Thursday, 30 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Yesterday night I watched the documentary film Man On Wire directed by James Marsh. It is a brief biography of Philippe Petit who wirewalked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center of New York in 1974. It is based on his book To Reach The Clouds.
Philippe Petit was 17 years old when he decided he wanted to wirewalk between the Twin Towers. He was at the waiting room of the dentist. He came upon an advertisement of a magazine and read there were going to be built the tallest towers of the world. He tore the ad off and went out to the street with a dream in his mind.
It is not like an animal BBC documentary. It si more like a thriller. Why did Philippe Petit enjoyed wirewalking? How did he convince a friend of his and other people to help him? How did they enter the buildings? Why they didn't get detected by the security men? How did his dream came true? Just watch this documentary and you will know all the answers.
Genres: Art/Foreign, Documentary, Adaptation and Biopic
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Produced in: United Kingdom
© Cristina Fuster Bertrand
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
David W. Griffith was born in La Grange, Kentucky in 1875. His father, who was a Confederate Army colonel, died when he was 7, upon which the family experienced serious financial hardships. When he was 14, his family moved to Louisville. He has to leave school and took his first job in a dry goods store and after that hi was an emloyee of a bookstore.
Griffith began his career as a hopeful playwright but met with little success; only one of his plays was accepted for a performance. Griffith decided to instead become an actor, and appeared in many plays as an extra
In 1907 Griffith went to New York and attempted to sell a script to Edison producer Edwin Porter. The script was rejected but he got a role in Rescued From An Eagle's Nest. This acting career continued when he accepted an acting job for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, commonly known as Biograph, in 1908.
Six years later, in 1914, he produced and directed the Biograph film Judith of Bethulia, one of the earliest feature films to be produced in the United States. Apparently, Biograph didn’t’ think that longer features were viable but disagreed Griffith and left them. He joined the Mutual Film Corporation and formed a studio known as Reliance-Majestic Studios (later named Fine Arts Studio). He produced The Clansman (1915), which would later be known as The Birth of a Nation.
The Birth of a Nation is the first feature length and also the first blockbuster. The Ku Klux Klan appears as a band of heroes and the black men are the enemies.
Very soon I’ll write a post about this film and what it meant. In the meantime, this is a selected filmography.
First film: Rescued from an Eagles Nest (1908) starring D. W. Griffith
Griffith as Director
- - The Adventures of Dollie (1908)
- - The Little Darling (1909)
- - Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
- - The Mothering Heart (1913)