Haxan, avant-garde masterpiece between horror and false documentary

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Introduction Haxan is a 1922 Swedish avant-garde film by Benjamin Christiansen, considered one of the most important and innovative masterpieces in the history of films. The film invents and mixes different genres in a truly surprising way. 50 years before Godard and the Nouvelle Vague Benjamin Christiansen invents the fake documentary and the gothic and […]

David Lynch, the films of a director who reinvented the history of cinema

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David’s childhood David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20, 1946. His father, Donald Walton Lynch was a research researcher working for the United States Department of Agriculture, and his mother, Edwina “Sunny” Lynch, is was an English teacher. Lynch lived his early childhood with peace of mind, he didn’t worry about making […]

Jean Vigo: a story of anarchy and love for cinema

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In the 1930s, France was the world capital of cinema, the place where cinema was born and where the cinematographic and artistic avant-gardes that influenced the whole world were most developed. After René Clair, Antonin Artaud and Jacques Feyder. France was forced to confront war and the misery of the human condition. In cinema, a […]

Stanley Kubrick, life and films of a genius of cinematic vision

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Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, Manhattan, on July 26, 1928, to Jacob Leonard Kubrick, an American doctor born into a Jewish family of Austrian, Romanian and Polish descent, and to Sadie Gertrude Perveler, an American housewife, also of Jewish descent. As a child he became passionate about ancient Greece and Nordic fairy tales, […]

Hitchcock: biofilmography and 9 lesser-known films you can’t miss

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Who was Alfred Hitchcock?  The son of a modest family of merchants, his father was a fruit and vegetable trader, Alfred Hitchcock studied in a strict boarding school of Jesuit fathers. After the loss of his father he enrolled in a naval engineering school. After the war ended, he found a job as an advertiser […]

The Trial, Orson Welles’ masterpiece film based on Kafka’s novel

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Also to save costs for the acquisition of the rights to a novel, Orson Welles chooses the masterpiece of literature Franz Kafka’s The trial, out of copyright, to realize in 1962 the his new film. The director has chosen many times throughout his career to adapt major novels, particularly Shakespeare’s classic texts. Orson Welles’ trial […]

Orson Welles, life, style and 10 films to see absolutely

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Murnau, the dark fairy tale, romance and the “living” camera

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Friedrich Plumpe, aka Murnau is a German director born in 1888 on December 28 in Bielefeld. He is one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. Most of his films are influenced by expressionism and kammerspiel. Youth After a childhood in which he already showed his penchant for art and theater by staging […]

Eisenstein: Battleship Potemkin is not a “crazy shit”

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Who was Sergej Eisenstein? In Italy, tens of thousands of people know him above all for his most important film, the second of his filmmaking career after the Strike, The battleship Potemkin, but not for the extraordinary quality of the film. Those who are not Italian will probably find it hard to believe it. Eisenstein […]

Dziga Vertov: The metaphysical genius of a Pole who emigrated to Russia

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Born in Poland in 1896, Dziga Vertov, born David Abelevič Kaufman, moved to Russia where he first studied medicine and then poetry and fiction. In Moscow he begins to take an interest in cinema thanks to surrealism from which he takes inspiration also for his nickname with which he becomes known, Dziga Vertov. After the […]

David Griffith, the inventor of analytic editing and modern cinema

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David Wark Griffith had been a bad actor who occasionally worked in theaters in provincial towns and urban ghettos. During those years he was well acquainted with the psychology and way of thinking of the sub-urban proletarian and the people of the small towns, better than any film producer in business at the time. They […]

The exterminating angel: the inner prison of the rich bourgeois

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The exterminating angel was made by Luis Bunuel in Mexico in 1962 and is considered one of the Spanish director’s greatest surrealist masterpieces. A group of rich bourgeois, with no explainable and rational regions, are trapped in the villa where they attended a social dinner. No obstacle really prevents them from leaving the house, but […]

Luis Bunuel: an anarchist surrealist looking for a homeland

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Luis Bunuel was born in Calendar, a small town in Aragon, Spain on February 22, 1900. He was sent to study in a Jesuit college. In all likelihood, this experience made up of rigid rules and monotonous everyday life contributes to creating his profound aversion to Catholic institutions. Luis Bunuel during his university period Finally […]