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tv   Arts and Culture  Deutsche Welle  January 18, 2020 3:02am-3:16am CET

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hi there and a warm welcome to news from the world of arts and culture i'm karen homestead and coming up on today's show in his most recent book american photographer mitch epstein gathers 5 decades worth of pictures that explore the pathologies and the promise of his homeland. and these might look tasty but you'd end up with a mouthful of fluff because they're the work of british fiber artist kate jenkins who knits up feasts instead of fashion. well to see his movies is to be transported into a dreamscape to be surrounded by ideals of beauty only to realize one is hopelessly caught up in that vortex of absurdity and chaos that is in fact every day life
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italian director for their dreams the big dreams with films like. and 8 and a half widely recognized as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time philly would have been 100 years old on monday cue to take a moment to remember him. maybe it's little bits of. his films were deeply personal visually stunning and as bizarre as life itself federico fellini would have turned 100 this year if you have had more influence over the art of cinema around the world organizations like the british film institute are celebrating 2020 as the year of fellini. when i'm not making movies fellini said i feel i'm not alive he won 5 oscars including a lifetime achievement award a year before he died. last strada fellini's 3rd film made him famous.
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starring his wife and muse juliet i must. keep his word pop out to the press following the suffolk starlet played by anita expert. marcelo must reality stood in for the director in films like 8 and a half playing a filmmaker struggling with an artistic crisis martin scorsese watches it every year the cinema was the stuff of dreams and nightmares but in films and life fellini never lost his sense of humor. certainly didn't. think i'm here to talk more about the maestro of italian phenomena is our film expert scott roxboro scott said it because he is regarded as one of the all time greats he's absolutely a giant he's even spawned an adjective any ask what was it that made his films so special yes money i mean that adjective fellini eskil we say that we mean sort of a scene or an image that's so bizarre so so strange hallucinatory it it almost
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feels like a dream and i think that's the key to fellini's work he came from realist tradition but he sort of left that and his his films have a real dreamlike quality about them yeah using using images that seem to sprout out of the deeper. depths of the imagination and. i think that's sort of his greatest contribution to cinema because he showed that he recognized that cinema as a medium is really closest to the feeling of dreams but with images a little to fight on task that while watching the film it feels real you know sort of like when you're in a dream it feels real wall while you're dreaming and that combination sort of is his his sort of autobiographical elements they put in this film combined with the sort of fantastic imagery i think that is his greatest contribution sort of to the art of cinema ok so what kind of a man with you i mean as you probably expect larger than life. on set his sets were sort of kick completely chaotic he was more like a circus director than that and felt very you know very domineering but also sort
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of crazy and he apparently talk constantly using his hands he was italian of course even while he was driving he would just constantly be talking to this really interesting about it though is that as a filmmaker was he he never recorded sound on set he would have his actors just mouth and he sort of old dialogue make stuff up on the spot and then later in post-production he would double he would write just write dialogue and then dub them off using other actors to dub the the voices because he would say oh yeah often and actors real voice doesn't match their face so interesting that he did have his critics as well i mean there are people who consider his film superficial aimless even for him is any of that justified you think i don't think so i think he's a really tremendous great director i think that interpretation of his work misunderstands what fellini was doing i mean he did sort of get rid of narrative in a lot of ways and was very fantastic and sort of dreamlike imagery but it wasn't because he wanted to create fantasies he thought that version of reality is more realistic because his argument was like life is disjointed life is often surreal
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and bizarre it doesn't follow a straight linear narrative as you often see in films and so his argument is basically a life resembles of all evil so how would you describe then his impact on cinema who has he. who hasn't really i mean famously always tips his hat to fellini but i think if you look over some very recent directors probably the most obvious assessor is another italian polo sorrentino who had the oscar winning film the great beauty for example and that film is an inspiration it's almost sort of just an update. for the modern age you know it's about you know social satire it's a it's about extreme behavior i mean it's incredibly fellini asked. and maybe on the other side you have something like. a robot which won the best director oscar in 22 last year and the way he uses the imagery is
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of early works even though grew up halfway around the world in mexico ok well obviously this will be a great occasion to watch films again. thanks very much for all of those insights. well knitting and crocheting are all the rage and they were trendy already for last year's summer fashion collections but many people are also taking a panty cross to help with stress and as a way out of social media something to do with your hands rather than endlessly texting well then there's kate jenkins who creates art with her crochet and knits and the results are almost good enough to eat. tastefully arranged lovingly crafted and deceptively realistic kate jenkins baked goods always go down a treat at craft festivals but they're not edible everything here is knitted or crocheted. so here i'm just finishing off my display of the teeth reply
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so we have some kind of raisin. some danish pastries so it's just kind of placing them in the right position so that they look as realistic as they possibly could on disk i. o. her change spake stand serves up everything from the buns. to bagels and tarts. jenkins creates her inventory in her studio on britain's south coast where she's well known for her humorous food creations. she loves the sea and the local fresh fish both inspired her most successful solo exhibition to date a market stand full of seafood she also gets inspiration at her local bakery. writes well why this is. one of the laws we employ caution foot tall raspberry and
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lemon marang tarts black berry mousse and all kinds of bread cake jenkins is always on the lookout for new models she can spend months working on a particular project her studio. has yarn in every shade and thickness imaginable. experiment with lots of different things so i found 2 yarns together achieved a very realistic in fact quite quickly so by me choosing which color is to to mix together on the need to machine i can then achieve the white effect for the bride. she uses a knitting machine from the 1960 s. it takes her 3 to 4 hours to make a loaf of bread. crocheting the little pastries takes even longer.
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crocheted baked goods have one advantage over edible ones they always remain as fresh as the day they were made. abstain has spent the last 5 decades travelling around the united states on a photographic exploration of his homeland is the aim was always to confront the living organism of american culture full on through multiple eras issues and individuals while his most recent book entitled sunshine hotel gathers 175 photos taken between 969-2018 he says that book is a response to the times we live in to the provocation of the american president. the photos in sunshine hotel some previously unpublished printed associate of lee rather than chronologically taken over 5 decades their psychological portrait of
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a nation and an autobiography of the artist as socially critical observer. mitch epstein was one of the 1st photographers to work in color. he captured the leisure activities of americans in the late 1970 s. a time when the country's carefree abandon had given way to a vague sense of anxiety. within the american landscape there was a there was a room for that for that freedom. of the pursuit of pleasure if you well you can't have that freedom when you're under the scrutiny of surveillance. and you're expending so much energy to secure your borders. the american dream over in 2004 epstein the son of a jewish furniture store owner documented the demise of his father's business. a family's religion depicted as a parable of the structural transformation taking place in america's cities.
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a year later came hurricane katrina epstein captured the ecological disaster in all its apocalyptic beauty. ever since white european settlers arrived a deep seated belief in a fundamental right to conquer land and exploit natural resources has been firmly anchored in the american psyche that has had fatal consequences for the environment for an open society and for the nation as a whole. are coming from or their political era which was very dignified under obama. but there was a kind of moral center a sense of what's right and wrong and the motivation to create a construct that is truly democratic i think trouble represents the worst of
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america. and. it is capitalizing on the worst of america whose country is it epstein poses that question both in concrete terms and symbolically and he documents protests on native american reservations. i know upside down us flag as a symbol of resistance of preserving living space and civil rights his photos show that in this deeply divided country the future itself is at stake. which epstein sunshine hotel is not an easy talk it's the disturbingly beguiling legacy of a great artist who unabashedly takes sides. very moving stuff indeed well without our time is up and don't forget about our website if you need to check in between programs and until all the best from us
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