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Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Working with NETSCOUT, a world leader in-real time service assurance and cybersecurity, which came aboard as a producer and led him into a new world, Herzog conducted original interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick.

These provocative conversations reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. In the words of executive producer Jim McNiel, “It’s a journey even Werner, with his immense imagination and inquisitive mind, didn’t expect. Unless you have lived in the technology space, you don’t yet fully appreciate what dwells there.” Herzog adds: “It is one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing.”


“Look at the pictures.” With these words, Jesse Helms denounced the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Twenty-five years later, the first and most complete documentary about the artist since his death, by acclaimed directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, does just that, with unprecedented unlimited access to his archives and work.

Valentine's Day.

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Robert Mapplethorpe - Bob Love 1979
Black and white silver gelatin print on paper


The American artist is widely regarded as one of the world's most important artists of the late twentieth century. His controversial and often explicit photographs of the male nude and documentations of the New York S&M scene in the 70s and 80s pushed the boundaries of the medium. These images have led to Mapplethorpe being recognised exclusively as a 'controversial' artist however the technique and ranging subjects of his photographs enable the transcendence of this label. From delicate floral still-life shots to the careful compositions of classical nudes in addition to sexually explicit images, in the pursuit of depicting the world with honesty and truth, his photographs scrutinised the right to individual freedom.

In 1979 Mapplethorpe began to photograph athletic black men because, as his biographer Patricia Morrisroe would state, 'he could extract a greater richness from the colour of their skin'. Bob's face and shoulders fill the frame as he turns his head to the side, his eyes fixed on the camera's lens in a monochrome photograph. The distinctive forms of his body and face result in deep contrasts of light and shade that appear to give Bob the permanence and lustre of a classical marble statue. In 1986 Mapplethorpe produced a book titled Black Book exclusively of such photographs. He once said: 'I zero in on the body part that I consider the most perfect'.

So instead of extravagant, overblown and downright ridiculous gestures this Valentine's Day, why not just hone in on appreciating the quirks and idiosyncratic parts that you consider make the most perfect whole.

Roy Cohn por Robert Mapplethorpe

Roy Cohn existiu e não foi apenas uma personagem de "Angels in America" de Tony Kushner. Advogado, Republicano, gay, morreu de SIDA, apesar de o negar sempre. Era cancro do fígado. Nasceu no Bronx, ganhou proeminência na era McCarthy, perseguindo alegados comunistas. Ajudou a condenar gente à morte, nomeadamente nos seus esforços de contraespionagem durante a guerra fria.

Robert Mapplethorpe, fotógrafo, gay, morreu de SIDA. Foi namorado de Patti Smith e é personagem central no brilhante "Just Kids". Foi polémico e testou os limites da arte e da pornografia. Fotografou Roy Cohn em 1981, cinco anos antes de o advogado morrer, oito anos antes de ele próprio desaparecer. Ver abaixo. Separados por tudo o resto, unidos por uma fotografia e pela força indelével da sexualidade. Esta fotografia merecia uma história, um conto, um romance, um filme, qualquer coisa.