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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 ...
'In a Moment of Brilliance': Heidegger's Horsemen, HIGH NOON and the Existential Sentiment of 'Westerns'
By evidence and common consent, great 'western' movies are mythical encompassing a Weltanschauung that has engaged viewers within diverse cultures for over a century. Questions recur, however. What makes them so? and why ...
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 ...
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 ...
Pudovkin, Kant and the Principle of Perceptual Coherence
In 1926 Vsevolod Pudovkin, while making his first feature film, articulated a precept crucial to understanding how powerful movies are made. He did so by assimilating unwittingly the core of Kant's principle of experiential ...
Robert Towne, Chinatown, and the Bewitchments of 'Tone'
Screenwriters during the 'studio era' were required to work in sequence upon the screenplays of movies. After the studios collapsed, however, they were obliged increasingly to work alone, many striving to secure above all ...
The Coming of Synchronous Sound to Filmmaking: and Introduction
An introduction to the causes and effects of the 'revolution' that occurred between 1927 and 1930 within the American filmmaking industry when the making of movies with synchronous sound became possible.
Filmmaking, Teaching and the Colonial Experience: An Immigrant's Account from "English" Canada of a Story of American Success
A caustic commentary on the nature, scope and limits of filmmaking and the teaching of it within Canada provoked by a supposedly informed review of the former that appeared within the Globe & Mail of Toronto ("Canada's ...
The Exemplary Practices of David Griffith, Part 2: INTOLERANCE – 'A Drama of Comparisons'
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 ...