From The Desk Of A.C. Newman: Hiroshi Teshigahara

carlnewmanpresscrop41“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.

Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.

womandunes1Newman: Oddly enough, the thing that got me obsessed with Barcelona was a documentary on Antoni Gaudí that showed at the cinematheque in Vancouver. I just realized it was directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. It came out on the Criterion Collection a few months ago. His famous movie is called Woman In The Dunes, from the mid-’60s. It got nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (in 1964) and Teshigahara was later was nominated for Best Director (in 1965). Most of his movies were written by Kobo Abe, who I’m also a big fan of.