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by Richard von Busack
San Jose’s internationally famous Psycho Donuts has a cameo in Of Two Minds (playing Sep 1 at 7pm at the United Film Festival in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater). Directors Doug …

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FRANK CAPRA – LOST HORIZON
October 5, 2010 – 8:43 pm | 3 Comments
FRANK CAPRA – LOST HORIZON

“Have you ever dreamed of a place where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight?’: Thus reads the opening title card to Lost Horizon, Frank Capra’s dream of Shangri-La, the inaccessible Himalayan Utopia …

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – CAPRA’S BEST
September 27, 2010 – 12:35 am | One Comment
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – CAPRA’S BEST

It’s a Wonderful Life  is not just one of the greteat holiday movies of all time – it is one of the all time best movies period!

The story behind It’s a Wonderful Life begins …

Film Director Salaries
September 20, 2010 – 12:13 pm | No Comment
Film Director Salaries

Film director salaries have certainly evolved a great deal in Hollywood since the beginning of commercial filmmaking.  While some directors were paid next to nothing in the early years, many film director salaries eventually came …

Cinematography Techniques
September 20, 2010 – 12:11 pm | No Comment
Cinematography Techniques

Cinematography techniques are of vital importance to any filmmaker as they help tell the story of the film in the most effective manner possible.  As a director of photography, it is important to learn the …

MAX OPHUL – The Elegant Genius of Cinema
September 13, 2010 – 11:48 pm | No Comment

MAX OPHULS returned to France in 1949. One of the most widely travelled of directors, this German-born film maker had directed films in Germany, Italy and Holland as well as in France which was his …

THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN – Frank Capra
September 13, 2010 – 11:19 pm | One Comment
THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN – Frank Capra

THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN
Released: 1933
Production: Columbia Direction: Frank Capra Screenplay: Edward E. Paramore; based on the novel of the same name by Grace Zaring Stone
Cinematography: Joseph Walker
Editing: no listing
Running time: 87 minutes
Principal characters:
Megan …

Capra & Arsenic and Old Lace
September 1, 2010 – 7:08 pm | One Comment
Capra & Arsenic and Old Lace

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Released: 1944 (completed 1941) Production: Frank Capra for Warner Bros. Direction: Frank Capra Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein; based on the play of the
same name by Joseph Kesselring …

The Westerner
August 28, 2010 – 1:17 am | No Comment
The Westerner

Cover of The Westerner

THE WESTERNER
Released: 1940 Production: Samuel Goldwyn for United Artists Direction: William Wyler Screenplay: Jo Swerling and Niven Busch; based on a story by Stuart N. Lake Cinematography: Gregg Toland Editing: Daniel Mandell …

The Art of Akira Kurosawa
April 9, 2010 – 1:05 am | No Comment
The Art of Akira Kurosawa

In 1977, Akira Kurosawa was at wit’s end. His script for Ran, written several years earlier, had met with stiff resistance. Producers repeatedly insisted it would be too costly to make. So he’d gone …

The Mexican Mafia vs. Hollywood
April 9, 2010 – 12:21 am | No Comment
The Mexican Mafia vs. Hollywood

Shortly after American Me’s release, something worse than trouble caught up with three people associated with the production: They were murdered-conceivably in retaliation, though the connection is by no means clear cut, for the film’s depiction of gang life. The perceived disrespect shown by scenes of sodomy and betrayal allegedly required La Eme to avenge its honor. Olmos himself, the director, co producer, and star of the movie, reportedly responded by applying for a concealed- weapons permit and surrounding himself with bodyguards. Olmos, some said, was targeted for death.

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