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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Trailer Remake of the Day: Ahead of this month's release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, here's the obligatory Lego redo of the trailer from Huxley Berg Studios: Film Studies Lesson of the Day: What is "result direction"? This video essay on the collaboration of directors and actors by Travis Lee Ratcliff explains: New Perspective of the Day: Learn the supposed "hidden meaning" of Django Unchained from an alien in the future in the latest Earthling Cinema video: Mashup of the Day: Antonio Maria Da Silva edited together homages to the stairs sequence from Battleship Potemkin, including...
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- Christopher Campbell
'The Doll' with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig: Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring 'the German Mary Pickford' has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy 'Seven Chances.' 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary Pickford – Ossi Oswalda Directed by Ernst Lubitsch (So This Is Paris, The Wedding March), the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival presentation The Doll / Die Puppe (1919) has one of the most amusing mise-en-scènes ever recorded. The set is created by cut-out figures that gradually come to life; then even more cleverly, they commence the fast-paced action. It all begins when a shy, confirmed bachelor, Lancelot (Hermann Thimig), is ordered by his rich uncle (Max Kronert), the Baron von Chanterelle, to marry for a large sum of money. As to be expected, mayhem ensues. Lancelot is forced to flee from the hordes of eligible maidens, eventually »
- Danny Fortune
'Amazing Tales from the Archives': Pioneering female documentarian Aloha Wanderwell Baker remembered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival – along with the largely forgotten sound-on-cylinder technology and the Jean Desmet Collection. 'Amazing Tales from the Archives': San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the 'sound-on-cylinder' system Fans of the earliest sound films would have enjoyed the first presentation at the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 1–4: “Amazing Tales from the Archives,” during which Library of Congress' Nitrate Film Vault Manager George Willeman used a wealth of enjoyable film clips to examine the Thomas Edison Kinetophone process. In the years 1913–1914, long before The Jazz Singer and Warner Bros.' sound-on-disc technology, the sound-on-cylinder system invaded the nascent film industry with a collection of “talkies.” The sound was scratchy and muffled, but “recognizable.” Notably, this system focused on dialogue, rather than music or sound effects. As with the making of other recordings at the time, the »
- Danny Fortune
22 May 2017 9:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
So what happened before Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to Mexico?
Peter Greenaway is set to write and direct Eisenstein in Hollywood, a chronological prequel to the biographical romantic comedy Eisenstein in Guanajuato. Released in 2015, the film centered on the acclaimed Soviet director and his alleged homosexual affair with a local guide while filming in Mexico in the 1930s.
Eisenstein, who was married and died in 1948, and famed for his 1925 silent movie Battleship Potemkin, is considered one of Russia's greatest directors.
- Ashley Lee
4 items from 2017
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