Blog by Maria Popova
The Skeleton of Joy (Le Squelette joyeux, 1897)
The Lumiere brothers early animation of stopmotion trick film of a dancing skeleton, mounted on occasionally visible strings.
More about these early innovators:
From the pioneering Soviet Russian film director and film theorist, often considered to be the "Father of Montage."
A trailer for a non-existent Jan Svankmajer Collection consisting of many short clips from five of his full-length films. Jan Svankmajer is a Czech surrealist artist and filmmaker. His work spans several media. He is known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay, Shane Acker, and many others.
Fascinating and disturbing!
at Zinema next week November 19, 20:
Part of a pair of screenings of the classic Russian film "The Man With The Movie Camera" presented with live scores written and performed by local artists. This night features the music of Shana David who will be joined by Eric Pollard of Retribution Gospel Choir. The Man with the Movie Camera is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors, by Russian director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova. Vertov's feature film, produced by the Ukrainian film studio VUFKU, presents urban life in Odessa and other Soviet cities. From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life. To the extent that it can be said to have "characters," they are the cameramen of the title and the modern Soviet Union he discovers and presents in the film. This film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animations and a self-reflexive style.
early French silent films by George Melies
"the Merry Frolics of Satan" (1906)
A trip to the moon (1902)
watch a student documentary on The Father of Special Effects
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Feature films and shorts
Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films.
The Film Wall
TFW or thefilmwall is a social website to get links to watch free movies online. We grow with your contributions of movies links. You can upload and share movies links to your favorite movies...
On view November 22, 2009-April 26, 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. For more information, please visit http://www.moma.org/timburton All images courtesy of Tim Burton and © 2009 Tim Burton Films.
Here is a long list ( though incomplete) of important film directors
and a few films from their careers...