Robert W. Paul’s early innovations helped catapult British film onto the world stage. He was one of the first filmmakers to add narrative to his movies. Robert W. Paul’s Early Life Paul was born in Islington, London, in 1869. The area at the time was… Read More »The Life And Inventions of Robert W. Paul
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Hollywood films dominate the cinema schedules, even here in the UK. In fact, American films are so common here that many UK cinema-goers don’t even think of them as “foreign films”. Before WW1, that wasn’t necessarily the case. British films dominated the cinema, with a… Read More »What Are Quota Quickies?
16th September 1890. Louis Le Prince, patent papers in hand, waved farewell to his family and boarded a train to Paris. He was heading to America, via England, to demonstrate his brand-new invention. A revolutionary new camera! The first to capture moving pictures. Louis never… Read More »Louis Le Prince – The Life of The Father Of Cinematography
It can be pretty hard to act when your co-star is invisible. Somehow James Stewart makes it work. Harvey is, and always will be, my favourite film, based solely on Stewart’s acting. Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a friendly and awkward man who’s best friend… Read More »Harvey (1950) – Film Review
Everyone has seen the Wizard Of Oz! The musical was one of the first films to prove that the expensive Technicolor process could be profitable. Studio head Louis B Mayer (of MGM) demanded the film be as colourful as possible. The teams crafted every scene… Read More »The Costume Quirks of The Wizard Of Oz
Dancing and beautiful dresses go hand in hand. The swish and swing of an outfit amplifies every movement. Ginger Rogers’ costumes in her films are almost as stunning as her dancing talent. One of Rogers’ most famous dresses is this one, from the Cheek to… Read More »From Disaster to Iconic Gown – The ‘Top Hat’ Feather Incident