Monthly Archives: November 2014

Film making might have just moved to a new high . . . Birdman

I saw this film last weekend with much trepidation as the trailer wasn’t too convincing for me but I was intrigued with the possibility that director Alejandro González Iñárritu might be up to something better than his already impressive credentials … Continue reading

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RIP Charles Champlin – LA Times arts editor, critic

For 26 years Charles Champlin informed me about art and primarily film.  You can learn something about the world of art from the obituary of a man like him; he covered it all. click here for a story about how … Continue reading

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French New Wave

As the series comes to the end of the 1950s, we are looking into the beginning of the French New Wave film making. The New Wave (French: La Nouvelle Vague) is a blanket term coined by critics for a group … Continue reading

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Shadows . . .

The final film of this series of 1950 films is the directorial debut of John Cassevetes. If American independent cinema could be said to have a birthday, Nov. 11 is as good a date to celebrate as any. On that … Continue reading

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Tony Curtis

His only nomination for an Oscar was for his role in The Defiant Ones, which we’ll watch today. click here to visit his well done website

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Leslie Caron

She was the star of “Gigi” and many other films, nominated twice for best actress but never won an Oscar. click here for a nice video of this beautiful actress

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The artistic effort that goes into creating a motion picture

One of the special features on the 2nd DVD in the Bridge on the River Kwai package is a short film introduced by William Holden which is a good overview on the elements of making a good film.  The feature … Continue reading

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