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Broken Blossoms (1919)

D.W. Griffith silent melodrama, Broken Blossoms, is an early demonstration of the beauty to be found in the silent era. There’s a tendency to think that beauty in films comes from the images and that the really grand and artistic stuff is to be found in the color era. Not only does this disregard many of the breathtaking black and white pictures, but it also assumes that all film has going for it is the images. D.W Griffith is perhaps the key founder of narrative filmmaking and he uses the power of narrative in film to shape a truly beautiful film in Broken Blossoms. Continue reading Broken Blossoms (1919)

I Love You, Man (2009)


The ‘90s were a progressive time when a straight man could tell another straight man, “I love you, man,” or at least it made for a line of hilarious Budweiser commercials. But what does it mean to say those words to another man? In a society that has confused love with sex to a ridiculous level, why can’t two men simply admit that fact they love each other in a non gay way? Continue reading I Love You, Man (2009)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)


When it comes to editing we can pretty much trace back a majority of modern techniques to Soviet Union filmmakers. Crazy Russian minds like Sergi Eisenstein and Vsevolod Pudovkin crafted all kinds of montage theories both in films and in academic papers. But if you want the actual practical techniques for editing, look to Dziga Vertov–the third key Soviet silent filmmaker–and his documentary Man with a Movie Camera. Continue reading Man with a Movie Camera (1929)