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Hallucinating history: when Stalin and Eisenstein reinvented a revolution

Ten years after the storming of the Winter Palace, Sergei Eisenstein’s surreal and savage epic October reimagined Russia’s 1917 revolt – and parodied Stalin, who had commissioned it. We revisit its explosive unruliness

Coleridge said that seeing the fiery Edmund Kean act was “like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning”. Watching Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film October is like watching the Russian revolution the same way. It’s surreally lit up by stark images that sear your retina; gone the next second, to be replaced by others just as mysterious and disorientating. October is not a historical document, more a remembered dream. I sometimes wish we could see it without music, with just a deafening thunderbolt on each of its 3,200 cuts. A violent electrical storm of strangeness.

The film was commissioned in Stalin’s Soviet Russia for the 10th anniversary of the 1917 October revolution, as a suitably fervent propagandist celebration.
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' in Lego, Don Bluth's American Classic and More

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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Money Is the Devil: Church Satirized in Enjoyable Early Lubitsch Comedy with Premise Similar to Keaton Classic

Money Is the Devil: Church Satirized in Enjoyable Early Lubitsch Comedy with Premise Similar to Keaton Classic
'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 PickfordOssi 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
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Remembering Forgotten Early Female Documentarian and That Talkies Began Long Before 'The Jazz Singer'

'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
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Cannes: 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato' Prequel in the Works With Hollywood Setting

Cannes: 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato' Prequel in the Works With Hollywood Setting
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.

Cinatura UK's Kees Kasander will produce the title, with The Works Film & Television Group's Martin McCabe, Brooke Lyndon-Stanford, Deepak Sikka...
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Mosfilm’s Karen Shakhnazarov: ‘Russian Cinema Is Very Different From Soviet Cinema’

Mosfilm’s Karen Shakhnazarov: ‘Russian Cinema Is Very Different From Soviet Cinema’
Marrakech, Morocco — The Marrakech Film Festival has been organizing country tributes since its fourth edition in 2004, honouring such grand filmmaking traditions as France, the U.K, and India and in the last three editions, Scandinavia, Japan and Canada.

But choosing to organize a tribute to Russia – whose landmass spans from Europe to the Far East, and which launched the world’s first film school, Vgik, and has spawned key filmmakers, including Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, Sokourov and Zviaguinstev – is perhaps the festival’s most ambitious challenge to date.

Two Russian films have won Marrakech’s top prize, the Golden Star: Mikhail Kalatozishvili’s “Wild Field” in 2008, and Ivan Tverdovsky’s “Corrections Class” in 2014. Tverdovsky’s coming-of-age drama “Zoology,” that won a Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary, is screening in Marrakech competition this year. It has been one of the most talked about pics at the fest.

An extensive delegation travelled to the red city,
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Recommended on a Friday: Peter and the Farm, Robert Bresson, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, The Chase

What’s happened to Filmmaker’s “Recommended on a Friday” series? Just three columns in and our mix of picks consists largely of repertory and home viewing choices. If you’re in New York, there are several series going on worth your attention, first and foremost Bam’s “Bresson on Cinema” series that features several Bresson titles — Pickpocket, Diary of a Country Priest and A Man Escaped, among them — alongside films that Bresson’s work was somehow in dialogue with. The latter includes a diverse group of classics including Bicycle Thieves and Battleship Potemkin. Bresson’s precise, ascetic style and his work’s near devotional […]
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The Chase

Horton Foote, Lillian Hellman and Arthur Penn's All-Star vision of an Ugly America found few friends in 1965; now its overstated scenes of social injustice and violence are daily events. Marlon Brando leads a terrific cast -- Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall! -- to endure the worst Saturday ever to hit one cursed Texas township. The Chase (1966) Blu-ray Twilight Time 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95 Starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, Miriam Hopkins, Martha Hyer, Richard Bradford, Robert Duvall, James Fox, Diana Hyland, Henry Hull, Jocelyn Brando, Clifton James, Steve Ihnat Cinematography Joseph Lashelle Production Designer Richard Day Art Direction Robert Luthardt Film Editor Gene Milford Original Music John Barry Written by Lillian Hellman from the novel by Horton Foote Produced by Sam Spiegel Directed by Arthur Penn

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Frank Ocean’s 100 Favorite Films: ‘Blue Velvet,’ ‘Solaris,’ ‘Annie Hall’ and 97 More

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Frank Ocean’s 100 Favorite Films: ‘Blue Velvet,’ ‘Solaris,’ ‘Annie Hall’ and 97 More
Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.


