $19.95]


The Screening The City compendium is a mixed bag, as these things tend to be, but so far it’s 2 to 1 good writing/cool thoughts as against hackademic bad writing/safe thoughts {which is a topic we will return to here anon). Interestingly both Projected Cities and one essay in Screening the City deal with the original i.e.-not-Fassbinder film of Berlin Alexanderplatz. Which is nice; it’s nice for me, because I’m interested, but it’s also nice to get essays on unexpected films, Erzulie knows, and not just one more riff on Crash or The Matrix or Pulp Fiction e.g. John Orr in the ‘Coda’ essay “The City Reborn: Cinema at the Turn of the Century” deals with Clare Denis' lesser-known J’ai Pas Sommeil / I Can’t Sleep [1994] as well as PILLBOX favourite Wong Kar-wai’s Fallen Angels and Happy Together ... which we re-ran with tears in our eyes here, last week, in the PILLBOX expandingscreen room, to mark the sad EXIT of Leslie Cheung.

I liked this, from Orr:
“Similarly, Denis’ film is neither highbrow nor popular, nor is it concerned with pastiche or nostalgia. It is concerned, urgently, with the psychic and plastic disconnections of the living moment and if we wish to save the concept of the “postmodern”, forge it as intellectual force field, and not retain it as a cardboard effigy, we have to push it in that direction or invent an analogous term.”

Projected Cities deals with, inter alia, Chris Marker’s peerless Sans Soleil/Sunless; and Clare Denis’ Beau Travail; but I particularly liked his more ‘personal’ chapter on a kind of odyssey he took down around a shadowy maginot line of dead dying beyond the pale beneath the moon fleapit jerk off other-era sidestreet multiplex all sorts cinemas from estonia... - thru germany paris london dublin - to marseilles & lisbon and I especially like the fact that he ends his cine-trek in a cinema I myself visited & love: the splendid Sao Jorge art deco palace in Lisbon. ‘The Digital City and Cinema’ I have to say is a dull title for a fascinating chapter, which skirts the terrain of ‘memoir’ to real thought-provoking bent.

[Oh, while we’re here and I think about it, a flare up for Peter Wollen’s Paris Hollywood: Writings on Film, which came out last year but didn’t seem to get the attention it deserved.]

Jack Stevenson’s is the most accessible thing here but no less thought provoking for that, and critical vision/headpress seem to be building up a nice little list of books that straddle the THEORY/TRASH divide - and don’t we all LOVE to straddle that particular divide I know I do….

www.headpress.com
www.reaktionbooks.co.uk
www.versobooks.com


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IS IT JUST ME, OR. . .

The FIRST in a REGULAR series
{reader contributions WELCOME

Is it just me, or …

THE WHITE STRIPES: Yeah? And? HUH? Is that IT?! You’re KIDDING!

24: the Second series. Oh go away and DIE, the whole 24-7-stern-faced
miserable white folks sorry ass unlikely accident happening LOT of you…
Oh, that John Travolta’s character from PULP FICTION would pop up and shoot y’all.
I never thought I’d say this, but I’d rather watch the Snooker …

posted by Ian 4/23/2003 01:14:00 PM

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