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... ... Based on the famous O. Henry short story Alias Jimmy Valentine takes every familiar element of crime drama-robbery safe-cracking, prison hidden identities, gang solidarity and moral reformation-and handles them with suspense and wit. The film concerns a one time bank robber who is forced to ... Read more
... ... As the documentary Orson Welles: One Man Band shows, this great director carried an editing table with him wherever he travelled, This tool of his trade is displayed by Welles in F For Fake with the same childlike zest that Dziga Vertov conveyed in Man with a Movie Camera. F for Fake is not ... Read more
... ... The French Nouvelle vague inaugurated a string of 'new cinema' movements throughout the 1960s in countries including Brazil, Canada and Poland. Marco Bellochio's Fists in the Pocket exhibits many of the distinguishing marks of the Italian 'new cinema' of this period: uninhibited zoom shots ... Read more
... ... On November 1, 1895, Max and Emil Sklad­anowsky presented their new invention, the projection of a programme of 'living images'. The performers in this programme were artistes appearing at the Wintergarten variety theatre: the acts of dancers, jugglers, gymnasts and wrestlers captured ... Read more
... ... Blackmail, murder, adultery and a few other deadly sins form the basis for The Woman That Men Yearn for (1929). The film pre-dated The Blue Angel (1930), for many the first acknowledged screen appearance of Marlene Dietrich, and was her very first femme fatale part. The man-enslaving ... Read more
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