Archive | June, 2014

Apology to David Bowie

28 Jun

Ottawa Citizen

On May 16, 2014, The Ottawa Citizen published a prominent commentary piece written by Blayne Haggart on our op-ed page that David Bowie was responsible for the removal from YouTube of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s video version of “Space Oddity” which was viewed over 22 million times.

The commentary erroneously claimed that Mr. Bowie refused to renew a one-year licence previously granted to Commander Hadfield, ultimately forcing the video to be removed from worldwide distribution.

That was incorrect. Subsequent to running this piece, we were informed by Mr. Bowie of the following facts: In April of 2013, while Commander Hadfield was still in space, his people contacted Mr. Bowie to seek permission to make the video.

Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's Space Oddity Canadian Astronaut and ISS commander Chris Hadfield is framed by spacesuits as he performs David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station, published on Sunday May 12, 2013.

They were informed that while Mr…

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Le cinémathécaire Henri Langlois a 100 ans

15 Jun

The father of the French Cinema Library, and the grandfather of the Art rooms and Testing, is 100 this year. He was the first movie buff, at a time when cinema was considered “entertainment for the helots” … (Georges Duhamel: Scenes from the Hereafter).

He has not simply saved from destruction and oblivion countless films on celluloid, otherwise headed for the trash can; he has conserved, restored, and shown them: “This is the dragon who watches over our treasures “(Jean Cocteau). And he has become the man who knows film the best in all the world.

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cultureLe père de la Cinémathèque française, et le grand-père des salles d’Art et d’Essai, a 100 ans cette année. Il a été le premier cinéphile, à une époque où le cinéma était considéré comme « un divertissement d’ilotes (1)» …  (Georges Duhamel : Scènes de la viefuture).

Il ne s’est pas contenté de sauver de la destruction et de l’oubli d’innombrables films sur pellicule en celluloïd, voués à la décharge, il les a conservés, restaurés, projetés : « C’est le dragon (2) qui veille sur nos trésors » (Jean Cocteau). Et il va devenir l’homme au monde qui connaît le mieux le cinéma.

Les références des cinéastes de la Nouvelle Vague proviennent des œuvres qu’ils ont vu à la Cinémathèque : « Il nous apporta la lumière… » (Jean-Luc Godard). C’est le Louvre du cinéma. Ils vont à la Cinémathèque comme Cézanne allait au Louvre : pour copier les…

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