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George Eastman House Presents the History of Photography

The George Eastman House presents a 12 part series that covers the science of photography from the first experiments up to digital photography. Chapter 1 - Before Photography Chapter 2 - The Daguerreotype Chapter 3 - Talbot’s Processes Chapter 4 - The Cyanotype Chapter 5 - The Collodion Chapter 6 - The Albumen Print Chapter 7 - The Platinum Print Chapter 8 Read MoreRead More

Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘Amazing Vision’ for Filmmaking

Susan King chronicles some of the advancements of Cecil B. DeMille – a pioneer of filmmaking along with D.W. Griffith but worked well into the studio era. The only time Cecil B. DeMille’s granddaughter saw the pioneering film director annoyed was when his body began to fail him. “He was a bull,” said Cecilia DeMille Read MoreRead More

How Mister Rogers Saved the VCR

In 1984, a landmark case laid down a controversial law regarding technology and copyright infringement. Here’s a look back at the “Betamax Case,” including the role Mister Rogers played in the Supreme Court’s decision. For many years in the pre-DVD, pre-streaming era, the Betamax, Sony’s prototype videotape player-recorder, was a punch line. A piece of Read MoreRead More

Girls on Film: 4 female filmmakers who pioneered horror movies

Despite popular misconceptions, women have been on the cutting edge of the genre since its earliest days If you’re looking for a good new horror movie, there are plenty of directors whose works fit the bill. Leigh Janiak kicked things off last month with a limited release of her film Honeymoon. “Twisted Twins” Jen and Read MoreRead More

What Are Literature, Philosophy & History For? Alain de Botton Explains with Monty Python-Style Videos

Alain de Botton presents three short films about why we study Literature, Philosophy and History Once upon a time, questions about the use-value of art were the height of philistinism. “All art is quite useless,” wrote the aesthete Oscar Wilde, presaging the attitudes of modernists to come. Explaining this statement in a letter to a Read MoreRead More

The Notorious History of Drunken Hollywood

Larry Getlen digs through Hollywood’s sordid history looking at some legendary Tinseltown drunks. By the early 1930s, Herman J. Mankiewicz was a screenwriting genius who had secretly helped construct classic films such as “Monkey Business” and “Duck Soup” by the Marx Brothers and “The Wizard of Oz.” He was also, according to a new book Read MoreRead More

All about the Serpentine Dance

The Serpentine Dance was one of the first things captured by Edison’s film cameras – but what was the Serpentine Dance? Who? The serpentine dance emerged during the late nineteenth century. It evolved from the skirt dance, a form of early burlesque in which moving figures were swathed in light fabric and optical shadows to Read MoreRead More

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