PARIS — For more than four decades, Hollywood insiders, financiers and dreamers have been obsessed by the quest to recover “The Other Side of the Wind,” the unfinished last film of Orson Welles. Cinema buffs consider it the most famous movie never released, an epic work by one of the great filmmakers.
Endless legal battles among the rights holders, including Welles’s daughter, kept the 1,083 reels of negatives inside a warehouse in a gritty suburb of Paris despite numerous efforts to complete the film — a movie within a movie about the comeback attempt of an aging, maverick director played by John Huston. Continue reading “Orson Welles’s Last Film to be Released…The Other Side of the Wind” »
James Bay has the indie rocker thing going to the extent that one initially suspects he’s a poser. He’s got the dreamy, would-be model face; long stringy hair; gangly, pipe-cleaner build; perfunctory leather jacket, and folksy Panama hat. His British lilt disguises totally normal utterances as poetic ruminations. He’s funny. It’s like he was built in a factory.
“I thought about the lifestyle of our audience, in terms of an everyday experience and utilizing everyday items, while infusing a sense of humor and novelty into this collection. For me, having fun is such an important part of the job. You have to love it and have fun with it.” —Alexander Wang
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Patrick Demarchelier was born outside of Paris in 1943, and any movie about his life would necessarily include the poignant scene of his stepfather giving the self-professed troublemaker an Eastman Kodak camera for his 17th birthday. After assisting the likes of Hans Feurer, the young Demarchelier struck out on his own, moved to New York, and developed his now signature, striking style of fashion photography. Destabilizing an elaborately staged fashion editorial or a portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales, for whom he was the official photographer, with a spark of spontaneity, Demarchelier creates a kind of verve, a frisson that has made him a legend, and his name a byword for fashion royalty—the very first thing Miranda Priestly wants to know of her hopeless new assistant in The Devil Wears Prada is “Did Demarchelier confirm?”
The Duchess (2008) star Keira Knightley knows a little something about onscreen royalty. In November she will appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the WWII dramaThe Imitation Game, about the Enigma-code-breaking machine. Here, she tries to decode Demarchelier, getting the photographer to look at his life through the lens. Like theDevil‘s do-gooder assistant, she’s got Patrick.
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Yesterday’s midterm election results are the equivalent in a parliamentary system of a vote of no confidence in Barack Obama. They also reflect America’s serious crisis of confidence.
At one level, Americans should be in an upbeat mood. After all, since Obama came to power in 2009, unemployment has fallen from 10 per cent to less than 6 per cent. The budget deficit is in decline. And the economy could break the 3 per cent annual growth rate for the first time in nearly a decade. Crikey, even the hapless Dallas Cowboys – America’s Team – have a 6-3 winning record in the NFL!
And yet the President’s national approval ratings are in the low-40s and in some crucial battleground states they’re in the low-30s. Continue reading “America mid term crisis.” »
John Galliano’s name is officially back in the news — first because of his recent appointment as creative director of Maison Martin Margiela, an ideal Maison for the exiled designer at this point in his career…. and again on Tuesday, when he lost his unfair dismissal lawsuit against his two former employers: Christian Dior SA and John Galliano SA. Continue reading “Galliano is back” »
I have never written about you;
You are like the wind
What can you write about the wind? Continue reading “Never” »
Of all the stories that Matthew Bourne has ever told, there is one that might well out-dazzle them all. It begins with a young Londoner, raised on theatre, musicals and movies, who spends a good deal of his teenage years chasing autographs from the greatest names of stage and screen. Some 40 years later, in one of the biggest cities in the world, he is himself the target of autograph-hunters, who queue, in patient reverence, awaiting his appearance at the stage door. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.” »
“For me, inspiration comes from many things,” Massimo Bottura says. “Thinking about the life of snails under the snow, or listening to a piece of music by Bob Dylan or Thelonious Monk.”
Bottura isn’t your average Italian chef. But, then again, with menu items named “Chicken, chicken, chicken, where are you?” and “An eel swimming up the Po River,” his restaurant Osteria Francescana is not your average red-sauce, checked-tablecloth trattoria either.
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Fashion month ended two weeks ago in Paris, but Azzedine Alaïa has always subscribed to his own notions of time. (Indeed, along with the academic/polymath Donatien Grau, he is in the midst of producing and recording conversations on the subject, which will be eventually form the basis on a book; he has already done Marc Newson and Johnny Ive, for example.) Continue reading “Worth the Wait: Alaïa” »
Dame Vivienne Westwood has always been a mass of contradictions. She hates, with an unswerving passion, consumerism and excess. Yet she has built a fashion empire. Ask her what she would like to change in the world and she says, “I’d get rid of advertising. Consumption is the biggest propaganda. It’s ruined the world.” Yet she herself devises beautiful ad campaigns, with pictures by superstar German photographer Jürgen Teller.
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By the time she was 13, Tavi Gevinson was already an acclaimed fashion blogger and, tricked out in Dior, a precocious fixture at runway shows. So what next, now the mini-maven has reached the ripe old age of 18?
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