This film so impressive on many levels, from the very beginning to the shocking ending, this is a filmmaker’s delight, and visually stimulating for the audiences. Storywise, once you get through the convoluted plot, there comes a greater impact, a stunning cinematic masterpiece from one of America‘s greatest directors, Orson Welles, directing one of his last Hollywood films. Recapturing the marvel and talent displayed by Welles’ best and early film, the infamous Citizen Kane (1941) made almost twenty years before. Welles skillfully weaves the camera and actors through a maze of shadows, sounds, and light. The opening sequence of Touch of Evil (1958) is magnificently done, orchestrated in a clever, artistic crane shot, that follows the action
Sir Alfred Hitchcock is recognised amongst the most pioneering and renowned directors in the history of cinema. His unique approach to his cinematographic style was iconic and influential in the progression of modern film. Hitchcock’s works are deeply rooted in the elements of German Expressionism and the subsequent inspired Film Noir genre. The film movement, mostly prevalent in the 1920s, largely reflected the dismal reality of life during the era and often invoked distorted and abstract images, as opposed to naturalism. Hitchcock used these distinguishable techniques, such as the use of abstract sets, oblique camera angles and stark shadows and silhouettes to enhance a sense of fear and instability in his own films.
Those who can convey their ideas can change the world, and those who stand alone fighting for their ideas are the strongest among us all. This is one of the many deep massages that were sent by the director Sidney Lumet throughout his masterpiece 12 Angry Men. 12 Angry Men is one of the most memorable movies from the year 1957. It is also considered as one of the top 100 movies of all time on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes (Top 100 Movies of All Time, n.d.). This artistic movie is an experience of a magnificent plot, distinguished characterization, and significant moral messages.
Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) challenged traditional narrative and technical elements of classic Hollywood cinema through techniques in cinematography, mise-en-scene and lighting. The mise-en-scene build of Citizen Kane is the pivoting point of the narrative forthcoming and Welles uses every technical element encompassed in this build to span his narrative across 60 years of Charles Foster Kane, the main character 's life. The beginning of this build is founded on the black and white shooting choice which sets an ominous almost 'film noir ' lighting and feel of the opening scene of the castle in Xanadu. This where we see end of Kane 's life, but every aspect of the film 's narrative will revolve around these frames and including the questions of 'who has died '?, 'what was the significance of the snow globe? ', and 'Who is rosebud?
The important of all this innovated aspect of the film is the best argument against Kracauer’s analysis, “The ‘story of the famous story’ has obscured the ultimate responsibility for this remarkable achievement. It was undoubtedly a happy combination of talents” (Robinson1997). The film history of Dr. Caligari is without a doubt what makes this film so transcendental. It is important to point out that Kracauer analysis also has a lot of factors that explained creation of the story in the film. Society are affected by war, so it is clear that the writers were influenced by terrible experience in the World War I.
Cecil B. DeMille, one of the highly regarded trailblazers of American cinema long ago has mentioned that “The greatest art in the world is the art of storytelling,” and for all one knows it has come to pass as a well-founded pronouncement. Humans have forevermore been daresay a storyteller. Subsequent to the inception of the first civilization, artists have taken advantage of antithetic orders to be a source of an account of a story. In addition to, music, painting, poetry and literature the immediately prior contraption for storytelling have been motion pictures. Accordingly, from the early years of the twentieth century to the present day, feature film has burgeoned as one of the foremost mediums for storytelling.
There are countless movies about the Holocaust, nearly all are historical accounts on the gruesome details of that age in history. Most aim to give the audience a first hand view on exactly what transpired during the years following Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. However, director Mark Herman and author John Boyne, ingeniously used the tragic event in history to bring forth a new perspective and point of view to this infamous time period. Set in the holocaustic time period, The Boy with the Striped Pajamas is a heart wrenching film that exposes the innocence of children in the midst of a racial war. In the film, it is clear that the Holocaust is not the main theme.
The last of the Mohicans is epic war movie based in the 1700’s. This movie has powerful acting and camera shots and the story to go with it that makes the overall impact of the movie great.The Director, Michael Mann, used many different techniques to capture the action of the movie and the beauty of the surroundings. This movie follows one man (Hawkeye) leading his tribe in the war between the Indians and French. During this movie we start to develop connections with the characters, almost like you are there with them. One of the scenes that made an impact on me and really helped me understand how important the land was to them was the opening scene.
“He who saves the life of one saves the world entire.” These powerful words from the Talmud were spoken by Itzhak Stern on behalf of 1400 Jewish men, women and children saved from certain death by the actions of one man. The account of his actions is found in a novel that can only be described as a classic. That story is Schindler’s Ark and today I would like to share with you why it should be recognized as part of the literary canon. But what is the literary canon? Stories and legends are woven into the fabric of our identity.
Hearst, Welles, Kane... deconstructed... ménage a`trois Citizen Kane is considered by filmmakers and critics to be the greatest film of all time. Part of this lay in a young genius director using the means of production against one of America’s most wealthy media magnates, William Hearst. But Kane would have been forgotten had it not also been for the depth of characterization that Welles and Mankiewicz (screenwriter) brought to Kane as well as its original example of film art introducing a new style based on deep-focus photography, wide-angle lenses, and shots of unusually long duration. The film tells Kane 's story; a life full of emptiness, rage and ambition. Kane is a combination of Hearst and Welles’s lives portraying their similarities
In 1937, he accepted a position covering Europe for CBS, and he accepted, a decision he later said gave him "a front row seat for some of the greatest news events of history." Reporting the events of World War II to American audiences over the CBS airwaves, his name became a household word, and he gained a reputation for his reliability and integrity. In 1943 he won the first of his four Peabody Awards for “excellence in broadcasting.” After World War II ended, Murrow returned to the U.S. and continued to report the news to millions of households across the country. With the advent of television in the early 50s, Murrow successfully crossed over to the new medium, and his radio documentary series "Hear It Now," became "See It Now," and would enjoy a successful, seven-year run. The most famous moments of “See it Now” occurred when the show tackled