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Previewing media clips with Google (the new video search)

According to Stefanie Olsen from CNET, Google is expected to reveil it’s new video search engine for Web-only video within the next two months.

Google’s planned service will let visitors find free short-form videos such as the popular „Star Wars“ video spoofs, according to sources who asked to remain anonymous. The engine will complement the search giant’s existing experimental site that lets people search the closed-caption text of television shows from PBS and CNN, among others, and preview accompanying still images. The new capabilities will let people watch roughly 10 seconds of Web video clips for free before shuttling visitors to the video’s host site, sources say.

[…] Longer term, Google is preparing a payment system for a premium video service that would let people pay to watch full video clips. Google is talking to several top-tier content providers, including Hollywood movie studios, to gain agreements for aggregating their video and selling premium or pay-per-view access.

[…] Google has already forged an alliance with former Vice President Al Gore to provide search features for his interactive television project,, a 24-hour network with viewer-contributed broadcasts that range in length from 15 seconds to 5 minutes. The project is similar to Google’s upload program, but for television.

Société et monde, TV, cinéma, art et JS

En lisant JS tout récemment, je me suis souvenu du prochain festival international du cinéma documentaire à Nyon et le projet Reprocessing Reality.

Selon les mots de la commissaire d’exposition Claudia Spinelli „l’intérêt des milieux cinématographiques et artistiques pour la réalité sociale et politique n’a été jamais aussi grand qu’aujourd’hui.“ JS dit plutôt le contraire – en tout cas en ce qui concerne les cinéastes -, n’est-ce pas? (ah comme j’adore ce „n’est-ce pas“ gombrowiczien). Et comme il va bientôt prendre le chemin de Nyon, je suis assez curieux de ce qu’il va rapporter de cette exposition…

Bag-uette (Atget's Boulanger)

It’s not a moving image, but it’s moving (émouvant) – this bag-uette (L.C.)

Would Barthes agree, if I say it’s a punctum? No I guess not. It is simply too salient, too saillant. It could possibly be a punctum if I would look at this photo at the time it was taken by Eugène Atget (around 1900). But today this suitcase for a bread is simply too incongruent.
But is it a suitcase… probably not. It’s just a well-baked baguette. So then we can reconsider it as a punctum.

As Barthes says about the punctum:
Ainsi le détail qui m’intéresse n’est pas, ou du moins n’est pas rigoureusement, intentionnel, et probablement ne faut-il pas qu’il le soit ; il se trouve dans le champ de la chose photographiée comme un supplément à la fois inévitable et gracieux; il n’atteste pas obligatoirement l’art du photographe; il dit seulement que le photographe a été là […] Qu’il soit cerné ou non, c’est un supplément : c’est ce que j’ajoute à la photo et qui cependant y est déjà.

The 10 Films

Sandrine from Contrechamp posted recently her favorite films list. I will try to do the same, but instead of listing them all, I will take some time and add them one by one slowly. Below I try to figure out how to come to this small number of ten.

1) Canyon Passage (Tourneur)
3) (probably) Videodrome
4) (probably) Being John Malkovich
10) Ganja and Hess (1973) directed by Bill Gunn
The only film of this list I have never seen, but I am still dreaming about. I read the screenplay (Screenplays of the African American Experience edited by Phyllis Rauch Klotman, ISBN 0-253-33145-5). By the way, Ganja and Hess was the critic’s choice at the 1973 Cannes Festival. See also this essay.

2) A film of Ozu or Kitano or Wong Kar-Wai or Hou Hsiao-Hsien or Edward Yang or one of all of them:
Ozu: I guess Tokyo Story. I have seen it again recently (Criterion) and it is splendid. I also like David Bordwell’s book about Ozu
Kitano: Hana-Bi or his second one, Boiling Point aka 3×4 10月
Wong Kar-Wai: Days of Being Wild or Fallen Angels
Hou Hsiao-Hsien: The Puppetmaster
Edward Yang: Yi Yi
5) Pursued (Raoul Walsh) or The Beguiled (Don Siegel) or Heaven’s Gate (Cimino)
6) A Godard definitely: Sauve qui peut la vie? Prénom Carmen? Nouvelle Vague?
7) Sans Soleil or Le Tombeau d’Alexandre from Chris Marker? Le Bonheur from Medvekine? The first two films of Kira Muratova? Boris Barnet?
8) Peau d’Âne (Demy) which I rediscover with my kids? There is another film for kids which is french and totally crazy, but I do not remember its title nor its director. A Miyazaki?
9) The Red Shoes or Black Narcissus (Powell and Pressburger) or Badlands de Terence Malick or Andrei Roublev (Tarkovski)