...The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power and the growth of corporate propaganda against democracy.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood - The Unchained Camera (Ep. 3/6)

Episode Three of Six from the 1996 documentary miniseries produced by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. Narrated by Kenneth Brannagh, with music ... all » by Carl Davis.

This episode covers German silent cinema, especially the films of F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, and G.W. Pabst.

Chronicles the birth of European cinema, from the Lumiere brothers to World War I, and then the first golden age of Swedish cinema, from the formation of Svenska Bio to the departure for Hollywood of Stiller and Sjöström. The French build the first studio, invent the traveling shot, and experiment in sound. Max Linder becomes the first comedic star. The Italians do spectacle and early realism. Germans invent film propaganda and have Lubitsch. The Danish cinema is rich before the war. An affectionate portrait of Swedish cinema appreciates its cinematography, led by Jaenzon, its conversion of novels into film, and the emergence of a production company that owned its own theaters.

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