Enjoy Peter Greenaway’s Documentary Portrait of John Cage

In 1983, British filmmaker Peter Greenaway—known for his mock-documentaries and classically absurdist films—created a four-part nonfictional documentary series on composers. Titled Four American Composers, the films brings us into the worlds of Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Robert Ashley, and John Cage. And although a divergent from the other films of his career, they’ shed light on the fascinating work of each subject while still “exuding a Greenaway sensibility.”

With all the four parts online, we chose to highlight Greenaway’s wonderful look Cage’s avant-garde work through footage of performances and interviews that illuminate his theories and process. Speaking to the series, Amy Lawrence notes in The Films of Peter Greenaway: “Because he made mostly mock-documentaries in the seventies… the ‘real’ documentaries are nearly indistinguishable from the fakes. Real people (especially John Cage) tend to become Greenaway characters.”

Take a look at the film below and then enjoy Glass, Monk, and Ashley as well.

Check Out a New ‘Stoker’ Featurette and See When It’s Coming to Theaters Near You

In the past few months, we’ve been getting ourselves excited for Park Chan-wook’s sinister drama, Stoker. And with gorgeous stills, haunting trailers, and pieces of the stunning soundtrack already released to entice us, now there’s a new “Characters” three-minute featurette on the film, giving us a taste of the Stoker family—Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, and Jacki Weaver—who call figure into this dark and sensual thriller. 

We have yet to see an advanced screening of the film but back in January, Variety reported that:

Park’s regular d.p. Chung-hoon Chung appears to be channeling photographer Gregory Crewdson’s eerily high-key Americana in his lighting schemes, while Clint Mansell’s characteristically rich, modernist score is embellished with haunting piano duets composed specifically for the film by Philip Glass. The repeated use of the Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra number "Summer Wine," meanwhile, is typical of the director’s cockeyed take on American culture. Long may he continue to explore. 

Well! That’s about all I need to hear; I’m in.

The film will be released on March 1st in New York but here’s when and where you can see the film otherwise:

March 1st, 2013
BOSTON, MA
Kendall Square Cinema,
Cambridge,MA

NEW YORK, NY
AMC Lincoln Square 13,
New York, NY

Sunshine Cinemas 5,
New York, NY

TORONTO,
ONVarsity Theatre,
Toronto, ON

LOS ANGELES, CA
The Landmark, Los Angeles, CA
Arclight 15, Hollywood, CA

March 8th, 2013
NEW YORK, NY
AMC Empire 25,
New York, NY

Chelsea Cinemas,
New York, NY

LOS ANGELES, CA
Arclight 16,
Sherman Oaks,
CAUniversity Town Center,
Irvine, CA

March 15th, 2013
ATLANTA, GA
Tara Cinemas,
Atlanta, GA

BOSTON, MA
Embassy 6,
Waltham, MA

BALTIMORE, MD
Charles 5 Theatre,
Baltimore, MD

WASHINGTON, DC
E-Street Cinema,
Washington, DC

DETROIT, MI
Main Art, 
Royal Oak, MI

NEW ORLEANS, LA
Elmwood Palace,
Harahan, LA

Canal Place Theatre,
New Orleans, LA

NEW YORK, NY
Bronxville Triplex,
Bronxville, NY

Manhasset Tri,
Manhasset, NY

Clairidge,
Montclair, NJ

Movies Twin,
Red Bank, NJ

Bethel Cinema,
Bethel, CT

Garden Cinema,
Norwalk, CT

Montgomery Cinemas,
Rocky Hill, NJ

Nitehawk Cinemas,
Brooklyn, NY

Kew Gardens Cinemas,
Kew Gardens, NY

Malverne Cinema,
Malverne, NY

Avon, 
Stamford, CT

BUFFALO, NY
Amherst, Buffalo,  NY

PHILADELPHIA,
PARitz,
Philadelphia, PA

CHARLOTTE, NC
Manor Theatre,
Charlotte, NC

MONTREAL, QC
Cineplex Odeon Forum,
Montreal, QC

CHICAGO, IL
Century Centre Cinema,
Chicago, IL

INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Keystone Art,
Indianapolis, IN

MILWAUKEE,
WIOriental,
Milwaukee, WI

AUSTIN,
TXViolet Crown Cinema,
Austin, TX

Arbor Cinemas,
Austin, TX

DALLAS, TX
Cinemark’s,
Plano, TXA

Angelika Film Center,
Dallas, TX

HOUSTON, TX
River Oaks, Houston, TX

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Uptown, Minneapolis, MN

ST. LOUIS, MO
Tivoli,
St. Louis, MO

LOS ANGELES, CA
Burbank, Burbank, CA

Rancho Niguel,
Laguna Niguel, CA

Claremont,
Claremont, CA

Laemmle’s,
North Hollywood, CA

Fallbrook,
West Hills, CA

Arclight,
El Segundo, CA

Brea Stadium,
Brea, CA

UA Marketplace,
Long Beach, CA

Westlake Village Twin,
Westlake Village, CA

PALM SPRINGS, CA
Cinemas Palme D’or,
Palm Desert, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA
Hillcrest,
San Diego, CA

