Ted Bergman — Byrne Method
Ted Bergman Assistant Coach, Harvard University
Coach Ted Bergman is in his 2nd season as a Lacrosse Coach at Harvard University, where he has led the goalies and has helped lead the defense to tremendous success. Coaching the goalies to the 3rd best saves/game average in the nation (14.75) and a top 15 save percentage (56.7%), Coach Bergman also significantly improved the Crimson’s Goals Against Average (11.25) during the 2020 COVID shortened season. In addition, Coach Bergman helped Harvard boast the 4th best Man Down unit in the country, holding opponents scoreless on 86.7% of their extra-man opportunities.
Coach Bergman was recruited to Harvard following a successful year coaching at Cleveland State University where he helped lead the Vikings to their first winning season in program history, doubling their win total from the previous year while owning the nation’s best ride.
Bergman, a standout goaltender at Division III powerhouse Wesleyan University, brings significant experience playing and coaching overseas.
Bergman was named National Goalie of the Year in 2017, earning the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. honor from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He was the first Wesleyan player to be named a First Team All-American as a goalie as he led the team to its first NCAA Final Four appearance in a decade. Bergman led the Cardinals on a program-record 20-game winning streak in his final season, which helped break school records for wins and conference wins. Wesleyan won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament title for just the second time in school history as Bergman led the league with a 9.45 goals against mark while posting a .550 save percentage. Wesleyan held 15 of its 22 opponents to a single-digit goal total.
Bergman also spent two seasons playing in the Israel Premier Lacrosse League. He earned league MVP honors and was a two-time All-IPLL First Team selection. Following his playing days, Bergman served as the commissioner of the league, which featured players from seven different countries.
A native of Meida, Pa., Bergman earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wesleyan in 2017. He proceeded to earn a Master of Arts in Public Policy in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University in 2018.
Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 508 with guest Ted Bergman is now available for listening on demand |
Confessions of A Rogue TV Comedy Writer
Original Airdates: Sept. 18-20, 2020
TVC 508.1: Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Emmy nominated writer, producer, and author Ted Bergman. Ted spent four decades writing and producing such TV comedy and variety shows as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (where he was the youngest staff writer at the time, and the show for which he received his Emmy nomination), All in the Family, The Hollywood Squares, The Jonathan Winters Show, What’s Happening, Gimme a Break, The Munsters, and Sanford and Son. Ted’s memoir, Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer: Forty Years of Fame, Fear and Combat Inside the Writers Room, captures the highs, lows and various in-betweens that just about every professional writer experiences, no matter which genre or industry.
Why TV Comedy Writers are Born, Not Made
Original Airdates: Sept. 18-20, 2020
TVC 508.2: Emmy nominated writer/producer Ted Bergman talks to Ed about his experience as a staff writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS, 1967-1969), and how that series was unusual because it was one of the few network shows in production at the time that welcomed younger writers. Ted’s memoir, Confessions of a Rogue TV Comedy Writer: Forty Years of Fame, Fear and Combat Inside the Writers Room, not only includes behind the scenes stories of working with the likes of Garry Shandling, Steve Martin, Redd Foxx, Flip Wilson, and Jonathan Winters, but captures the highs, lows and various in-betweens that just about every professional writer experiences, no matter which genre or industry.
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Theodore L. Bergman • Mechanical Engineering • Iowa State University
Date(s) – 31 Oct 2017
11:00 AM – 11:00 AM
2004 Black Engineering
Richard and Carol Pletcher Seminar Series
Heat Transfer Challenges in Solar-Thermal and Air-Cooled Electric Power Generation
Theodore L. Bergman
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Kansas
Seminar host: Abhijit Chandra
Utility-scale solar-thermal electric power generation requires development of energy storage strategies in order to deliver clean power in a cost-effective manner. Similarly, large scale electric power generation using either conventional or unconventional heat sources consumes huge quantities of water, and new approaches are needed to develop cost-effective air cooling strategies.
This presentation will describe recent fundamental and applied research that could lead to significant reduction of thermal resistances that plague both (i) thermal energy storage using phase change materials in conjunction with solar-thermal power generation, and (ii) air cooling of large Rankine cycle plants. Specifically, the opportunities associated with usage of heat pipes, which are passive devices that pose ultra-low resistances to heat transfer, are presented and discussed.
Dr. Theodore Bergman received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue, and his B.S. from the University of Kansas (KU). He returned to KU in 2012 and served as Chairman until 2017. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Connecticut (1996 – 2012) and The University of Texas at Austin (1985 –1996). From 1998 to 2004 he was Head of the ME Department at UConn and served as Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Outreach in 2004 and 2005, also at UConn. He directed the Thermal Transport Processes Program at the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010, and also served as Interim Director for the Energy for Sustainability and Combustion and Fire Systems Programs while at NSF. Bergman worked at Black & Veatch early in his career, designing the cooling systems for large electric power generation stations.
