Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Emory Hosts Oscar Winning Film Historian Kevin Brownlow

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Napoleon Gets Brownlow (Low Low Low)
  • Napoleon Gets Brownlow (Low Low Low)

At a time when we are quite possibly witnessing film's passage into history, Emory is hosting a lecture by noted film historian Kevin Brownlow who will discuss his role in restoring Abel Gance’s film, Napoleon on Dec. 1, 8 p.m. in White Hall 207 on the Emory campus.

Complete information from the Emory Web site is below:

'Kevin Brownlow, film historian, filmmaker and Academy Award recipient, presents the lecture “My Life with Napoleon (1927)” Dec. 1, 8 p.m. in White Hall 207 on the Emory campus. Using film clips, he will discuss his restoration on a lifelong project to return Abel Gance’s film, Napoleon, to its original form, including the dramatic Polyvision triptych finale. His complete restoration of the legendary Napoleon will have its long-awaited U.S. premiere this spring at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, with a live orchestral score composed and conducted by Carl Davis. The Dec. 1 presentation, followed by a reception, is free and open to the public. Event details at

Brownlow has spent a career restoring silent films and championing the work of past cinematic masters. In November 2010, he received an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “for the wise and devoted chronicling of the cinematic parade.” As the Academy noted, “few film historians” receive such recognition.

Brownlow’s cinematic career began when he entered documentary production in 1955. In the 1960s, he was Lindsay Anderson’s editor on The White Bus and supervising editor on Tony Richardson's The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968). With Andrew Mollo, he directed two feature films, It Happened Here (1964), which depicts Great Britain occupied by the Nazis, and Winstanley (1975), a meticulously researched and realized portrait of the 17th century English social reformer who experimented with communal living among the poor after Oliver Cromwell’s Civil War.

Kevin Spacey Presents Brownlows Oscar
  • Kevin Spacey Presents Brownlow's Oscar

He is the author of several books of film history, including “The Parade’s Gone By” (1968), “The West and the Wilderness” (1979), “Hollywood: The Pioneers” (1980), “Napoleon: Abel Gance’s Classic Film” (1983), “Behind the Mask of Innocence: Sex, Violence, Crime: Films of Social Conscience in the Silent Era” (1992), “David Lean: A Biography” (1997), “Mary Pickford Rediscovered” (1999), and “The Search for Charlie Chaplin” (2010).

His scholarship has extended notably to his creation, with his partners at Photoplay Productions including Patrick Stanbury, many highly acclaimed documentaries of film history: Hollywood: The Pioneers (1980), Unknown Chaplin (1983), D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (1993), Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995), Universal Horror (1998), The Tramp and the Dictator (2001), So Funny it Hurt: Buster Keaton and MGM (2004), Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004), Garbo (2005) and I’m King Kong: The Exploits of Merian Cooper (2005).

His film restorations include more than 25 silent films, including classics such as Intolerance (D.W. Griffith), The Thief of Bagdad (starring Douglas Fairbanks), Ben-Hur, King Vidor’s The Crowd, Buster Keaton’s The General and Our Hospitality, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and Sunrise, The Phantom of the Opera and Wings.'

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Oscar the LSD Dog (RIP) didn't have LSD in his system, after all

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM

When Oscar the Dog was put down early this month after being hit by a car whilst being chased through the streets of Snellville by his naked, druggie owners who'd supposedly fed him LSD, it gave me a great deal of comfort to imagine that his final memories were of little dancing Grateful Dead bears and rainbow painted moonbeams (aaaand I've obviously never done acid).

Turns out Oscar's owners Nicholas Modrich and Jamie Hughes (who you can getta load of here) didn't give him LSD after all.


According to a police report, the couple admitted to taking the drug. But the report said they told the officer they had also given acid to their dog.

The couple told Channel 2 they never fed the dog LSD.

"I guess the story got twisted because somebody said we fed him LSD. We never did that. We were just concerned about where our dog was," Hughes said.

Necropsy results have come back, confirming that was indeed the case.

Great. So, Oscar just died a regular, sad, hit-by-a-car death. At least he lives on as Oscar the LSD Dog in our hearts.

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'Rare Exports' reveals the truth about Christmas evil

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 4:22 PM

O.K., now I really, really want to see Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, a movie I'd never heard of before five minutes ago. Through Dec. 4, GSU's Cinefest is screening this Finnish film that involves the mythos of Santa Claus, but looks a heckuva lot more like The Thing than Arthur Christmas. What is the identity of the supernatural being found interred in "the world's largest burial mound" in the frozen North? And what if it's still alive? I imagine the tag-line: "You'd Better Be Good For Goodness Sake."