Un Chien Andalou

Blue Velvet

Barry Lyndon

Battleship Potemkin


Chungking Express

Raging Bull

“The Conformist”

Bicycle Thieves

“Taxi Driver”

A Clockwork Orange

Mean Streets

Gods of the Plague


Mulholland Drive

Happy Together

Fallen Angels

Apocalypse Now

“The Last Laugh”


Full Metal Jacket
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Frank Ocean Shares His Favorite Films, Including Tarkovsky, PTA, Kurosawa, Lynch, Kubrick & More

After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.

Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.

As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘King of New York,’ Eisenstein, Joe Dante, Pialat & More

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


Throw on your suede and pastels and prepare for the music-filled, light-streaked “Dim All the Lights: Disco and the Movies.”

Nicolas Roeg‘s Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches, plays on Saturday morning; a print of Abel Ferrara‘s King of New York screens throughout the weekend; Oscar Micheaux‘s Ten Minutes to Live shows this Sunday.
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‘The Untouchables’: Brian De Palma’s Definitive Prohibition-Era Drama

Prohibition’s legacy will always be a period of nearly unprecedented crime. What began as an experiment meant to cure the social and moral ills of a beleaguered nation turned into a reason for the worst of human nature to run wild in the streets. Deception, corruption, violence, and vice ruled the day. As with any such moment in history, certain figures became elevated to the level of myth, and totems from the time became cultural touchstones that would endure for ages. Al Capone. Elliot Ness. Tommy guns. Fedoras. Each of these brings up a specific idea in the mind of the populace and can, by itself, set the imagination on fire.

Who better, then, to create the definitive modern tale of the Prohibition Era than the director who has turned so many other people and items into pop culture totems? Brian De Palma has spun gold out of the
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Paul Greengrass’ Top 10 Films

Paul Greengrass has spent the past twenty-plus years crafting lean, energetic action films such as his Bourne entries — a franchise he returns to this Friday with Jason Bourne — and equally taut docudramas such as Captain Philips and United 93. His staging and editing of action has become a seminal staple of modern cinema, though it has proven hard to properly imitate as the coherence he often achieves is lost on his imitators. His films explore national paranoia and wounded heroes (often Matt Damon), while his style focuses on kinetic, intimate, and spur-of-the-moment action and storytelling.

Thanks to BFI‘s most recent Sight & Sound poll, Greengrass has compiled a list of his ten favorite films, many of which globe trot outside of the U.S. to everywhere from France (Godard), to Japan (Kurosawa), and Russia (Eisenstein), among others. There’s a clear connective thread between the French New Wave style of
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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Anthropoid’

Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Anthropoid’
In Hollywood’s alternate history of World War II, Tom Cruise tried and failed to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the loosely fact-based “Valkyrie,” as did Walter Pidgeon in Fritz Lang’s thoroughly fictional “Man Hunt,” before Brad Pitt finally managed to get the job done with the help of his fellow “Inglourious Basterds.” Now, in the most historically accurate of these big-screen resistance feats, “Fifty Shades of Grey” heartthrob Jamie Dornan takes aim at one of Hitler’s top lieutenants, SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, who oversaw both the Reich’s claim on Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic) and the Final Solution.

Anthropoid,” which derives its sci-fi-sounding title from the Czechoslovak army-in-exile’s real-life operation to assassinate Heydrich, capitalizes on the facts of this little-known act of heroism, casting two dreamy stars (Dornan and Cillian Murphy) as expat soldiers Jan Kubiš and Josef Gabčík, who parachute back into their Nazi-occupied
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Interview: Gordon Quinn on 50th Anniversary of Kartemquin Films

