Professor Witney Seibold walks you through the history of the movie musical, from 1927 to Rock of Ages.
Greetings, my dearest pupils, and welcome to the newest installment of the Free Film School here in the ivy-covered halls of CraveOnline. Sound, it turned out, was here to stay, and studios quickly jumped on the bandwagon, making films with quick, quippy dialogue, and plenty of singing. When people think of musicals of the 1930s, they typically think of one filmmaker in particular: Busby Berkeley (1895-1976). Just as frothy, and far more popular, were the dance films starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
I also recommend the films of Danny Kaye, a cheerful and fun fellow who managed to infect each one of his films with a peerless innocence that is hard to define. By the 1950s, that silly, slight version of movie musical passed into the hands of higher-concept projects.
Disney, meanwhile, was hitting its stride in the 1950s with a string of animated features that are, today, considered the center of their brand. The 1960s also presented us with a few high-profile flops like Paint Your Wagon and Hello, Dolly!, which may have been the death knell for the glories of musicals in the past.
Most musicals in the 1970s tended to be rock operas, and incorporated pop music forms, rather than the classical croons and rhymes of previous generations.
The 1990s cleaned things up a bit, mostly thanks to another renaissance of Disney animated features. Professor Witney Seibold examines the often inaccurate way movies portray themselves in movies. Or how about the beginning of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which shows the opening scene of an imaginary Freddy Krueger movie with a new kind of silver Freddy claw?
Movies, after all, are an important and visible and well-moneyed staple of American popular culture.
In 1991, indie filmmaker Richard Linklater exploded onto the scene with his feature debut Slacker, a free form conversation film about several people having varied discussions throughout a single day in Texas. Consider the cool climax to Quentin Tarantino’s most recent film Inglourious Basterds. There is a scene in Psycho, which I wrote about at length last week, where we see Norman Bates spying on Marion Crane through a hole in the wall.
The most broadly entertaining forms of film-as-itself, however, usually have to do with the making of movies, and all the actors, directors, writers, cameramen, and craft services guys that the business requires. Something that’s always kind of bugged me about movie-within-movie sequences is the use of music.
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To shift gears a bit, this week's lecture is going to be one of my subgenre lectures, wherein I look at an entire class of films, investigate its origins, and ponder its long-reaching influence. Indeed, many noir films have been accused of casual misogyny, and I have no defense against that. Also, and this is an important element to remember: When people refer to film noir, they are typically also referring to the ineffable cool that comes with the genre. Another important conceit about film noir: It is largely predicated on the notion of hero-lessness.
The 1930s in America saw a rise of horror movies (which you know about thanks to Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy), so a lot of studios began cashing in on the craze by not just offering up a myriad of ghouls and monsters, but by also monstering up their crime landscape as well. Soon, the genre was everywhere, and it's hard to make a definitive list of classic noir greats from the 1940s because there are so many great films to choose from.
No discussion of film noir would be complete without a mention of Raymond Chandler, the famous mystery author whose work perhaps inspired every single private investigator story to follow it.
I will take a brief pause to mention some more of my favorites, though, and detail the parallel movement of French noir. My favorite of the French noir filmmakers is Jean-Pierre Melville, who named himself after Herman Melville, so much he loved Moby-Dick. I'm sorry to be rattling off so many names and titles, but I think the encyclopedic nature of this lecture just goes to prove the volume and quality of the noir movement. I am your ivy-covered professor, Witney Seibold, who most assuredly holds a degree in something or other. I will be citing many many notable movie musicals that either stand as exemplars of the genre, or that I am personally fond of. Nearly the first three decades of film were made without sound, and these vital first few decades were where most of standard film acting and general aesthetics were invented. The innovation of sound introduced an explosion of musicals all throughout the 1930s, and many consider the decade to be the Golden Era of the movie musical. Berkeley was a choreographer known for large, elaborate dance numbers that involved dozens of people all dancing in unison. The duo of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart moved to the world of film musicals with ease, translating their stage shows to the screen with hits like Babes in Arms (1937) and On Your Toes (1936). Perhaps with a recovering economy, the people were no longer interested in flighty and frothy comedies anymore, and began aching for something a bit more, I dunno, sophisticated. Rodgers and Hammerstein have often been cited for transforming musicals from revues into actual musical narratives, all with Oklahoma! Disneyland opened in 1955, mind you, so Disney was just beginning to become the world-dominating power that it is in 2013.
