Magazine article American Cinematographer


Magazine article American Cinematographer


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Produced and directed by David Gill and Kevin Brownlow.

(HBO Home Video)

The movie palaces are dwindling, but the grandeur of the silent screen can still be found at home. David Gill and Kevin Brownlow's Hollywood comes to video in 13 volumes, each one dealing with a specific aspect of the silent era.

As introduction, review, nostalgia or entertainment, Hollywood fits the bill. James Mason narrates and each tape contains interviews with silent stars, technicians and journalists who had a part in creating the films and attitudes of the time.

The vivid recollections of Lillian Gish, Jackie Coogan, King Vidor, Byron Haskins, Karl Brown, George Folsey, ASC, and others are icing on the cinematic cake that includes a veritable cornucopia of film excerpts and behind-the-scenes photos.

The magnificent work of the silent screen cinematographers is evident in every tape in the Hollywood series. William Daniels, Charles Rosher, Arthur Edeson, John Sieiz, and Arthur Miller, all ASC, are just a few of the visual pioneers represented by their work.

One tape in the series, 'Trick of the Light," deals specifically with the role of the cameraman and goes into great detail describing how special visual effects were achieved in the camera.

Letter from an Unknown Woman

Produced by John Houseman.

Directed by Max Ophuls.

Photographed by Frank Planer, ASC.

(Republic Pictures Home Video)

Joan Fontaine's romantic obsession with pianist Louis Jourdan is the thematic thread that ties Howard Koch's poetic screenplay together. …

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