Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Three Stooges

John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, and Ben Gazzara on "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1970, promoting Husbands. If you get tired of their hijinks, I suggest jumping to Part 3, where they say a lot of insightful things. It's hard to imagine a talk show segment like this happening now. Lawyers and "Entertainment Tonight" are currently winning the battles. It's their world now. But it doesn't have to be.

It's always hard for me to imagine John Cassavetes being dead. It doesn't seem biologically possible. It's like imagining Humphrey Bogart, William Shakespeare, William Faulkner, Keith Moon, or Louis Armstrong dead in their graves, rotten, covered in dirt. It just doesn't make sense, given the evidence.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bathroom Break #32

from Stephen Norrington's Death Machine

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Ride the nerd-train to Connection City!
In April 2005, I wrote a post on this blog comparing John Cassavetes' Husbands and Satyajit Ray's Days and Nights in the Forest. Two weeks ago, I watched Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, and noticed that he used several pieces of music from Satyajit Ray's films. I also noticed, during the film's only flashback sequence, that the three leads (Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson) wore the exact same suits as the three leads in Cassavetes' Husbands (John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk). In both films, these identical suits are worn in scenes that feature the three leads in the back of a limo going to a funeral. Doing some Internet research when I got home, I discovered that Anderson's major inspirations for his new film were Husbands, Satyajit Ray, and Jean Renoir's The River. The Renoir film was introduced to Anderson by Martin Scorsese. Anderson has become friendly with Scorsese in a master and apprentice sort of way and seeks out his career advice. Scorsese sought advice and friendship early in his career from Cassavetes. In addition to music from Satyajit Ray's and Merchant-Ivory's films, The Darjeeling Limited draws heavily from The Kinks' album Lola vs. Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One. This album contains the song, "Apeman," which my wife and I have decided is our song (as in "they're playing our song.") The album also contains the song, "Lola." A character in Husbands is named Leola. (That one's a stretch, I know.) Seymour Cassel is a frequent cast member in both Anderson's and Cassavetes' films, but he doesn't appear in either Husbands or The Darjeeling Limited. Wally Wolodarsky plays Owen Wilson's assistant in Darjeeling. In the early-to-mid-1990s, Wolodarsky was a writer and producer on "The Simpsons." The character of Apu on "The Simpsons" is named after the character of Apu in a trilogy of films by Satyajit Ray, music from which is on the soundtrack of Darjeeling. For more information, consult the Illuminati.

Visual aids (feel free to print out and connect with Magic Marker, or the writing utensil of your choice).

Picture these guys in the suits below (I can't find any stills from the flashback scene.)

(Days and Nights in the Forest, left, and The Darjeeling Limited)

The Two Apus:

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bathroom Break #31

from Charles Brabin's The Mask of Fu Manchu

Bathroom Break #30

from Takeshi Kitano's Kikujiro

Bathroom Break #29

from Joe Dante's Homecoming

Bathroom Break #28

from Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire

Bathroom Break #27

from Lou Ye's Suzhou River

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Bathroom Break #26

from Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo

Bathroom Break #25

from Mariano Baino's Dead Waters

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bathroom Break #24

from Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne's Rosetta

Bathroom Break #23

from Wong Kar-Wai's Fallen Angels

Bathroom Break #22

from Neil Marshall's The Descent

Bathroom Break #21

from Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight

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