Luchino Visconti


This photograph of Visconti was taken in Hammamet on a short visit. I had met Visconti that spring in Paris. The Italians did not know much about Paris life. Huene and I worked together, and our lives were joined. But Visconti an I each lived our separate lives. It was very mysterious, very strange, because the ties between us were deeper.

Horst P. Horst (Valentine Lawford, Horst P. Horst, Viking 1984)

Johann Strauss II – The Blue Danube (Reprise)


Q. You have abandoned original film music in your last three films.

Stanley Kubrick: “Exclude a pop music score from what I am about to say. However good our best film composers may be, they are not a Beethoven, a Mozart or a Brahms. Why use music which is less good when there is such a multitude of great orchestral music available from the past and from our own time?”

(via Michel Ciment’s Kubrick: The Definitive Edition)

A Trip to the Moon (1902, dir. Georges Méliès)


“That same evening everything was ready; the crowd was beginning to arrive, the public was crowding in front of the big moon, but the poster, while it made people laugh, was greeted with all kinds of wisecracks. ‘It’s a joke, it’s trickery! Do they think we’re idiots around here? Do you imagine they could have gone to the moon to photograph it? They’re pulling our legs!’ The audiences of that day imagined that it was impossible to photograph anything but real objects.”

-Méliès, on public reaction to his poster for A Trip to the Moon, which featured the scene from the film in which a rocket ship lands on the moon’s eye (via)

Full film online here/here.