A few nice new release movie images I found:
Cineaste365 (January 16, 2014 – DAY 097) – “Contempt” – Jean-Luc Godard
Cineaste365 (January 16, 2014 – DAY 097) – “Contempt” is the film in which Godard was given the opportunity to nearly work the big budget Hollywood-style film that he had always dreamed of. Working with one of the most popular woman in the planet, Brigitte Bardot and the talented Michel Piccoli and to work alongside his favorite director Fritz Lang. It seemed as if “Contempt” would be the film that would generate the highest buzz and a dream that would be realized.
The fact is that “Contempt” is a popular Godard film especially for cinema fans who are appreciative of Godard oeuvre. But the film didn’t do well in Europe nor did it make money in the box office. In fact, the film received 50/50 reviews of from film critics who loved it and those who disliked it and found it too pretentious.
Personally, I found “Contempt” to be a wonderful and artistic film from Godard in which he was put on the pedestal by producers especially American film and distributor Joseph E. Levine who appears to have probably never watched a Godard film and only known his name through the popularity of the French New Wave. The fact is that Godard does his films his way and his style and so, “Contempt” behind-the-scenes was much more messier than anyone including Godard would ever realize.
Brigitte Bardot was not known for her acting but yet she was the most popular woman in the world. She was defiant, rebellious and like Godard, did things her way. And for those familiar with Godard films, his style is not to rehearse and usually keep his talents in the dark by not giving them a script. But at the time, Bardot was looking for the role to get away from the kitschy films that she had worked previously and wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. Problem is that she brought an entourage that the filmmaker and the crew had problems dealing with, she also brought paparazzi that Godard never had to deal with and because she was treated so specially, her rule was that she would not film early in the morning which caused problems with scheduling.
As for actor Jack Palance, he came into the film not knowing much about Jean-Luc Godard but knew about the novel that the film was adapted from and was excited about his role until he found out that Godard changed the screenplay which upset Palance and also not used to Godard’s style of directing, Palance was infuriated by Godard just telling him what to do and making sure that he didn’t do what the director suggested until he received a reason why he was doing what he was being told. This was not Hollywood as Palance was sure to find out and this added more stress to the filmmaker and the crew.
In fact, Palance told L’Express, “We never know in advance what we’re going to do. There’s almost no dialogue. It’s the worst experience I’ve ever had! It’s madness!”.
But behind-the-scenes, the marriage turmoil between Jean-Luc Godard and wife Anna Karina was taking shape and the screenplay of “Le Mepris” (Contempt) was starting to become a film about Jean-Luc Godard and his life with Anna Karina. As Godard films are known to project the director into his characters, “Contempt” was a film in which Michel Piccoli was playing Godard and Bardot was playing Karina.
Piccoli said in an interview with “Realites”, “The male character in ‘Contempt’ is Godard. He wanted me to wear his tie, his hat and his shoes”. Godard’s cinematographer Raoul Coutard even said, “I am convinced that in ‘Contempt’ he is trying to explain something to his wife.”
In fact, the words that were used in the film were words used by Karina. The dark wig that Bardot wore in the film was similar to the black wig that Karina wore in “Vivre sa Vie” and the exclamation point that “Contempt” was a film that embodied Godard and Karina’s relationship was Bardot’s comment in “Initiales B.B.” in which she said, “Godard told me that I had to be filmed with my back to the camera, and to walk away from it, straight ahead. I rehearsed, and he wasn’t happy. I asked him why. Because he said, my manner was not the same as Anna Karina’s!”.
Needless to say, the harmonious featurette on the DVD by Jacques Rozier showing the happy working relationship between Godard and Bardot was certainly specious. And to make things even more complicated that after the film was made, the producers were not satisfied as they wanted more nudity, more of Brigitte Bardot’s derriere in the film. After so much arguments and even certain version of the film in which Godard’s name was taken off the credits (it’s important to note that producer Carlo Ponti was trying to get Francois Truffaut in replacing Godard, especially since Godard was not replying to producer/distributor Levine’s telegrams in to making the film more erotic.
So, in essence “Contempt” was a not only a film that showed contempt onscreen, behind-the-scenes of the making of the film, there was plenty of it. This was Godard’s test and perhaps his only taste of creating a film with such a high budget (despite most of that budget going towards Bardot, Palance and Lang) and once again, Godard showing that he would buckle to his producers and would create the film that he wanted. No compromises.
The fact is that “Contempt” because of the nature of what went on behind-the-scenes in making this film, is a sore point to Godard and even the producers, especially Levine and both men are in awe of how popular this film is still received by cinema fans of today. Nearly 50-years since the release of this film in the theaters, the interest in “Contempt” has not waned. More and more people who have discovered Godard’s oeuvre have found “Contempt” to perfectly show the conflict of a husband and wife and it seems improbable for many people to think that one can have contempt towards a significant other in the manner that is displayed in the film but the fact is, Godard was having these issues in his personal life.