Dr. Bergman is a co-author of several widely-used heat transfer texts, has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and Frontiers in Heat Transfer, and has received a number of awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and the ASME Melville Medal. A Fellow of ASME since 1995, he has published over 130 refereed articles.
This seminar counts towards the ME 600 seminar requirement for Mechanical Engineering graduate students
The Richard and Carol Pletcher Seminar Series was established in 2016 with support from the Pletcher family. Richard “Dick” Pletcher served on the ME faculty at Iowa State from 1967 to 2007. During his tenure Dr. Pletcher made countless research contributions to the fields of fluid dynamics and heat transfer, including co-authoring the popular Computation Fluid Mechanic and Heat Transfer textbook.
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Rachel A. Bergman – Lauer Funeral Home
Rachel Agnes (Lorson) Bergman, 94, entered eternal life on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Seneca.
The eldest of three daughters, Rachel was born on July 21, 1922, to John and Alvina (Runnebaum) Lorson on the family farm west of Frankfort, Kansas.
Rachel attended a one-room schoolhouse and Annunciation Catholic Church in Frankfort until the family moved to a farm south of Seneca in 1932. She graduated from Saints Peter and Paul High School in 1940 and attended training for Normal School in Corning.
Rachel taught at Sherman School near Centralia and then at Union School near Bern (both were one-room schoolhouses with eight grades) for several years before working at the National Bank in Seneca.
On February 12, 1947, Rachel married Cletus Bergman at Saints Peter and Paul Church. They began their married life on a farm near Vermillion. In 1949, they moved to a farm south of Seneca where they brought up their three children.
Rachel was interested in genealogy and history. She researched and wrote the Lorson family genealogy and also volunteered at the Nemaha County Historical Society during its first years. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, cards and needlework. After Cletus became ill with cancer, Rachel lovingly cared for him until his death on April 17, 1990. Rachel was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus.
Mourning her loss are her three children: John (Marceil) Bergman, Becky (Michael) Frontiera and Ted (Tricia) Bergman; her seven grandchildren: Russell (Lesley) Bergman, Renee (James Johns) Frontiera, Kevin (Julia) Bergman, Kristin Frontiera, Neil (Stacey) Bergman, Nathaniel Bergman and Christopher Bergman; her five great-grandchildren, Kendal, Aiden, Wylee, Emmett and Isaac; two sisters: Barbara (Quentin) Huerter and Dorothy Lorson; along with many nieces and nephews.
The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Lauer Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca, Kansas. The burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Saints Peter and Paul Window Restoration Project.
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Seventh seal (film, 1957) – watch online trailer, description and cast
Black and white philosophical parable of Ingmar Bergman about the meeting of a medieval knight with Death.Medieval Sweden, XIV century. The valiant knight Antonius Blok (Max von Sydow) and his loyal squire Jones (Gunnar Björnstrand) return to their homeland after the crusade. Blok has not been home for ten years. On a deserted seashore, Death appears to the knight in the form of a man with a white face and a black robe. Antonius is plagued by doubts about the existence of God and the Devil. He saw too many horrors, both abroad and in his native lands. A man is not at all sure what he has, for what to continue to live. The country is destroyed, and in desolation, and people do not think about faith at all, immersed in everyday troubles.Antonius invites Death to play a game of chess with him. If the knight loses, Death will take him with him. Blok’s life is at stake.
Medieval Sweden. In the XIV century, a premonition of the last days swept Europe: a merciless plague is already on the doorstep, and it is ready to begin its harvest. Knight Antonius Blok and his loyal squire Jones returned to their homeland after a ten-year crusade. On a deserted shore, the Knight met a gloomy man in black – the Angel of Death himself, long following the hero whose time had come.Antonius is not yet ready to say goodbye to life, he invites Death to play chess with him. If the black man wins, he will take his victim, if the Knight checkmates, he will be free. Thus began one of the most famous games in the history of cinema, to which the hero will return throughout the film.
The knight and squire continue their journey through their native land, noticing the first signs of a future epidemic and other terrible things happening in the area. They will help the offended and bring the scoundrels out into the open.Antonius, tormented by doubts, will try to regain his lost faith in God and, perhaps, a cheerful family of itinerant artists will help him find peace of mind.
