Photographer Leonardo Henrichsen filming his death. (Chile, 1973)

June 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

SVT enlisted Henrichsen, who had covered 14 violent coups for their current events program, Rapport, to their bureau in Santiago, Chile. Working with chief correspondent Jan Sandquist, his first assignment there was during a massive, October 1972 truckers’ strike in protest over the program of expropriations being advanced by Chile’s Socialist President, Salvador Allende.On the morning of June 29, 1973, the day of the attempted military coup known as the Tanquetazo, as Henrichsen had breakfast at the café in the Hotel Crillón (across La Moneda Presidential Palace in downtown Santiago), the sound of gunfire erupted outside, leading him and Sandquist to rush to cover the event. As he began filming, a detachment in a mutineering army regiment attempting to storm La Moneda Palace attacked protesters and bystanders nearby and, noticing him and his camera, the ranking officer, Corporal Héctor Bustamante Gómez shot his pistol at Henrichsen, prompting his men to fire, as well. Appealing to them that they cease firing at two journalists, Henrichsen was struck by the third shot (from an as yet unidentified conscript), causing him to collapse in Sandquist’s arms while still filming. He was 33.


Anna Halprin, Dancing my cancer (1975)

February 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Anna Halprin – Wikipedia

La Mort en Direct, Bertrand Tavernier (1980)

February 16, 2013 § Leave a comment


The Death Of Comedian Tommy Cooper, On The London Stage 1984

February 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Tommy Cooper was a welsh-born, British prop comedian and magician, famous for the red fez he always wore, and the persona he crafted of a magician whose tricks always go wrong. Cooper died on April 15, 1984, as he performed live on television for a variety show entitled “Live from her Majesty’s”. During a sketch in which he was to pull numerous objects from a gown, just after his assistant helped him put the gown on, Copper collapsed and sat against the curtain while the audience and his assistant laughed, thinking it was an impromptu part of his act. He then fell backwards onto his back, creating more laughs. However, as the minutes passed, it was apparent that something had actually gone wrong, and it wasn’t part of his act. Another curtain was closed to hide where he had fallen, and other acts carried on on the front of the stage. People backstage tried to resuscitate him but couldn’t. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Westminster hospital, from a heart attack. He was 63 years old.

Stendalì – Suonano ancora

February 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Titolo originale     Stendalì – Suonano ancora
Paese di produzione     Italia
Anno     1960
Durata     11 min.
Colore     bianco/nero
Audio     sonoro
Genere     documentario
Regia     Cecilia Mangini
Soggetto     Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sceneggiatura     Cecilia Mangini
Fotografia     Giuseppe De Mitri
Montaggio     Renato May
Musiche     Egisto Macchi

The Portraitist

December 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Portraitist, a film by  Irek Dobrowolski

The Portraitist is a 2005 Polish television documentary film about the life and work of Wilhelm Brasse, the famous “photographer of Auschwitz”, made for TVP1, Poland, which first aired in its “Proud to Present” series on January 1, 2006.[1] It also premiered at the Polish Film Festival, at the West London Synagogue, in London, on March 19, 2007.


December 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Kali. Y. G. Srimati  (Indian, 1927–2007)

Kali is striding across a turbulent landscape of mottled cloudlike formations. Her power is embodied in her movement and in the animation of her skirt composed of strands of human skulls, which echoes the flaying movement of her ten arms. Together they create a cosmic circle of frightful energy. This authoritative representation demonstrates the artist’s almost subliminal understanding of the power of the goddess.