His connection to cinema is his passion, as the character of Paul. His life is embodied in cinema but their significant others are not. And for “Contempt”, the film deviates from the novel as the premise of the screenwriter working on the film “Odyssey” has now been changed. In “Contempt”, Paul is the rewriter of the film that is being shot by Fritz Lang. In the novel, the director uses “Odyssey” to showcase the deterioration of the couple but not in “Contempt”. The dictator-ish American producer is the one wanting to make “Contempt” commercially viable. As Godard was using Paul and Camille as characters based on him and Karina, was Prokosch his way of giving the middle finger to American producer/distributor Joseph E. Levine? Quite possibly.
And that is what I enjoyed about “Contempt” and Godard’s filmmaking. Although for “Contempt”, the film was a compromise as Godard was literally pushed into the corner by the producers and had to compromise in trying to bring those erotic images of Bardot to the screen although not the way Levine had wanted it, but this was Godard’s recognition that the years of the Hollywood film that he once watched and the artistic freedom that director’s once had was no more. The dream that he had always wanted to become part of as a fan of cinema was fully learned by the director that his entry to a big budget film in which have artistic freedom wasn’t going to happen.
But for those of us who watch this film and knowing what Godard was able to accomplish, especially with three angry producers and the talent he had been given, we can only judge what we see onscreen. For Godard-ites, we recognize the pain and the breakdown of the relationship of Godard and Karina, like we recognize Godard dying at the hands of Karina twice in the film “Made in U.S.A.”. I found this film to be visual poetry and a highlight in Godard’s career.
CG Dayal: Close Indian Consulate in New York
CG Dayal: Close the Indian Consulate in New York
For the first time ex-CG Prabhu Dayal has made a very intelligent suggestion that Indian Consulate in NY should be shut down to save money and embarrassment to GOI. The main functions of the Consulate; Consular work relating to passports, visas, OCI cards, PIO cards were out sourced to private agencies during his tenure. CG Dayal after making the services substandard and a nightmare for the applicants, converted the Consulate into a Pub for few rich American Indians and shady organizations as well as quasi-criminals.
During CG Dayal’s tenure only the trend to celebrate birth days of individuals not connected with Consulate or GOI in any official capacity. All kinds of non-sense events primarily Daru(liquor) Parties and covert fund raising for shady non profit organizations or to give them legitimacy became the norms at the Consulate. Just for an example CG Dayal along with Indian public sector organizations knowingly Patronized FIA famed for Girls wearing Indian Tri-color Bikinis for India Day Parade. All of them were aware that FIA is not a representative organization of Indian Americans because barring 1-2 all the office bearers are from one religion and one state of India . Loss making Premier Public enterprises; Ministry of Tourism, Air India, State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India by financing FIA have been promoting racism with Indian Tax Payers money in America besides misuse of public funds by FIA owners for personal promotion. CG Prabhu Dayal knowingly shared the float with a Fugitive Nirav Mehta running from Indian Law enforcement, in India Day Parade in New York .
Current CG Mulay besides supporting FIA and maintaining a status quo of a Pub; has taken the Consulate to new heights by holding press conferences for Bollywood movie releases and holding state Dinners for visiting public sector officials, politicians and film stars that may be on a private visit. Mulay is also credited for celebrating Diwali at Times Square along with Maharashtra Minister Bhujbal with Indian Tax Payers money to benefit a local company created for this particular event only. The Indian public sector Banks and money losing Air India also funded this extravaganza that has nothing to do any thing Diwali so that their officials can wine, dine and have photo sessions with Indian dignitaries and Bollywood stars.
CG Dayal’s suggestion of closing the Consulate will definitely save money to GOI. According to him the protocol of receiving Indian Delegations in New York and sending them back to India can be done by the India ’s Permanent Mission in NY. The same is presently shared by them with the Consulate. Consular work relating to passports, visas, OCI cards, PIO cards has already been outsourced during CG Dayal’s tenure; instead of bringing the documents to the Consulates, the outsourcing company could courier them to the Embassy in Washington. Since the Permanent Mission enjoys full immunity the Indian Officials can exploit their Domestic Staff with full immunity from US Laws!
CG Dayal and most of the Consulate officials past and present are highly educated and it seems are well aware of the US laws concerning TVPA, (victims of Trafficking and violence), Domestic workers Bill of Rights, minimum pay and no deductions can be made from the payroll of a domestic help for lodging, medical care, medical insurance, travel and meals. It is a million dollar question why none of them ever tried to make aware the concerned officials in Government of India about the US Laws? Why they were paying their Domestic help less than the stipulated wages and forcing them to work long hours in violation of US Laws? Above all the local attorneys who are permanent fixtures in the Consulate/Pub why their opinion was never taken on this issue?
