Archive | August 2014

Three exciting new films from DrG Supreme!!!

Wow! Three entirely new films from DrG Supreme Productions (ie, the Mac on my desktop at SAE Institute).

Experience lunchtime fun with these exciting and dynamic retellings of classic and beloved literary texts and the lives of historical figures!

Watch all three, then be sure to donate via paypal at my website, http://www.williamlgibson.com.

All the images and some sounds are “appropriated” from copyright protected material: 1970s European grindhouse.

Original music is from my Third World Skull Candy project, remixes of sounds from my record collection of Asian and Middle-Eastern folk music.

If anyone wants to sue me, PLEASE DO! I need the publicity to sell more books.

And without further ado, today’s triple feature:

 

 

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La nipote (1974)

La nipote. Nello Rossati. Forget Fellini: this is Italian cinema at its finest. B-movie cinematography, bad sound design, gratuitous helpings of buoyant female flesh, cheesy character acting, all shot on location in an Italian country estate in lurid color on cheap film stock. The story hinges around a horny old goat of an uncle and a ripe teenage niece who manages to kill him, literally and deliberately, with her sexuality. But Italians know their theater and what sounds like soft-core is really a can’t-tear-your-eyes-away update of 1890s bedroom farce. Smartly written and well cut, the plot and editing keep you involved. Thoughtfully constructed scenes, like the bombshell housemaid hanging white sheets in bright sunshine while wearing a clinging summer dress and singing “Volare,” reach the sublime.

Suddenly I understand Dean Martin’s entire ethos.

In The Realm of the Senses (1976)

In The Realm of the Senses. Nagisa Oshima. French art house crosses with Japanese porn to breed a stunning masterpiece of cinema that most people will find perverted if not revolting. Censored, cut, banned, and burned because it features unsimulated sex in close-up (that’s right, the actors screw and blow and all the rest…while acting), the film is now recognized as a classic of cinema—it’s even been re-issued in a sparkling digital conversion by the Criterion Collection. The set-design is superlative: nearly the entire film is shot on sound stages and it feels that way; simple sets with tight spaces, narrow halls, tiny rooms, are filmed and framed to make the audience feel as cramped as possible: the Japanese exotic/erotic motifs stimulate an atmospheric dreamscape that fits with the escalating eroticism that turns bloodily violent. The editing is oblique, with the overarching narrative taking a back seat to the rapidly putrefying passion. Being French, the film also meta-textually comments on audience voyeurism: side characters are constantly watching, peeping, sometimes participating, in the carnality: we’re all implicated at one level or another. As for the on-screen sex, it’s the only way the film can make sense…to trap you in the nightmare of lust and vulgarity (based, apparently, on a true story from 1930s Tokyo), to force you into the narrow rooms, into the act itself. I personally have more respect for a film that depicts the real thing than say 1992’s The Lover (in which five separate body doubles were used for Jane March) or even 2007’s Lust, Caution that merely required the actors –or their body doubles—get naked and roll around. ‘Using body doubles’… how is that art?

My most recent ‘Opium Traces’ feature article

From my feature column ‘Opium Traces’, on popmatters.com…

 

http://www.popmatters.com/column/183904-blast-shadows/

China Records – Sichuan Folk Music 78rpm

Here’s a special one, a mainland Chinese album from before the Cultural Revolution, recorded most likely the late 1950s. It looks like it was part of a series of recordings of amateur performances; sort of an Alan Lomax style project.

This one is from Sichuan province and features performances by village singers and student representatives from Chung King (Chongqing city). The usual links to youtube videos and WAV file downloads are below.

My special thanks to Prof Yung Sai-shing, of the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore, for his insights into this album.

 

China Records

Album Title: Folk Songs by Female Singers

Side One

  1. Embroidering a Pouch (to give one’s love)
  2. River Storm, Sand and Waves

Side Two

  1. Planting a Candle Nut Tree
  2. Songs for God

 

 

 

WAV files for download:

https://app.box.com/s/karg05f6vfscjsva7t1w

https://app.box.com/s/tlxbgr4aas6ec6qz9vih

 

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