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of Japan were live narrators of silent films.
"To many 'silent' cinema fans in Japan, benshi
were a major attraction. It was usually the film that drew people to the theater, but it was often the benshi
which determined which theater a person would attend. Benshi
were huge cultural stars of the time, with benshi
earning as much, if not more, than many actors." [more inside]
posted by Paragon
on Feb 27, 2011 -
"He sits at a table and spins his yarn, his only requisites being a small stick, the so-called 'wakening-rod' xingmu (in Yangzhou storytelling called 'talking stopper' zhiyu), a handkerchief and a fan."
A comprehensive guide to the art and tradition of Chinese Storytelling
— with photographs, text, audio and video clips illustrating elements of performance.
posted by unliteral
on Sep 21, 2010 -
Real time Dracula
"Experience Bram Stoker's Dracula in a new way -- in real time. Dracula is an epistolary novel (a novel written as a series of letters or diary entries,)
" Whitney Sorrow is posting each entry in real time starting on May 3rd
the date of the first diary entry. [via]
posted by Mitheral
on May 4, 2009 -
Night of the Cephalopods
Shoot eldritch floating squid monsters with a shotgun as a horrified narrator describes your every move
. Requires download, and is Windows only, I'm afraid. via
posted by Caduceus
on Nov 28, 2008 -
TV to Air Death Chamber Tapes
"The tapes were recorded by prison staff and document the events taking place in the execution chamber as narrated by prison officials witnessing the event. The descriptions follow the procedure from the securing of the prisoner to the electric chair to the pronouncement of the time of death and the removal of the prisoner's body from 23 executions. All the tapes are public record".
posted by matteo
on May 2, 2001 -