Yuf and Mia ride a cart that serves as a stage and performances for the common people. The family’s business is not going well, fewer and fewer spectators are willing to pay for tricks, dances and songs. But Jufus is not discouraged, this simple-minded man with a penchant for hoaxes and practical jokes often sees visions of the Holy Virgin and the baby Christ.And if there are souls in this world that deserve salvation, then they are people of art, but they cannot do without the help of Antonius and his squire.
Reasons to Watch
▪ One of 45 “great films” selected by the Vatican.
▪ One of the most parodied films in history. References to him can be found in the comedies “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), “Love and Death” (1975), “The New Adventures of Bill and Ted” (1991) and many others.
▪ Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958.
▪ The film won a special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
▪ The painting is included in the list of “1001 Movies to Watch Before You Die” edited by Steven Schneider.
▪ Ingmar Bergman began writing the script for this film while in the hospital, recovering from a stomach ailment. Later, the director admitted that working on this film helped him overcome the obsessive fear of death.
▪ The director could not find funding for the film for a long time, but after the success of his romantic comedy “Smiles of a Summer Night” in Cannes, the head of Svensk Filmindustri, Karl-Anders Demling, agreed to produce the film.
▪ Bergman rewrote the script five times.
▪ For this film, Bergman was inspired by the historical dramas of Akira Kurosawa, of whom he was a big fan. 90,089 ▪ The film was shot in 35 days and $ 150,000. 90,089 ▪ The chess pieces used in the film were auctioned off at Ingmar Bergman’s estate in 2009 for $ 145,000.
▪ According to legend, the last two minutes of the film are pure improvisation. Most of the actors had already gone home when Bergman saw clouds of an unusual shape in the sky.The members of the film crew and even the regular tourists quickly changed into costumes and acted out the final scene of the dance with Death in one take.
▪ The image of a knight playing chess with Death was inspired by a medieval fresco from the 1480s from the Stockholm Church to You.
▪ The church that Jones and Antonius Block visit at the beginning of the film is actually a cardboard model suspended from a dead tree in the foreground.
▪ The title of the film is a quote from the 8th chapter of the Revelation of John the Theologian.
Elon Musk, design thinking and basic income: 5 best TED talks of 2017
Each year gives us new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us, and the experience and knowledge gained prepares us for the challenges of the future. What problems do we have to solve? What possibilities are outside our field of vision? These and many other questions are answered by the TED lecturers who spoke from the stage in 2017. The best of them, according to the conference curator Chris Anderson, are in our selection.
1.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sachs: “Together we can face the future without fear”
Our time can be called the heyday of the era of individuality. So, people are engaged in self-realization, increase self-esteem, develop their own brand, etc. Attention to oneself is very important: it liberates and gives strength.
At the same time, we cannot be happy if we do not experience the experience of friendship, love, trust. Its absence leads to division within our society. As Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sachs says, when we have too many selves and too few wes, we become vulnerable, fearful and lonely. “To face the future without fear, you need to focus on three areas: understanding your identity, developing relationships with those who are not like us, and mutual responsibility for each other.
2. Rutger Bregman: “Poverty is not spinelessness, but lack of money”
All the initiatives that society implements to fight poverty, lead far from the results expected of them. Rutger Bregman, historian and author of Utopia for Realists, reveals the reason for these failures: in his opinion, we simply do not fully understand the essence of the phenomenon of poverty.Thus, while attention is paid to educational programs for people with low income, the very conditions in which they live are ignored, and which prevent them from “raising their heads” and looking to the future with confidence.
The expert compares these difficulties in life with programs running on one computer: there are so many of them that he cannot cope. However, everything can be changed by increasing his “working memory” – this is the metaphor Bergman applies to the idea of an unconditional basic income. After studying the specifics of this practice, he established himself in the opinion that basic income can become a venture capital for people who spend their energy fighting the conditions in which they find themselves.“I believe in a future where the value of work is not determined by the size of the salary, but by the amount of happiness that you bring to the world, the meaning that you bring,” says Bregman.
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3. Elon Musk: “The future we are building … and we are drilling”
The main innovator of the generation, entrepreneur Elon Musk, in a dialogue with TED conference curator Chris Anderson, shares his source of ideas that change the world: “I’m not trying to be someone’s savior.I just don’t want to get upset thinking about the future. ”
In the future that Elon is striving for, self-driving cars do not create traffic jams and are cheaper than bus rides. Artificial intelligence does not frighten humanity, but creates new opportunities for it. Sustainable energy supports the performance of the most advanced technological innovations, and flights to Mars are carried out on reusable rockets.
