Monthly Archives: September 2014

High Noon at 12:30pm

We’ll watch Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in the starring roles at 12:30pm though.  High Noon is possibly the best western film ever made with an all star cast and early roles for Lee Van Cleef, Lloyd Bridges and even … Continue reading

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Dimitri Tiomkin – film score composer for High Noon and many others

It’s hard to argue there is a more awarded film score composer than Tiomkin.  Sure there is John Williams of Star Wars fame but for my money, it’s Tiomkin. During the 1950s he was the highest paid film composer, composing … Continue reading

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The Thing . . . based on the short story “Who Goes There”

Here’a link to a website/pdf file of the story . . . . it’s pretty chilling . . . Who Goes There 

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Sci-Fi Week at the Palm Theatre on 9-17 12:30pm

We didn’t have time to talk much about “Sunset Boulevard” or “Rashomon” last week so if anyone wants to we can do a little of that. This week is science fiction week with the Robert Wise (Sound of Music, Run … Continue reading

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Rashomon follow up

The class today saw about 14 minutes of Rashomon, a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close collaboration with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, whose bold experimentation with light, shadow and camera movement was central in translating the “civil war” stories to the … Continue reading

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Rashomon this Wed too

Another great film of the 1950s is this film by acclaimed director Akira Kirusawa starring a then relatively unknown Tishiro Mifune.  The film won the Gold Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1951 and an honorary Oscar in … Continue reading

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