The very beautiful final scene of A Single Man, 2009, directed by Tom Ford.
“All my life I’ve been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.“Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether. I suppose that’s why Christianity invented the notion of intentional sin. When I was younger, my so-called conscience forbade me to entertain certain images—like fratricide, for instance, or incest. I’d tell myself these were hideous ideas and push them out of my mind. But when I reached the age of sixty, I finally understood the perfect innocence of the imagination. It took that long for me to admit that whatever entered my head was my business and mine alone. The concepts of sin or evil simply didn’t apply; I was free to let my imagination go wherever it chose, even if it produced bloody images and hopelessly decadent ideas. When I realized that, I suddenly accepted everything.”Luis Buñuel
February 22, 1900 — July 29, 1983
Skitsystem - Skrivet I Blod, Ristat I Sten
Behind The Scenes of The Virgin Suicides
(photos from the special features on the DVD)
Autopsy - 1988 Demo
Something to consider while appropriating her art, adapting her beauty to fit eurocentric standards, dressing up as her for Halloween, misrepresenting her political affiliations, painting her as Diego Rivera’s tragic crippled wife, etc.
When Billy Wilder sent me the script of Double Indemnity and I read it.. I had never played an out-and-out killer. I had played medium heavies, but not an out-and-out killer. And because it was an unsympathetic character I was a little frightened of it and, when I went back to his office I said: "I love the script and I love you, but I am a little afraid after all these years of playing heroines to go into an out-and-out cold-blooded killer." And Mr. Wilder - and rightly so - looked at me and he said, "Well, are you a mouse or an actress?" And I said, "Well, I hope I’m an actress." He said, "Then do the part." And I did and I’m very grateful to him.
- Barbara Stanwyck