Perhaps in the head of this person there are many more ideas, the embodiment of which is difficult to imagine, but we will learn about them later – when they are already in the process of being implemented by their author.“People are wrong to think that technology improves on its own,” says Elon. – This is not true. Improvement only happens if a lot of people work hard for it. ”
4. Tristan Harris: “How Technology Companies Manage Our Attention”
Tristan Harris is an expert in design thinking and is therefore quite familiar with the possibilities that well-designed services and applications can give us. In doing so, he also has a lot to tell about how tech giants create their algorithms to hold users’ attention for as long as possible, manage their daily schedule, and even influence the way of thinking.
But, according to Tristan, we ourselves can decide whether to succumb to the influence and return our attention to things that are more important to us than notifications on social networks or videos in the news feed. “The world’s toughest challenges require more than just our attention,” says Harris. “They demand our common attention and concerted action.” To achieve radical changes in technology and society, it is necessary to recognize that we tend to easily succumb to persuasion, then make sure that our goals coincide with those that are imposed from the outside, and revive designs that help our interests rather than hinder them.
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5. Pope Francis: “Why is only the future worthy of efforts worthy of efforts”
“Today, for various reasons, many seem to have stopped believing in the possibility happy future, ”His Holiness tells TED2017 viewers. Fear of the future grips people who are left alone with their problems and concerns, but it will become surmountable if each person, a particle of a single whole, becomes closer to the rest, gains support and provides it himself.Together we can find hope if at least one person has it, and if behind statistics and numbers we can see a person, a person waiting for care and understanding. “The future is, first of all, in the hands of people for whom the other is” you “and who consider themselves to be” we “.”
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90,000 Disney CEO Named Most Influential Person in Entertainment
Disney dictatorship: top people in the entertainment industry named
President of The Walt Disney Co.Robert Iger topped the list of the most influential people in the entertainment industry. The top 100 list also includes Netflix executives, TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, directors Quentin Tarantino and Jordan Peel, actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio, and former US President Barack Obama.
The Hollywood Reporter has ranked the 100 most influential people in the entertainment industry. Topping the list was the CEO of The Walt Disney Co. Robert Iger. According to the compilers of the top, the 68-year-old native of New York has once again become the leader of the top, as “in Hollywood at the moment there is no person who would equally well combine a commercial vision and a creative acumen.”
The material also notes that 2019 can be considered in many ways a historic year for Disney: in addition to the studio’s traditional success of its projects at the box office, the company has recently been replenished with the assets of 21st Century Fox, and will launch the Disney + streaming platform in November.
Second in the ranking are Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, founder and content director of Netflix, respectively.
“Despite the inclusion of streaming services Disney, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal in the battle, Netflix has the status of an industry innovator with about 152 million subscribers and up to $ 15 billion in content production this year,” the article notes.
NBCUniversal Managers Brian Roberts and Steve Burke rounded out the top three in the entertainment industry. As a justification for their hitting the top 3, the publication recalled that media functions “managed to knock the European entertainment giant Sky out of the hands of Rupert Murdoch, paying $ 38.8 billion for a controlling stake.”
On the fourth line is the head of ViacomCBS Sheri Redstone: for the fact that the merged Viacom and CBS are now in total estimated at about $ 31 billion.The fifth position, in turn, was taken by the head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. The authors of the rating called it “the most important employee of Disney, if not Iger”.
WarnerMedia CEO John Stanki, Cindy Holland, Scott Stuber, and Bela Bajaria (all of whom hold large roles at Netflix), Walt Disney TV CEO Peter Rice, and Walt Disney Co consumer and global head … Kevin Mayer, CEOs of The Walt Disney Studios Alain Bergman and Alan Horn, Chairman of the Board of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment Jeff Schell and Vice Chairman of the Board of Comcast / NBCUniversal Ron Mayer, CEO of ViacomCBS and CBS Bob Bakish and Joe Yanniello, CEO of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment Dana Walden, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group CEO Donna Langley, and non-show TV host Oprah Winfrey (she has her own cable channel).
As for the other representatives of the top 50 rating, they are, in particular, screenwriter Ryan Murphy, director and producer Greg Berlanti (29th place), creator of Grey’s Anatomy Shonda Rhimes (33), actress Reese Witherspoon (37), four times Oscar winner Steven Spielberg (40), author of the acclaimed thrillers “We” and “Get Out” Jordan Peel (42),
comedian and TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres (44), actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (45), Leonardo DiCaprio (47), as well as former US President Barack Obama with his wife Michelle (50), who have recently been producing a number of films – and TV projects.
The second half of the list includes, among others, the creator of the remake of Disney’s The Lion King, Jon Favreau (52), directors Quentin Tarantino (55) and James Cameron (57), writer Stephen King (60), the Russo brothers (62), directors The Avengers, actress Scarlett Johansson (65), Black Panther and Creed star Michael B. Jordan (66), comedian Kevin Hart (73), The Conjuring author James Wang (80), actors (directly related with the music industry, by the way) Will Smith (81) and Donald Glover (83), Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Daniel Weiss (86), singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (92), her colleagues Zendaya (95) and Margot Robbie (99) and director Taika Waititi (100).
