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A Little Film History Firsts

Posted on 05. Jan, 2016 by in Movies, Rediscover

A Little Film History Firsts

 In a little over a century, film has evolved from a technological novelty into one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment. Here are some of film history’s most important milestones (with a focus on the history of Hollywood), from the first sound film to the first flushing toilet shown on screen. 1. First […]

An Ernst Look at Mr. Lubitsch

Posted on 13. Dec, 2015 by in Directors

An Ernst Look at Mr. Lubitsch

This small, energetic, and still youthful man never has the time. He is forever on the go, always busy with projects, ideas, and work, and always ready to absorb new activities. Always and wherever art is. When I met him at a careening and pitching coffeehouse at the busiest hour of the day, and told […]

Weimar Cinema: From Darkness Into The Light

Posted on 02. Dec, 2015 by in Movies, Opinions

Weimar Cinema: From Darkness Into The Light

Along with New German Cinema, the cinema of the Weimar Republic has had an enormous influence on international perceptions of German film. This first German democratic state, which at the end of the First World War succeeded the imperial regime of Kaiser Wilhelm II, enabled film to emerge as a socially significant art form both […]

Musings On Acting by Meryl Streep

Posted on 08. Nov, 2015 by in Actors

Musings On Acting by Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep really needs no introduction: She’s widely considered to be one of the best film actors alive. She’s portrayed real women like Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher and Karen Silkwood to legendary effect, and brought to life fictional ones as wide ranging as Sophie Zawistowski and Miranda Priestly. Anyone who’s seen her knows Streep’s ability […]

The Best Advice I Can Offer by Werner Herzog

Posted on 13. Aug, 2015 by in Directors

The Best Advice I Can Offer by Werner Herzog

Psychologists have long championed the idea that the ability to remember and integrate experiences is a central component of creative work. In Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed (public library) — the same wide-ranging beast of an interview that gave us the legendary filmmaker’s thoughts on creativity, self-reliance, and how to make a living […]

Sylvester Stallone and ‘The Godfather: Part III’

Posted on 14. Mar, 2015 by in Movies

Sylvester Stallone and ‘The Godfather: Part III’

To hear Sylvester Stallone tell it, failing to get a job as an extra in 1972’s The Godfather may have been the best thing to ever happen to him. When casting directors passed him up for even a bit part—“Not even in the wedding scene,” he told the Herald-Journal in 1997—his “world came crashing down” […]

Box Office Education From Wikipedia

Posted on 13. Feb, 2015 by in The Biz

Box Office Education From Wikipedia

Films generate income from several revenue streams, including theatrical exhibition, home video, television broadcast rights and merchandising. However, theatrical box office earnings are the primary metric for trade publications (such as Box Office Mojo and Variety) in assessing the success of a film, mostly because of the availability of the data compared to sales figures […]

The Political Dissident From Lord of The Rings

Posted on 09. Jan, 2015 by in Off Topic

The Political Dissident From Lord of The Rings

Turkey is notorious for its draconian laws regulating exactly what kinds of things its citizens can and cannot say—especially about its head of state. As a result, in the past year, according to Foreign Policy, nearly 250 people have been investigated for insulting the president. And now, a Turkish doctor named Bilgin Ciftci faces two years jail […]

Gone With The Wind: 20 Facts You Knew

Posted on 26. Dec, 2014 by in Movies

Gone With The Wind: 20 Facts You Knew

1 – Producer David Selznick still hadn’t decided, between the many leading actresses at his disposal, who would be best to play Scarlett. But he only needed a stand-in to start filming, since the tremendous “Burning of Atlanta” scene was one of the first. As the fire blazed in the background, actress Vivien Leigh joined […]

Anatomy of a Scene: Directors’ Analysis

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Production, Rediscover

Anatomy of a Scene: Directors’ Analysis

Of all the technological innovations happening around me as I grew up in the 1980s and 90s, none excited me more than the DVD director’s commentary. Yes, LaserDisc diehards, I know commentary tracks didn’t begin with the advent of DVDs, but they unquestionably came into their own as a form on that format. A promising-enough director’s commentary […]

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