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.
This year, four science fiction-loving booksellers will delve into Fantastic Planets, Forbidden Zones, and Lost Continents: The 100 Greatest Science-Fiction Films, the new book by film historian Douglas Brode. They’ll watch the movies, read Brode’s take, and tell you – point blank – how they feel about all of it. #35 on Douglas Brode’s list …
via 5 French New Wave Films — Speakeasy
Featuring the talents of actor George C. Scott, this is by far my favorite secular Christmas film.
The New York Times’ J. Hoberman reviews Masaki Kobayashi’s classic interpretation of Kwaidan. The collection comes from Irish-Greek author Lafcadio Hearn’s anthology of the same name.