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November 14: Happy Birthday Veronica Lake and Dick Powell

Our headliners today were both familiar faces in the classic era of film noir.

Veronica Lake (1922-1973) became famous in the early 1940s for her “peek-a-boo” hairstyle (a very subdued version of which is in her photo above), but changed it during World War 2 after she learned that women working in factories were getting their hair caught in machinery when emulating her style.  796 more words

Celebrity Birthdays

AFM: Bloom Poised to Pick up Zhang Yimou's 'Shadow'

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom is in advanced talks to pick up international sales rights to “Shadow,” the upcoming historical adventure from leading Chinese director Zhang Yimou (“Hero,” “The Great Wall”). 107 more words


Week 2, national cinema (Hero, 2002)

In week 2 we were assigned the task of reading Andrew Higson’s ‘the limiting imagination of national cinema’ and to watch Hero (2002) dir. Zhang Yimou, as an example. 290 more words


A Woman's Fate: Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

Nineteen-year-old Songlian (Gong Li) is facing a personal crossroads at the start of Zhang Yimou’s 1991 film Raise the Red Lantern. A university student in 1920s China, she’s been forced to leave school as a result of her father’s recent death and her family’s subsequent financial difficulties. 1,052 more words




Two mercenaries, William and Pero (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal), looking for gunpowder in ancient China find themselves prisoners at the Great Wall. 221 more words

Bare Bones

The Spectacle of Transnational Cinema - Thoughts on 'Yojimbo' and 'Hero'

Cinema is a powerful art form that tells stories of various genres on a global scale. The multinational spectacle that is Asian cinema beckons for many similarities in both narrative and technique. 533 more words