PAST AND PRESENT, MAINLY PAST – INCLUDING SILENT FILM

ONE MORE FRANJU

Rick’s Journal  –  MY FILM CAREER

La Première nuit
Georges Franju
1958

This glowing example of poetic documentary captures light and contrast and lines and shapes, utilizes silences against sounds, and benefits from two perfectly cast faces  —  the boy who spends the night underground in trains and the glimpsed girl who becomes the girl of his dreams.

Does he earlier decide he wants to spend the night with the trains?  Or does he happen to and/or have to?

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PRESENT AND PAST

The inafferrabileleslie blog devoted to the career of Leslie Howard offers a delightful letter written by Howard in July, 1940 in which he describes Vivien Leigh at work at Selznick International when they both were starring in Gone with the Wind.  An insider’s look  —  and a gem.   http://www.inafferrabileleslie,wordpress.com.

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ANOTHER EXPRESSION of what silent film really was (is) and NOT just film without audible dialogue:  “For many sound spelt the death knell for what seemed so necessary  after the fatal misunderstandings that had led to the First World War:  a universal language.  For others of a more aesthetic persuasion, sound mired cinema in a realism that the mute image had promised to transcend.” (emphasis mine)   The quotation is from Colin MacCabe’s fine Godard:  A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy, Faber and Faber, 2003.

NEXT FRIDAY POST March 6
Until then,
See you AT the movies,
Rick

 

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