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Mark Christopher’s 54

Want to see a movie about club life? This is it. The recently released (2015) director’s accomplished cut of 54 a film from 1998.
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Partners Rubell and Schrager of Studio 54
Partners Rubell and Schrager of Studio 54

Mark Christopher, writer and director of 54 deserves credit for giving a marvelous erudition of disco club life, and life at a certain period, the real Saturday Night Fever. What a great film depiction. Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer pictured below. Mike Myers gives a wonderful nuanced performance, and is a revelation, as the maestro of Studio 54’s Steve Rubell.

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Ryan Phillippe knocks it into the park as do all depicted and the director’s & writer’s one and the same eye that adroitly tells the story. At original time of release it was cut extensively by the Weinstein brothers’ Miramax. Made around the same time as Boogie Nights though didn’t survive its post re-editing release. Thankfully I never saw the original. So I am reviewing the director’s cut which finally made light of day post Disney acquiring it! Order it now from your DVD supplier or catch it in a few of the festivals showing it.

Disco-Disco has a great write up of Studio 54: disco-disco.com/clubs/studio54.shtml
“Beside all the famous guests of the Studio 54, the club also managed to get all the best DJ’s to play there as well. All of the famous DJ’s like; John “Jellybean” Benitez, John Ceglia, Tony Humphries, Sharon White, Kenny Carpenter, Robbie Leslie, Tony Carrasco and many others, moved the crowd from the clubs legendary horseshoe shaped DJ-booth.”

Photos manipulated by me from MarkChristoph54 on twitter, coolpicturegallery.us, IMDB, disco-disco, & impawards.com/1998/fifty_four_ver2.html.

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L’Armée du salut

Salvation Army, L’Armée du salut, Abdellah Taia’s (abdellahtaia.free.fr) second directorial film from 2013 based on son troisième roman écrit, le Bildungsroman, L’Armée du salut. Il a pour thème la jeunesse de l’auteur et son éveil sexuel, à travers deux histoires en parallèle. L’une raconte les souvenirs d’enfance et d’adolescence de l’auteur au Maroc, construits autour de l’importance de son frère aîné. L’autre traite de sa liaison avec un universitaire suisse alors qu’il est étudiant et son arrivée à Genève.
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I like how he tells it, it’s not a pretty story, and it’s based on his growing up on Morocco, mostly. His growing up is not for sissies kids. After watching the film, reading the book that term has a fuller meaning.

telquel Abdellah Taia Salvation ArmyAbdellah Taia wrote the book after giving an interview to Tequel (Moroccan) magazine (telquel.ma), and the ensuing controversy of Morocco having an openly gay man of words.
Karim Ait M’Hand below immediate image in video, and Said Mrini play Abdellah.

Abdellah’s 2012 op-ed for the New York Times, entitled A Boy to Be Sacrificed, which the film reflects.
In the Morocco of the 1980s, where homosexuality did not, of course, exist, I was an effeminate little boy, a boy to be sacrificed, a humiliated body who bore upon himself every hypocrisy, everything left unsaid. By the time I was 10, though no one spoke of it, I knew what happened to boys like me in our impoverished society; they were designated victims, to be used, with everyone’s blessing, as easy sexual objects by frustrated men. And I knew that no one would save me — not even my parents, who surely loved me. For them too, I was shame, filth. A ‘zamel’..

Read his 2012 NYT op-ed here: nytimes.com/2012/03/25/opinion/sunday/a-boy-to-be-sacrificed.html

Kennys.ie have the book [en] for @14 euro incl. delivery.
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iamamiwhoami Blue

The ethereal iamamiwhoami, Swedish singer-songwriter has an audio visual fiesta out from Vimeo-on-demand and the like. Luv the audio.
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Bounty from Blue from iamamiwhoami:

From fountain from iamamiwhoami:

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Original images above (c) iamamiwhoami, and manipuliated by me.

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20 ans d’écart aka It Boy

Hands down my current favourite romantic humorous film from 2013. Alice Lantins ( Virginie Efira [twitter]) is the ambitious and workaholic editor of the fashion magazine Rebelle and returns from Brazil to Paris to scheme and loses her flash memory in the airplane. However, the student of architecture Balthazar Apfel ( Pierre Niney de la Comédie française) finds it and calls Alice to tell her..
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Pierre Niney (twitter) portrayed Yves Saint Laurent in one of the two 2014 bio pics of the great man, and a film worth seeing for his portrayal and the sumptuous costumes. The above has to be one of the classic snog photos and from a poster, of any given time..

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I was looking for a good quality video promo with english, and came across the complete on youtube! This is a movie you will want in your film collection, if like I you like to buy ones you will rewatch again and again. I like my physical collection of discs, though I read somewhere – one of the big U.S coffee chains has stopped selling cds, so maybe discs are on the way out or will end up like vinyl records, collectables.

