A man walks into a room in Vera Cruz, shoots the occupant, and walks out. A bomb goes off in Jerusalem, killing innumerable innocent citizens, and all but one of the terrorists responsible is apprehended. In Paris, a corrupt banker is facing 15 years in prison, and ditches his adoring wife to…
My latest short fiction documentary about high frequency trading in Wall Street. Freely inspired by Michael Lewis remarkable book "Flash Boys"(2014).
The statue “The Glory of Commerce” adorns the front of Grand Central. On the left sits Hercules, representing physical strength; on the right, Minerva, goddess of wisdom, trade, and strategy; featured at the center is Mercury, god of financial gain, commerce,communication, trickery and thieves:) It was designed by the French sculptor Jules-Felix Coutan.
And the very last thing Peckinpah shot? Right before his death? Julian Lennon's music videos for Vallotte and Too Late for Goodbyes.
Did he need the money? Did he like playing the underdog? Was there something moving about musical advertisements for the son of a famous victim of violence? However you answer these questions, there’s something starkly beautiful about Valotte. Julian Lennon, his features and his voice so unsettlingly reminiscent of his late father’s, sits alone at the piano in a recording studio, as the camera seems to hover, as if from hereafter itself, at the uppermost corner of the ceiling above the performance.
There’s nothing flashy or cheap about the video (in an era when cheap was the order of the day), and everything about it feels understated, even graceful. But whose heavenly ken is depicted therein? From the top of that ghostly staircase? John Lennon’s point of view, lamenting a son he insufficiently came to know? Peckinpah’s, who knew his time was short and that his vision, as realised, was incomplete? Maybe Valotte was a sort of funeral oratory, too in which the orator was unable to lie.
The great American director of "The Wild Bunch" & "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" a few months before he died in 1984.
"The theme was the rich exploiting the poor. We, the people of the developed world, are extending our lifespan through advances in medicine,while the majority of the world is getting poorer and more abject. I wanted to project this tendency into a future where immortality had been achieved. How would this elite protect itself from the huddled masses? Living in Ireland the answer was all around me. The Catholic Church had controlled and oppressed a nation in a way that England had been unable to achieve through force of arms. So my elite would invent a religion.(…) this future could have been in the past, and that as that civilisation ended , ours began” - John Boorman about "Zardoz"(1973).