From Edison films catalog: Here we present a side-splitter. Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, and a moving picture show is going on. First there appears upon the screen a dancer. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make love to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train ...
Manley, Charles - Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
This seven-disc collection contains 155 avant-garde films, revealing hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers working in the United States and abroad from the invention of cinema until World War II. Offers an innovative and often controversial view of experimental film as a product of avant-garde artists, of professional directors and of amateur moviemakers working collectively and as individuals at all levels of film production.
John McTiernan talks about his films and the making of them, provides a brief autobiographical introduction of how he got started in his career, and follows with film reminiscences giving insights about the production, the casting process, studios, the industry and experiences with collaborators.
A movie fan magazine provides glimpses of stars behind the scenes and at play. Rudolph Valentino acts as make-up assistant for Agnes Ayres before they shoot a scene of The sheik. Francis X. Bushman, his wife Beverly Bayne and son Richard relax on the boardwalk and beach at Atlantic City. Stars strut their dogs' stuff at a dog show in Los Angeles. As Fannie ...
The effect of the war on RKO movies and its psychological legacy--film noir--are explored. Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer talk about their careers in film noir movies. The effects of the House Un-American Activities Committee on Hollywood and RKO are discussed by black-listed directors Edward Dmytryk and Paul Jarrico.
William Friedkin has directed seventeen feature films, all of which have inspired audiences in one way or another. Friedkin has never been one to shy away from controversial material as evidenced by such films as The Exorcist, The French Connection, Cruising and many more.
The story behind the making of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals at RKO is told through film clips from their movies and interviews with Astaire, Rogers, and people involved in the productions.
Part 10 of 10. "Independent new talents like Spike Lee, Joel and Ethan Coen, Jim Jarmusch and others are changing movies' shapes and meanings by insisting on making films on their own terms"--WETA magazine, Feb. 1995, p. 16.
Part 1 of 10. "Directors Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese and Joseph Mankiewicz are featured in this explanation of how the movies' emphasis on story and character developed a precise vocabulary of cinematography, acting, editing, lighting and design"--WETA magazine, Jan. 1995, p. 15.
Copyright: no reg. Copyright notice on video: Chicago Educational Television Association ; 1981. Episode title taken from label on cassette. Associate producer, Nanci de Los Santos. Hosts: Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Episode no. 317. Reference sources used: McNeil, A. Total television, p. 700; TV guide (Washington, DC), 1/17-23/82, p. A-126. Received: 9/25/84; viewing copy; copyright deposit--407; Copyright Collection. Viewed for credits only.
Part 7 of 10. "The birth of television changed the face of American movies as TV-trained actors brought new sensibilities to the silver screen. Robert Altman, Sidney Lumet, Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk began their careers there"--WETA magazine, Feb. 1995, p. 14.
An anthology of films from American film archives. In addition to rare silent-era features, includes landmark independent and avant-garde works, documentaries and newsreels, earliest American movies, pioneering special effects, one-reel adventures and comedies, cartoons and experimental animation, home movies, travel films from the 1910s, working training films from the 1920s, political ads from the 1930's, and other film types invented during the first four ...
Part 4 of 10. "In the past, major film studios ran Hollywood, churning out pictures in a virtual "factory" system. Today, it's big-name stars and directors who call the shots"--WETA magazine, Jan. 1995, p. 16.
Part two of a three-part documentary television series which observes film director Charlie Chaplin's creative processes, using footage of films and rehearsals, and interviews with actors including Jackie Coogan, Georgia Hale, and Virginia Cherrill, covering the years 1921-1931.
We get behind the camera glimpses of the shooting of the 1928 release Skyscraper. William Boyd and Alan Hale rescue a young woman whose heel is caught in a sewer grating from being crushed by a falling girder. In a studio, we see a romantic scene between Claire Windsor and John Bowers. The film being shot is probably the 1927 release The opening night. ...
Gives a history of Black participation in American films. Tells how the image of Black people on the movie screen has been largely created by white writers, producers, and directors. Attempts to break down stereotypes by examining the significant contributions Blacks have made to the movie industry. Uses many historic photographs and archival stills.
Part 5 of 10. "From the earliest oaters which built the careers of John Wayne and John Ford to the films of Arthur Penn, Sam Peckinpah and Clint Eastwood, this program looks at the quintessential American genre film"--WETA magazine, Feb. 1995, p. 11.
Anthology of 48 films from American film archives presents an array of features, short documentaries, newsreel segments, serial chapters, public service announcements, and cartoons exploring social issues during the years 1900 through 1934.
Part 2 of 10. "Stardom means public adulation and a complete change in an actor's personal life. Julia Roberts and Joan Crawford are focal points of the program, which incudes Jack Lemmon and Eva Marie Saint"--WETA magazine, Jan. 1995, p. 15.
Part 6 of 10. "Oliver Stone and Richard Zanuck join historians and military leaders to describe the role Hollywood films have played in shaping America's ideas about life in the military and what the nation was fighting for"--WETA magazine, Feb. 1995, p. 11.