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Photogenie in the Magic Lamp

Posted in FILM with tags , on June 9, 2020 by dcairns


New Neg Sparkle! Over at The Chiseler. The subject is “the photogenic,” one of those words where everybody knows what it means but nobody understands what it is.

Also this issue: Jonathan Rosenbaum! Martin Billheimer! Imogen Sara Smith!

Wetland Tales

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2020 by dcairns


There’s a new Forgotten By Fox up at MUBI — a week late, we’ll have to pick up the slack at some point — which explores what happens when the genius of the system — Darryl F. Zanuck and underlings — meets an actual, living genius, in the person of Jean Renoir.

Meanwhile, at The Chiseler, Daniel Riccuito interviews Jonathan Rosenbaum about precodes and noir, and at Unattended Articles Simon Kane is performing all of Shakespeare, solo. You’ll learn plenty from the performances but also the thinking behind them. My own lockdown projects, which include watching a lot of Warren William films, kind of pale in comparison, or even without comparison.

Master Shots

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on April 9, 2020 by dcairns

The Chiseler’s Daniel Riccuito and I have collaborated on three little tiny pieces about particularly impressive master shots in cinema. The first is up, here. It’s from a Barbara Steele movie, yes, but Babs herself does not appear in this particular shot. But I figured you wouldn’t mind a pic of her.