Thirty sex chambers of shaolin
Twenty-Five Years Along Nordisk and the Tableau Aesthetic William Cameron Menzies: One Forceful, Impressive Idea Another Shaw Production: Anamorphic Adventures in Hong Kong Paolo Gioli’s Vertical Cinema (Re)Discovering Charles Dekeukeleire Doing Film History The Hook: Scene Transitions in Classical Cinema Anatomy of the Action Picture Hearing Voices Preface, Croatian edition, ] Film Art: An Introduction Textbook written in collaboration with Kristin Thompson and Jeff Smith. The third, on principles of HK action cinema, is here.
I’m restricting myself to the years after 1960, although there are several influential and powerful films before that (e.g., , 1953).
Still, if you want a fair sample of this cinema’s output you must sample these more or less official classics.
If the bug bites, you can supplement them with other items that I’ll mention in passing here and in the days to come.
Several of these films are discussed in more detail in the book, and most are available on DVD.
(1960): Cathay (to use its shortest name) was one of the two major companies of the 1960s and in this brassy show-business drama Grace Chang (Ge Lan) had her defining role as the Carmen of the nightclub scene.
Another Grace Chang classic is (1963, above): This adaptation of the “plum-blossom” opera was given lavish treatment by the Shaw Brothers studio, the major studio of the period.
Li Han-hsiang’s spectacle of colorful costumes, big studio sets, and gender masquerade won several awards and helped establish Hong Kong films across Asian markets.
Music from the De Wolfe catalogue has found its way onto another Hollywood production, entitled ‘Dark Horse' from Double Hope Films.
Directed by Todd Solondz, the film features Selma Blair, Zachary Booth, Mia Farrow and Christpher Walken.
Two pieces by De Wolfe composers were used in the film; 'Your Music', a romantic track taken from Andy Quin's 'Easy Jazz, Easy Listening' album, and 'Looking at You', a smooth jazz track by John Altman from the 'Jazz Years' series.
or, Film Archives and Me: A Semi-Personal History Shklovsky and His “Monument to a Scientific Error” Murder Culture: Adventures in 1940s Suspense The Viewer’s Share: Models of Mind in Explaining Film Common Sense + Film Theory = Common-Sense Film Theory? [go to Amazon] Film History: An Introduction Textbook written with Kristin Thompson (first-named author). These go beyond the book in dealing with things I didn’t have a chance to raise in the text. The second, a quick overview of the decline of the industry, is here.