Arts The 50 Greatest Arts Videos on YouTube
posted by August 31 at 15:47 PMon
Yesterday Metafilter linked to The Guardian’s list of the 50 greatest arts videos on YouTube—and I just disappeared into it for about three hours. Go ahead: let it swallow your Memorial Day weekend. It’s so worth your time.
My favorites so far:
1. A screen test for East of Eden wherein James Dean tells Paul Newman to kiss him, and Newman responds, “Can’t here.”
2. Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit” not long before her death.
3. Jackson Pollock, filmed by Hans Namuth, saying pretty much everything that needs to be said about Pollock’s painting, including that he got the idea from Native American sand painters.
4. Samuel Beckett’s only film project, running in two parts (although like me, you may have to go three parts to piece together the whole thing, because of the original linkage) at about 15 minutes long, starring an old, wrinkly, terrifying, and still hilarious Buster Keaton. It’s silent. Do watch it through to the end.
5. Kurt Russell trying to get the part of Han Solo.
There is also far, far more. I have to get back there. Now go!