Freedom Telephone Law – Weekend – Kommersant
The Human Voice, a half-hour film-performance by Pedro Almodovar based on the famous play by Jean Cocteau, is released, in which Tilda Swinton played the main and only role. This is not the first time Almodovar interprets the play about the intolerance and inevitability of parting in the cinema, but for the first time with its help he tries to break with his own method
A woman wakes up abruptly from a phone call. From the words that she utters into the receiver, we understand that a man is calling: they were together for five years, and three days ago he finally left her for another, whom, apparently, he will soon marry.The woman knew that it would be so from the very beginning, but decided that five years of happiness are worth future tears. His things are packed into suitcases, their love letters are put in a briefcase – and together with the dog he once brought in their shared apartment, they are waiting for someone to come for them. The woman cheerfully reports that she was walking with her friend, shopping, having lunch in a restaurant. Connection is cutting off. The woman calls back and finds out that he lied, as if calling from home: the servant replies that the owner is not there.
This lie, revealing that, as before, somewhere in a noisy city, he lives his own separate, impenetrable life for her, breaks the dam and at the next call makes her completely change her testimony: all these three days she did not dress, did not eat , waited near the whining and also unfed dog and the packed suitcases for his call, and also drank 13 sleeping pills for the night so that he found her half-dead.
Another break in communication – and the woman only complains: before, when people met in person, one glance was enough to turn the tide, but these damned phones pass judgment on everything: what is over is over forever. And whispers a hundred times: “I love you, I love you, I love you …”
Such is the drama in three acts of Jean Cocteau’s monologue play for one actress and telephone, freely retelling by Pedro Almodovar and sung by Tilda Swinton. For the first time “The Human Voice” was staged on the Parisian stage exactly 90 years ago.A banal, in essence, monologue – there are few not only women, but also men who at least once in their life have not said the same thing on the phone. The intonation, the measure of humiliation, bravado, pretense vary – what makes a person’s lonely voice so unique. Therefore, for 90 years now, the voice of an abandoned woman has been heard without interruption in all languages of the world performed by actresses of all generations – from Anuk Eme and Liv Ullman to Elsa Zilberstein and Rosamund Pike – from stages, television screens, records and radio waves.
In 1948, The Human Voice was first played in a movie: with the film Love, the father of neorealism, Roberto Rossellini, said goodbye to his then girlfriend Anna Magnani. His “Human Voice” is suffocating, all of an unmade bed, ruffles and mirrors, the world of a woman fixated on one man, and 40-year-old Magnani spiced up the drama with comedy – she cried like a cow when asked to burn their letters and keep the ashes in a cigarette case, which she gave him, which was understandable: this one, with her purely Italian gift of a real mourner, would play out the hysterics and cope.
In 1966, under the leadership of Ted Kotcheff (the future author of Rambo: First Blood), Ingrid Bergman – the woman for whom Rossellini then abandoned Magnani – gave a completely different portrait: in the middle of an apartment in Hampstead, where a shepherd dog was barking incessantly, on the ceiling a crack ran from a dangerously massive chandelier, and cigarette butts swam in alcohol-drenched ashtrays, 50-year-old Bergman, in a raincoat over a pink peignoir, the pity and coldness of painted old age played from under her lavishly worn eyelashes, when it was time to let go of love forever from wrinkled fingers.
Since the late 1950s, when Francis Poulenc transcribed Cocteau’s monologue to music, opera singers have joined the drama actresses. Despite the tabloid, bourgeois intimacy of history, this opera monologue was watched by TV viewers even in the USSR during the time of deep stagnation: in 1981, the play of the Lithuanian soprano Gedre Kaukaite and the thoughtfully selected techniques of the television performance won overwhelmingly enthusiastic reviews in the Brezhnev press.
In 1988, in the TV version of Lenkom’s play, 36-year-old Elena Shanina showed a woman who profited her life under such an assumed frivolity that it seems that she could not feel love for those five years that fell to her: the eightcostal imperturbable monotony broke into embittered curses empty tube.Finally, in 2014, 80-year-old Sophia Loren, in the film of her son Edoardo Ponti, unexpectedly retells a familiar text in the voice of all mothers who reassure their sons with the words that they are all right and there is no need to worry about them, and in the same way, completely motherly , could not stand it, cried at the end with multiple “Love”.
