Archive for January, 2010

Recent Viewings/ Exhibit

January 23, 2010

from Méliès 1902 film "A Trip to the Moon"

Well Happy New Years and best for 2010.  My recent viewings include a lot of Akira Kurosawa’s films and “boxing films.”  I’ve done some studies on directors Victor Sjöström, Marcel Carne, Jean Painlevé, Luis Buñuel and Georges Méliès.  I’ve been watching old Warner Brothers cartoons. 

The Detroit Film Theatre opened it’s new season.  I just saw the long version of John Woo’s Red Cliff, a massive, epic action film.  I quite liked it.  It moved well and had some odd, poetic moments.

I’m reading books on Kurosawa and Surrealism and Film by J.H. Matthews.

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I’ve installed a rambling cinema exhibit here at my work, the University of Detroit Mercy Library (McNichols Campus).  Best to see it last week of the month if you visit.  Through January 30th.

I did an extensive Motion Picture display years ago.  As this is up for a short time, I’m not working as hard on it.  Yet, I think it’s a good display of film stills, books, soundtrack LP covers and a few surprises.

Hours:

http://research.udmercy.edu/about/hours/mcn.php

Directions:

http://www.udmercy.edu/about/campus/locations/

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Victor Sjöström:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Sj%C3%B6str%C3%B6m

Georges Méliès:

http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/04/melies.html

Red Cliff at the Detroit Insitute of Arts:

http://www.dia.org/dft/item.asp?webitemid=2129