Original on-line promotional images have been modified by me.

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Banshee v Clementine v Rhythmbox

My Banshee audio player crashed again so will try out Clementine (clementine-player.org)
And a few days later…that was easy Clementine wins… so long as I get Archive.org (https://archive.org/) access. And a few days later.. have stopped using audio player. Luv’d Banshee and it’s not the same without it. Here’s to the release of a more compatible stable other than with KDE release.  Clementine takes getting used to. Might look into Rhythmbox.

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What’s would be on my audio of an afternoon.. while I DIY about the house? An audio book from Archive.org eg https://aindreas.europafitness.com/novel-forman-brown-aka-richard-meekers-better-angel/, podcasts via Banshee eg https://aindreas.europafitness.com/rte-sunday-with-miriam/, or something eclectic, ambient from Magnatune (magnatune.com – no like the ads in the middle of tunes)  or Jamendo.

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Mashup graphic from images courtesy of jmottola, Joe: https://jmottola.deviantart.com/
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Novel: Forman Brown aka Richard Meekers Better Angel

An audio recording of Better Angel, by Richard Meeker ie Forman Brown . Via the Internet Archive. A nice addition to your audio player. Nicely read by Greg W.
In 1933 Forman Brown published the novel called Better Angel. It being 1933 it was controversial story matter and as such published under the pseudonym Richard Meeker. The protagonists story being of a young man coming to terms with him being gay though gay back then meant jolly… It’s quiet contemporary.
The author is not well known this side of the Atlantic, maybe due to the small volume of books written. Wonder if writing Better Angel and trying to get it published influenced him in this respect. Is there any doubt. Unlike E.M Forster.  Instead he appears to have absconded to the bright lights, to, for of it’s day must of been a bastion of freedom compared to the alternative, Hollywood, U.S.A. Brown tried his hand successfully at song writing, puppetry and adult back when adult meant grown up, revues. In contrast Forster first started writing Maurice in 1915, then basically hid the novel except from some close friends, continued writing many straight novels in a similar style, until after his passing and Maurice was published in 1971.
Forman Brown, Harry Burnett and Richard Brandon were Yale puppeteers, and the founders in 1941 of the tiny Turnabout Theatre in Hollywood, California which ran until 1956.  He passed away in 1996 (though I’ve also seen 1993 attributed)  leaving his long term boyfriend Richard Brandon. It’s a fascinating story, the real life one. Friends of the the Turnabout Theatre included stars of the silver screen and others such as Albert Einstein. The Los Angeles Library have a wonderful archive on the Turnabout set. Been part of a set seems to have been the thing in the day, am thinking of the other similar even parallel set, less whimsical (?), the Bloomsbury set.
The book is regarded as one of the first American novels to present the gay experience in a healthy light.  The good ole days. I only came across Better Angel in 2015!
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Better Angel reads like an autobiography much like parts of E.M Forster’s Maurice, which years later it was confirmed to be. The narrative begins with Kurt Gray as a kid and his home/ school life, an only child, which I can’t imagine and growing up in what sounded like a town somewhere in mid America

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The University of Florida have a pdf of the book: http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/00/07/57/11/00001/UF00075711.pdf

Want to read a book for LibriVox? They’re looking for folks.

For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. Would love to get a hard copy of this…

Wonderfully the Los Angeles have an online archive of the Turnabout Theatre see http://dbase1.lapl.org/turnabout/

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2014 Movie Gems : Reese Witherspoons The Good Lie

Update: It got released cine-side!

The Good Lie

What can I say.
Am impressed with Reese Witherspoon. Have your hankies at the ready.
Know what, I couldn’t look away from the screen, Ger Duany and of course R. Witherspoon (both in the picture below,) stand out. I can imagine alot of actors of R. Witherspoon standing would/ could demand a bigger presence, such as in this film produced in part by Ron Howard (if memory servers me). Faultless direction by French Canadian Philippe Falardeau.

Reese Witherspoon Ger Buany The Good lie

The main protagonists relate to the story as they come from that background. The story, includes an NGO, though doesn’t mention the UNHCR nature of the Somalian resettled refugees, it’s a significant difference this status not aired and I guess most folks wouldn’t notice it (and haven’t a notion what I’m talking about). It’s probable it’s the story behind some of the officialdom scenes later on into the film, and maybe in making a film that in anyones estimation is pretty much flawless this is how you do it. It’s appears quiet heartfelt.

Available for VOD. I did a double take that it’s not getting a full on release in the cinemas. I guess that is what modern cinema is now – all comic book/ kids movies.  It is this film that has decided something for me, I will no longer be concentrating on movies in cinemas for blogging content.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo [http://www.mambazo.com/] below. Not gonna put up the trailer. Gem of a film.

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