The National Film Board (NFB) of Canada was founded in May 1939 by a Scottish documentary filmmaker, John Grierson. Grierson had a vision of film to “create democratic loyalties” and “stir the collective consciousness of society” according to Gary Evans, one of Grierson’s former students and author of one of the only books on NFB’s… Read more »
Entries by Laura Ivins
The television show Twin Peaks (David Lynch & Mark Frost, 1990-1991) is known for its music. Its otherwordly soundtrack transports the audience into a universe where retro nostalgia meets the fantastic. In this video, I look at how musical set-pieces are used to illuminate the character of Leland Palmer, father of murdered teen Laura Palmer.
When you walk down Walnut Street on the square, just past Subway and Landlocked Music, you pass by an impressive limestone façade that once housed the Princess Theatre. Longtime Bloomington residents will remember seeing movies at the Princess and its sister-theater, the Towne Cinema, which was originally called the Harris Grand.
When Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom was released in 2012, audiences and critics alike noted the film’s similarities to Pierrot le fou, a 1965 film by French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. However, Godard isn’t the only — or even the most important — influence on Wes Anderson. This video essay looks at a few of the cinematic… Read more »
Man with a Movie Camera (1929) is Dziga Vertov’s most well-known film. Film schools teach it as a classic example of montage, the city film, and early documentary. It gets screened by repertory cinemas and can easily be located on DVD or online. However, Man with a Movie Camera did not always enjoy top billing… Read more »
Robert Altman is known for eliciting nuanced performances from his actors. His 1977 film, 3 Women, is no different. In it, Sissy Spacek plays the inscrutable Pinky Rose, a childlike woman who is infatuated with Shelley Duvall’s character, Millie Lammoreaux. Pinky morphs over the course of the film, eventually adopting Millie’s persona, much to Millie’s confusion.