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Video Sundays: Gems of the Public Domain—William Dickson's "Dickson Experimental Sound Film"

Simply put, American copyright law states that once the copyright of a film expires, it then enters what is known as the public domain, meaning that it is common property. Unbeknownst to many, these films are incredibly easy to find on video streaming platforms like YouTube, or even as MP4 files across the web. That is, so long as you know which films to find (and it is worth noting that these are predominantly classic and silent films). There are lists of accessible titles by using information from copyright catalogs, like this list from Mubi and the website Public Domain Movies. However, as the Pratt Library very straightforwardly puts it, "there is no definitive 'slam dunk' certainty or official list when it comes to the question of whether a film is in the public domain," and therefore these lists may only serve as a general nod in the right direction.
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"Mother of All of Us": Ida Lupino and the Label of Proto-Feminism

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Ida Lupino (c. 1952). Courtesy Film Forum via Photofest.Much has been written about Ida Lupino’s centenary this year, and the renewed critical attention is a cause for celebration. The veteran screen actor and director of Golden Age Hollywood has too often been a name casually trotted out in lip service to women’s historical impact in the film industry. She most certainly did have that impact, but her films have proven difficult to see and completism with her work has been equally challenging. This began to shift after Martin Scorsese wrote an affectionate obituary of Lupino in a 1995 issue of The New York Times. Not long after, restorations and DVD releases would follow—some by Scorsese’s Film Foundation itself. Now, in her centenary year, both the British Film Institute and New York’s Film Forum are holding retrospectives to celebrate her, including works like her mother-daughter sports saga Hard,
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Rushes. Orson Welles's and Dennis Hopper's Last Movies, "A Star Is Born" Music Video, Asteroid Cinema

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSIdo Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker (1953).The United States Library of Congress has announced a significant update to their free screening platform, National Screening Room, with hundreds of films—ranging from historic documents of turn-of-century American life to Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker. At this point we're well documented admirers of Paul W.S. Anderson's cinema, which is why we were thrilled to hear that Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, and T.I. have joined Milla Jovovich in the cast for his latest video game adaptation: Capcom's Monster Hunter. The Chinese-Taiwanese annual Golden Horse awards have announced this year's nominations, which include Zhang Yimou's Shadow, Hu Bo's An Elephant Sitting Still, Bi Gan's A Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Pema Tseden's Jinpa, amongst many others.Recommended VIEWINGOne of the longest running, most compelling American film
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AFI Fest: Ida Lupino, the Sole Woman Director in Hollywood in the 1950s

AFI Fest: Ida Lupino, the Sole Woman Director in Hollywood in the 1950s
Ida Lupino was the first woman to direct a classic noir film. In fact, she was the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system to direct a feature and she directed seven features and more than 100 TV episodes. She was the only woman to direct episodes of the original “The Twilight Zone” series, as well as the only director to have starred in the show.

She was born in London on Feb. 4, 1918, during a German zeppelin bombing. Her father’s forbears were traveling players and puppeteers in Renaissance Italy. Later generations migrated to England in the 17th century. Her father, Stanley Lupino, was a noted comedian, and her mother, Connie Emerald, was an actress who was also descended from a theatrical family. A cousin, Lupino Lane, was an internationally popular song-and-dance man.

As a child, she improvised and acted scenes with her younger sister, Rita, in a small
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AFI Fest 2016: 14 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Festival

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AFI Fest 2016: 14 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Festival
Los Angeles’ annual AFI Fest presented by Audi kicks off this week, and boasts a robust slate of some of the festival season’s most beloved offerings and a few highly anticipated new premieres. If you’ve missed out on the rest of the year’s big festivals, AFI Fest is a prime opportunity to catch up on the starriest titles before awards season really kicks into high gear, along with enough bonafide premieres to keep even the most ravenous movie-goer very happy indeed.

Ahead, we pick out 14 of our most anticipated films from the fest, including a handful of genuine classics, some big contenders and at least one very buzzy debut. Take a look and start filling up your schedule now.


