"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares.
" And so Mark Gatiss
opens his three-part series, A History of Horror
. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites,
" taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 28, 2014 -
Before The Pleasure Garden
(Alfred Hitchcock's directorial debut) was released in 1925, Hitchcock's worked on a numerous silent films as both an assistant director and an art director.
Now recently recovered and restored footage from one of his oldest, long-lost films, 1924's The White Shadow,
has been released online, and you can watch it now at Film Preservation
. (Via io9
Running time: About 43 minutes.
posted by Mezentian
on Nov 21, 2012 -
The long take
, an uncut, uninterrupted shot in film, is seen by some as the counter to CGI, the last great field for cinematic art
. The linked page features six clips from 1990 on, plus the opening shot
from Orson Welles' 1958 film, Touch of Evil
. Alfred Hitchcock's film from a decade earlier, Rope
, took the long cut further, with the whole film shot in eight takes of up to 10 minutes each, a decision shaped by the limit of the physical recording media
. With digital media, the long take could be pushed further, as with Russian Ark
, from 2002. The movie was shot in one long take, with the narrative working through the history of Russia, set within The State Hermitage Museum
, and captured in one day on the 4th take. If the long takes are a tad long for you, try the "short" long takes that are one-shot music videos
[videos inside] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 28, 2010 -
TCM is playing tribute this month to Archie Leach, better known to the world as Cary Grant
. The range of films, the types of roles, the co-stars. Makes you long for another era of american film-making. Of interest to you architect
types might be Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House
of 1948, with the fabulous Myrna Loy - whose 1947 film The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer partly occupies that special message place on my answering machine. Grant's films with Hitchcock - especially North by Northwest with its great fake FLW house and fantastic Saul Bass titles - Cukor, and Hawks are well worth searching out. Don't miss his final role - Walk Don't Run - a film set at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and itself a remake of The More the Merrier of 1943. Who said that Hollywood couldn't do remakes?
One of the most interesting items to come out of the TCM documentary is Cary's embracing LSD in the early pre-illegal tests of it.
posted by grimley
on Jun 1, 2004 -