The History Of Independent Cinema

In his characteristically breezy and conversational tone, Phil Hall deftly covers a lot of territory in his ambitious The History of Independent Cinema. The book, Hall’s third on film, reads less like a stodgy college film history class and more like a late-night rap from a visiting lecturer at the local arthouse cinema. To cover the entire history… Continue reading The History Of Independent Cinema

A short history of the Hollywood motion picture industry

Hollywood: Perhaps no other place on earth evokes the same air of show-business magic and glamour. The legend of Hollywood began in the early 20th century and is an earmark of modern American society rich in history and innovation. ​ The origin of movies and motion pictures began in the late 1800’s, with the invention… Continue reading A short history of the Hollywood motion picture industry

How movies can predict future technology:

Science fiction has a habit of turning into science fact. Usually, that’s because a good sci-fi writer has some level of scientific knowledge, or at least interest. They can look at where the world is now and extrapolate. That way, they end up with a pretty good guess that turns out to be true. You… Continue reading How movies can predict future technology:

The magic lantern was an early form of slide projector that was an early step on the road to the motion picture technology of today.

The magic lantern was invented in the 1600’s, probably by Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch scientist. It was the earliest form of slide projector and has a long and fascinating history. The first magic lanterns were illuminated by candles, but as technology evolved they were lit by increasingly powerful means. The name “magic lantern” comes from… Continue reading The magic lantern was an early form of slide projector that was an early step on the road to the motion picture technology of today.

What is Film Noir?

Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements. Beginning in the early 1940s, numerous screenplays inspired by hardboiled American crime fiction were brought to the screen, primarily by European émigré directors who shared a certain storytelling sensibility: highly stylized, overtly theatrical, with imagery often drawn from an earlier era of German “expressionist” cinema.… Continue reading What is Film Noir?