The World War II generation had now raised teenagers in an era of peace, and trouble began to brew.
1965’s The Sound of Music, another by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is a truly great film, and some of these Broadway adaptations were winning Oscars. Now we were treated to rock operas like Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Who’s Tommy, based on their concept album, directed by Ken Russell, a bizarre odyssey of commercialism, drugs, infidelity, and a scene where Ann-Margaret bathes in baked beans. There were a few notable Broadway adaptations, but they were clearly trying to recapture to old magic, and didn’t do much of note.
This was the time when The Little Mermaid totally revitalized an otherwise flagging animation department, and led to some of the company’s biggest hits.
That was Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann’s visual assault of repurposed pop hits and clunky over-design. They weren’t as present as they seemed to be in the past, and indeed, many bad musicals started to leak in around the edges. There will be a robot or something, a lot of dramatic music, and a lot of blood and terror. Slacker, I feel, was the first film that really brought the self-aware movie talk with movies to a head. In that picture, a movie theater owner uses the actual strips of flammable celluloid to start a fire that would kill a group of Nazis. In addition to spying on Norman, the audience is also titillated by the nudity of actress Janet Leigh.
The filmmaking process, you’ll find, is a years-long process of writing, scouring up money, making deals, and, longest of all, editing. Close-ups are usually filmed after long shots, as the cameraman usually has to reset the camera (yes, even with tiny digital cameras that only weigh as much as a small squirrel).
The movie-within-a-movie, before we pull out revealing that’s what it is, will look complete to us, the audience. Barton Fink, which is about a novelist who is trying to become a screenwriter, but is suffering from crippling writers’ block.
Practically a documentary, Day for Night explores the hardships of a film director (Truffaut playing himself) as he struggles to find new solutions to save his occasionally doomed film.
The process itself may be fascinating (and it is), but no matter how much we know about the process (and some of us know a lot), it’s not going to be why we, the audience, go to the movies. A highly structured industry that will ultimately be seen, in the best of circumstances, as art. Most of the professors at even the best film schools have very little experience themselves working as professionals in the movie industry. Contestants in the festival have won a total of four Academy Awards in the last four years. They extoll the advantages of attending one film school over another without letting on that these articles and sites are often created by the very film schools that they recommend or by entrepreneurs seeking commissions for sending new students.
Everyone knows about Bollywood and their wonderfully entertaining films where everyone always breaks into song and dance when passions start to flare.
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Film production companies are set up in a moment and new ultra-low budget films get made in a matter of days.
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And, when it comes to this week's particular subgenre, there is a lot of ground to cover. A lot of these films are outwardly sexist, and often depict some ugly scenes that feature violence against women.
Noir films can be kind of sophisticated, and follow gentlemen criminals in nice suits and fedoras, and they can also be about grimy, dumb Chandler-esque alcoholics who sweat through their dirty undershirts, and seem incapable of human communication other than grunting and punching people, but, thanks to their style, noir films nevertheless tend to exude a certain element of class and coolness that other crime flicks lack. Noir films hardly ever feature the heroic cop as their central character, and the protagonists are never righteous or even moral. The title of film noir, however, can easily be cast on films stretching back to the silent era. Chandler only wrote a few novels in his life, but the films based on them were so popular and so influential, it could even be said that Chandler birthed American film noir, even though he wasn't a film director. Famous directors not only made a name for themselves with hard-boiled crime stories, but many established directors explored the genre openly. Ullmer, Samuel Fuller, or Otto Preminger, but I encourage you to track down those three directors' filmographies. By the late 1940s and early1950s, noir had become so codified that its influence began to leak back to Europe, and a new generation of French filmmakers began to make ultra-stylized pastiches to the famed American film movement. In 1955, Melville made the film Bob le Flambeur, about a heist gone wrong, but also gone kinda right.


Not only was it far-reaching and prolific, but the percentage of actual quality output to come from the genre is much higher than other genres. Indeed, classic noir films of the '50s still possess their wicked subversive qualities, and they still have the cool intact. I understand that, since the genre is so large and all-encompassing, it will be difficult to mention every single one of the notable movie musicals that have been made, and it’s likely that I will gloss over or fail to mention some of your favorites. If you don’t know silent cinema, then you are missing perhaps the most vital era of filmmaking. Some also cite the Great Depression as another contributing factor to the proliferation of movie musicals. Suffice it to say: Fred Astaire is arguably the best dancer to ever appear on a screen, and Rogers, as the saying goes, did everything he did backwards and in heels. Their magnum opus was probably Pal Joey, although their most famous movie was probably the amusingly titled Hallelujah, I’m a Bum!
