The Cool House: movies
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movies. Show all posts

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Silent Supermodel

Corsi: The World's First Supermodel-Documentary a new film by director Jake Gorst takes as its subject the most famous model you never heard of, yet a man whose face and body is familiar from countless works of art.
Have you ever wondered about the faces you see in paintings? How they appeared so lifelike on the canvas? Artists' imagination? John Singer Sargent, Edward Burne-Jones and Pierre-Auguste Cot all used Antonio Corsi as their model. Those rippling muscles sculpted in the body of the Native American warrior "Appeal to the Great Spirit" by Cyrus Dallin, reproduced on the Beach Boys' Smiley Smile album? Cosi posed for the statue. This film will tell the story of Corsi's life from gypsy boy to silent movie star and famous artist's model; how he overcame prejudice and befriended royalty before losing his fame and wealth, ultimately dying of consumption, that most tragic yet romanticized death, in 1924.
Wander over to the kickstarter page for more information on this fascinating man and pledge to get the movie made. This is a story begging to be told.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Mid-century British Design

Design Onscreen, the architecture and design programme makers will be premiering their latest documentary on British design duo Robin and Lucienne Day at the National Geographic Museum’s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC on May 15th. Director Murray Grigor and Cinematographer Hamid Shams will take part in a Q&A session after the screening.

Lucienne, who died earlier this year, designed textiles, wall papers and ceramics that embody the optimism and vitality of the mid-century era. Calyx, the fabric that launched Lucienne Day's career, was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951 where it won the International Design Award of the American Institute of Decorators.

While Lucienne designed fabrics, Robin's mass-market furniture can be found in homes and offices across Britain. Millions of examples of the Eames-influenced stackable Polyprop Chair have been sold since its inception in the early sixties. I sat on bright orange ones at school, magenta in Village Halls and grey in waiting rooms all over the UK.

The showing is scheduled to coincide with the opening of Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-century Britain, featuring Lucienne Day’s work, at Washington DC’s Textile Museum.
Tickets to the movie premiere on May 15th must be purchased in advance from Design Onscreen.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hi-def slo-mo

Spectacular video ad by Adam Berg for Philips’s flat-screen Cinema 21:9. Be amazed. Enjoy!
via Very Short List

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Special Offer

This is a promotion I can get behind. Lord and Taylor will pay me to go see a movie and, bonus, it's a movie I was going to catch anyway.

Of course, they won't give me the ticket price in cold hard cash, I'll have to buy something and have the $10 (or however much it's gone up to this week) deducted from my purchase, but I can live with that.

I'm sure there's something I need. Ah yes! A couple of weeks ago, I lost a glove I use when dog-walking. The weekend it disappeared the weather turned warm in NY and I thought I wouldn't need to replace it until next winter. Of course since then it's been bitterly cold and I've walked the dogs with one hand in my pocket. (Not easy to pick up poop and hold two dogs that way). I could buy myself a new pair of gloves, hopefully on sale for $10, which would make them free. Win-win*.
Now what do you think is the likelihood that Lord & Taylor will have gloves for sale at the end of March?

* Actually win-win-win as it gives me another opportunity to show the Lord and Taylor logo that Andrew Geller designed. You know Andy Geller, right? Designer and architect of The Cool House. That's him standing in the house, in the Cool House Photostream (left).

Monday, October 27, 2008

40 years on

Today in the occasional series celebrating the 40th birthday of our house we bring you 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Considered one of the Greatest Films Ever, we attempted to watch this 1968 classic on Thursday evening without the use of psychedelic drugs and we were defeated. It's not that we don't appreciate the metaphors and the message but did it have to take SO. FREAKIN'. LONG?
I actually gave up at the 2 hour mark, yelling "Enough already, I get it at the screen". The Guy, poor fella, who doesn't remember seeing it before, kept saying "Wait, it's nearly over, it must be nearly over". More in desperation than in hope, I think.
For those who can't sit through the iconic movie, or don't have the requisite acid on hand, can I suggest this multilingual site. It explains the movie so you can fake it when challenged by your film buff friends and you save a couple of hours of your life.

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Unimal

It's a crazy, scary concept but I kind of want one in my kitchen to remind me to keep only real food in there. The Unimal toy was created by H.E. Babcock, professor of farm marketing at Cornell University in the 1920s.

The clip is from Farmboy, a documentary about his son John Babcock. It is directed by Jake Gorst, grandson of Andrew Geller and lead mover to save the modern icon The Pearlroth House, a beach house on the east end of Long Island.