The hype is real. Pablo Larrain’s English-language debut features Natalie Portman in not just the best performance of her career, but what’s currently shaping up
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AFI Fest 2016 Celebrates Three Classic Women Role Models of the Past

AFI Fest 2016 Celebrates Three Classic Women Role Models of the Past
The AFI Fest is free! And it takes place in the heart of Hollywood at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. All you need is a ticket!SydneysBuzz is proud to be the official presenter of “The Hitch-Hiker” directed by Ida Lupino, one of the rare women directors in Hollywood in the 1950s and today being brought back to our collective consciousness by AFI!“The Hitch-HikerIda Lupino

A deranged hitchhiker takes two all-American Everymen as hostages in the gripping film noir classic, “The Hitch-Hiker” by Ida Lupino, a pioneering director, writer, producer and actress who became the first woman to direct a film noir. She is one of a trio of diverse female trailblazers being celebrated in the 30th edition of AFI Fest presented by Audi. AFI Fest will also spotlight Dorothy Dandridge, the first African American nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award® and Anna May Wong,
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'Neruda', 'The Untamed' to screen at AFI Fest

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'Neruda', 'The Untamed' to screen at AFI Fest
Pablo Larrain’s Chilean foreign language Oscar contender and Amat Escalante’s latest film will feature among the festival’s World Cinema selection.

Joining Neruda (pictured) and The Untamed on AFI Fest’s 33-strong programme are Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama selection, Denis Côté’s Boris Without Beatrice, Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, Yang Chao’s Crosscurrent, Death In Sarajevo from Danis Tanović, and Juho Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki.

Cinema’s Legacy highlights include Orson WellesCitizen Kane (1941), Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker (1953), Carmen Jones (1954) starring Dorothy Dandridge, and Julie Dash’s Daughters Of The Dust.

The inaugural Masters In Conversation series features screenings followed by on-stage talks for Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, Lav Diaz’s The Woman Who Left, and Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Fire At Sea.

AFI Fest runs from November 10-17. Click here for the full line-ups
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Hitch Hike | Blu-ray Review

Raro Video resurrects an exploitation goodie masquerading as another bit of cheap Eurosleaze, Hitch Hike (aka Autostop Rosso Sangue) a 1977 thriller from Italian director Pasquale Festa Campanile. Like a tawdry version of an early Polanski effort, it’s a significant anomaly of its ilk for several reasons, the most notable being its director, usually known as a fixture of 1970’s Italian-style comedy (aka commedia all’italiana). Adapted from the novel The Violence and the Fury by Peter Kern, it’s headlined by Franco Nero, French actress Corinne Clery (the title character from infamous The Story of O, 1975) and grindhouse staple David Hess (The Last House on the Left, 1972), while predictable story elements spiked with moments of brutal violence should be enough to rejuvenate interest in a title not often screened in the Us (despite its initial box office success in Europe).

Walter Mancini (Franco Nero), a bitter, alcoholic journalist, is
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Weekly Rushes. 9 March 2016

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSThe Academy of the MusesThe announcement for what films have been selected for the Cannes Film Festival won't come for more than a month, but early speculation is rife. Critic Neil Young not only has a prediction of what'll be in this year's festival, but also the odds on which of those films will win the coveted Palm d'Or. Currently in the lead? Argentine director Lucrecia Martel's long-awaited Zama.For those lucky enough to be able to afford to live in London (or travel to it), the Tate Modern will host A Night with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a 14-hour event with the director in person featuring "ghosts, dreams, stillness and sleep." We'll certainly dream of attending.The latest issue of Film Comment is on newsstands, and some of it has been posted online,
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26 Female Directors You Should Know About (and Why You Might Not)

Hannah Bonner Mar 8, 2019

Gender equality continues to be an ongoing issue in Hollywood. We examine why that is and who are 26 voices you should look for.

