“A feeling of vertigo seized me as I looked down beneath me… at the long series of the years.” Continue reading
Americans know it as the movie theatre, Brits call it the cinema. Continue reading
Isn’t it strange what some people get fired up about? If it were severe drought, or famine, or plague, or armed violence, or forcibly seizing part of another country, it would be understandable. But a film? In this day and age. A film about Noah’s Ark?
Imagine a film about Earth from its birth to the present. Aeons of seeming inactivity interspersed with dramatic outbursts would eventually come to the exits and entrances of dinosaurs and “men and women merely players”. Continue reading
In 1985 Les Misérables revolutionised music theatre in the same way that Jerome Kern’s Show Boat did in 1927. Usually film versions of musicals cannot compete, but there are exceptions that prove the rule. Continue reading
According to BBC News (12 September 2012) the world’s first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found in Bradford after lying forgotten in an old tin for 110 years. That’s 417 years less than Richard III (1452-85), also recently discovered lying forgotten in Leicester. Continue reading
The first public screening of a film took place in 1895, when Auguste and Louis Lumière hired the basement of Le Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, to show La Sortie des Ouvriers de l’Usine Lumière (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory). That same year, one of the great comedians of cinema was born in the tiny settlement of Piqua, Kansas, USA. Continue reading