SANTA BARBARA, CA
Paseo Nuevo,
Santa Barbara, CA

DENVER, CO
Mayan,
Denver, CO

PHOENIX, AZ
Camelview,
Scottsdale, AZ

SEATTLE, WA
Lincoln Square,
Bellevue, WA

Meridian,
Seattle, WA

Sundance’s, 
Seattle, WA

MONTEREY, CA
Del Mar,
Santa Cruz, CA

PORTLAND, OR
Fox Tower,
Portland, OR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Metreon,
San Francisco, CA

Palo Alto Twin,
Palo Alto, CA

Century’s,
Pleasant Hill, CA

Santana Row,
San Jose, CA

Regency,
San Rafael, CA

California 3 Art Theatre,
Berkeley, CA

Listen to Philip Glass’ New Song ‘Duets’ From Park Chan-wook’s ‘Stoker’

With only a few weeks left before Stoker‘s theatrical premiere, we’ve already gotten a taste of Clint Mansell’s stunning musical compositions for the film. But as of today, we get another look into the sonic world of the film with new music from wonderful classical composer Philip Glass. Whereas his heavy and rich "In Full Bloom" was bone-chillingly dark and sensual, Glass’ "Duets" is more of pirouetting on the keys piano ballad and I love it. 

In Park Chan-wook’s film, the lives of India (played by Mia Wasikowska) and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (played by Nicole Kidman) take a turn for the dark when India’s uncle Charlie (played my Matthew Goode) comes to live with them in the wake of her father dying. India begins to suspect Charlie of ulterior movies, but instead of outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes infatuated with him.

Take a look at some of the stills for the film below and listen to Glass and Mansell’s haunting tracks, which hopefully, will play a large hand in the emotional landscape of the film.

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Put Philip Glass Remixes By Beck, Dan Deacon and Many More In Your Brain

The music of Philip Glass has appeared everywhere from Errol Morris’ engrossing documentaries to films like The Hours to the Grand Theft Auto video game series. He’s scored feature films and written operas. So it only makes sense that an album of Philip Glass remixes would feature a group of artists as versatile and varied as the composer, now 75, and his works. REWORK_Philip Glass Remixed, which can now be heard in its entirety at NPR Music, features a wide range of artists offering their own interpretations of works from the minimalist icon, from Tyondai Braxton’s spiraling, trippy “Rubric” to Pantha Du Prince’s trance-inducing “Mad Rush Organ” to Beck’s sonic gradient “NYC: 73-78,” an attempt at encompassing as much of Glass’ career as possible.

REWORK_Philip Glass Remixed will be released on October 23. Scott Snibbe Studio, who designed the interactive app series to complement Björk’s Biophilia, has created an app for the Glass remixes as well. In the meantime, check out the full album or individual tracks over at NPR Music, and check out Amon Tobin’s contribution below.

Linkage: Lars von Trier Plotting Return To Cannes, Philip Glass’s New Project

Lars von Trier’s Charlotte Gainsbourg led Nymphomaniac will be presented in two parts, according to producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen. And what’s more, they hope to have both films shot, edited and finished in time for a return to Cannes — where von Trier was excused as a persona non grata last year — in 2013. [IndieWire]

"I drink the blood of Kristen Stewart," quipped the now grown Molly Ringwald during a Reddit AMA last night when she was asked how she keeps young. [Reddit]

The secret ingredient in that chef’s special? It may be the music. According to one New York City chef, when the music’s up, things "groove better." "And I think," she says, "it translates into the food." [NYT]

The German state of Bavaria is set to publish the first German run of Hilter’s Mein Kampf since World War II. “We want to make clear what nonsense is in there," explained the Bavarian state finance minister, who also assured that they plan to make future German editions as "commercially unattractive" as possible. [Time]

The English National Opera has announced its next year’s offerings, and among them is a new Philip Glass opera about the last days of Walt Disney called The Perfect American. The story will follow Wilhelm Dantine, a cartoonist who worked for Disney in the 1950s, whose life is, according to Glass, "unimaginable, alarming and truly frightening." [Independent]

Russell Brand invoked Tupac Shakur while testifying before a parliamentary committee reviewing U.K. drug policy. When asked if he, having been open about his struggles with addiction in the past, fancies himself a role model, Brand answered: "As the great Tupac Shakur said, ‘Role is something people play, model is something that people make, both of those things are fake.’" [Huff Post]

Philip On Beijing Olympics, Glass Half-Empty

The sprawling music of composer Philip Glass may be considered minimalist, but when it comes to politics, he doesn’t hold back. Glass, who’s written music for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games as well as Athens 2004, has lashed out at the Chinese government and the IOC in the run-up to this summer’s Olympics in Beijing, according to New York magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer.” “The Chinese are supposed to be taking care of human rights; they haven’t done it. The only reason we don’t pull out is that people are more interested in money than they are in human rights. I think the Olympic Committee should really pull the plug on it.”

Glass is, of course, referring to the international call-to-arms to boycott the Summer Games over China’s occupation of Tibet. Manhattan’s Union Square has served recently as a rallying point for the city’s Tibet supporters, who light candles, wave flags, and pray, as the opening ceremonies loom closer on the horizon. Glass, who made these comments at a recent gala honoring Paul Simon, went on to lambaste the entire Chinese government: “Basically, the Chinese commies have been isolated for 50 years; they have no idea what the rest of the world is like. They think that we’re just another province of China and that they can do what they damn well want to. And they’re a bunch of losers. They make a distinction: As long as you’re not political, you can do whatever you want in China. But politics is about the way we live! They’re drawing the line on the very things that matter to us most.”