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Sunset Boulevard (1950)

An ageing former starlet, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) hires screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) to help set up her movie comeback, with drastic consequences. 232 more words


City Lights (1931): Chaplin's Masterpiece

Charlie Chaplin’s comedies, to the juvenile and the inner child alike, are the epitome of magic in the movies. An eternally youthful hyperbole, very few artists could elicit such a sensation, from a well of tears to pangs of laughter no remedy can cure, as Chaplin did with his immortal Tramp. 355 more words

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Article written by R.Nataraja Mudaliar in the late 1930's

R.Nataraja Mudaliar made Keechaka Vatham, the first film to be produced in South India in the year, 1916. Unfortunately, barring a couple of interviews, one which was published in Mail Magazine in the 1930’s ( which I have not seen) and one in the early 1970’s in Chitralaya Magazine ( can be seen at the Roja Muthiah Research Library), not much primary material about Mudaliar is available, or known to have survived. 151 more words

A Narrative of Unparalleled Discovery: Dawson City - Frozen Time

Cinema Rediscovered, a festival dedicated to screening classics and rediscovering the history of cinema, was a perfect guise under which to see Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time. 574 more words


Introducing neoclassical Brussels post-rockers We Stood Like Kings: The new art of mixing film with rock music

They are a band breathing new life into music and cinema across Europe. We Stood Like Kings have been taking the continent by storm with their new twist on the art of blending film and rock music. 270 more words


Limite (1931, Mario Peixoto)

It says quite a bit about Mario Peixoto’s avant-garde silent picture that for a 10 minute stretch near the beginning the picture starts to distort, crackle and melt, eventually overwhelming the frame in what it turns out was irreparable print damage, and yet I couldn’t be sure at the time if this wasn’t merely a strange artistic flourish from Peixoto. 282 more words

Delivered in Pain: The Birth of Nations — Operas, Musicals and Movies with Patriotic Themes (Part One)

Ce-le-brate Good Times, Come On!

A happy and belated July 4 to one and all!

Since that date marks the start of our country’s struggle for liberty and independence, the focus of today’s post (and future ones thereafter) will be the theme of patriotism and how it is represented in such varied forms as motion pictures, the Broadway stage and — believe it or not — the opera house. 2,358 more words