Chicago – Two months ago, producer/director/cinematographer/editor Gordon Quinn received the Baadasssss Award from the 2016 Cimm Fest, for his longtime contributions to the cinema scene in Chicago through Kartemquin Films. The famous production house, known for their documentaries, is celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Kartemquin began in 1966 when three newly minted University of Chicago grads partnered to create socially conscious films, and took part of their names – Stan KARter, Jerry TEManer and Gordon QUINn – to form Kartemquin Films. Towards the end of the 1960s, Karter and Temaner had moved on, and the late Jerry Blumenthal stepped in to become the de facto fourth founder. It is Gordon Quinn that remains after 50 years, and he is the standard bearer for a film company that seeks to be a home for independent filmmakers who develop documentaries that deepen our understanding of society through everyday human drama – focusing on people whose lives are
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Watch: 100 Shots From 100 Years of Cinema

This is one of those weird videos that doesn't really qualify as a supercut, and doesn't really qualify as a video essay either. But regardless of categorization, editor Jacob T. Swinney's selection of 100 shots — one from each of the past 100 years of cinema history — is very cool to watch. Added bonus: it played at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Hans Zimmer's masterful "Time," from the Inception soundtrack, does a lot of the heavy lifting, but Swinney makes some excellent choices here and this is well worth a few minutes of your time. Find a full list of the movies used below:

A journey through the past 100 years of cinema--the most memorable shot from each year (in my opinion). While many of these shots are the most recognizable in film history, others are equally iconic in their own right. For example, some shots pioneered a style or defined a genre,
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Russian Revolution feature to mark centenary

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Exclusive: Portmanteau film will feature segments from young Russian directors.

A portmanteau movie is being planned to mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, involving some of the most talented young directors in Russia.

The film, produced by the New People Film Company, is also set to include contributions from established international filmmakers. Four stories are initially being prepared.

The Fuel by Mikhail Arkhipov is the story of a self-taught blacksmith trying to save his village from starvation in 1918.

Arms and Palms Of October by Arseny Zanin will use the montage methods of legendary Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, the director of Strike and Battleship Potemkin.

The Georgian by Nika Barabash and Andreas Konstandakes will tell the story of a petty thief (who looks remarkably like a young Stalin) who prospers in the storm of revolution.

Lenin by Denish Shibaev is set in Donbass in the present day and follows some eccentrics whose passion is restoring old Soviet
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Watch: Restore your love in movies, here’s short film ‘100 Years/100 Shots’

Filmmaker and self-pronounced cinephile Jacob T. Swinney has a new video essay called 100 Years/100 Shots. The title’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s about the history of Tequila in the 21st century.

Swinney has chosen his most memorable shot from each year in the last 100 and placed them next to each other in chronological sequence. Not only does it fascinatingly chart the evolution of the medium, it also reaffirms why we devote so much of our spare time to the movies. See beneath the video embed below for the full list (in order) used.

100 Years/100 Shots from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

Birth of a Nation


The Immigrant

A Dog’s Life

Broken Blossoms

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Kid


Safety Last

Sherlock Junior

Battleship Potemkin

The General


The Passion of Joan of Arc

Un Chien Andalou

All Quiet on the Western Front



King Kong
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Greenaway in Guanajuato

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Peter GreenawayThe 1928 silent dramatization of the Russian revolution wasn’t easily swallowed upon its domestic release. Sergei Eisenstein had been commissioned to make the epic after his 1925 epic Battleship Potemkin caused a sensation, often cited as virtually inventing what we now call “montage” editing. But his resulting film, October: Ten Days that Shook the World (1928), attracted the ire of fierce Soviet powers. Where he had earlier excelled with a lush, sweeping visionary narrative far beyond his years, the director’s experimental style was now seen as unintelligible to mainstream audiences and vaguely pretentious. Like many great and underappreciated talents after him, Eisenstein was forced into a series of edits, but he was always destined for trouble under Stalin’s rule. He was a genius of his craft, and certainly no mere propagandist. So how in blazing history did a Russian auteur find himself in bed with another man in Mexico,
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Film Review: Eisenstein in Guanajuato

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★★★☆☆ Striking, controversial pieces of avant-garde filmmaking often contain one scene where the line in the sand of mainstream cinema is well and truly obliterated. The Odessa steps sequence of Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin stands as an unparalleled and much-studied example. After a number of early warning shots in Peter Greenaway's Eisenstein in Guanajuato - close-up full frontal nudity and graphic vomiting - the tipping point pushes the opening delirium over the edge. The director's latest meditation on sex, death and the nature of being, more a homage to the great Russian's groundbreaking technique than a biopic, achieves an uncomfortable early climax - if you'll excuse the pun.
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