Monday, May 30, 2011

The Memorial Day weekend was relatively uneventful. I did go to two events: a press screening of Azazel Jacobs's new film "Terri" on Friday, and the program "Dancing Divas" at La Mama on Saturday. Today i spent the afternoon watching "Oprah Behind the Scenes" on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Other events of last week: the annual meeting of AICA, plus a panel discussion on the crisis in art criticism on Monday; the press preview of the Cory Arcangel exhibition "Pro Tools" at the Whitney Museum on Wednesday; Susan Bee's opening at the AIR Gallery and Violeta Fiorino's opening at the de Castellane Gallery on Thursday; then "Terri" and "Dancing Divas".

Last week was a big television week, with the finales of "American Idol", "Dancing With the Stars", "The Biggest Loser", and "The Oprah Winfrey Show". So there's actually been a lot which people have been writing about.

This week there will be press screenings for BAMFest, and then the weekend there will be Artwalk on Atlantic Avenue. So there's a lot i have to write about, but right now, i'm watching "Sapphire" (part of the Basil Dearden's London Underground boxset), which i remember seeing when i was a child.

Two weeks ago, i had an odd experience; on TCM's James Stewart afternoon, i watched "The Spirit of St. Louis", and i was shocked to realize that the movie was in color! I'd seen the movie on television as a child, and i never really had the inclination to see it again, so i just figured it was in black-and-white.

The reason i bring that up is that i had a similar experience with "Sapphire" though i knew the film was in color, but i had seen it on television sometime in the early 1960s, and i never had the chance to see it again, so my one viewing had been in black-and-white, though i knew it had been made in color. ("Peeping Tom" was another film which was similar, though in that case, i saw the movie in a theater and it was in black-and-white; i would read later that the American distributor was afraid that the movie was too lurid in color, and released it in black-and-white, and that's how the film was shown throughout the 1960s in the US.)

So that's my experience of seeing movies in black-and-white (though they were in color).


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