Monday, May 25, 2009

Peter Greenaway’s "Four American Composers" and Other Recent Findings

Just in from Sally Suzuki:
Here’s the latest. Sorry for the delay. Just got in from Kraków. If you’d just give me the keys to your blog, I could post more often, even while abroad. So much is available these days that one rarely needs to rent from the video store. I’ll send you the new list of Japan-related links tomorrow.

1. Four American Composers (1983), Peter Greenaway’s four-part documentary about four of America’s weirdest and perhaps greatest contemporary composers: Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, John Cage, and Robert Ashley.

2. Dylan Thomas’s radio play, Under Milk Wood, in 12 parts, featuring Richard Burton.

3. This Twilight Zone version of Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” which is said to have been the inspiration for both Borges’s “The Secret Miracle” and David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

4. Caryl Churchill's award-winning play, Seven Jewish Children, written in response to Israel’s assault on Gaza earlier this year.

5. This 1967 film version of the world’s most unfilmable novel, Ulysses. In 12 parts. Apparently there’s another version, of which I can only find this final scene (so much for Youtube’s no-nudity rule!)

6. Dante’s Inferno, read in its entirety (Cantos I to XX), using Longfellow's 1867 translation.

7. Night and Fog, the classic French documentary about the Holocaust.

Sally Suzuki, Beholdmyswarthyface Media Director


Anonymous said...

I see you spell Krakow with the accent over the "o." As a Pole, I appreciate that.

-J. Landers

Anonymous said...

Sally Suzuki,

Is there any thematic unity to these findings, 'cause I sure as heck don't sense any. Just a bunch of random links that even my dog could've put together.

-Ian Hogarth