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Roger Beebe screens multi-projector films tonight

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Last time Roger Beebe came through town with his multi-projector films, he played to a packed house at the now-houseless Eyedrum. He'll be in town tonight, ending a long U.S. tour at GSU's Dael Theater. As his press release notes, "Beebe explores the possibilities of using multiple projectors—running as many as 8 projectors simultaneously—not for a free-form VJ-type experience, but for the creation of discrete works of expanded cinema." As Beebe moves from from projector to projector, layering film atop film, he creates an engaged unexpected feeling of simultaneous performance and screening. It's an experience that can't be reproduced on YouTube, though feel free to check out the clip above, anyway.

Films for One to Eight Projectors, short films by Roger Beebe, starts at 7 pm, Nov. 29 at DAEL Theater at Georgia State University, One Park Place. More details.

Herman Cain reportedly 'reassessing' candidacy

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

National Review Online has the details about Cain's decision, which the GOP presidential candidate reportedly told senior campaign staffers this morning during a conference call. ABC's Jonathan Karl says Mark Block, Cain's campaign manager, has confirmed the site's report.

Credit goes to last night's getting-to-know-you piece scathing interview by Fox 5's Dale Russell with a metro Atlanta woman who claims she had an on-again, off-again affair with the former pizza mogul and talk radio host.

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Newsdome: American Airlines not charging enough extraneous fees, files for bankruptcy

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

>> With the Washington supercommittee unable to reach a deficit-reduction deal that was supposed to trigger $1.2 trillion in cuts (Republicans are now backing on defense cuts), Fitch Ratings has threatened to downgrade the U.S. credit rating. The agency would follow Standard & Poor's downgrade this summer. Investors often go with a "two out of three" approach, and this would convince many to dump securities. Agencies are finally downgrading years after the recession? I hate Adam Sandler, but he said it best. (Politico)

>> American Airlines has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after being $5 billion in the red last quarter. American was the only major airline that hadn't filed for bankruptcy. They must not be charging enough fat people for extra seats. (the New York Times)

>> State and local governments have cut almost half a million jobs since 2010, and state Medicaid spending rapidly increased to 29 percent this year. In other words, with federal stimulus packages coming to an end, we're all out of cash money! (the Washington Post)

>> U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed a $285 million settlement between the SEC and Citigroup over alleged mortgage derivatives fraud, saying that the court and the public need to know the facts of the case. Fact is, they screwed up big time and don't want to own it. (the Wall Street Journal)

>>And finally: Remember when presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich shocked us with a "humane" illegal immigration policy of not throwing 11 million people out of the country? Well, Republicans don't like that. At a South Carolina town hall today, Gingrich backpedaled, saying undocumented immigrants can be guest workers but never citizens, a fence will be built on the Mexican border by Jan. 1, 2014, English will be the national language, and districts that aren't rigorously enforcing deportation will be cracked down. Men that divorce cancer-stricken spouses on hospital beds never stick with the humane approach . (NY Mag)

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Shocker: Metro Atlanta is a 'black entertainment mecca'

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Last week, the New York Times published a story that revealed — how did the local media miss this?!? — Atlanta's burgeoning reputation as a "black entertainment mecca." Welcome to five years ago! Rodney Carmichael, CL's music editor and all-around incredible human, was none too pleased.

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Wanna see a 3-D photo of Atlanta just after the Civil War?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

  • ThroughView/Flickr
Then click here or on the photograph above. Flickr user ThroughView took 1866 stereoscope photographs by George Barnard — after the occupation of Atlanta — to create the "fly-through" image. According to an amateur historian who pointed CL to the image, the photo is northward on Peachtree Street. He adds:

The railroad tracks in the foreground are now underneath the viaduct at the modern intersection of Peachtree St. and Wall St.

The two-story building on the left-foreground replaced a concert hall.

The small two-story building on the right is the Georgia Railroad Bank building.

Several wagons are travelling north on Peachtree Street and one is turning left onto Marietta Street at Five Points.

UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Due to some confusion about which photo the historian was discussing — he sent several — I mislabeled the photo. Details have been corrected.

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5 things today: Tori Amos, Roger Beebe

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM

1. Tori Amos plays Cobb Energy Center
2. Roger Beebe screens Films for One to Eight Projectors at GSU
3. Amahl and the Night Visitors at Central Presbyterian
4. Chris Massey plays Blind Willie's
5. Young Buffalo play Masquerade


5 things today: Tori Amos, Roger Beebe

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM

1. Tori Amos plays Cobb Energy Center
2. Roger Beebe screens Films for One to Eight Projectors at GSU
3. Amahl and the Night Visitors at Central Presbyterian
4. Chris Massey plays Blind Willie's
5. Young Buffalo play Masquerade


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