Archive • January 2012

The Last Insider of Silent Hollywood

posted January 16, 2012

Naked-starlet chases, stolen story ideas and scripts, sex as humdrum as cleaning your teeth. Frederica Sagor Maas is dead at 111, but not before telling all about silent-era Hollywood. The prolific screenwriter first trained to be a doctor, and then a journalist, and after quitting Hollywood in disgust said she would have preferred to be

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The Art of the Trailer

posted January 16, 2012

The art of the trailer. NPR’s Brent Baughman reports on those ninety-nine seconds cut from four hours of unfinished movie with visible green screens and the director yelling cues from off-screen.

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Kim Jong-Il, Auteur

posted January 1, 2012

Apparently au fait with Leni Riefenstahl's work, North Korea's recently deceased dictator Kim Jong-Il staged this must-attend mass rally in Pyongyang in 2009 to celebrate his supremeness.

North Korean supremo Kim Jong-Il, whose run has just ended, fancied himself a film visionary. He amassed his country's largest collection of films while driving it into devastating famine and poverty.

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