The virtue of film is its imperfection. A print of a film is a living thing—it’s different each time it’s projected, thanks to new scratches and new splices, dust and hair and wear and tear. Its age shows, just as the age of a 78-r.p.m. record does, just as the age of a book from a library does.
I’m really not on board with this. I went to see Star Wars 13 times in 1977 the summer it came out and watched the print gradually decline in quality. The bit with the mouse robot running away in the Death Start eventually got completely cut because of print degradation. I don’t see this as a good thing.
I get (and respect) that there are aesthetic advantages to real film. I used to go to a lot of effort to see fresh 70mm prints of movies. But the fact that film degrades is not one of those advantages.
A haiku from the article: James Earl Jones on Darth Vader, Mufasa and, natch, Totes McGotes
Commander Hadfield answers pressing questions:
- Is there beer in space?
- How do you play guitar in zero gee?
Expiring minds want to know. Ask an Astronaut.
"The Nancy Drew Cookbook: Clues to Good Cooking"
Debuting in 1973, The Nancy Drew Cookbook mixed in a dash of mystery with a pinch of thematic recipes. Nearly half of the 111 recipes incorporate part of titles from the first 50 volumes of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories—including the sinister Double Jinx Salad, the warm and toasty Ski Jump Hot Chocolate, and the mysterious Haunted Showboat Pralines. 25 of the recipes involve places or characters from the series such as Togo Dogs, Mrs. Fayne’s Famous Rice, and Hannah’s Cheese Puffs. (via)
January 17, 1706: Benjamin Franklin Is Born
On this day in 1706, Benjamin Franklin was born. Born into the family of a Boston candle maker, Benjamin Franklin became the most famous American of his time. He helped found a new nation and defined the American character.
Explore the life of a remarkable man with this Benjamin Franklin timeline.
Image: Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (Library of Congress).
Our first American media mogul!
The Adventures of Prince Achmen.
The oldest surviving animated film in history.
Nonono, you don’t understand how AWESOME this movie is
because it’s not done by a big production firm, or someone with a name as big as Walt Disney, no
the writer and “mind” behind this film was a WOMAN
yes, my dear tumblr peeps, the very first trick animator in the world was a young German woman who had an idea, and enough friends and time to make a feature-length animated film. And it took her three years
because the way this movie (and some shorter works she actually did before Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) are done is really, really complex. You see those leaves, and the hair of the figures? Yes.
That’s hand-cut paper.
Lotte Reiniger - that’s her name, my friends - always loved the art beind the Chinese shadow puppetry, and after she heard a lecture by Paul Wegener (famous vor the early movies Der Golem and Der Student von Prag) about the possibilites of animated movies, she wanted to combine these two things.
And guys, how she combined it…
Most of the puppets and scenerey she made all by herself. Her friends set up a special table that was lighted from underneath, and in the later movies she would even change the colours of the background mid-scene to change the atmosphere. Above it was a camera, shooting photos of the scenes that she moved milimetre for milimetre for those 16 pictures per second she needed for her movie.
Which makes Die Abenteuer von Prinz Achmed not only the first animated feature-length movie, but also the first stop-motion movie.
The Desolation of Poppins. Because I can’t help myself.