BOB KESSEL AMERICAN ARTIST Cinema Series

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Cinema is an art series by American Artist Bob Kessel. Shown here are a few samples from this art series.

CINEMA: LA BELLE NOISEUSE by Bob Kessel

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
Director: Jacques Rivette

The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife in his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start working again on a painting called ‘La Belle Noiseuse’, which he gave up a long time ago. And he wants Marianne as a model. The ensuing creative process will change the characters’ lives. It will become a struggle for truth and meaning, and the question about the limits of art will arise.

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CINEMA: THE WILD ONE by Bob Kessel

The Wild One (1953)
Director: Laslo Benedek
Starring: Marlon Brando

Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

Brando is the leader of a motorcycle gang.
An old man asks him, “Where are you going?”
Brando replies, “Going somewhere is for squares. We just go.”

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CINEMA: BELLE DE JOUR by Bob Kessel

Belle de Jour (1967)
Director: Luis Buñuel
From the novel by Joseph Kessel

Severine is a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. She indulges instead in vivid, kinky, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage.

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CINEMA: YOJIMBO by Bob Kessel

Yojimbo (1961)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune

Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father’s opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper’s abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him.

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CINEMA: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES by Bob Kessel

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell

Lorelei and Dorothy are just “Two Little Girls from Little Rock”, lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way, even though “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Based on the Broadway musical based on the novel.

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CINEMA: LA DOLCE VITA by Bob Kessel

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Federico Fellini

Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome’s elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.

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CINEMA: THE RAZOR’S EDGE by Bob Kessel

The Razor’s Edge (1946)
Director: Edmund Goulding

Well-to-do Chicagoan, Larry Darrell, breaks off his engagement to Isabel and travels the world seeking enlightenment, eventually finding his guru India. Isabel marries Gray, and following the crash of 1929, is invited to live in Paris with her rich, social climbing, Uncle Elliot. During a sojurn there, Larry, having attained his goal, is reunited with Isabel. While slumming one night Larry, Isabel and company are shocked to discover Sophie, a friend from Chicago. Having lost her husband and child in a tragic accident, Sophie is living the low-life with the help of drugs and an abusive brute. Larry tries to rehabilitate her, but his efforts are sabotaged by Isabel who tries in vain to reignite Larry’s interest in herself.

Tibetan Monk: The pathway to salvation is as narrow and as difficult to walk as a razor’s edge.

Special mention-
The Razor’s Edge (1984)
Director: John Byrum
Starring Bill Murray as Larry Darrell

I much prefer this later version. I recommend everyone see it.