on the Filmmakers
|This film stars Douglas
Fairbanks, Sr. at the height of his powers. He wrote the script under
a pen name and gave William Cameron Menzies a freehand to create one of
the most spectacular film-fantasy worlds to date. It cost $2 million [quite
a lot at that time] and the critics loved it. Features Anna May Wong
as an „evil“ Mongolian slave. Menzies also designed Fairbanks‘ crypt, known
as his „last set“ on the grounds of the Hollywood
The Tiger of Eschnapur
This is Part One of a two-part Film.
Part Two, The
Indian Tomb, will be screened at 7PM,
Thursday, January 17, in Media Theater 110.
|Early in his career, Lang was called in to work on the
script of the film The Indian Tomb with Thea
von Harbou, based on Harbou’s novel. The two subsequently married and
collaborated until he fled the Nazi’s in 1932 and von Harbou divorced him
and joined the Nazi party. Lang had a long career in Hollywood. In the
1950s a German film company begged Lang to make a film in Germany. He agreed
on the condition that he could direct a remake of The Indian Tomb,
and that this time it would be shot on location in Indian. They agreed.
The film is a full-color extravaganza, in two feature-length episodes:
Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb. The two-part feature
was never released in the U.S., but a horribly patched together 90-minute
mix of the two, dubbed into English was released as Journey to the Lost
City. The full film is presented here as Lang intended it. Very
little has been written on it as it has been unavailable for so long.
Films of Fritz Lang – by Michael Grost
Thomas Elsasser. Fritz
Lang: The Illusion of Mastery
Exoticism Film A Symposium on Exoticism in German Silent Film
Anger 1963)2[29 minutes]
The Great Silence (Sergio
|f||Scorpio Rising exemplifies what I mean by „moving
hieroglyph“ – a keenly edited critical phantasy in which a very specific
image repetoire generates a constellation of a psychosexual microcosm and
its communicative interface with the culture at large. Sadomasochistically
inflected biker-dreams permutate through old movies of Christ’s passion
on a cheap portable TV. Gorgeous, enchanting and invigorating.
Corbucci is a dark poet of the Spaghetti Western, known in particular
for Django (1966). The Great Silence was
never released in the United States. It stars Klaus Kinski, Jean-Louis
Trintignant and, in her debuting role, blaxploitation star Vonetta McGee.
Gorgeously photographed in the Pyranees, this is the story of a band of
outlaws-of-conscience in Utah, hunted by „bounty-killers“ and a mute mercenary
(his throat having been cut as a child so he couldn’t tell the authorities
that the sheriff had murdered his parents) who is called in to defend them.
This is a rare film and a quirky vision that bears watching. It is shown
with an English-language dialogue track since all the principle actors
spoke English in the film, with the exception of Trintignant, who would
have spoken French, had he not been cast as the mute.
Westerns“ which does not mention this film, unfortunately, and gets
Corbucci’s name wrong as director of Django (1966).
Kenneth Anger born in California
in 1930. Appeared in the 1934 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
as the changeling prince. Is considered along with Jack Smith, Andy Warhol,
Jonas Mekas, Marie
Mencken, Ron Rice, Bruce Connor, Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, et alia
one of the mainstays of the American Underground
1947 Fireworks 14 min.
Cinema: the 1960s
anger: a. dossier
Cornell 1936) [16 minutes]
The Legend of the Suram Fortress
|Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)
lived a quiet life on Utopia Parkway in Flushing New York with his
mother and his brother Robert. A wool retailer, he began making art-construction
boxes in the early 1930s, and was first exhibited in 1932. Particularly
influenced by Max
Ernst and Marcel
Duchamps. He also made compilation film collages of found
footage. One such work is Rose
Hobart (1936), made from reedited portions of the 1931 film, East
of Borneo. When screened at MOMA in 1936, Salvador
Dali kicked the projector over enraged
and accused Cornell of stealing his dreams. Cornell was assisted in
making other films by a young Stan
Brakhage, who would later on become a major figure in Underground Cinema.
Cornell Boxes. at the Web Museum.
feature on Cornell in Real Audio.
Paradjanov (1924-1990). Armenian born and
raised in Georgia. Studied at the Soviet All-Union State School for Film
Art and Cinematography. Studied with Alexander Dovzhenko and Igor Savchenko
in the Kiev Cinema Studios. Most Important Films:
Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (1964). Of the
Sayat Nova (1969). On the Armenian poet Aruthin
The Legend of Suram Fortress(1985) [In Georgian]
Ashik Kerib (1988) [In Georgian
Parajanov – Interview
for a fascinating overview of the grammar of the Georgian language.
for a pdf-file essay on the Morphology
of the Georgian Aorist tense.
Salt for Svanetia
for Svanetia is a breath-takingly beautiful, poetic enactment of
the Soviet effort to build roads into the mountain isolation of the Ushkul,
a minority population in Siberia who were in crisis because of the lack
Man of Aran is an equally poetic portrait of the
Georgian director often known by
his Russianified name, Mikheil Kalatoshov. Most Important Films:
Salt for Svanetia (1930)
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
I am Cuba (1964)
The Red Tent (1971)
in Images/History in Words
|Robert Flaherty (1884-1951)
Mineralogist and mining engineer who started
making films of „real life“ almost by accident. Nanook of the North
(1922), a portrait of an Inouit family was a surprise hit. In referring
to the film, John Greyson coined the term „documentary.“ Other films include:
Moana (1926): White Shadows on the South Seas
(1928); Man of Aran (1934); The Land (1942); Louisiana
|Robert J. Flaherty –
The links below are made available through the courtesy
of the Web
Archive in Visual Anthropology, at Temple University.
Paolo Pasolini 1962) [20 mins.]
Cleo from 5 to 7
|La Ricotta is a short film
starring Orson Welles directing a film about Christ’s passion. The irony/tragedy
focuses on the actor playing one of the thieves crucified with Christ.
Cleo from 5 to 7 is exactly that: a study of two
Varda has been making films since 1956 and is an important member of
Nouvelle Vague. Equally at home with fictional narratives and documentary,
some films mix the two such as Lion’s Love.
Paolo Pasolini is among the most significant filmmakers and theoreticians
of film in the latter half of the twentieth century. He was also a poet,
a painter, an anthologist of Friulian poetry, and a leftist-philosopher.
He was murdered probably by the police.
Net. A wonderful, rich Site dedicated to the work of Pasolini.
Pasolini Site in Friulian!
Filmography with Annotations.
of Published Works.
Tarkovsky’sNostalghia is an exquisitely filmed
meditation. A Russian poet in Italy to research the life of an exiled
Russian artist. The poet meets a local mystic in Siena which acts as a
catalyst for the poet to face the nature of his own longing.
– An Andrei Tarkovsky Information Site
Kustom Kar Kommandos
(Kenneth Anger, 1961) [3 minutes]
Pierrot le Fou
|See My Re:
Godard Clearing house of sources in my Cinema
and Subjectivity site. And the two links below.
For the discussion of Pierrot
le Fou I may make it a mini dog-and-pony
Luc Godard cinéaste écrivain
Resnais 1963). I see this film as a third in
Night and Fog (1955); Hiroshima, Mon Amour
(1959) being the first two parts.Night and Fog concerns the Holocaust.
Mon Amour concerns the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I believe, concerns French atrocities committed in Algeria. The text of
and Fog was written by Jean Cayrol (a Holocaust survivor) who also
narrates the film. Cayrol also wrote the screenplay of Muriel.
stars the incomparable Delphine Seyrig as a
woman who sells antique furniture from her own apartment where she lives
with her ex-husband’s son Bernard, a photographer recently returned from
his stint in the army and duty in Algeria. At times the editing technique
in this film is Resnais at his most fervent. Notice that Muriel
made it into Jean-Luc
Godard’s Top Ten List for 1963. Click THIS
for the full list and lists from other years too.
Resnais is one of the seminal filmmakers of the Nouvelle
Vague (New Wave). After doing a number of often experimental
documentaries, he began to make feature-length fictional narrative
films that are obsessed with the relation of time to memory. Among most
important films are:
Night and Fog
Hiroshima, Mon Amour
Last Year at Marienbad
The War is Over
Mon Oncle d’amerique.
Joan of Arc of Mongolia
Joan of Arc of Mongolia is a lavish
film of multiculturalism for real. The first half takes place on the Trans-siberian
railway, where all the characters communicate perfectly although each speaks
hhis/her own language (French,
and some Mandarin).
The singing Kalinka sisters trio is worth the whole film, except that there’s
riches galore here. the second half of the film follows the groups adventures
living with the Mongolian nomads who kidnapped them from the train. The
film features Delphine Seyrig in her final screen
appearance. Irm Hermann, a regular member of the Fassbinder
group, is luminous.
|Ulrike Ottinger is an independent
filmmaker, painter, photographer, and theater artist based in Berlin. Among
her films are:
Madame X: Eine Absolute Herrscherin
Bildnis einer Trinkerin (aka Ticket of No Return)
Ottinger maintains her own web site, which is the
best source for information on her work.
Ottinger’s Web Site.
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