The Criterion Collection has put out a new edition of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, and on the disc they’ve included the rare footage above of Chaplin directing that most famous of his pictures.[...]
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In 1962, the animator Fyodor Khitruk made his directorial debut with Story of One Crime, a film that broke with a Soviet tendency to make imitations of Disney-style animations. The film, as The Guardian explained in its 2012 obituary for the animator, came as a shock.
Even if you regularly read Open Culture, where we make a point of highlighting unusual intersections of cultural currents, you probably never expected a collaboration between the likes of Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky.[...]
The Swedish artist Anders Ramsell spent the better part of the last year and a half working on a tribute to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and now it’s ready for the world to see. Running 35 minutes, Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition follows the original movie’s general storyline while taking certain liberties.[...]
Among his many accomplishments at the intersection of showmanship and pure cinema, Alfred Hitchcock managed, in 1948, to make a feature film without any cuts — or rather, more impressively, he made a feature film people believed had no cuts.[...]
Even if you know little of mathematics, you probably have some awareness of fractals. You’ve almost certainly heard them invoked, correctly or otherwise, to describe things that look or act the same at the large scale as they do at the small.[...]
There’s nothing really wrong with Back to the Future. Critics loved Robert Zemeckis’ sci-fi comedy when it first came out in 1985. (Roger Ebert likened it to a great Frank Capra film.) And it still delights old and new viewers almost 30 years later. But, like every film, Back to the Future has its minor flaws.[...]
Looking like a haute couture treatment of “As the World Falls Down” from Labyrinth, by way of Peter Jackson’s Beautiful Creatures, the “Director’s Cut” of this Louis Vuitton ad above, titled “L’Invitation au Voyage,” is pretty stunning.[...]
Wes Anderson, it seems, has entered his European period. His next feature film, The Great Budapest Hotel, which comes out in March, takes place in its titular location. His new short film Castello Cavalcanti, too, takes place in its titular location, a hamlet tucked away somewhere undisclosed in Italy.[...]
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of a modern classic, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. And surely no other film has even come close to making the construction of an aqueduct so thrilling.
For sure, the sizable servings of incest, corruption, and greed help carry Robert Towne’s brilliant screenplay.