Far far away land

Carpe Diem

Noel Gomes

Michael Kenna, Maple Tree in Autumn, Koyoto, Honshu, Japan, 20012

Michael Kenna, Maple Tree in Autumn, Koyoto, Honshu, Japan, 20012


“The characters that I play are real. They are real so they have as much right to be portrayed as any other characters.”

— Robert De Niro


Makeup stills from Raging Bull. Test polaroids of De Niro as he tries to perfect La Motta’s look by stuffing cotton in his nostrils. This page is one of dozens of make-up tests, all of which attest to De Niro’s obsessive devotion to minute details. Images courtesy of The Robert De Niro Collection, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

Martin Scorsese’s influential filmmaking legacy is the focus of a new exhibition, aptly titled Martin Scorsese, at the Deutsche Kinemathek—Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin. The exhibition, which opened in January and runs through May 12, purports to examine “the rich spectrum of Scorsese’s oeuvre,” including his sources of inspiration, working methods, and lasting contributions to American cinema. The Ransom Center loaned 19 items from the Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader archives to supplement materials from Scorsese’s private collection. Together, they constitute the first international exhibition about Scorsese.

A multimedia presentation on the creation of this exhibition can be found here at the Ransom Center’s Web site.

1. Trust your aesthetic instincts.
2. Don’t let production design be hindered by realism.
3. Don’t let cinematography be hindered by realism, either!
4. Don’t let sound effects be hindered by, you got it, realism.
5. Let your influences guide you.
6. But don’t let your influences guide you too much.
7. If you’re going to shoot improv, use two cameras.
8. Expressive visual elements carrying over a cut make images cut smoothly together.


In 1978, when Martin Scorsese was at an all-time low due to a near overdose resulting from an addiction to cocaine, Robert De Niro visited him at the hospital and told him that he had to clean himself up and make this movie about a boxer. At first, Scorsese refused (he didn’t like sports movies anyway), but due to De Niro’s persistence, he eventually gave in. Many claim (including Scorsese) that De Niro saved Scorsese’s life by getting him back into work. 


7/30 directorsMartin Scorsese

 “Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime, we need to keep them alive.”


Victor Jara - Aqui te traigo una rosa

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Guy Béart “Vive la rose” etc…(Complet)

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