The Lady From Shanghai [1947] wallpapers

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2 1920 x 1080 wallpapers for Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai“, a film which is laughably bad at times but interspersed with moments of sheer genius.

Case in point : the final showdown in the funhouse. Welles’ ludicrous Irish brogue, messily explaining the twists and turns of the convoluted plot, but shot with tension and vision in an unsettling backdrop of a hall of mirrors. Keep an eye out for possibly the most over-acted false limp in movie history at around the 3 minute mark.

Bogie bloopers

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Found this video on youtube, made me smile so I thought I would share it. Humphrey Bogart (along with Edward G Robinson et al) making a few uncharacteristic mistakes….

EDIT: Oops, embedding disabled! Sorry – Here’s the direct youtube link here

Kodachrome color tests 1922

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There is something magical about colour film shot in an age ruled by black and white photography. Here is a 1922 film from the Kodak archives, a test of the pioneering Two-Color Kodachrome Process. The short demonstration’s pallette is unrealistic but vibrant, ethereal and romantic – watching it is like walking into the past.

“In these newly preserved tests, made in 1922 at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, actress Mae Murray appears almost translucent, her flesh a pale white that is reminiscent of perfectly sculpted marble, enhanced with touches of color to her lips, eyes, and hair. She is joined by actress Hope Hampton modeling costumes from The Light in the Dark (1922), which contained the first commercial use of Two-Color Kodachrome in a feature film. Ziegfeld Follies actress Mary Eaton and an unidentified woman and child also appear.”

Read the full article here.

35 films in 2 minutes

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An awesome little animation featuring 35 films in 2 minutes, try to identify them all!

from the creators :

»35mm« is a shortfilm about cinema itself. We picked 35 of our favorite movies and tried to simplifly them as far as possible. The outcome is a 2 minute journey through the history of film.
Take a close look and tell us if you’ve recognized them all!

Concept / Layout: Sarah Biermann, Torsten Strer, Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco
Animation: Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco
Sound: Torsten Strer

http://tightshorts.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/35mm/

Hitchcock’s McGuffin

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Great little animation, with Hitch himself explaining the McGuffin plot device used in many of his movies.