Devyani is not the first one to be accused of domestic help exploitation; prior to her so many cases have been settled out of court including CG Prabhu Dayal’s with Indian Tax payer’s money. It is very strange that highly educated Devyani’s US citizen husband never objected to her actions violating US laws. He should be treated as an accessory in the crimes committed by Devyani. Violation of US laws knowingly by the highly educated Indian officials amounts to nothing but gross misuse of one’s power as well as no concern for Indian Tax Payer’s money and no respect for human rights.
Coming to CG Prabhu Dayal’s version of “Consulate Officials Domestic Help pursuing American Dreams”; here CG Dayal is misrepresenting the facts. So many high Officials including CG Dayal from Indian Consulate and Embassy have done the same and have remained in United States to pursue American Dreams. Some have settled their children and relatives in USA . CG Dayal’s daughter and son are also living in US and both got plum jobs while he was CG of Indian Consulate in NY. CG Dayal who has been living in New Jersey since his retirement can he explain under what US laws these officials and their children have been able to peruse their American Dreams?
People in India should find some thing better than to demonstrate about Devyani’s strip search, hand cuff and mug shot. In America it is a standard procedure and some of the very high and mighty has gone through it. They should demonstrate about Minimum wages, standard work hours, pension, medical, vacation and sick leave for Domestic workers working for Indian intelligentsia, rich and powerful. The Indian Politicians, IFS IRS & IAS officials who are upset over corrupt Devyani’s arrest must come out of their British Raj privileges that they are above law.
By the way where were these demonstrators and upset corrupt rulers lot; when Indians were called “Cockroaches, animals, illiterates go home” in America or a 8 years old was traumatized for drawing Hindu Swastika or a 12 years old was Terrorized by Jewish controlled US Media for demanding equal rights with Jews and Christians of his town from Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie in a public meeting?
12yr old demanding equal rights with Jews & Christians from Governor of New Jersey
8 yrs old Traumatized for drawing Hindu Swastika by a Jew Teacher in America
Supafest 2012, Sydney, Australia; Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Naughty By Nature and more
It was a hot crowd, despite more controversy than usual for a music festival on Australian soil.
ANZ Stadium at Homebush, Sydney, was the venue.
This concert was very loud in buzz leading up to the event, as well as in actual decibels, with quite a few folks likely to be tempted to get their hearing tested soon after the Sydney leg is over.
ANZ Stadium is a licensed premise, and many in the crowd enjoyed a drink no doubt.
As always with large concerts, there’s a range of reviews coming in, and we’ll be offering a more detailed report in the coming days and fan feedback continues to come in.
Headline Act was Chris Brown.
Chris Brown profile…
Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single “Turn Up The Music” which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album “Fortune”; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles “Look At Me Now”, “Yeah X 3” and “Beautiful People”. He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single “Run It”, and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album “Chris Brown” was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him “The Future Of R&B”. Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album “Exclusive” which spawned the smash hits “Wall to Wall” (Platinum), “With You” (Double Platinum), “Kiss Kiss” (Double Platinum) and “Forever” (Triple Platinum). The release of “Graffiti” in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single “I Can Transform Ya” which reached platinum sales.
Kelly Rowland profile…
KELLY ROWLAND is currently one of the hottest females on the planet – period. This Grammy Award winning artist has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, has a hugely successful solo career, has sold millions of albums worldwide and has starred in motion pictures and TV. Her latest single "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne is currently sitting at the top of the US charts and her next single featuring rapper of the moment, Big Sean is due to be released shortly. Kelly launched her post-Destiny’s Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002 for their worldwide #1 hit "Dilemma". After two successful solo albums "Simply Deep" and "Ms. Kelly", Rowland was ready for a new direction. She teamed up with French DJ David Guetta and ended up making one of the biggest singles of 2009, "When Love Takes Over", and followed it up with 2010′s "Commander". Having blown audiences away at 2010′s Supafest, Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to have Kelly Rowland back. Her latest album "Here I Am" is out now.
LUPE FIASCO profile…
Grammy Award Winning artist LUPE FIASCO first burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Kick, Push", a single that sounded like nothing else in mainstream hip-hop and instantly heralded the arrival of a unique voice. Aided by endorsements from Jay-Z and Kanye West, the rookie MC’s first full length debut, "Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor" would go on to earn four Grammy nominations. A year later, his next album "The Cool" reached even greater heights spawning the Top 10 single "Superstar". Both these albums earned him a reputation as a rap philosopher, a sharp, dynamic lyricist, and an MC who could shock you, make you think, make you dance, make you laugh and all without resorting to vulgarity or tired hip-hop alliterations. The Chicago-born MC released "LASERS" after a four-year hiatus in 2011. His massive group of dedicated and loyal fans grew restless during his downtime and more than 32,000 fans signed a petition demanding his record label released "LASERS". His most recent body of work features some of the most thought-provoking rhymes and concepts Fiasco has ever conceived, and features the hit singles "The Show Goes On", and "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz.
