FILM HISTORY & DOCUMENTARIES

 

CINERAMA'S RUSSIAN ADVENTURE

Leonid Kristy, Roman Karmen, Boris Dolin, Oleg Lebedev, Solomon Kogan & Vassily Katanian (US / USSR)

Photographed over an eight-year period by Russia’s top filmmakers, Cinerama’s Russian Adventure brings together some of the most exquisite, jaw-dropping, and beautiful sequences from over six Soviet Kinopanorama productions (the Russian equivalent of three-panel Cinerama). The film’s locations stretch from one end of Russia to the other, from…


DISCOVERING CINEMA

Various Directors 

Presented by Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films, DISCOVERING CINEMA is a two-disc DVD set comprised of LEARNING TO TALK (2003) and MOVIES DREAM IN COLOR (2004), both produced by Lobster Films/Histoire. Film historians Eric Lange and Serge Bromberg compiled materials from their own Lobster Films collection and material from archives…


EARLY WOMEN FILMMAKERS

Various Directors

More women worked in film during its first two decades than any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued.  This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of 14 of early cinema's most innovative and influential women directors, rewriting and celebrating…

 


HENRI STORCK: IMAGES D'OSTENDE - THE OSTEND FILMS

Henri Storck (Belgium)

Henri Storck (Ostend 1907 - Brussels 1999) lived through the whole history of cinema, passing from silent to sound, and from experimental to commercial films. He is recognised as a pioneer of Belgian cinema and a key figure in documentary. An eyewitness of his times, he made socially engaged films, but also poetic and experimental short films, films on art and a…


HENRI STORCK: MISÈRE AU BORINAGE - THE SOCIAL FILMS

Henri Storck (Belgium)

MISÈRE AU BORINAGE brings together Storck's Social Films, including the 1933 title work co-directed with Joris Ivens, which has become a classic of the "cinema of reality", with which Storck was most closely associated. In 1937 he made LES MAISONS DE LA MISÈRE, denouncing slum housing in the same pamphleteering style, and in 1938 LE PATRON...


HENRI STORCK: SYMPHONIE PAYSANNE - PEASANT SYMPHONY

Henri Storck (Belgium)

Henri Storck (Ostend 1907 - Brussels 1999) lived through the whole history of cinema, passing from silent to sound, and from experimental to commercial films. He is recognised as a pioneer of Belgian cinema and a key figure in documentary. From 1924 to 1944, the old project of making a feature film comes true. SYMPHONIE PAYSANNE consists of four parts that…


HENRI GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO (L'ENFER D'HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT)

Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea Annonier (France)

In 1964, director Henri-Georges Clouzot (QUAI DES ORFEVRES, LE CORBEAU, THE WAGES OF FEAR, LES DIABOLIQUES, THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO) chose Romy Schneider, aged 26, and Serge Reggiani, 42, to star in L'ENFER (INFERNO), an enigmatic and original project granted an unlimited budget due to the enthusiastic interest in the project by investors... 


JORNAL PORTUGUÊS: 1938-1951

(Portugal)

The newsreel series JORNAL PORTUGUÊS (1938-1951) was produced for the Secretariat of National Propaganda (SPN/SNI) by the "Portuguese Newsreel Society" (SPAC), under the technical supervision of António Lopes Ribeiro. It was conceived and employed as part of the propaganda machinery of Salazar's regime.


MARGOT DIAS: ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS 1958-1961

Margot Dias (Netherlands)

Between 1958 and 1961, the anthropologist Margot Dias (1908-2001) shot 28 films in Mozambique and Angola, which belong to the Film Archive of the National Museum of Ethnology (Museu Nacional de Etnologia). These films were made within the "study Missions on the Ethnic Minorities of the Portuguese Overseas Territories" headed by Jorge Dias and represent one of the first uses of ethnographic film within Portuguese anthropological studies.


NANOOK OF THE NORTH / THE WEDDING OF PALO

Robert Flaherty & Dr. Knud Rasmussen (US / Denmark)

Robert Flaherty made this wonderful film of Eskimo (Inuit) life following six years as an Artic explorer for the Canadian Northern Railway. Flaherty seized upon the idea of structuring his movie around characters who reenacted episodes of their lives and participated in the shaping of the film. He was not trained as an anthropologist, but Flaherty wisely guides our...


PETER VON BAGH: FINNISH SUITE

Peter von Bagh, (Finland)

Peter von Bagh is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and critic. His extensive and unique body of works include some 50 films and 30 books. The FINNISH SUITE includes three documentary feature films which make up an important part of von Bagh's works in the 21st century. HELSINKI, FOREVER (2008) is a portrait and city symphony…


SAVED FROM THE FLAMES

Various Directors

SAVED FROM THE FLAMES presents a unique and wonderful collection of 54 rare and restored short films from the inflammable years of cinema.  Movies were once made on nitrate film stock, which has a chemical composition similar to gunpowder and is highly vulnerable to fire and decay. This remarkable seven-hour anthology, organized in eight thematic…


THIS IS CINERAMA

Robert L. Bendick (US)

On the evening of September 30, 1952, the shape and sound of movies changed forever with the introduction of Cinerama, the widescreen process that used three cameras and three projectors on a curved screen 146° deep.

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of its premiere, THIS IS CINERAMA is presented exactly as seen by…


WINDJAMMER: THE VOYAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN RADICH

Louis de Rochemont III & Bill Colleran (Norway / US)

Embarking from Oslo, Norway, the ship sets out across the Atlantic with a storm-tossed stop in Madeira, where New Year’s festivities entice the young crewmen to enjoy Portuguese musical celebrations and heart racing rides in basket sleds down steep cobblestone streets. After that, it is on to Willemstad, Curacao, where young sailors take part in Dutch festivities.