Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch

"I was then taken east, in a cage. I was taken to Toronto. Then Philadelphia. And then to New York. And each time I arrived at another city, somehow the white men had moved all their people there ahead of me. Each new city contained the same white people as the last, and I could not understand how a whole city of people could be moved so quickly."

"My name is Exaybachay. He Who Talks Loud, Saying Nothing.
I preferred to be called Nobody."

"What name were you given at birth, stupid white man?"

"That weapon will replace your tongue. You will learn to speak through it. And your poetry will now be written with blood." 

"Back to the place where all the spirits came from, and where all the spirits return. This world will no longer concern you."

"Do you still have my eyeglasses?"
"No, I traded them. Do you have any tobacco?"
"No, I traded it."
"For what?"
"I'm not telling."

Monday, 25 January 2016

A beautiful day by the Reykjavík seashore.

Here are some shots of the seashore at Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s rather unique house. Even though it was the middle of winter the sun was out and the ocean was still and flat. The snow and ice lying over the rocks was the only real giveaway that summer was still six months away. 

This is a collection of nine photographs from my visit to the Icelandic director’s eccentric home. 

The homestead is made up of and decorated with all manner of objects from pieces of metal art to an entire grounded fishing boat. 

Some of the more unusual artefacts were once used as props on the sets of his Viking movies that made him famous in the 1980s and 1990s. 

These films were sometimes referred to as "Cod Westerns" and include ‘Hrafninn flýgur’ or ‘When the Raven Flies’ from 1984, 

‘Í skugga hrafnsins’ or ‘In the Shadow of the Raven’ from 1988, 

‘Hvíti víkingurinn’ or ‘The White Viking’ from 1991 

and ‘Hin helgu vé’ or ‘The Sacred Mound’ from 1993. 

As you can see ravens seem to feature quite strongly in the title of his movies and his name Hrafn also means raven in Icelandic.