The more famous films of the 1940s tend to be wartime dramas like Casablanca, or stirring social dramas like Citizen Kane. I would also be remiss if I did not mention the glorious and tragic career of Judy Garland, best known, of course, for The Wizard of Oz. The film, about the introduction of sound into cinema, was an orgy of self-reflection and self-reference, only seen through a more modern eye.
The decade saw Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), The Lady and the Tramp (1955), and my favorite, Sleeping Beauty (1959). Parents were not expected to open up about the violence of their past, which may have translated into violent and rebellious instincts in their kids (if I may wax sociological for a moment).
American cinema in the 1970s saw the explosion of the Cultural Revolution, and watching Gene Kelly dance with an animated mouse was perhaps not what Woodstock attendees wanted to see. Annie, A Chorus Line, and Little Shop of Horrors all have their fans, but they are not at the forefront of any sort of movement. 1991’s Beauty and the Beast was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and Aladdin and The Lion King made millions. 2005, like 1980, saw some of the worst movie musicals ever made with Rent, the musical version of The Producers, and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, which I will not talk about for any reason. Then, without warning, the robot will, perhaps, malfunction, and the scene will then pull back to reveal that the awesome sequence you’ve just been watching has been, in fact, a film shoot this whole time. Although in that film, the film-shoot-within-the-film proved to be a clever double-twist, as it was also a dream sequence.
Most people (and I refer to those not enrolled in the Free Film School) only get their information about the actual making of movies from the movies themselves. By the time Kevin Smith made Clerks in 1994, the trend was codified, and when Wes Craven (there he is again) made Scream in 1996, it was a clear indicator that the culture had shifted toward a self-aware entertainment. Even some of the better movies about movie-making tend to fudge the actual hard work and arduous process of making movies. Movies about movies often tend to be about the actual shoot, which is, usually, only about a third of the filmmaking process. He is having his own crises, but he is surrounded by a myriad of crewmembers and actors who are also having their own crises. From a viewer’s perspective, do you think it’s important to know how movies are made, or does knowledge of the process ruin your film experience?
If you are considering attending a so-called top film school you might even find your mind changed.
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There was a time, it seems, sometime beginning in the mid 1930s, and lasting until the late 1950s when film noir seemed to be the reigning king of the movie theaters.
But more than that, I feel that film noir also brought an element of hothouse sexuality to movies that was not often seen in mainstream entertainment. When sex was taken out of movies by the Hays Code, film noir stepped up their game by adding cigarettes to movies as ersatz sex objects.
Film noir may be about a dark and dreary side of illegal urban living, but, when done right, there's a sort of romance involved in the lifestyle. The crackdown so angers the underworld that there is, in turn, a crackdown on the child killer himself by the city's criminals.
Films like Scarface, and the James Cagney classics Little Caesar and The Public Enemy came out during this phase. Well, why not start with Billy Wilder's awesome swindle flick Double Indemnity from 1944? Gun Crazy is not entirely complex or even considered to be an exemplar of style, but there's an appealing campy cheapness to the proceedings that give the film power and style. Now the criminals were even cooler, the ennui even more powerful, and the style all the more impressive. His films, while possessed of a tragic edge, always struck me as being playfully self-aware.
Most films were released with no soundtracks at all, and were accompanied in movies theaters by live musicians who would improvise a score, or be assigned a score. For musicals, as stated in last week’s lecture, are typically formed out of a very basic and primal form of performance. His most famous films are the Gold Diggers movies, 1933’s 42nd Street (which was later adapted for the stage), Girl Crazy (1932), and he even worked on some choreography for The Wizard of Oz, although his scenes were deleted from the final cut. Their films were always romances about how the two of them suffer a complicated set of sitcom circumstances that skillfully keep them apart for the bulk of the film. Fast dialogue and funny music were the word of the day, and the new form was perfectly suited for stage-bred musicians and comedians who could now record their acts in whole. The form was so well-known, and Snow White was so successful, that Disney is still, to this day, ensuring that most of their films feature princesses in peril, and perhaps numerous songs.
