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Films In 1924

This early Clair film was to be the entr'acte between the two parts of Rolf de Mare's Swedish ballet "Relache". Picabia intended it to be a procession of dreamlike cerebral images, divorced from the pretensions and hypocrisies of conventional life, entirely de¬voted to the pleasure of ... Read more
Seventy years before Purple Rose of Cairo, Woody Allen's film-inside-a-film, Buster Keaton got there first. Sherlock Jr., in which Keaton stars as well as directs, features a cinema projec­tionist who daydreams himself into the movies he shows. In the process he becomes subject to the plastic ... Read more
The “Iron Horse", about the transcontinental track-laying ... race between the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, is one of the finest of the epic westerns, and greatly influenced ... subsequent sagas of frontier life. It was filmed entirely on location with imaginative use of landscape. ... Read more
“Cinema is an experimental device that builds - that is, that conceives - an image of the universe.” - Jean Epstein ... One of France's first masters of the cinematic avant-garde, Jean Epstein crafted cinema that danced upon the precipice between meaning and nonsense: conceptual and beautiful ... Read more
Perhaps the most successful film at the Festival last year was The General. Many Festival members were amazed at the freshness of this silent classic and its comic inventiveness and we feel that it is not too soon for us to present a second dose of the same tonic - Buster Keaton in a film many ... Read more
Le Fantorne du Moulin Rouge was notable for the various uses Clair made of the cameras resources, sometimes “giving objects a three-dimensional effect by moving round them" (J. Bourgeois). The story shows how the disembodied spirit of a man disappointed in love consoles himself by playing pranks ... Read more
Early in the 1920s, German historical films (Passion, Anne Boleyn) greatly impressed movie fans and movie producers alike with their lavishness of scene and production. Douglas Fairbanks, by now one of the best paid stars, was casting around for a challenge to his business acumen (now established ... Read more
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