Archive for October, 2011

The Shining (1980) Trailer

October 26, 2011

The trailer of The Shining, that is of course my favorite film of all time, is my favorite trailer of all time. The trailer lasts for 1 minute and 30 seconds, in a still shot of blood pouring out of the elevators’ doors while the credit is scrolling up.

It took the crew nine days to set up the shot, and Kubrick being a perfectionist that he was well known of only took three takes to be satisfied. That means twenty-one days of work went into this one minute and a half trailer that crystallized the best of The Shining. Enjoy! Oh and don’t forget to leave a comment with your favorite trailer just right below!

The Shining is directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Sherry Duvall.

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The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

October 15, 2011

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) is a beautiful silent film that collects some of the most haunting images of facial expressions. The actors were not allowed to wear make up unlike the other silent films, also made possible by the newly developed panchromatic film that could capture a natural skin tone, making it a unique work from the silent era that stands the test of time.

It was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti. Very few people had actually seen it prior to 1981 because the original print was destroyed after a fire. Dreyer himself died believing the original was lost forever. In 1981, a complete print of Dreyer’s original version was rediscovered in the closet of a Danish janitor in an Oslo mental institution. It is not known how the reels ended up in the institution. Some facts are stranger than fiction.

Cinematically, The Passion of Joan of Arc was not constructed with camera movements or the conventional movie language, but from a series of still shots that emphasize the facial expressions of actors. Every shot is so beautifully framed that the stills deserve a spot in an art museum.

Watching this film again now I feel like appreciating a piece of history, as if a widely believed extinct animal being discovered alive again. The performance of Falconetti alone is worth your two hours.

The Passion of Joan of Arc” is directed by Carl Theodor Drey, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti. You can now buy it at The Criterion Collection.

This article is also re-blogged on Lomography.

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

October 8, 2011

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in January 9, 2007 and claimed that it would change the world, there was no doubt in us that it would happen. It was as though the old world ended at that point, and a new future began under his fingertips. It was the definite sci-fi moment of our time. Steve Jobs was not only a great businessman, technologist and reinventor, but also a true progressionist in the tradition of Ayn Rand, who made the boldest movie ever on Earth. The future is his movie, and he is the director.