Almodovar himself staged “The Human Voice” for the third time. Twice he undertook it in his golden age, in the second half of the 1980s. In The Law of Desire (1987) there is a play within the film: a little girl is riding around the stage like an angel, standing on a trolley hidden under the projections, and Carmen Maura smashes the decorations of her apartment with an ax to the accompaniment of Jacques Brel’s Ne me quitte pas.About the ax, which Cocteau does not figure in, Almodovar told the following story: something in the scenery so embarrassed and weighed him down that on the morning of the shooting he sniffed cocaine for courage and, having come to the studio, realized that he hated this work of the artist so much that he was ready cut it with an ax, and naturally put it in the hands of the heroine. So at the same time, both the cardboard box hated by Almodovar and the house in which love slept in an embrace with a constant lie was destroyed.
In Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Almodovar planned to use Cocteau’s text already in the format of a full-length film: in the beginning, his suitcases were already packed, and sleeping pills were prepared, and the apartment began to be taken apart – but when he began to write the script further, the heroine (she was played by Maura again) she managed to reach the phone only when the answering machine was already on, uninvited guests called at the door every now and then, one stranger than the other, and Cocteau’s monologue turned into the Spaniard’s most multi-figured, talkative and in keeping with the spirit of old Hollywood comedy.
The current situation with the coronavirus (Almodovar, thank God, has already been safely ill) as if she herself suggested the idea to shoot a mono film. Reception with a telephone, as we now say, a “contactless” method of communication, has also been updated. In addition, Almodovar has been gathering courage for a very long time to shoot a Hollywood project. Meryl Streep once appeared among the possible performers, and after the American premiere of High Heels back in 1992, Glenn Close and Susan Sarandon approached him and assured him that they would do anything in his films.Almodovar twice wrote scripts based on English novels – but both times he gave up before ignorance of the intonational nuances of a foreign language and transferred the action to Spanish soil. And that’s how his two faded films, Living Flesh (1997) and Juliet (2016), were born. The monofilm with Swinton gave him a chance to test with minimal staging risk whether he was able to cope with English in principle.
To the half-hour film – and if you don’t stray too far from Cocteau’s text, that’s about how it works – the distributors screwed up a recording of his zoom discussion: film critic Mark Kermode, together with the director and actress, discuss and praise “The Human Voice” much longer than the film itself …This decision, however, is not devoid of a certain charm: Almodovar has always been a master at talking about his works, and his analysis of his own productions, an explanation of certain selected solutions and means of expression is a separate attraction. Swinton turned out to be a worthy partner: in a pair show they worked together, like the fox Alice and the cat Basilio, and after their comments, the viewer will probably leave the hall with the feeling that he saw something much more intelligible than what actually happened on the screen for the first half hour.
Almodovar’s The Human Voice itself is more a project – in the sense in which the word is used by gallery owners – than an authentic film. Cinema still lives with passions and intrigue – that is, exactly what Almodovar’s films have been lacking for a quarter of a century. Fell in love for his funny and vivid odes to human stubbornness, starting with “The Flower of My Secret” (1995) Almodovar delivers products plastically flawless, sometimes even more perfect in form than his films of the 1980s, but in fact it is all “Almodovar with dead eyes “.In last year’s “Pain and Glory,” he honestly told why he screwed up all these years – and this sincere confession has become his greatest directorial success in recent years.
The strategy of meeting the expectations of viewers, who expect to receive the “old Almodovar” in each new film, turned out to be a dead end, and Almodovar decided to symbolically destroy his cinema world. The apartment in which Swinton is waiting for calls is built inside the pavilion: the camera now and then breaks the fourth wall, either rising above the ceiling and showing a mock-up set from above, then releasing the heroine dressed in Balenciaga out the door of the apartment – as always, filled with colorful furniture – to sit on a cheap computer chair and smoke a cigarette among the bare concrete walls of the studio.The technique was borrowed from Fassbinder: in the telebenefis of the old lady-star of the German variety show Brigitte Mira “Like a Bird on a Wire” (1975), the German also showed a small circus in the middle of the performance, where the diva performed, through a camera set above the missing ceiling, behind tripods, cardboard walls, among the concrete of the pavilion, and the cheerful audience turned out to be as much a part of the performance as the artist herself, the same decoration as the red carpet of the arena.
In The Human Voice, the very style of Almodovar becomes such a part of the performance, such a decoration.The balcony of the apartment copies the famous balcony from “Women on the Verge …”, we saw many decor items in previous films, we heard music in them: for “The Voice” his constant composer Alberto Iglesias rearranged the melodies from “The Skin In Which I Live” ( 2011) and Talk to Her (2002). Almodovar first shows that the cosiness so beloved by his fans is just a dollhouse inside concrete walls, and then lets Swinton pounce on him with an ax and eventually burn him. In the finale, Swinton comes out into the light of day in the company of a dog who abandoned her lover – and it is impossible not to read this as Almodovar’s promise to return from the self-obsession and self-repetition of his previous tapes to living reality.
