Orson Welles, the life and movies of Hollywood Studios’ enemy number one

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Orson Welles and the beginnings with the theater Orson Welles was born in a wealthy family in Wisconsin from a pianist mother and inventor father from whom he inherited both talents: already as a child he plays the piano and plays games of prestige. At the age of 8 he lost his mother and left […]

Alejandro Jodorowsky, an artist in search of the secrets of life

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Who is Jodorowsky? Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Tocopilla, a seaside city in northern Chile, on February 17, 1929, into a family of Jewish and Ukrainian origins. In 1953 he moved to Paris and began his theatrical activity. He creates the Panico theatrical movement together with the poet Beppe Costa. He collaborates for a long […]

10 Italian independent films to see absolutely

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What are independent films? From a strictly encyclopedic point of view, a independent film , also called indie film , is a film produced without the intervention of a big Studios , but this is perhaps a valid concept especially in the film market of the United States and, more generally, of the Anglo-Saxon countries. […]

The holy mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky, a film not to be missed

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The holy mountain is a place according to the alchemical tradition that is located on the island of the Lotus, an Island that does not exist. Those who can reach it can know the secret of truth and the world from the 9 immortal keepers who live there: those who can teach how to abandon […]

Halloween, the story of a hugely successful cult horror

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Halloween, the film that brought director John Carpenter to a resounding success, is now over 40 years old. But it continues to be celebrated with sequels and remakes every new year. The film, which cost just $ 300,000 at the time, grossed over 80 million, and has become one of the most profitable films in […]

Howard Hawks, his cinema and films to see absolutely

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Howard Hawks was born into a wealthy Wisconsin family on May 30, 1896. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and became an aviator during World War I. Later he became an employee of the aeronautical industry. Then he moved to Los Angeles where he met Douglas Fairbanks, a friend and partner of Charlie […]

What is the unconscious and what is its relationship with the art of cinema?

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The East has always taken much more into consideration the unconscious and the less accessible parts of the mind. In the West, however, society has given much more importance to the conscious mind, to the rational aspect. The importance of listening to the unconscious has been overlooked.  The unconscious is a huge reservoir of forgotten […]

John Ford, the masterpieces of the western and the myth of the American foundation

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The most famous phrase was this: “My name is John Ford and I do westerns”. This sentence is very hasty and meaningful. The director has a strong awareness of being just a tradesman at the service of an industry, who classifies his products into specific categories and genres. Hollywood creates genres and, together with genres, […]

Movie genres: how the film industry builds audience loyalty

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Movie genres are consolidated by Hollywood producers of the 1930s and 1940s for production planning needs. The division into well-coded movie genres allows studios above all to reach very specific target audiences. In addition, producers always try to connect well-known stars to each genre. The association between a certain gender and a certain face becomes […]

Dystopian Movies: 9 titles to see absolutely

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Dystopia and an imaginary reality, or in some ways even real, of a totalitarian and totally negative society where fundamental human rights such as freedom and dignity are denied. It can take on violent or invisible and subtle characteristics.  It can be an obvious and concrete dystopian world or a hidden and invisible world. The […]

Famous actors in Hollywood of the 30s and 40s: the star system and stardom.

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How cinematographic stardom was born Famous actors, the Star System and stardom are one of the main phenomena of industrial and commercial cinema which, as opposed to independent cinema and art, ensures the participation of stars in their productions to attract the masses to cinemas. The eternal conflict between these two very different types of […]

Erich Von Stroheim: who he was and what are his films not to be missed

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Erich Von Stroheim ‘s life is surrounded by mystery and legend. The director was extremely reserved and always tried to leak as little information about himself as possible by publishing fake news and fake authorized biographies. He liked to tell lies, invent other personalities, such as being an Austrian nobleman ruined by gambling. He was […]

David di Donatello: how the Oscar for Italian films was born and how it works

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David di Donatello was inspired by the characteristics of the American Oscar winner. It was created by cultural clubs and associations such as the Open Gate of Rome in the early 1950s and by the interest of AGIS, the Italian general association of entertainment. The first edition was in 1956, at the Fiamma cinema in […]

Classic movies: the Hollywood empire to conquer the world

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Between 1930 and 1945 the Hollywood industry consolidates and begins to produce classic movies. In 1929, the collapse of the Wall Street stock market is a tsunami that engulfs the entire nation. The difficult period of the great depression began in 1929 and continued until the end of the thirties, with a sensational recovery of […]

Buster Keaton: the reckless performances of an impenetrable face

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Joseph Frank Keaton, real name of Buster Keaton, was born in the United States, in Kansas, on October 4, 1895. Like Charlie Chaplin, he is the son of a couple of artists, but less unfortunate. The father has a vaudeville company where the famous saxophonist Mira Keaton and the magician Houdini perform. Little Keaton participates […]

Charlie Chaplin: the tramp who becomes the biggest Hollywood star

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Charlie Chaplin was born in 1889 in London, more than 130 years ago. Its success was universal and reached audiences of all ages and generations. He is unanimously considered one of the greatest directors who ever lived.  His personal history will later influence his films. Raised in poverty amidst extreme hardships in London he lost […]

Slow life: a quiet holiday against the stress of the social gear

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The plot of Slow life Lino Stella, the protagonist of slow life, the new film by Fabio del Greco, is employed in a municipal library. A permanent job that the mirage of millions of people. But for some time he has not been able to stand his working days, he feels stressed out and takes […]

Hollywood and cinema: how the dream factory was born and developed

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After the end of the First World War and before the Great Depression of 1929, the Hollywood film industry dominated the world.  An industry that presents itself to the general public as a dream factory that proposes the realization of the American dream. A series of characters, heroes and heroines almost always good-looking, in which […]

Dreyer, Sjostrom and filmmakers outside the great avant-gardes

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Outside of this rich scenario of European French, German and Russian avant-gardes and the development of American cinema, there is a long series of individual experiences of directors operating in other countries, such as Carl Theodor Dreyer. In Italy in the 1920s everything seems to have stopped and there is a profound production and distribution […]

Spirituality: the new wave of awareness of the past twenty years

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The planet, like every living being, has its own spirituality but most of society seems not to notice it at all. Each person but also each organization and each state has its own spiritual life. But the political and economic approach of those in power seems to take into account only the matter. The policies […]