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Misusing Sights as Sounds: The Infringements of Radio Drama on the Making of CITIZEN KANE
Many arts have influenced the cinema over extended periods of time. One art – radio drama – is an exception, for we can date the onset of its influence from the coming of synchronous sound to the cinema in 1926 and the ...
Eisenstein, Part 1: 'A Fly in the Fly-Bottle' – Montage to 1930
Few artists have tried harder than Sergei Eisenstein to understand what they were doing, how and why, as they fashioned early on the works that made them famous, and no one among them has ever affirmed later on – with such ...
Pudovkin's Precept: Coherence, Kant and 'Temporal Concentration'
In 1926, Vsevolod Pudovkin solved the fundamental problem of film design. More exactly, he showed filmmakers how to select and order the parts of a movie (its shots, scenes and sequences of them) to ensure that viewers can ...
Stroheim's Tactics of Comparison
Three-quarters of Stroheim's GREED  was cut from the film before its release at the insistence of the studio by a sequence editors who, in Stroheim's phrase, "did not know anything about my editing ideas", but the ...
The Exemplary Practices of David Griffith, Part 1: Establishing Events Historically
With the release of THE BIRTH OF A NATION in 1915, David Griffith established by common consent and emulation of his peers the prototype of international feature filmmaking – an exemplar of the possibilities of practice ...
Growing Things: the Rural Patience of Robert Flaherty
As Robert Flaherty was making his first documentary with synchronous sound (MAN OF ARAN, released 1934), he discovered that he had never learned to cut smoothly between shots. He had become the most renowned maker of ...