Gena Rowlands photographed by Leo Fuchs on the set of The Spiral Road, 1962
Great photo. Wonderful actress. See Another Woman for her in a different time but equally coolly beautiful.
Volume 2. Gorgeous. Intense and painful, but finely wrought. A vision of an unexpected hell. Piling drugs upon drugs. Whirling, urgent, needy and lost. A sad but funny tale.
I’m tempted to read all five of these in a run but liking breaking them up and making the series last.
Shit the bed. It’s London.
Saw this with the kids. So proud they wanted to watch it. Ike in particular has an interest in the black American experience that comes from watching Roots as a tiny kid. Seeing that helped inform all three of them. They were gripped by the story but shocked by people being hated for their difference instead of celebrated for it.
Ike has taken a real interest in Malcolm’s story and I said I’d check if the film was suitable. I have seen it two or three times but remembered drugs and some sex and wasn’t sure, but I checked online and general view was it would be fine and educational. There is a fair bit of swearing but we never mind that. They know to filter and it’s in context.
They loved it. Three hours of black struggle and civil rights and I have three kids of 9, 10 and 12 watching intently. I felt so proud they could sit like that and watch something so complex and deal with the issues, debate them, listen, care. When he was shot and then when the kids stood up and said “I am Malcolm X” and then Nelson Mandela came on I had a proper cry and the kids all smiled indulgently at me. They love it when I cry at films.
A dazzling achievement by Spike Lee and a great film and a lovely afternoon with the three coolest kids I know.
Roll on our visit to Harlem next Easter.
Album of the week. Oh, the blissful silences between the haunting notes. The simple complexity. The complex simplicity. That voice. That piano.
Some Other Time may be the most perfect song ever. Glistening like snow on the lawn. Can’t get enough of it at the moment. The whole album is under rated and magic. Explore.