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Sandal Bergman (Sandahl Bergman): filmography, photo, biography. Actor.
In her youth, Sandal Bergman danced and worked as a dancer on Broadway. She made her screen debut in the TV movie How to Pick Up Girls! However, her acting career really started after the film “All This Jazz”. The director of the film, Bob Fossey, drew attention to a talented dancer with beautiful forms and expressive appearance, and invited her to perform a topless dance in his film.The directors immediately drew attention to the Scandinavian beauty of Sandal Bergman and began to actively invite her to shoot, mainly for exotic and fantasy roles. In 1980, she played the Muse in Robert Greenwold’s controversial musical melodrama Xanadu, and then appeared in the comedy Airplane 2: Sequel.
But her breakthrough role was in the epic action movie Conan the Barbarian, directed by John Milius in 1982. Sandal Bergman played here in company with Arnold Schwarzenegger and played the role of Valeria.As a result of the film’s success, director Avi Nesher invited the actress to play the lead role in his film, the fantasy action movie She, which was released two years later. In the same 1984, Sandal Bergman starred in one of the main roles in the comedy “Getting the Right Physical Form”.
In the sequel to the adventures of Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, released in 1985, the actress played the main negative character – the powerful sorceress Queen Gedren, who is trying to destroy the world with the help of an ancient artifact.In 1991, Sandahl Bergman starred in the crime thriller Bare Nerve, and in 1993 she starred in Gregory Dark’s thriller The Impact of the Body. Then the actress appeared in the action movie “Night of the Archer” by Paul Nicholas, and in 1996, in the leading role of the special agent Rachel, she starred in the action movie “The Alien.”
In 2003, in the company of such stars as Robert Downey Jr., Mel Gibson and Robin Wright, the actress appeared in the musical comedy “The Singing Detective” by Keith Gordon.
Movies for any company, or How to spend your winter holidays
No matter how difficult the end of 2014 is, you need to spend your winter holidays well.Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Higher School of Economics, author of the book “Shameful Pleasure” Alexander Pavlov has compiled a selection of films for every evening of the holidays. This is a light and kind movie of the 1980s. Firstly, retro is in fashion, and secondly, he himself is very fond of these films. They are a win-win for raising your spirits, besides, they will help you better understand modern popular culture. The selection can be viewed not only in a friendly campaign, but also in a family circle.
The Breakfast Club, 1985. Director: John Hughes
The best youth film not only in the 1980s, but perhaps of all time – even those that have not yet come.Five “characters” – a princess, an athlete, a bully, a “weirdo girl” and a weakling – were left behind after school. On Saturday, they must write the essay “Who do you see yourself as?” And it turns out that it is not they who represent themselves as a “princess”, “weakling”, etc., but a society that rigidly imposes these social roles on them. While the guys, of course, are against being formulaic characters. The idea is not new. But the film is still a masterpiece.
It is unlikely that you will find a person who did not like this movie.So if you missed it, catch up urgently.
And at the very end, be sure to pay attention to Jad Nelson, who looks like a winner: a completely unconventional bully has achieved a princess.
Miracles of a Kind, 1987. Director: Howard Deutsch
A boy (young Eric Stolz) is in love with the most popular girl in school (also young Leah Thompson) and does not notice that his best friend (Mary Stuart Masterson) – a kid, as usual – is in love with him.Of course, a friend will help a friend to achieve a beauty. And he, of course, will understand that he really needs the one who has always been there. Classic. By the way, the beauty is not a dummy, but a completely understanding girl and a very nice character in the film. So it’s a classic, but not quite.
The film for a long time, despite the fact that during the 1980s and 1990s we comprehended everything that was filmed in the West – of high quality and low quality – remained absolutely unknown in our country. Until 2008, in the new Hollywood funny melodrama “Promising is not getting married,” they referred to “Miracles of a Kind.”Thus, our viewers showed at least some interest in “Miracles”.
However, I am convinced that you haven’t seen it yet. But in vain. This movie is a real miracle. Kind of, of course.
Say Something, 1989. Director: Cameron Crowe
Do you know what will happen if a simple guy – gouging as it should be – falls in love with a good girl and an excellent student, whose father, moreover, is against her talking with boys, especially with gouges? If you don’t know, be sure to watch Say Something.
Director and screenwriter Cameron Crowe has always been able to knock out a tear from the viewer. For example, I have five packs of tissue for each of his films. And although now Crowe causes emotional catharsis in the viewer in accordance with the templates, nevertheless these templates were invented by him.
