This is a beautiful film, gorgeously photographed in black & white, casual and breathtaking at the same time, impeccably choreographed, alive with the mystery that is life. Yeah, I really liked it. Best to see it on the big screen. This trailer just appeared to remind me of the films transcendent greatness. The Pink Floyd music (not used in the actual film) really sells it.
Ray Harryhausen’s least favorite film? I edited the film down to less than 1/2 of its original length and gave it the QUAD-o-RAMA treatment, now you can absorb the essence of the film in 10 minutes of cacophonous glory.
Standard time lapse clouds with a simple displacement map effect applied. The displacement map is a blurred version of the same clouds with a horizontal and/or vertical shift. More of these experiments can be found in my opArt loop collection on Vimeo.
As an exercise, I re-edited this Lost World wannabe mini-epic film from my childhood. I was able to truncate the running time to about 25 minutes (from 78 minutes). Then I decided to divide the film into 4 equal parts and display them simultaneously: the miracle of QUAD-o-RAMA !! Now, you can absorb the essence of the film in about 6 minutes. You’re welcome !
April 2, 1968: the best movie of all time is released, 50 years ago today!
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra gives an awesome live performance of the theme from Sergio Leone’s classic western “A Fistful of Dollars” (staring Clint Eastwood) composed by the great Ennio Morricone. Is that great or what? Want more? Here’s a performance of the theme from “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” !
For a time, I collected Mexican Lobby Cards, but lost interest after a while. I was thinking I could sell them, but realized I was still attached to them. De-cluttering is hard!
They don’t make car commercials like they used to.
From 1932 comes this pre-code (meaning it’s somewhat racier than the typical fare of the period, but innocuous by today’s standards) strange & weird film Island of Lost Souls featuring a hammy Charles Laughton in the role of Dr. Moreau, a “mad” scientist who conducts horrible, painful experiments on animals, turning them into human like beasts. His masterpiece is the Panther Woman (featured in the lobby card below). Needless to say, shit goes bad, and it doesn’t end well for Dr. Moreau. Atmospheric cinematography by the great Karl Struss.
This is a finished version of the “Cloud Mirror” post from February. Didn’t change much: extended the length of the cloud segments & added the rising spheres. Meditate on this, we are part of something greater !