50 amazing faces: vivienne westwood, 50 fashion mavens
October 15, 2010, 10:10 pm
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vivienne westwood, provocateur, designer, artist, … born: tintwistle, u.k. (1941)

vivienne westwood is a hero here at pictomat. we have loved her since the punk days, when she and partner malcolm mclaren open “sex” , a clothing shop on kings road in london, and created the band that became “the sex pistols”. she is probably england’s best fashion designer of the past 50 years. throughout her now 35 plus year career she is still a vibrant voice in the fashion world, but remains close to her punk sensibility.

pictomat would normal not steer you away from this site, but the grande dame of english fashion is currently involved in a project “100 days of active resistance”. only she, and her website with its wonder film can explain the utter elegant simplicity of the idea. here is what she has to say, and at the end of her explanation is a link to her site, do check it out:

‘The principal idea of Active Resistance is that you get out of life what you put in and that real experience of the world involves thinking’ – Vivienne Westwood.

100 days of positive thought, active change, speaking up and being heard. From small personal actions to larger collective moments of change, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Lee Jeans encourage communication and individuality through an online installation, sharing interpretations of Vivienne Westwood’s Active Resistance.

‘It is not enough to follow world politics, see films and read the prize-winning best seller. This is superficial, you need to go deep in order to understand who you are, what the world is and how things could be better. This involves culture which can only be acquired by self-education: human beings should mirror the world.’

Every day for one hundred days, one image representing your ideas of Active Resistance in the world will be selected from submissions and shared online. At the close of 100 days, the 100 chosen images will become a part of an itinerant exhibition dedicated to the project. So stand up and speak out! Take a photo, write a slogan, create an image or an artwork and show us your Active Resistance!

The installation will commence on September 28th 2010, with the 100 days coming to a close on January 5th 2011. For more information on Active Resistance please visit www.activeresistance.co.uk


50 amazing faces: warren beatty and faye dunaway
October 1, 2010, 6:47 pm
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warren beatty, actor. born: richmond, virginia (1937) and faye dunaway, actor. born: bascom, florida (1941), photo: publicity still from “bonnie and clyde” (1967) , directed by arthur penn. [warren beatty’s birthdate was misstated, and has been corrected.]

50 amazing faces: when legends collide / 50 famous fags: montgomery clift
August 28, 2010, 10:38 am
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montgomery clift, born: omaha, nebraska (1922-1966), elizabeth taylor, born: london, england (1932)

there is something to be said for the old hollywood star system. it is rare to find two finer specimens of the human race, despite both of their idiosyncratic foibles. taylor’s respect and love for the troubled clift are the stuff legends are made of. he did relatively young, ravaged by poor self esteem, the bottle, and a little problem hollywood had about him: his homosexuality. she is still alive, much longer than we ever expected a woman with as many lives as her to live. watch them in “a place in the sun” from which this studio shot comes. listen to the clash sing their homage to him on the album london calling, titled “the right profile”.

50 amazing faces: elsa lanchester
August 28, 2010, 10:25 am
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elsa lanchester, actress. born: london, england (1902 – 1986), still from james whales “the bride of frankenstein”, hair by tesla!

50 notes for 2010: alfred hitchcock’s birthday, 50 amazing faces
August 14, 2010, 12:19 am
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alfred hitchcock, filmmaker. born: london, england (1899 – 1980)

happy birthday hitch, it is your 111th! but, then you already know that. probably the best known and well liked director in cinema’s history.

his sardonic wit, his short, but memorable appearances in all his movies, and his penchant for blonde leading ladies (like tippi hendren, eva marie saint,  grace kelly, and the mysterious kim novak in his masterpiece “vertigo”) along with using bernard hermann, probably hollywood’s finest film scorer innumerable times (especially bernard violin only score for “psycho”) make him one of hollywood’s truly great directors.

his dry sense of humor, like calling all actors “cattle” was not always appreciated by some of those actors. however, carol lombard found it amusing to bring a cow along with her for the first day of shooting of “mr. and mrs. smith”. he also  worked frequently with one of america’s best graphic artist, saul bass, to create the title sequences, posters and story boards (bass drew the story board to the shower sequence in “the birds”).

it is hard to believe he was making popular silent films in his native england like “the lodger” in 1926. happy birthday, hitch!

50 notes for 2010: marilyn & joyce, 50 amazing faces
August 5, 2010, 9:29 am
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marilyn monroe, actress. born: los angeles (1926 – 1962), reads joyce.

one of pictomat’s projects is to finish reading james joyce’s “ulysses”. pictomat has managed to find two people in the act of reading the irish tome and supposed “greatest modern novel in the english language”. if marilyn can, so can …

pictomat is one third of the way through, and currently stalled. not because pictomat does not enjoy the weighty book, just that other projects seem to get in the way. if you can find other people caught in the act of reading joyce, email pictomat a link and it will be posted.

50 amazing faces, 50 best voices, 50 reasons to adore the smiths, 50 famous fags

morrissey (steven patrick morrissey), musician. born: manchester, england (1959)