Remember this famous “stamp”: a boy is standing at the window of a girl who is offended at him for something (just like that, of course). The boy holds a tape recorder above his head and looks up sadly.And from the tape recorder music is playing, pinching the heart. And you think: “Hey, friend, stop torturing him! And that’s enough to torture us too. Look out already. ” Remember? So, this textbook scene was invented by Cameron Crowe.
Ferris Bueller Takes A Day Off, 1986. Director: John Hughes
Another masterpiece from John Hughes.
When do HSE students have a day off? Yes, any day. They just go and take a day off. The most common thing. However, Ferris Bueller did this even before it became fashionable among HSE students.I’m sure there is a lot to learn from Ferris for those students who like to take their own weekend breaks.
John Hughes once again admires youth and, as usual, paints an accurate portrait of an American teenager of the 1980s, who has almost more serious problems than irrepressible energy. However, these problems are often a consequence of this very energy.
After watching a movie, you will not only get a lot of pleasure, but you will also be able to guess every fifth allusion in modern Western culture.
The Princess Bride, 1987. Director: Rob Reiner
In a fairy-tale world, the hero rescues his beloved. Perhaps that’s the whole plot.
There are hardly any people who have not seen this film. But if suddenly you are such a person, do not disgrace yourself and urgently correct the situation. You will not regret.
This movie is sweet and kind. And with certain reservations – even youth. At least it was a hit on videotapes. Every American at one time wanted to spend an evening watching this film.Moreover, the evening is a family one, because this is a movie for the whole family. So it’s just right for you on vacation.
However, in the place of this movie could be “Labyrinth”, “Legend” or “Endless Story”.
Sixteen Candles, 1984. Director: John Hughes
How many candles do you need for a teenage girl to feel like the most unfortunate person on earth? Sixteen in total. However, the girl can be understood if everyone is passionate about the older sister’s wedding and has forgotten about her birthday.But sixteen – this wonderful age – happens only once in a lifetime. The absurd teenage egocentrism of the Hunger Games has nothing to do with it. Just another movie to have a great cold winter evening. Starring John Hughes’ favorite actress – Molly Ringould.
Exactly at Three, 1987. Director: Phil Joanau
High schooler Jerry Mitchell was unlucky enough to run into a rookie – a hefty bully. At exactly three o’clock, the newcomer will schedule Jerry for a baby beating session.Now Jerry must find a way to avoid a fight and thus imminent shame. Who knows, what if the painting will be of practical use for you, if some bully is going to beat you on the university campus, and all your comrades are going to savor your shame? Very high quality cinema.
Cutie in Pink, 1986. Director: Howard Deutsch
This movie is almost the same as Say Something, only a completely different movie. Now she is from a dysfunctional environment, and he is a darling of fate.Are they destined to be together? No one will know until they look at all the trials that even life puts before the heroes, but cruel reality. Class reality, by the way.
A bunch of familiar stars. Including the films that you have already watched from this list. Well, and the cutie herself in pink? Who could it be? Actually, no one except Molly Ringould. She is. Golden time for Molly. In the 1990s, it will not be the same at all.
Removal Specialist, 1987.Director: James Toback
The classic – “removal specialist” finally meets his true love. The matter is complicated by the fact that she has a very “heavy baggage”.
You certainly know Robert Downey Jr. And maybe even love. However, most likely you know him and love him by some “Iron Man”. Would you like to see how plump and rosy-cheeked at the same time this example of current masculinity was? Watch this movie. It is not as good as all of the above.But it is still a historically significant film. After all, it contains Robert Downey Jr., who is just about to become a star, and the same Molly Riungould, who is already a star, but will soon cease to be.
Deadly Attraction, 1988. Director: Michael Lehmann
Youth version of Terrence Malick’s Wasteland.
She is a member of the group of girls-snobs, but this position is burdensome. He’s new, handsome outsider. He will offer her to kill the hated “friends”, and she will agree.Then look for yourself.
Just this. I guarantee you will enjoy all the films mentioned above. But I’m not sure about that. Because this is a black comedy. But without it, youth cinema of the 1980s is hard to imagine. So if you don’t want to see a few stupid deaths, don’t go watching. But keep in mind, this film is an example of cult cinema in general. Well, Winona Ryder in it is a blossoming flower.
“Excellent student of easy virtue”, 2010.Director: Will Gluck
If “The Princess Bride” is still out of topic, or you decide not to watch “Mortal Attraction,” then a bonus for you.
A senior student courageously resists the formed public opinion and finds a way out of a difficult situation. This movie is a tribute to the quality youth comedies of the 1980s. Filmed with love and respect for the tradition of the Reagan decade.