January 15, 2021

IRMA VEP BLU

New release: I'm very happy to announce the Criterion Collection will be releasing a Blu-ray edition of Irma Vep in April. Spy Vibers might recognize the name, which originated from the amazing crime serial, Les Vampires, made by Feuillade (Fantomas). The film has a wonderful mix of a movie-within-a-movie narrative, homage shot to Feuillade,  and some avant-garde experimental segments. It's one of my faves! From the press release: "The live-wire international breakthrough of Olivier Assayas stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action-movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic silent crime serial Les vampires. What she finds is a behind-the-scenes tangle of barely controlled chaos as egos clash, romantic attractions simmer, and an obsessive director (a cannily cast Jean-Pierre LĂ©aud) drives himself to the brink to realize his vision. Blending blasts of silent cinema, martial-arts flicks, and the music of Sonic Youth and Luna into a hallucinatory swirl of postmodern cool, Assayas composes a witty critique of the nineties French film industry and the eternal tension between art and commercial entertainment." Special features include: New 2K digital restoration from the original camera negative, approved by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, New interview with Assayas, On the Set of “Irma Vep,” a behind-the-scenes featurette, Interview from 2003 with Assayas and critic Charles Tesson, Interview from 2003 with actors Maggie Cheung and Nathalie Richard, Musidora, the Tenth Muse (2013), a documentary on the actor who originated the role of Irma Vep, Les vampires: Hypnotic Eyes (1916), the sixth episode in Louis Feuillade’s silent-film serial, Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung, a 1997 short film by Assayas, Black-and-white rushes. More info at Criterion. Enjoy!


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January 13, 2021

AVENGERS DESIGN ADDED

Heads up, Spy Vibers. Designer Matt Needle has added a new design to his on-line shop to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Avengers. Now up: a fantastic design for Series One with Ian Hendry as Dr. Keel and Patrick Macnee as John Steed. A limited edition of 25 prints available. More on the whole project: The Avengers TV series made its debut 60 years ago today on January 7th, 1961. The show began as a replacement for Police Surgeon, starring Ian Hendry. In The Avengers, Hendry played a doctor involved in criminal intrigue and investigations with the aid of a mysterious agent named John Steed, played by Patrick Macnee. By series two, Hendry had left and Macnee found himself working alongside a strong, independent female character named Cathy Gale, played by Honor Blackman. By then The Avengers magic was beginning to coalesce and Steed transformed from a dirty-mac wearing enigma into that sparkling gentleman with bowler and umbrella whom we all adored. When Blackman left to make Goldfinger, Diana Rigg joined the project as Mrs. Emma Peel (my first crush). Where Blackman had pioneered leather-style gear -an important cornerstone in the genre- Rigg was well-timed to reflect the burgeoning Mod fashion scene with a host of mini skirts, geometric graphics, and striped (and leather) jumpsuits. And even more crucial, both actresses became important role-models at a time when powerful, modern women were not so visible on television. Sadly, both actresses passed away in 2020, along with Sean Connery (007), Margaret Nolan, and Robert Conrad (Wild Wild West). Actress Linda Thorson replaced Rigg for the last classic season (1968-1969) and The Avengers moved even further into Pop Art-inspired territory. For me, the series is up there with The Prisoner as the best of the Sixties and it all started 60 years ago today! To celebrate the anniversary, UK designer Matt Needle has crafted an amazing series of prints (very limited edition) that not only capture the personality of each iteration of the series, but also reflects some of the main elements that were happening at the time in graphic design and fine art. See below for samples. Spy Vibers could see the designs at his on-line shop. 1970s-era New Avengers images also will be added to complete a set of five Avengers designs. Fans of the series and design should also check out the work at Art & Hue. Enjoy!


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