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Harry Lachman’s Dante’s Inferno

A very interesting sequence from the 1935 film Dante’s Inferno. This is a 9-minute vision of Hell courtesy of post-impressionist painter, Harry Lachman. -JH

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Humans as Animals: a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey

The way the actors interact with each other, whether loving or violent, may serve as a visual inspiration to the actors. The point of this scene in 2001 is to relate savage animal behavior to what we believe to be … Continue reading

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“Nouveau Shamanic”

As an aspiring filmmaker, I count Nicolas Cage among my greatest influences. While his over-the-top acting method may be panned critically by most professional film critics (with the exception of Roger Ebert, who was an unlikely fan of Cage), I … Continue reading

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Aka Pygmy Polyphonic Music

This is one example of traditional music from the Aka pygmy tribe from central Africa. The pygmies are known for their complex vocal polyrhythms, mimicking the surrounding jungles and birds. The performers’ vocal warm-up the other day at rehearsal reminded … Continue reading

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Lighting from Fellini’s 8 1/2

Clowns, freaks, and circuses are commonly¬†reoccurring¬†motifs in the work of Italian director Federico Fellini. Fellini is also widely recognized for his cinematic style, especially in the way that his work deals with memory and fantasy. His semi-autobiographical film 8 1/2¬†(1963) … Continue reading

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