Antonio Margheriti

Written by Joe D on September 19th, 2020

Here is a short documentary about the great director,Antonio Margheriti. Margheriti was a very prolific director, who did a lot with very little money. His cheap Italian Sci-Fi films got American distribution, a big deal back in the ’60s. He made every kind of film,Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Cannibal, Westerns, Hercules, he did it all.

Mullholland Drive Analysis

Written by Joe D on September 10th, 2020

Here is a great analysis of Mullholland Drive. This London Girl really breaks it down for you. I suggest you watch the film before watching this but if you have seen the film you will enjoy this. I know I did.

The great Gianni DiVenanzo, Maestro of Cinematography

Written by Joe D on September 8th, 2020

Here is a short film about one of my favorite cameramen of all time, Gianni DiVenanzo. I encourage everyone to seek out the films he shot and enjoy them. Such a brilliant filmmaker, a unique talent. He died young, only 45 years old. Vittorio Storaro tells the story. Here’s a link to a great site dedicated to him.

http://www.celtoslavica.de/chiaroscuro/dop/venanzo/venanzo.html

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Creature With The Blue Hand

Written by Joe D on August 29th, 2020

Here is a German film of an Edgar Wallace mystery. Creature With The Blue Hand, starring everybody’s favorite psycho Klaus Kinski as twins no less! Double your pleasure, double your fun! There were a lot of Edgar Wallce films made in Germany. This one I was turned onto by Quentin Tarantino, he programmed it as part of a personally curated batch of films that aired on Spike Tv about 10 years ago. Anyway it’s a nice clean version in German mit subtitles so Enjoy!

Pull My Daisy

Written by Joe D on August 24th, 2020

 

Here is the Beat Film to end all Beat Films, written and narrated by Kerouac, directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie. It gives you a view into the Art Life of 50s NYC. I lived there in the late 70’s. It was pretty similar. I remember being at Guffanti Film Lab and seeing this film, they were making a print for Marty Scorsese. I think this film was a big influence on him. This version has Italian subtitles so you can practice your Italiano.

The Man With No Name

Written by Joe D on August 20th, 2020

 

Here is a cool BBC doc on Clint Eastwood from back in 1977. He was the biggest star in the world at that time thanks to the Westerns of Sergio Leone. It’s full of fascinating characters, Paulene Kael basically saying she does not like Clint as an actor or director, the great editor Ferris Webster, the great editor turned director Don Siegal, Sergio Leone, Richard Burton. This is an amazing document. Check it out.

Andy Warhol’s Screen Test of Edie Sedgwick

Written by Joe D on July 22nd, 2020

Andy Warhol had his own take on Cinema. He bought an Auricon 16mm camera that recorded sound on film and began making films at The Factory, his NYC Studio. It is fascinating to watch these cinema portraits of his circle of friends, especially if you can see them projecyed on a big screen. You get where his terms Superstars comes from. I saw a bunch of them down at LACMA during a big Warhol retrospective a few years back. If you get a chance to see them like that don’t miss it. Travel back to mid Sixties NYC and hang out at The Factory with The Beautiful People.

Ennio Morriconel

Written by Joe D on July 6th, 2020

The Maestro of Cinema Music has checked out of the Hotl Earth. He’s listening to the Music Of The Spheres from his Moon Base. Hobnobbing with Bernard Herrmann and Miklos Roza. The world has lost one of it’s greatest Cinematographic/Musical Treasures. A double blow to the sensitive beings on this spinning rock. Bless you Ennio for all the pleasure you gave people in the dark.

Serious Ennio,                                                                                                             With Sergio Leone

Harry Smith’s Early Abstractions

Written by Joe D on June 22nd, 2020

 

Here is a great animated film by Harry Smith. I knew him and used to visit him at The Chelsea Hotel on W.23rd street in NYC. Anyway check it out.

Fellini masterclass by Gian Luca Farinelli, Director of the Cineteca di Bologna

Written by Joe D on June 19th, 2020

Here is an examination of the creative force of Federico Fellini illustrated with clips from his films, documentary footage, an interview and  some amazing newsreel footage that influenced some of his master works.

Busby Berkeley

Written by Joe D on June 15th, 2020

 

Get Intoxicated on the Mad Genius of Busby Berkeley! Beautiful women, great dancing, geometric choreography, Dutch camera angles, overhead shots! All created in a 1930’s Hollywood Dream Factory!  I heard he lived near me for a while after a car accident. I believe his mother lived in Echo Park. Anyway Enjoy!

Zbignew Cybulski

Written by Joe D on June 12th, 2020

 

Here’s a newsreel about the great Polish actor, Zbignew Cybulski. Hailed as the Polish Jame Dean his career and life were tragically cut short as he leaped to catch a departing train. ( something I hear he often did) Ironically there is footage of him jumping from a moving train in this piece. I always though he was super cool with his black leather and shades photographed in B&W like the coolest movie icons. Check it out. It’s in Polish with no subtitles but here’s a great reason to learn to speak Polish!