2023-11-29 23:11



Leclerc and Hargreaves: The Arctic’s Silent Requiem, Tom Nakamura, 1983

2023-11-20 14:47

You dress warmly and head down to the street. It’s the usual bleakness of everyday life, where everyone seems busy, oblivious to the fact that none of this makes sense. Yet, you still have to pretend it’s more than a ritual.

The shades of grey from the brutalist administrative buildings and the decaying whites of once beautiful houses can’t compete with the neon or tungsten lights from interiors. People are awake at this ungodly hour when they shouldn’t be, if they had jobs. But somehow, it’s comforting to know you’ve been a survivor all these years.

Your childhood is far away now, and it’s a good thing. The innocence required to navigate adulthood pales in comparison to the empowerment of making your own decisions. No longer under the wing of parents who should never have had children, as they couldn’t even take care of themselves.

The true tragedy lies beyond the acid rain and the pollution of falsehoods you’re forced to ingest due to your financial constraints. It’s the spiritual disconnect, the loss of a connection that society deems too dangerous. Free minds questioning their origins and the meaning of it all are a threat.

And then there’s music, perhaps the last of the airwaves that don’t kill you but make you more alive.

2023-11-15 13:35

Tirage argentique d’une synthographie de la série Dans la Vallée de l’étrange. – 50x40cm.

2023-10-27 18:10

« Leclerc et Hargreaves : Le Requiem silencieux de l’Arctique » est un documentaire resté inédit en France, une coproduction américano-japonaise entre la NHK et CBS, réalisé par Tom Nakamura en 1983.

Ce chef-d’œuvre oublié, jamais réédité pour d’obscures raisons, retrace l’expédition audacieuse de Jacques Leclerc et Edmund Hargreaves dans les contrées gelées de l’Arctique, où ils ont disparu sans laisser de traces sans qu’on sache ce qui leur était arrivé jusqu’en 1974..

Bien que le film soit resté introuvable pendant des décennies, j’ai eu la chance inestimable de dénicher une copie VHS. Voici quelques captures d’écran.

© Tom Nakamura


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