Monday, 24th June 2019

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 […]

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 […]

Tell Me About John: Tribute to John Candy

Posted on 26. Oct, 2014 by in Actors, Rediscover

Tell Me About John: Tribute to John Candy

In the 1980s and early ‘90s, John Candy appeared in some of the most beloved comedies of all time. He played the bumbling-but-lovable Del Griffith in Planes Trains and Automobiles, the gruff but, once again, lovable Irv in Cool Runnings, and the hilarious half-man, half-dog, Barf (his “own best friend”) in Spaceballs. Though Candy passed […]

Scenes You’ve Seen: In Stock footage

Posted on 27. Sep, 2014 by in Movies, Rediscover

Scenes You’ve Seen: In Stock footage

Scenes you’ve seen … or have you? Using Dissolve stock footage – and the magic of editing – we’ve created this impressionistic homage to some classic movies. Can you name all 14 films? See and license the clips used at http://www.dissolve.com/scenes. But first, let’s get educated. Quick definition. What is stock footage? Stock footage, and similarly, […]

Stanley Kubrick’s Voice

Posted on 08. Dec, 2013 by in Directors, Rediscover

Stanley Kubrick’s Voice

“People react primarily to direct experience and not to abstractions; it is very rare to find anyone who can become emotionally involved with an abstraction.” In the spring of 1965, the physicist and prolific author Jeremy Bernstein wrote a short piece for The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” about of 37-year-old director Stanley Kubrick, who was accelerating towards the […]

Faking It: A Visual History of Images

Posted on 16. Dec, 2012 by in Rediscover

Faking It: A Visual History of Images

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses,” Susan Sontag famously asserted in On Photography. But in the quarter century since, the rise of digital photography and image manipulation software has increasingly transmogrified the photographer into a constructor of reality, a reality in which believing is seeing. Still, image manipulation dates much further back — in fact, to the dawn of photography […]

The Distance of the Moon: Short Film

Posted on 22. Oct, 2012 by in Movies, Rediscover

The Distance of the Moon: Short Film

Beloved Italian writer Italo Calvino (1923-1985) — who originated these 14 timeless definitions of what makes a classic — would’ve celebrated his 89th birthday today. To mark the occasion, here is an exquisite animated short film by Israeli children’s book author, and illustrator Shulamit Serafy, based on Calvino’s short story The Distance of the Moon. [vsw id=”EZ9cEZhiGPw” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] The story […]

Among the Philistines: From the Trilogy to Comrades

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by in Movies, Rediscover

Among the Philistines: From the Trilogy to Comrades

Until recently, the only way viewers in the U.K. could see Bill Douglas’s 1987 film, Comrades, was by stumbling across it during one of Film4’s rare, late-night broadcasts. American moviegoers were even less lucky, since the film was never released here. Thankfully, in 2009 the British Film Institute (BFI) released it on DVD, marking the first […]

100 Ideas That Changed Film

Posted on 28. May, 2012 by in Rediscover

100 Ideas That Changed Film

How the seventh art went from magic lanterns to state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery in 100 years. When a small handful of enthusiasts gathered at the first cinema show at the Grand Cafe in Paris on December 27, 1895, to celebrate early experimental film, they didn’t know that over the next century, their fringe fascination would carve its […]

AmeriKazan, Elia Kazan.

Posted on 19. Nov, 2011 by in Directors, Rediscover

AmeriKazan, Elia Kazan.

Amid extraordinary controversy at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1999, Elia Kazan was belatedly presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career as a director of American films. Despite the protests regarding his “friendly” testimony at the HUAC hearings in 1952, there was never any question that Kazan’s cinematic accomplishments merited the long-overdue award. […]

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