There were still plenty of musicals, but this so-called Golden Age of Hollywood is known more for its explosion of filmmaking and storytelling acumen than it is for its singing and dancing. That film helped launch her (tragically brief) career of movie musicals like Ziegfeld Girl, Meet Me in St. It comically showed the journey actors and singers had to take in order to transition to sound, and points out that many of the silent sirens may not have had very good speaking voices.
With Oklahoma!, the songs in a musical were now used to advance the story, rather than take an amusing intermission from it. I like The Music Man from 1962, and 1967’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a bizarre Roman spoof by Stephen Sondheim.
The mainstream Broadway adaptations began to incorporate death and tragedy, and 1971 saw Fiddler on the Roof, a very dour version of an otherwise lightly-toned show. I grew up in the 1980s, and, looking back in such a way, it seems like it was one of the most creatively bankrupt times for entertainment; so much of what I grew up with was soulless commercial fare. Geek culture is intimately connected to the upcoming effects-heavy blockbuster releases and superhero-themed flicks.
Watch those four all in one sitting, and you can watch self-aware American youth culture passing the torch from one generation to the next.
Not just the movie, but the actual mechanical piece of the film-projection process is transformed into a tool of destruction.
This was something Hitchcock liked to play with a lot, this notion of voyeurism, and peeping in on people was something seen in many of his films.
It’s rare, for instance, that a movie-within-a-movie will feature several takes of a single scene.
The reason Day for Night works so well is that it doesn’t romanticize or even make dramatic the filmmaking process.
Now we could see sexy lips wrapping around a cigarette, or have a sort-of simulated sex act in the lighting and trading of smokes. The romance may inevitably be seen as tragic (someone is always going to die horribly, often bleeding to death after a gunshot), but tragic romance is still romantic. No, the heroes of noir films are always antiheroes, up to no good, looking to connive or double-cross.
Once the war began, and many German filmmakers fled to the states, a sudden influx of noir films began to take solid shape in this crime-ridden cinematic landscape. Fred McMurray and Barbara Stanwyck play an adulterous couple would would murder her husband and collect on the insurance money.
Gun Crazy is about a guy named Bart (John Dall) who is a skilled shooter and proper gun nut, even though he has never done anything criminal. The 1946 film version of Chandler's 1939 novel The Big Sleep starred Humphrey Bogart, was directed by Howard Hawks, and is often cited at the best noir film ever made. Some of the French noir filmmakers even started shooting in color (which may or may not be verboten in noir filmmaking, depending on whom you ask). His characters all seemed to be positioning themselves after previous noir heroes, rather than just being themselves. Sure, the casual misogyny is still in there, but I would hope we're enlightened enough to enjoy the films and still understand that the misogyny is a thing of the past. To escape the horror of the poverty and starvation outside, it has been theorized, many audiences fled into the opulent and entertaining world of musicals.
Berkeley’s most notable contribution to the world of musicals was his famous shooting-straight-down-from-above technique, wherein he would stage elaborate geometrical shapes using dozens of dancers.
Their musicals weren’t any more sophisticated than their peers in terms of their stories, often being revues with romances attached, but the lyrics and songwriting were most certainly a cut above some of the goofy cuts of the (admittedly awesome) Cole Porter, or the comparatively sentimental Oscar Hammerstein. The animated feature, the Disney Princess brand, and the animated musical were all born with this one film.
Kelly, a dancer by trade, is a much more masculine presence than the Fred Astaires of the previous generation, and Singin’ in the Rain is a classic corny Technicolor Hollywood film about classic silent, black-and-white Hollywood. Again, thanks to this decades-old tradition, Disney films are still seen in a certain way: as musicals with princesses and talking animals.
The legacy of the film was that A) musicals were hip again, and B) they had to be overdesigned and glitzy.
These days, it is only acceptable for animated films to be musicals, and even then, it’s not encouraged. As such, you can likely name a good deal of feature films that are directly about the movie-making industry.
In a culture where we’re obsessed with movies, it only makes sense that new films feature that obsession. Intellectually, Man with a Movie Camera is utterly brilliant, although many film neophytes may find the free-form notions presented in the film to be frustrating and, at worst, pointless. So the movies within movies are constructed almost wholly of shooting, and usually aren’t about the editing process or anything else. It is not seen as a series of breakthroughs and catharses, but rather a rather unusually usual workplace, which just happens to involve famous actors and millions of dollars. All of a sudden, women could be outwardly dangerously sexy, an important facet to keep intact after the infamous Hays Code put the kibosh on so many frothy sexy comedies of their day.


