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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Alfred Hitchcock on the Secret of Happiness

Posted on 28. May, 2012 by in Directors

Alfred Hitchcock on the Secret of Happiness

“…only things that are creative and not destructive… hatred is wasted energy.”   The secret of happiness and purpose endures as our highest aspiration. From its science and psychologyto its geography to its empirical application, we go after it with ceaseless zeal. In this brilliantly wise and articulate short excerpt from an archival interview, the great Alfred Hitchcock shares his definition of happiness — a […]

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. […]

Know Your Celluloid: A Format Overview

Posted on 01. Sep, 2011 by in Off Topic

Know Your Celluloid:  A Format Overview

        IT HAS been claimed that there is only one standard of measurement which is common to all nations of the earth. That measurement is the width of a piece of standard theatrical size motion picture film. Many persons actively engaged in the industry seem to be unaware that other widths and […]

Kiarostami On Kiarostami

Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 by in Directors, Festivals

Kiarostami On Kiarostami

A Conversation with Iranian director Addas Kiorastami. Kiarostami spoke in Persian and Mahdi translated his responses for the audience. The following is the full transcription of this dialogue. Bill Horrigan: Let me start with a funny story. This afternoon Mr. Kiarostami came to the Wexner Center and we went through the four galleries, one painting, […]

Isabella Rossellini on the Jury at Berlin

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 by in Festivals

Isabella Rossellini on the Jury at Berlin

Festival organizers have chosen actress Isabella Rossellini to head the Berlin International Film Festival next February. The daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini, the actress has appeared in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet , Death Becomes Her, and Wyatt Earp. Rossellini has been a regular at the festival since 2006. The next installment of the […]

Review: ‘Machete’ serves relentless, bloody action

Posted on 04. Sep, 2010 by in Opinions

Review: ‘Machete’ serves relentless, bloody action

Certainly, “Machete” is the best feature-length extension of a fake movie trailer in Hollywood history. Fans who saw the trailer in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 “Grindhouse” double-feature continually asked Rodriguez to turn the make-believe ad featuring Danny Trejo into a real blood-and-guts vengeance flick. Rodriguez has complied, maintaining a fair amount of the […]

Venice festival honors Chinese director John Woo

Posted on 04. Sep, 2010 by in Festivals

Venice festival honors Chinese director John Woo

The Venice film festival on Friday honored Hong Kong director John Woo, one of the few Asian filmmakers to enjoy box office success in Hollywood as well as at home. The 64-year-old was awarded a lifetime achievement Golden Lion at the world’s oldest film festival on the same day it showcased his latest film “Reign […]

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