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word: gargantuan


gargantuan 

Definition: (adjective) Of immense size, volume, or capacity; gigantic.
Synonyms: elephantine, giant, jumbo
Usage: He was full to capacity after polishing off a gargantuan, five-course meal. Discuss.

this day in history: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho Opens in New York (1960)


Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho Opens in New York (1960)

Groundbreaking in its depiction of sex and graphic violence and in its exploration of mental illness, Psycho is often seen as marking a turning point in film history, simultaneously labeled as the first slasher film and a work of cinematic art. The film’s “shower scene” has taken on an iconic status as one of the most terrifying scenes ever filmed. What blooper did Hitchcock’s wife reportedly notice during one of the film’s final screenings before its official release? More…

make music part of your life series: Lawrence Of Arabia Soundtrack Suite – Maurice Jarre


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Lawrence Of Arabia Soundtrack Suite – Maurice Jarre

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1962). Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre. Feel free to write comments! 🙂

Music Awards:
Academy Award – Best Original Score (1962)

Playlist:
00:00 = “Overture”
04:13 = “Main Title
06:05 = “Arrival At Auda’s Camp”
07:26 = The Voice Of The Guns”
09:24 = “Continuation Of The Miracle”
11:31 = “That Is The Desert”
12:55 = “End Title”

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David O. Selznick (1902)


David O. Selznick (1902)

Selznick was an iconic producer during the early days of Hollywood. He worked for several Hollywood studios before founding his own Selznick International Pictures in 1936. He was renowned for intruding in his productions either through long detailed memos or by actually directing a few scenes. Selznick is best known for producing the epic film Gone with the Wind, which earned him an Oscar for Best Picture. The following year, he won a second consecutive Best Picture Oscar for what film? More… Discuss

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Art Talk with George Eastman House



The Moving Image Collection at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, is one of the major moving image archives in the United States. In this Art Talk, get a glimpse into the life of a film archivist as members of Eastman House’s Moving Image Department will be discussing the lesser known films of American cinema: films that exist but have fallen out of the public eye. Often called ‘orphan films,’ these films tend to be left out of the spotlight for more well-known titles made in Hollywood. What causes this to happen includes such factors as: studio closings, unknown copyright holders, non-famous actors, etc. Are films made today at risk to this type of obscurity? Using one film in particular to highlight this case: The Sign of the Cucumber (1917), they will explain what this film is about, who made it, the stars and what is being done to keep it in the public eye.

 

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QQ1-10 (Quantifiable Quotation (10)): Joe Versus The Volcano – I Know He Can Get The Job



One of the best movie scenes in cinematic history from the absolutely hilarious and incredibly well-made film, Joe Versus The Volcano. Released in 1990, this film has since gathered a cult following and if you haven’t seen it, you’re really missing out! 

“…but can he DO the job?!”

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Leonard Cohen Live: Suzanne (Rare Footage)


LEONARD COHEN SUSANNE LYRICS

 Send “SUSANNE” Ringtone to your Cell 

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river.
You can hear the boats go by,
You can spend the night beside her.
And you know she’s half crazy,
But that’s why you want to be there.
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China.
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her,
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover.

And you want to travel with her,
And you want to travel blind,
And you know she will trust you,
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.

and Jesus was a sailor, when he walked opon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower.
And when he knew for certain, only drowning men could see him,
He said: “All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them.”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open,
Foresaken, almost human,
He sank beneath your wisdom, like a stone

And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand and she leads you to the river.
She’s wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters.
And the sun pours down like honey on our Lady of the Harbor.
And she shows you where to look, among the garbage and the flowers.
There are heros in the seaweed,
There are children in the morning,
They are leaning out for love,
They will lean that way forever,
While Suzanne holds the mirror.

And you want to travel with her,
And you want to travel blind,
And you know you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

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Further information: 

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ART FILMS


Art Films

An art film is a motion picture made as a serious artistic work—not primarily for mass appeal. Unlike big-budget, escapist Hollywood blockbusters, art films are often low-budget and experiment with unusual narrative techniques. Traditionally, makers of art films have struggled to get financial backing, but today, major motion picture studios have divisions devoted to non-mainstream fare, which sparks debate over whether such films are truly “independent.” What are some famous art films? More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: Ingmar Bergman (1918): Unity and Continuity in Filmmaking


Ingmar Bergman (1918)

Bergman was a Swedish film and stage writer, director, and producer. He achieved an impressive degree of freedom early in his career and used it to create and develop a highly individual approach. Working with many of the same actors and technicians from film to film—including actor Max von Sydow and cinematographer Sven Nykvist—Bergman filled his work with an unusual degree of unity and continuity. He won international acclaim for The Seventh Seal and what other films? More… Discuss

Today’s Bithday: Akira Kurosawa (1910)


Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest directors for his ability to combine Japanese aesthetic and cultural elements with a Western sense of action and drama, Kurosawa became an assistant director and scenarist at PCL movie studio in 1936. He wrote and directed his first feature film in 1943 and earned international acclaim for Rashomon in 1950. His later classic films include Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. In 1990, Kurosawa won an Academy Award for what? More… Discuss