Dalya Alberge of The Guardian writes on Ron Hutchinson’s horrid experiences with Marlon Brando while working on the film The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Carl Theodor Dreyer on the set of The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). Check out FW Murnau on set of Faust in 1926 here via Carl Th. Dreyer on set of The Passion of Joan of Arc —
Great news! One of Andrei Tarkovsky’s greatest films, Stalker, has been reissued on Blu-Ray by The Criterion Collection.
Yankee Doodle Dandy was a 1942 film starring James Cagney. It was a bio-pic based on the life of George M. Cohan, known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway.”
Johann Sebastian Bach was the master of his field in music, as Andrei Tarkovsky was a master in his chosen medium of film. Sit back and enjoy “St. Matthew Passion,” which is perfect for the nearing of the end of Holy Week.
Oh, happy day! Though I always enjoyed the Crippled Dick reissue of said soundtrack, it seems too truncated. Wah Wah Records has rectified the problem. The soundtrack to Vampyros Lesbos can now be heard in fuller glory, with beautiful repackaging. Read more about it from The Vinyl Factory here.
For my ears, Edward Artemiev’s Solaris soundtrack is absolutely perfect listening, especially this interpretation on the work of Johann Sebastian Bach (the chorale prelude to Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639)) using an ANS synthesizer.
via Bicycle Thieves (1948) — Speakeasy
To my knowledge, Viy (Вий) is the only horror movie ever made in the Soviet Union. If someone could correct me on that, I’d be much obliged. The film was adapted from the work of the same name by one of my favorite writers, Nikolai Gogol.
This is the beginning of the motion picture industry, believe it or not. Brothers Auguste & Louis Lumière produced this short film of workers going in and out of their factory in 1895. The world is still reeling from the consequences of this action.