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“Don’t Look Now”: Seeing Your Blindness

thVJ2OS2GNThe protagonist John see his blindness in his dying moments in Nicholas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now”.  The film starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie gets a new analysis in the new issue “Cinema Scope” $5.95.  Cover story is on Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. thWT8PIL54

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Horror Inhabitants of Victorian London: Penny Dreadful

thJohn Logan combined the characters of horror literature of Victorian London with new characters to create the series “Penny Dreadful”.  The Showtime series stars Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Josh Hartnet with Reeve Carney, Rory Keanner and Billie Piper.  Plunge into the lavish art, sets and costume of the series in “The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful The Official Companion Book to the Showtime Series” by Sharon Gosling, $25.00 cloth. th7MPJXCN7

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Even During the Silents There Was Sound

thHR1TZ1WQEven during the Silent era in  movie history  there was live music, lectures and sound effects.  In this new history of sound the six chapters cover six different eras of Hollywood sound right up to Dolby theatres  and the tiny speakers of laptops.. “Sound Dialogue, Music, and Effects” edited by Kathryn Kalinak, $27.95 paper.

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Emile Zola, Stephen King and the Horror Films of George Romero

th624HZFT9The horror films of George Romero are based on the literary naturalism of Emile Zola, comic books of the 1950’s and the novels of Stephen King.  These are creative origins of his definitive ‘splatter films’.  “The Cinema of George Romero Knight of the Living Dead” 2nd ed. by Tony Williams, $30.00 paper.  This second edition includes a new look at his later works “Land of the Dead” 2005, ” Diary of the Dead” 2007 and “Survival of the Dead” 2009. thJZ5ZXPIB

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German Film: More Than Musicals and Mountain Movies

thIENGHH9UNew history of German film since 1920 goes beyond the popular genres of musicals with Lilian Harvey, mountain movies with Leni Riefenstahl, comedies with Willy Fritsch. German film culture included the film criticism of Siegfried Kracauer, Rudolph Arnheim, the post war directors Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders, the so-called Berlin School, rubble films and recent heritage films. “The Use and Abuse of Cinema German Legacies from the Weimar Era to the Present” by Eric Rentschler, $35.00 paper. thWP71SNSA

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Ava: The Robot in the Grey Mesh Body Suit: “Ex Machina”

thPN75TAVUCinematographer Rob Hardy BSC, talks about how he shot “Ex Machina” for director Alex Garland in the new issue of “American Cinematographer” May, 2015 $5.95. “Ava” played by actress Alicia Vikander wore a grey mesh full body suit.  She was shot naturally and not in front of a greenscreen. Instead the Visual effects supervisor worked around the original filmmaking.  After the scenes were shot a team of artists rotoscoped and tracked digital arms, legs, torso, neck and skull onto Vikander’s performance. Other articles on the making “Fast and Furious 7″, “Daredevil”, and the ASC  awards. thGPIVXYLR

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Which Director’s Cut Version Did You Like?

thA6V43WPLThis month’s cover story of “Sight & Sound” April, 2015 $9.99 is on “Remake/Remodel Director’s Cut & Alternative Versions”.  Any article on director’s cut versions must include a piece on Ridley Scott’s “Bladerunner”, a movie famous for its afterlife.  Other articles on Takahata Isao’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”. And a long interview with director Agnes Varda. thK4ML6C4N