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Stanley Kubrick Archivist Talks About Controversy Around “A Clockwork Orange”


From Ronalds Mezmacs on Vimeo.

In this short video, senior Stanley Kubrick archivist, Richard Daniels, explores the controversy surrounding A Clockwork Orange. Because the film was given an “X” rating, Kubrick decided to open the film in only one theater. He thought this would help quell any controversy before giving it a wide release. Unfortunately, this plan ended up backfiring and only helped fuel the backlash.

Originally published on The Cinematikah/t Stanley Kubrick subreddit.

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Edvard Munch’s Scream Animated to Pink Floyd’s Music


The Scream – Sebastian Cosor – Safe-Frame.com from Sebastian Cosor on Vimeo.

“I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.” — Edvard Munch, 1893

h/t Open Culture.

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Psycho: Up Close


Psycho: Up Close from Roman Holiday on Vimeo.

Here we are on week 2 of the new “Up Close” montage series. Today’s film choice is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). Ol’ Hitch certainly knew how to shoot some gorgeous close-ups.

I’d like to give a quick shout out to Psycho II and Psycho III which I’ve recently viewed and quite enjoyed. Even though the sequels came in over 20 years after the original they all come together in a pretty nice trilogy. Word’s still out on Psycho IV: The Beginning. Haven’t quite sought that one out yet.

Music: The Body – Bernard Herrmann (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 

h/t Laughing Squid.

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First and Final Frames


First and Final Frames from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

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The Lookout: Short Doc About Living Alone on a Mountain

Leif Haugen is a fire lookout and spends his summers alone on top of a mountain in Montana. “I think there’s something about keeping things simple that is absolutely resonate,” Haugen says. In this documentary, filmmaker Brian Bolsters explores what it means to live a solitary life.


The Lookout from Brian Bolster on Vimeo.

Brian Bolster’s description via Vimeo:

Although fire lookouts continue to be critical front-line components of our forest system’s battle to detect and prevent wildfires, their roles often times go unnoticed, due largely to both the manual nature of the work involved and the quiet, extremely solitary nature of the working environment.  Leif Haugen is a fire lookout in a remote corner of the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana, and each summer he lives and works alone on top of a mountain three miles from the Canadian border.  A simple, somewhat primitive one-room structure serves as both his home and office; however, what it may lack in amenities (neither electricity nor running water are available) is more than compensated for by the majestic, 360-degree views of the world that his perch provides.  With only a remote radio to keep him connected to the outside world, Leif’s primary responsibility is to scan the valley floor for any signs of destructive fire activity – one which calls for enduring long stretches of tedium and an eagle’s eye and quick response the moment fire is spotted or lighting strikes in the distance.  There are approximately 500 active lookouts currently operating in some of the most rugged and desolate outposts of the American West.  The Lookout captures both the critical nature of one fire lookout’s work as well as the life of quiet, contemplative solitude which accompanies his job.

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