While Green Book winning Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars was a sour surprise for many viewers, and Olivia Colman’s Best Actress win pure sweetness, the Oscars was glaringly predictable in one key area before the red carpet even unfurled. The absence of women directors (again!) in the Best Director and Best Picture category points to the sustained systematic exclusion of females from two of the most acclaimed, and coveted, prizes in Hollywood.

The Hollywood industry hasn’t cottoned much to female directors. How else do we explain that women account for 4.6 percent of directors of major studio films as of 2015? How else do we explain that it wasn’t until 2010 that a woman won an Oscar for Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
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Viennale 2015. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!

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Chis Marker's Chat écoutant la musiqueThere are dog people and there are cat people, this we know, and there are even people who claim to be of both—though latent sympathies remain unspoken, like with a parent and which child is their favorite. With the Vienna Film Festival welcoming me with a tumbling collection of dog and cat short films spanning cinema's history—the Austrian Film Museum, an essential destination each year collaborating with the Viennale, is hosting a “a brief zoology of cinema” throughout the festivities—it is clear that filmmakers, too, have their preference. Silent cinema decidedly prefers the more easily trained and exhibited canine, with 1907’s surreal favorite Les chiens savants as a certain kind of cruel pinnacle. For the cats, Chris Marker, already the presiding figure over so much in 20th century art, I think we can easily claim is the cine-laureate. One need not know
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Big House U.S.A. – The Blu Review

The 1955 prison drama Big House U.S.A. is a gritty but forgotten crime tale about a desperate group of loathsome men played by an amazing cast of manly B-movie bad guys. Lon Chaney and Charles Bronson act alongside Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, and William Talman. They’re all villains who meet cruel but deserved ends and Big House U.S.A. is one of the most mean spirited prison escape/kidnap caper thriller ever made (and I mean that as a good thing).

Big House U.S.A.’s story begins with an asthmatic rich kid getting lost while attending a “mountain ranger” summer camp (locations filmed at Colorado’s Royal Gorge Park). Shady hiker Jerry Barker (Ralph Meeker) discovers the boy and pretends to help him, but really has decided to hold him for a half million dollar ransom and locks him in a forest lookout tower. The
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Hitch-Hiker

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Kino Lorber

Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy and William Talman hit the road in The Hitch-Hiker.

Directed and co-written by actress Ida Lupino (Private Hell 36), 1953’s The Hitch-Hiker is the only classic film noir crime drama to be helmed by a woman.

One of the more nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s, the movie was inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook. Its tense story involves two men on a camping trip (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He subsequently forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert, which doesn’t bode well for any of them…

The Hitch-Hiker was independently produced, which allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and thus
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“The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season” Out On DVD Today

“The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season” Out On DVD Today
Image Entertainment, of Rlj Entertainment, has released The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season on DVD, this June 4th, 2013. For $29.98 you can get the entirety of the second season of Rod Serling’s classic sci-fi series, including appearances by William Shatner, Don Rickles, Art Carney and a ton more in what are some of the most indelible moments of the series. Check out the press release below, and stay tuned for a review by yours truly.

Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, announces the release of the second season of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking, science fiction anthology The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season, available on DVD on June 4, 2013 at an Srp of $29.98. Season two features an incredible list of guest stars including Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, Bill Mumy, Buddy Ebsen, Burgess Meredith, Dick York, Don Rickles, Rod Serling, Sydney Pollack, William Shatner and more!

The Twilight Zone
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Big House U.S.A. – The DVD Review

“I’m gonna kidnap a kidnapper for the money he kidnapped for.”

Ever lie in bed at night and wonder if an old movie exists where Lon Chaney takes a blowtorch to Charles Bronson’s face? Well it does and it’s the 1955 prison drama Big House U.S.A., a gritty but forgotten crime tale about a desperate group of loathsome men played by an amazing cast of manly B-movie bad guys. Chaney and Bronson act alongside Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, and William Talman. They’re all villains who meet cruel but deserved ends in Big House U.S.A., one of the most mean-spirited prison escape/kidnap caper thriller ever made (and I mean that as a good thing). I saw it on TV when I was very young and its vicious violence stayed with me for decades until I was finally able to see it again thanks
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Greatest Films Directed By Women – Individual Staff List

