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12.05.2013 | | Posted at 09:40 AM

Hollywood’s Golden Age in Paperback

By David Luhrssen
  The University Press of Kentucky’s Screen Classics series, edited by Milwaukee film historian Patrick McGilligan, has become an important resource for documenting Hollywood’s Golden Age directors and actors. (Full disclosure: I contributed one book to the series, Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen.) A trio of Screen Classics have just been reissued in paperback: Marilyn A...
11.13.2013 | | Posted at 12:34 PM

The cinema of Soviet director Sergei Parajanov

By David Luhrssen
  Most filmmakers are prosaic, telling stories in straightforward cinematic language. Every now and then a poet emerges, creating vivid images that convey a deeper reality through the medium of moviemaking. Sergei Parajanov was among the poets, and was responsible for several startling films under the Soviet system. As James Steffen points out in The Cinema of Sergei Paraj...
02.01.2010 | | Posted at 10:21 AM

The Screenwriters Speak Out

By David Luhrssen
The long migration of storytelling from the printed page into motion pictures began at the turn of the last century. Within a few decades film became the most pervasive form of storytelling�until the cinema was challenged by the smaller, upstart medium called television. A century later, movies remain among the most important sources of fiction narratives. Without screenwriters, they would have ...
05.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Measured against a career studded with landmarks such as Metropolis, M, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Fury, Scarlet Street and The Big Heat, Fritz Lang�s Man Hunt was a minor effort. But the director�s 1941 movie, out now on DVD, was an important step in his Hollywood career, gaining the German refugee his footing in the New World and pointing the way, with its chases in a dark city set like a tr...