I have heard some sociologists go so far as to posit that American smoking habits are directly related to the sexualizing of cigarettes in film noir.
The thrill of film noir comes not only from the tragic romance of fringe living, but the vicarious thrill of living through the evils of another. The film is so sweaty and sexy and amazingly dark, it's had not to fall under its spell. The story is, according to all who have seen it, impossible to follow, but the tone, they say, is incredible to experience. John Huston, the great American director, was the mastermind behind the celebrated noir films Key Largo and The Maltese Falcon, both with Humphrey Bogart. As such, the tragedy was often undercut with a stylish joyfulness that's hard to define.
Stories of criminals soon shifted into grindhouses and other exploitation venues, and violence increased. The first feature film to be released with spoken dialogue and on-set singing was Alan Crosland’s 1927 film The Jazz Singer, which starred Al Jolson as a Jewish man who is torn between singing for his father as a Cantor, and being a hit nightclub singer.
The two of them notoriously would rehearse for hours and hours, sometimes until their feet bled. Several of her films were projects with Mickey Rooney, and the two would often be seen putting on a show in order to save some sort of impoverished institution.
It wasn’t until they started buying other companies and properties (Miramax, Studio Ghibli, The Muppets, Marvel Comics, Lucasfilm) that they tried to diversify. The youth market, by the way, is still the biggest money-maker in the film world, which is why so many big-money movies are simple PG-13-rated action films intended for teenage boys. It should be noted that most of the musicals after the 1940s featured actors lip-synching the famous songs, with Marni Nixon or other talented singers dubbing over them.
There are many films wherein actors play actors, and some where they actually play renditions of themselves.
Many films, then, feature dialogue from characters who have actually seen movies, and actually discuss popular culture in an intelligent and salient fashion.
Film, as I have addressed in the past, turns the viewer into a voyeur, and any movie that sort of calls that notion of voyeurism into its story or theme, is cleverly commenting on itself as a film. The same year as Psycho, Michael Powell directed a similar horror film called Peeping Tom, about a serial killer who liked to film his victims as he killed them with his camera’s tripod.
Better, perhaps, to watch Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic Persona, still one of my favorites. You have to plan out your shots in advance, shoot them in the order that is most convenient, and then assemble them in the correct order when editing.
But then, eliminating the edits and musical cues, the filmmakers would not be able to pull the cutesy reveal. Film, after all, occupies a bizarre place in the arts, in that it’s unusually expensive.
The simmering sexuality pouring off of a young Lauren Bacall will make anyone's underpants explode.
Even the venerated Orson Welles made several noir films, including the pretty good The Lady from Shanghai and the 1958 classic Touch of Evil, often considered his last great film. By the time he made his 1967 film Le Samouraï, Melville was clearly helping to invent a sort of post-noir movement, which was more of an homage to noir than legitimate noir in itself. The hard-boiled detective story, once seen as so gritty and sexy, was now viewed as being old-fashioned and even hokey. Do you think sex is handled well in older movies, or is a more direct approach more effective?
They would vie for the affections of the lady, and their friendship would suffer, only to be healed by the end. 1958 saw South Pacific, which is a musical so colorful, you’ll wonder what the usher slipped into your drink. Even though it came out in 1982, I would count Pink Floyd’s bizarre rock opera The Wall in with that crowd as well, as it dealt with surreal imagery and poetic lyrics to convey more a state of mind than a real story.
How disappointed I was to learn that the robot was from a film with the film, and all the dramatic music was put in place to fool us. I think the trend of talking about movies within movies began with Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 film The Last Picture Show, a coming-of-age tale largely about attending movies in a small dying town in Texas. That film opens with a shot of a projector bulb firing up, and film flapping through a camera. This sort of process is not very glamorous, so it’s not usually part of movies within movies. True, the actor is ultimately what the audience is going to be looking at (Bette Davis once complained that bad dialogue would reflect poorly on her, and not on the screenwriter), so it’s important that the actor be master of their craft, but they also need to be patient cogs in a larger machine. Noir films spend most of their times indoors, often feature guns, smoking, and large amounts of money, although a good noir film can also be a mere heist picture, or even a cop film. Indispensable noir classics like Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Out of the Past (a truly awesome film with Robert Mitchum) are all centered on a wicked woman.