Justine Smith

Bright Star, Jane Campion

Orlando, Sally Potter

Trouble Every Day, Claire Denis

Cleo 5 a 7, Agnes Varda

A New Leaf, Elaine May

The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani

American Psycho, Mary Harron

Anatomy of Hell, Catherine Breillat

Point Break, Kathryn Bigelow

Everyone Else, Maren Ade

Ricky D

Connection, Shirley Clarke

Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold

35 Shots of Rhum, Claire Denis

Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Derin

Seven Beauties, Lina Wertmuller

The Hitch-Hiker, Ida Lupino

Lina Wertmuller- Swept Away

Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt

Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel

Xxy, Lucía Puenzo

Special mention:

SkyscraperShirley Clarke

WaspAndrea Arnold

On Dangerous GroundIda Lupino (uncredited)


Chris Clemente

Little Miss Sunshine, Valerie Faris

American Psycho, Mary Harron

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay

Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold

Monster, Patty Jenkins

A League of Their Own, Penny Marshall

Wayne’s World, Penelope Spheeris

Clueless, Amy Heckerling

Point Break,
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Great Films Directed by Women Pt. 1

Not too long ago I asked the Sound On Sight staff to choose their ten favourite films of all time. The result led to mixed reactions (both by staff and readers), and some angry feedback. But how could any of us select only ten films from the thousands we’ve seen and walk away happy with the results. The fact is, of all the films which received a vote, it was those more widely available who made the cut. In other words, films such as The Godfather and Pulp Fiction stood a greater chance of receiving more ballots than say, obscure foreign gems.

My biggest disappointment with the picks, although only ten films were spotlighted, was the lack of votes for films directed by women. Could it be that none of us here at Sound On Sight valued great directors such as Claire Denis, Agnès Varda, Chantal Akerman or Lina Wertmüller?
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Friday Noir: ‘The Hitch-Hiker’ knows where it’s going and cuts right to the chase

The Hitch-Hiker

Directed by Ida Lupino

Written by Ida Lupino and Collier Young

U.S.A., 1953

How is it that when topic of film noir comes up, most of the names connoisseurs and fans bring up are of the men who partook in the development of this fabled, legendary genre? Is it that the women were less important? Did they not feature as prominently in front of or behind the camera as the boys? While those hypotheses are partly true, lest that encourage people to honestly believe that the woman of the American movie industry in the 40s and 50s did not influence the quality of such films. True enough, what instantly recognizable names some would rattle off are those of actresses primarily who played the femme fatales or the wives and girlfriends of the doomed protagonists. Ida Lupino was one, co-starring in one of this reviewer’s all time favourite movies,
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Blu-Ray Review: The Twilight Zone Series 1 – Seminal Sci-Fi TV Gets Out of This World Update!

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.”

Or so ran the opening monologue of Rod Serling’s science fiction anthology series…

In each half-hour episode an intelligent, mysterious and often horrific and disturbing scenario was showcased, highlighting the prevalent social & political concerns of the time. Playing up to the Cold War fears of post WWII America and exploiting the paranoia generated by this, Serling and his team produced a series that was truly groundbreaking and with this exceptional debut season now available on an equally spectacular Blu-ray release,
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Blu-Ray Review: Amazing Release of ‘The Twilight Zone: Season 1’

Chicago – Enter the middle ground between light and shadow with the amazing Blu-ray release of the first season of one of the best television programs of all time — “The Twilight Zone”.

Packed with remarkable special features that are all perfectly shaped around a show that has lost absolutely none of its power despite the decades since its original airing and the myriad of programs that it inspired, “The Twilight Zone: Season 1” is the best TV-on-bd release of the year to date.

Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

My personal adoration for Rod Serling’s landmark creation is hard to overstate. There was a time when I always had an episode in my DVR from one of its cable airings just in case the mood struck me right or I stumbled upon an episode I actually hadn’t seen. The program helped shape the way I look at science fiction and I believe I
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