4 items from 2015
From Vci Entertainment comes the odd and only moderately interesting Silent Discoveries double feature, containing After Six Days, a 62-minute 1920 Biblical epic, and Yesterday and Today, a nearly hour-long 1953 documentary. As noted by Vci, the former was “Touted at the time as a ‘$3,000,000 Entertainment for the Hundred Millions,'” and this edition was made from the only complete copy known to exist, a mint 16mm print of the 1929 7-reel sound reissue. The second title here features actor, comedian, and famous vaudevillian George Jessel as he hosts a random assortment of clips from early silent film releases, most of which were, and are, rarely otherwise seen. Neither portion is particularly good, or even consistently entertaining, but both—and this is the reason the DVD is worthwhile—are unique and scarce, and are therefore significant entries into the growing library of archived films made available for mass consumption.
To start with After Six Days, »
- Jeremy Carr
It’s been 80 years since the Academy handed out the first ever Oscar for Best Original Song and those eight decades have provided the widest possible array of winning numbers.
Six years following the all-silent first Oscar ceremony, musicians were given their chance to win Oscars of their very own. The in-between years saw the roar of The Jazz Singer open the floodgates to the movie musical, culminating in the set-pieces typified by the inaugural Best Song winner, “The Continental” from the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire vehicle The Gay Divorcee.
However, as the years rolled on different musical styles took their turn providing Oscar’s top tune as well as some songs that emerged from the unlikeliest of films to capture the imagination.
Here is a list of the top 10 Best Song recipients in Oscar history. Please note that these are not necessarily the best stand-alone songs, but a »
- Shane McNeil
British director will premiere Eisenstein in Guanajuato at the Berlinale next month.
The biopic of sculptor Constantin Brancusi is being made with Dutch producer and former Rotterdam festival stalwart Kees Kasander.
The film will focus on the 18 months when a 27-year-old Brancusi walked through Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.
Speaking to Screen about the feature, Greenaway said: “Along the way, living off the land as his years of being a shepherd boy had taught him, he had adventures - comic, violent, sexual and romantic - and certainly formative of his future sculpture, constantly building sculptures out of found materials – wood, stone, sand, snow and ice - leaving a trail of abandoned experimental temporary sculptures across the landscapes of Europe.”
The film is »
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20th Century Fox
Ever since The Jazz Singer came out and made the notion of movie musicals a reality, they’ve been one of the most enduring genres in Hollywood. Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland: some of the most iconic pop culture figures are performers who became famous after appearing in movie musicals. And it’s interesting to note that the genre is always evolving, always changing to reflect the needs of audiences. In the 1930s, for example, musicals flourished, featuring opulent, glamorous set pieces with men in tails and women in fancy dresses, all done in an attempt to make audiences forget about the dreary realities of the Great Depression.
As time went on and tastes changed, musicals have kept up with the pace. Once filmmakers became experienced with how to make a movie musical, they started experimenting and trying new things. Thus, musicals that have been »
- Audrey Fox
4 items from 2015
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