Watch the Films of the Lumière Brothers & the Birth of Cinema (1895)

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When Auguste and Louis Lumière unveiled their invention, the Cinématographe, at the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris on December 28, 1895, the art form of film was born. Prior to that, other inventors looked for ways to photographically capture motion in a commercially successful way but failed.

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The Five Best North Korean Movies: Watch Them Free Online

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According to official propaganda, Kim Jong-Il was a remarkably impressive individual. He learned to walk when he was just three weeks old; he wrote 1,500 books while at university; and, during his first and only game of golf, he scored 11 holes in one.

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David Lynch Takes the ALS Ice Coffee Bucket Challenge

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Thanks to Laura Dern, David Lynch took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And, of course, there’s a twist — which involves a double shot of espresso and Lynch playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the trumpet. If you ever wondered what Lynch looks like without his classic quiff, you won’t to miss this one minute bit.

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Download Footage from Orson Welles’ Long Lost Early Film, Too Much Johnson (1938)

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We still think of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane as the most impressive debut in film history. In an alternate cinematic reality, however, Welles might have debuted not with a revolutionarily fragmented portrait of a tormented newspaper magnate, but a slapstick farce.

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Fellini’s Three Bank of Rome Commercials, the Last Thing He Did Behind a Camera (1992)

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It happened before, and it still happens now and again today, but in the second half of the twentieth century, auteurs really got into making commercials: Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, David Lynch. Not, perhaps, the first names in filmmaking you’d associate with commerciality, but there we have it.

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Orson Welles Turns Heart of Darkness Into a Radio Drama, and Almost His First Great Film

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There’s something about cinematic masterpieces that were never made that tantalize the imagination of film geeks everywhere.

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Moebius’ Storyboards & Concept Art for Jodorowsky’s Dune

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A decade before David Lynch’s flawed but visually brilliant adaptation of Dune hit the silver screen (see our post on that from Monday), another cinematic visionary tried to turn Frank Herbert’s cult book into a movie. And it would have been a mind-bogglingly grand epic.

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Dave Grohl Raises the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to an Art Form

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl raised an internet meme to an art form when he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while parodying the epic prom scene from Carrie. John Travolta appeared in the 1976 horror film, and Stephen King wrote the book behind it. So Grohl name checks them both.

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The Glossary Universal Studios Gave Out to the First Audiences of David Lynch’s Dune (1984)

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Next to Star Wars, David Lynch’s Dune was one of my very first introductions to great science fiction filmmaking, and my first introduction to David Lynch. My sci-fi-loving father and I watched it over and over, along with Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, Kubrick’s 2001, and popcornier fare like the Planet of the Apes films.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Top 20 Grindhouse/Exploitation Flicks: Night of the Living Dead, Halloween & More

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Back in ’92, when I was taking a French New Wave class at Boston University, my professor, Gerald Perry, brought in an intense, bearish looking guy in a leather trench coat and announced him as the new Martin Scorsese. I hadn’t a clue who he was nor had I heard of his movie, Reservoir Dogs, which was playing at the Boston Film Festival.

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