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F.W. Murnau was the avant garde, expressionist director of such classic movies as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sunrise, and Nosferatu. Today I stumble across one of his major movies, Faust. The richest tones of contrast, the use of shadows and light, and strong oblique compositions were all major elements of craft that the Film Noir directors borrowed to fine effect. I wouldn’t call Murnau’s films noir exactly, although Sunrise comes close, they do show share the same toolbox of technique of that genre. The special effects are done really well for this time period. It most have been as jaw-dropping in its day.
I don’t know who does the soundtrack for this version. I found it to be modern and very effective though.
Something special for the Christmas season. This film is from 1908 and was thinking it most be the first film adaptation of the Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol, but I’d be wrong. There was an earlier film from 1901. This version is a very short film but captures the highlights. The music is by Vox Lumiere and they’ll be performing it live on Christmas Eve in L.A. Visit their site for more info. I’m a big fan of Vox Lumiere and did a posting earlier about them.
Here’s what the Vox Lumiere newsletter says about this film:
Inventor Thomas Edison filmed this version of the classic Dicken’s tale in 1908 at The Essanay Studios in Chicago. Check out the sophisticated film – on film – on film layering (yes, I meant all three) that Edison employs to show Scrooge, the visiting Christmas Ghosts, as well as the scene each Ghost presents to Scrooge. CGI has got nothing on this “old school” film making – amazing.
I’ve got to say, for 1908, the film quality is excellent. And here’s something was thinking about. The story was published in 1843. This movie was made 65 years later. And now it’s over a hundred years since this film was made. My point is that the time of the movie was closer to the time of the book than our own time is to the movie. Okay, not that profound, but I thought it interesting in that it brought home how really old this movie is.
IMDB lists this movie’s running time at 15 minutes and this video is less than six. But we all know the story, so enjoy …
The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps are considered the best of Hitchcock’s British films. I’d agree, but I’m also very partial to Young and Innocent. I think Nova Pilbeam steals the film (if the leading star can steal a film). It’s a shame she didn’t do more films. She’s also in the original version of The Man Who Knew Too Much in which she plays the daughter. I think I read somewhere that Hitchcock was considering her for the lead actress in Suspicion. But producer David Selznick felt he needed a bigger star. If only she had been cast in the movie perhaps she would have been a major Hollywood star. In addition she had the perfect name for a Science Fiction Heroine of the 40s–Nova Pilbeam, Maiden of the Spaceways! Has a nice ring to it, eh?
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This adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel ‘Farewell, My Lovely’, renamed for the American market to prevent filmgoers mistaking it for a musical (for which Powell was already famous) has private eye Philip Marlowe hired by Moose Malloy, a petty crook just out of prison after a seven year stretch, to look for his former girlfriend, Velma, who has not been seen for the last six years. The case is tougher than Marlowe expected as his initially promising enquiries lead to a complex web of deceit involving murder, bribery, perjury and theft, and where no one’s motivation is obvious, least of all Marlowe’s.
I watched this movie last week. I had no expectations going in, and thought it was great. Looking back on it I’d probably give it 3 out of 4 stars, but that’s not fair. It was 4 star the night I watched it. There’s a good review at DVD Beaver. Oh, and Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay. There’s a great supporting cast too!
This is a fascinating documentary on SF author John Wyndham A.K.A. John Beynon , John Beynon Harris, John B. Harris , Lucas Parkes , Wyndham Parkes , Johnson Harris. He’s most famous for his later novels like Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysilads, and The Midwich Cuckoo. All could be classified as what Brian Aldiss calls Cozy Catastrophes. I’ve only read The Day of the Triffids myself, but found it to be an excellent book. A strange mix of literary and pulp. Literary in it’s cleanness of prose and style. Pulp in it’s “My God, walking plants that are attacking humanity!”.