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Steve Reich – Writings about Music

One of the highlights of the winter was hearing a number of Steve Reich pieces performed at the annual New Music Festival here in Winnipeg. Reich was the guest composer this year and he won the crowd over by his … Continue reading

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Films – 10 for 2012

While I had no trouble whatsoever coming up with a dozen LPs to populate my 2012 year-end music list, I struggled here to find ten films that I felt good enough to include. Part of the problem was that I … Continue reading

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Music – 2012

Unlike 2011, when I could scarcely summon up 10 LPs I liked enough to muster the energy to compose an end-of-the-year list, 2012 was awash with stellar releases, interesting returns, and new discoveries. My list here is shaped by my … Continue reading

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Raymond Durgnat on Michael Powell

In an article published in the October 1992 issue of Sight and Sound titled “Remembering Michael Powell,” Raymond Durgnat suggests that one reason for Powell and Pressburger’s surge in critical fortunes in the 1980s was generational. Durgnat speaks of meeting … Continue reading

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Activities Elsewhere

Apologies for the prolonged silence here at the Forecast. I’m in the midst of teaching a seminar on cultural memory, critical theory, and pop music and I’ve set up a course website that has distracted me from my duties here. … Continue reading

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History as written by the losers

I’m in the midst of revising an article on the 2006 film by L’Atelier national du Manitoba, Death by Popcorn: The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets, for an edited volume that will hopefully be published sometime in 2013. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Chris Marker (1921-2012)

Terrible news today that Chris Marker has died. Very nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite of his films, so I thought I would post a random still image here from one of his relatively unavailable works, La Mystère … Continue reading

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“The image of happiness”: Chris Marker and Sans Soleil

The first image he told me about was of three children on a road in Iceland, in 1965. He said that for him it was the image of happiness and also that he had tried several times to link it … Continue reading

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