Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
There are only two days left to get down to Film Forum & see On the Bowery, Lionel Rogosin's part scripted/part documentary 1957 film about life on skid row. This is a haunting, beautifully shot picture of a very different city. If you see it in New York, you will also get the opportunity to see a documentary by Rogosin's son, which explains the genesis & history of his father's film. A number of critics have singled out this film, & Morris Engel's Little Fugitive (1953), as pivotal & influential works in the history of cinema.
Here's a video of the Cirque Romanes, which has been based in Paris for the past eighteen years, & is under threat of closure . It seems hard to believe, but according to the Guardian, Romanes is Europe's only Gypsy circus. I saw a show several years ago. A great experience, but something about those child performers was a little unsettling...
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Our tree problem was pretty small potatoes in comparison to a lot of the damage caused by yesterday's weather. There are many pictures of fallen trees to be seen online today, but this one, on 10th between 5th & 6th, is particularly dramatic. This hefty tree crushed cars on both sides of the block: