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History is turned on its head

Today is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Birth of A Nation, at Clunes Auditorium in Los Angeles. The first feature length film ever produced (three hours and ten minutes), this film was the technical and acting tour de … Continue reading

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“I do not fear death”

The following is reprinted from Roger Ebert’s book, Life Itself: a Memoir, as was reprinted on the Salon website.  As the eulogists and commentators wax eloquent about the life and work of Roger Ebert who died yesterday, his own words, inspired and … Continue reading

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Modern Times

While the students have been working on their research papers and getting their presentation boards prepared at home, in class they have been working on their roles in the Pullman debates to take place on Monday. We have talked about … Continue reading

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De Duva

I saw this spoof of Ingmar Bergman in 1969(?) as the short (remember those?) before the film Easy Rider. A student of mine came into short films last Friday wanting to see this because his father had told him all … Continue reading

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“King of Comedy”

I’m a silent film buff. I love the early, sometimes raw but ever imaginative and experimental early films. Today is Mack Sennett’s birthday (1880-1960), known as the “King of Comedy” whose more than 1000 films pushed the limits of filmic … Continue reading

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Transporting and transforming

We just went to see Scorcese’s Hugo, based on Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, an amazing graphic novel in its own right. This movie was a beautifully emotional and visually awesome paean to the magic of film, the poignancy … Continue reading

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Run! Run! Run for your lives!

In one of our conversations this week about Fahrenheit, the students were amazed at the shallowness of the women in Part II talking about their two-dimensional, passionless, superficial relationships with their children and many husbands. I mentioned that the scene … Continue reading

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