Naughty By Nature…
One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90’s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit “O.P.P.” won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90’s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes “Hip Hop Hooray”, “Feel Me Flow” and “Mourn You Til I Join You”. Their latest album “Anthem Inc” is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated “hands in the air” vibe to the show.
FINAL ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FEATURING CHRIS BROWN, MISSY ELLIOT, BIG SEAN & NAUGHTY BY NATURE
Paperchase Touring and Entertainment are thrilled to announce the final artist announcement for SUPAFEST 2012. The phenomenal entertainer CHRIS BROWN, the legendary MISSY ELLIOT and NAUGHTY BY NATURE and one of the hottest young artists in the US today BIG SEAN, join P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ice Cube and Trey Songz, making this the hottest urban line-up to ever hit Australia.
Mutli-Platinum selling global superstar, and recent Grammy Winner CHRIS BROWN is returning to Australia to bless the stages at Supafest. His incredible live performances have earned him a reputation as one of this generation’s most electrifying male performers, and his latest single "Turn Up The Music" which debuted at #13 on this week’s Aria Charts is proof that his star continues to rise. The track will feature on the forthcoming album "Fortune"; the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E which featured the massive world wide hit singles "Look At Me Now", "Yeah X 3" and "Beautiful People". He first burst onto the scene in 2005 with his #1 selling, double platinum smash hit single "Run It", and instantly drew comparisons to Michael Jackson, Usher and even Stevie Wonder. His gold selling debut album "Chris Brown" was released to critical acclaim and saw his star rise swiftly, prompting Vibe Magazine to name him "The Future Of R&B". Chris firmly established himself as an R&B and Pop Tower of Power with a huge worldwide fan base to match. The accolades continued in 2007 with his sophomore Top 5 Aria Double Platinum album "Exclusive" which spawned the smash hits "Wall to Wall" (Platinum), "With You" (Double Platinum), "Kiss Kiss" (Double Platinum) and "Forever" (Triple Platinum). The release of "Graffiti" in 2009 cemented his chart topping power with the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" which reached platinum sales.
Undoubtedly one of the most successful and influential female rappers of all time is returning to Australia – please stand up for MISSY ELLIOT! Rapper, singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, television and movie star, Missy Elliot is untouchable, and with 5 Grammy Awards, six certified platinum albums and over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Missy is in a league of her own. She has topped the charts worldwide with numerous club bangers such as "4 My People", "Gossip Folk" and "One Minute Man" along with a sting of iconic music videos for hits such as ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", "Pass That Dutch" and "Lose Control". Recently collaborating on another epic Busta Rhymes Remix for ‘Why Stop Now’ with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, Missy Elliot is still running her game with her seventh studio album set for release in late 2012.
One of the biggest breakout acts in hip hop, NAUGHTY BY NATURE have spent 20 years securing their status as one of the legendary giants of hip-hop. The Grammy Award Winning trio, have successfully managed to balance success on the pop charts, while holding down their true identity and maintaining their credibility. Their impact on hip-hop is undeniable and they continue to remain one of the most loved groups in the genre. Since the early 90′s, the group have enjoyed two platinum albums, numerous gold and platinum singles and were the catalysts in ushering hip-hop culture into a new age; reaching new and diverse audiences. Their first hit "O.P.P." won them a Grammy and became one of the most successful crossover songs in hip-hop history, being named one of the top 100 singles of all time by Source Magazine, and being ranked the 20th biggest single of the 90′s by Spin Magazine. The group went on to release numerous more successful albums and singles including worldwide smashes "Hip Hop Hooray", "Feel Me Flow" and "Mourn You Til I Join You". Their latest album "Anthem Inc" is out now. Naughty By Nature will bring an incredible live energy to Supafest with a can’t be imitated "hands in the air" vibe to the show.
After years of waiting, rapper BIG SEAN is finally famous. California born and Detroit raised, Big Sean made big news in 2007 when he signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music. Debuting on Kanye’s ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ mixtape in 2007. Sean’s single ‘Getcha Some’ gave him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. With three mix tapes under his belt, his underground tracks such as ‘Too Fake’ with Chiddy Bang gained solid US airplay and created major buzz for the artist, which quickly help solidify him as a breakout star. He recently dropped his debut album "Finally Famous" to critical acclaim. It debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Charts and spawned the hits "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" featuring Kanye West, and "Dance (A$ $ )" featuring Nicki Minaj which came in at Number 3 on the Billboard chart and has over 36 million views on Youtube. Big Sean has established himself as one of the hottest rappers in America today and is set to take over the globe.
Thank you to those involved with Supafest in keeping us up-to-date with developments.
Stay tuned to this station for updates.
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