Sunday, September 5, 2010

March Of Time on TCM and Other Things

A couple of quick notes.

Tonight (September 5th) Turner Classics is running 8 of the March Of Time series between 8 and midnight eastern. This series of movie magazines (they didn't consider themselves newsreels) started in 1934 and ran a decade and a half before TV caused them to stop. I'm not sure which films they are running but if it is like the ones screening at New York's Museum Of Modern Art it will be worth the time. Wednesday night I went to the screening which included a panel discussion lead by Robert Osborne of TCM. It was a great deal of fun, though Osborne should have been allowed to just interview Norman Hatch who was a camera man for the series. Hatch's recollections of the making of the series were amazing. Someone needs to make a documentary just on this gentleman. (Really good article on the screenings at MOMA and TCM ran in the New York Times and can be found here)

I'm not going to say too much right now, but I do want to say that our coverage of the New York Film Festival just got a whole lot more interesting, and complicated. Keep an eye out on the 13th for an explanation.

In a weird twist I came upon the missing VCD of Tree In The Desert, which I credited back on August 20th as being the film that began my thinking about this blog.

There have been a great number of articles of late about whether the idea of 3D films is dead once again. One of the better pieces on whether 3D is a dead duck or not is here at Slate.

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