Lots of life has happened since I last posted. But I’m giving you a list of links I’ve saved over a few months instead of actually writing about anything, mostly because I’m sick of seeing the previous post sitting there.
- Indonesians Who Helped Make Documentaries Face Uncertainties
The release of “The Look of Silence,” a companion film to “The Act of Killing,” has led to concerns about whether the new movie’s central figures and dozens of anonymous crew members are in danger.
It’s interesting to me that the quality of the film has no bearing on the beauty of the resulting image.
- Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove
A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of one of the classics of modern cinema. Including interviews with many members of the cast and crew of this story about the scramble by the heads of state to head off a rogue general’s attempt to launch a nuclear war, this film gives fans a wealth of new information on the work and effort that went into bringing the film to fruition. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher
- The Title Design of Saul and Elaine Bass from Art of the Title
To celebrate the release of the long-awaited book “Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design”, we put together a brief visual history of some of Saul Bass’s most celebrated work. It should be noted that much of Saul’s title design work after 1960 was made in collaboration with his wife Elaine Bass.
- The Art of the Opening Shot
First impressions last and these movies know it.
- The myth, the man
Ingmar Bergman’s life and work are hard to differentiate, and that’s putting it mildly.
- The Last Audio Cassette Factory
Springfield, MO-based National Audio Company opened in 1969 and when other major manufacturers abandoned tape manufacturing for CD production in the late 1990s, the company held on tight. Now, the cassette maker is pumping out more cassettes than ever before. (Video By: Jeniece Pettitt, Ryo Ikegami) (Source: Bloomberg)
- These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America
Some of the nation’s train stations don’t make a great impression. That won’t change until Congress truly funds passenger rail.
- “What was thrown off the bridge really isn’t that important.”
Epic Metafilter post regarding Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe”
- Answer Man: How do you get on interstate logo signs?
Question: How do you get on the wayfaring signs on the highways? I saw Sierra Nevada recently got its own sign. How does this happen? Does the company have to pay for it?
- Sassy’s Cute Band Alert
Please note February 1993.
- A Conversation. With Walter Murch
When you’re facing Walter Murch and a Revox, you know right away that something unique is coming. Sounds, reverberations, knowledge, insights. The rest is silence.
- Rachel Laudan: My Great Grandmother’s Industrially Processed Food
“Pollan could have assigned a date to the moment when new and supposedly dangerous foods were introduced, foods he frequently identifies as industrially processed. But he didn’t. So I thought it might be interesting to see what industrially processed foods my great grandmother had at her disposal.”