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Entries from March 22nd, 2008

Bill Everson: Terminal film buff

March 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · History and criticism

My previous post, in which I discussed the role played by William K. Everson and the Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society, spurred me to dig out this interview I did with Everson for an April 1973 issue of The New York Herald, a short-lived weekly newspaper. For more on Everson, check out the Wikepedia bio, […]

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Recovered Memories

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Filmmakers, History and criticism

I have always been intrigued by what may be called the prehistory of cinema and animation studies. It is not uncommon to look back on the history of film criticism and history to look mainly at books and magazines, of which there were precious few dealing with film in the US through the 1950s. However, […]

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Malvin Wald

March 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Filmmakers, Harvey Deneroff

Screenwriter Malvin Wald died last Thursday, March 6, in Sherman Oaks, California, at age 90. I first got to know him casually when I was a student at the University of Southern California’s Cinema Department, where he taught part time. (He is pictured at left in 1950 while visiting USC with the legendary Slavko Vorkapitch, […]

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Willis O’Brien, Iwerks’ Multiplane Camera and Fleischer’s Stereoptical Process

March 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Special effects, Technology

This post is by way of a posing a possible historical question. In reading Richard Rickitt’s book, Special Effects: The History and Technique, I was brought up short by the following illustration (on page 184) of the miniature rear projection setup created by Willis O’Brien for the original King Kong (1933): O’Brien created this setup […]

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