They can, for a few moments, at least pretend to go on the lam with a slutty gal and a suitcase fulla cash. It's no wonder, then, that many of the earliest of noir films were made by German filmmakers.
M is not so much about the killer, but a general story about various groups of cops and crooks. Billy Wilder also made one of the best films about Hollywood ever made with his noir-ish showbiz satire Sunset Boulevard in 1950. Gun Crazy features an awesome sequence shot from inside a car, and we witness a heist through the windshield. Chandler wasn't entirely prolific, and only about a dozen films have been based on his work over the years, but when it came to establishing the hard-boiled life of the brash and down-on-his-luck private detective, Chandler most certainly codified it. 1955 saw the release of Rififi, one of the best heist movies ever made, and featuring a famous extended heist sequence with no dialogue at all. Some actors felt that the addition of sound to cinema was a gross mutation from the important silent aesthetic; Charlie Chaplin famously decried talking pictures, and persisted in making silent (or mostly silent) films for a few more years. Many were about young, innocent, and poverty-stricken gals from smalltown America who moved to the big city to be discovered by a showbiz bigwig. Sure there were films before this that featured people attending movies, and indeed there were many about the making of movies, but this was the first, I think, to show how people go to movies, and how important it is to them.
One where a woman is getting killed, and one where an actress is simulating getting killed. A more accurate portrayal of the way actors work might come from Tom DiCillo’s 1995 film Living in Oblivion. True, a low-budget film can be made with few resources, but the mainstream films you see in your local multiplex cannot.
Many of these women were based on earlier silent sirens like Theda Bara and Louise Brooks who starred in cautionary scare films, but with noir, the caution was a little less cautionary (and certainly less preachy). The German Expressionist movement, however, was a country-wide trend, and covered more than just films. Fritz Lang was also the man behind a series of noir-ish German-language crime films featuring a recurring character named Dr. Famed It girl Clara Bow hated sound, and openly hoped for fires to destroy sound recording equipment. The endings were always happy, and the heroines were always rewarded for their innocence and tenacity. Bing Crosby’s voice was the most seductive thing in the world during this age of crooners.
Until then, I can sit down with Top Hat, watch the dancing, sing along, and fall in love with music again. Near the end of Persona, a weird self-aware odyssey in itself (which I will, here, leave for you to discover), we see Bergman on screen with his famous photographer Sven Nyqvist, shooting the movie we are currently watching.
In that film, a frustrated director (Steve Buscemi) has to deal with the actual hardships of working with semi-professional actors, and the trials of non-budget filmmaking. Day for Night explores that big-budget process, and how the violent clash of money, time, and creativity is just a natural part of shooting.
Film noir is also typically all about males (just like most movies, sigh), and women tend to be supporting characters in the men's lives, either as temptresses and indicators of criminal activity, or tragic lovers doomed to die with their mates.
Despite detractors, music and dialogue were too alluring to resist, and sound became a proper film revolution.
She continued to work through the 1950s and even into the 60s, when she died all too soon at age 47. Film, Bergman seems to be arguing, is a mirror of itself, and all the characters are, by extension, pieces of us.
If you have a set all ready, you will shoot all the scenes that take place in that location, period.
Eventually there is a catharsis, but it’s a gentle kind of catharsis that comes from doing a job well, and continuing to do it to the best of your abilities. Whenever a woman is presented as a good, pure-hearted gal in a noir flick, you can be pretty certain that she will die by the end of the film. These days, the notion of a detective story is rarely as cool or as stylish as they used to be, as most neo-noirs tend to be more and more stylish pastiches. It could be (and has been) argued that the best movies are the ones that bother to do something original and daring and self-aware with the film form itself.
One pair of actresses are having trouble nailing a scene, and can only manage to find a way to play it correctly when they’re not being filmed. If you have a small role for a particular actor, you’ll shoot their scenes whenever they are available. If you are even the slightest bit interested in making movies, you must watch Day for Night.
The story involved bombings, dirty criminals, and a woman who is horribly scarred on her face. Say what you will about the recent Les Misérables, at least they thought to let the actors sing their own songs. His production, you see, only has a few lights to illuminate a certain scene, so he’s requested one of his actors deliver his lines from a few key locations from within the set. When the crew resets the lights to accommodate the actor’s new invented blocking, the actor changes the blocking again.
The actor then storms off the set, whining that his creativity as a performer is being stifled.



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