Entr’Acte: René Clair’s Dadaist Masterpiece (1924)

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René Clair’s 1924 avant-garde masterpiece Entr’Acte opens with a cannon firing into the audience and that’s pretty much a statement of purpose for the whole movie. Clair wanted to shake up the audience, throwing it into a disorienting world of visual bravado and narrative absurdity. You can watch it above.


Charles & Ray Eames’ A Communications Primer Explains the Key to Clear Communication in the Modern Age (1953)

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You might think that a movie about information from 1953 couldn’t possibly be relevant in the age of iPhone apps and the Internet but you’d be wrong.


Watch “The Fountain of Youth,” Orson Welles’ 1958 Pilot That Almost Reinvented TV

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Americans say that they love creativity but in fact they don’t. As Jessica Olien notes in Slate, thinking outside the box tends to freak people out. Studies show that teachers favor dull but dutiful students over creative ones. In the corporate world, suggestions made by creative workers routinely get ignored by their superiors.


A Visual Introduction to Soviet Montage Theory: A Revolution in Filmmaking

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Between 1908 and 1913, American filmmaker D. W. Griffith made over 400 movies. Over that time, he, along with his fellow Hollywood directors, developed continuity editing.


Watch Andrei Tarkovsky’s Mind-Bending Masterpiece, Stalker, Free Online

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Note: you can view the trailer for Stalker immediately above, then watch the film in its entirety on Mosfilm’s official Youtube channel in two Parts: Part 1 – Part 2. Or on Daily Motion in three: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.


27 More “Essential Films for the Student of Philosophy,” As Suggested By Open Culture Readers

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A post of ours last week on philosophical films piqued the interest of many a film-loving, philosophically-inclined reader, and raised an important and perhaps unanswerable question: just what is a “philosophical film”? Does such a creature even exist? Reader Albert Hoffman suggested that “a really great movie always is a philosophical movie


Charles & Ray Eames’ Short Film on the Mexican Day of the Dead (1957)

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As much fun as Americans have on Halloween, we could learn a thing or two from the Mexicans. Their Día de los Muertos, the celebration of which spans October 31 to November 2, gets more elaborate, more serious, and somehow more jovial at the same time.


Happy Halloween! Louis Armstrong Performs Skeleton in the Closet (1936)

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Should you happen to be in the vicinity of Corona, Queens this Halloween afternoon, the Louis Armstrong House Museum will be welcoming trick-or-treaters ’til 6pm.


44 Essential Movies for the Student of Philosophy

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What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “philosophical film”? The Matrix, most likely, an obvious example of a movie—or franchise—that explores timeless questions: Who are we? What is reality? Are our lives nothing more than elaborate simulations programmed by hyperintelligent supercomputers? Okay, that last one may be of more recent v


Did Bach’s Wife Compose Some of “His” Masterpieces? A New Documentary Says Yes

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You may have heard of, or indeed read, Australian conductor Martin Jarvis’ 2011 book Written By Mrs. Bach, which investigates the question of whether Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “cello suites were composed by the German musician’s second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach.


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