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Interesting Lady 15

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Starting out as an extra in the early days of silent cinema Anna May Wong (Los Angeles, 1906) was one of the first Chinese-American actresses on the silver screen. She managed to land several roles but was often cast as the stereotypical Dragon Lady. Disillusioned about the discrimination she encountered she moved to Europe in 1928 where she became a sensation and worked with people like Marlene Dietrich. During the 1930s, she went back and […]

Interesting Ladies 15

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A little while ago I went to see the play Grey Gardens by Abattoir Fermé, a Belgium theatre company at De Toneelschuur in Haarlem. The stage was completely trashed with rubbish, the two actors – in drag – talking simultaneously and constantly contradicting each other; it was complete chaos. Somehow it all seemed familiar and after about fifteen minutes I suddenly recognized the narrative and the two eccentric characters and realized it was a stage […]

Subway Love

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While waiting for a train on a busy platform poet and filmmaker Max Stossel was inspired to create a moving video poem about how we yearn for human connections and how beautiful things may happen to us, if we just keep our hearts and eyes open. *Credits for the video: Writer: Max Stossel, director: Matthew Freidell, choreography: Celia Rowlson-Hall, cinematographer: Sean Ferry, actors/dancers: Rachel Berman & Ryan Weiss ᔥslipperyedge.com

Cool Dude 2

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Georges Méliès (1861-1938) was the man who created a world of wonder never seen before. As a young boy he fabricated cardboard puppet theaters and marionettes. Later as a trained illusionist he created his own magic tricks and special effects for performances at his own theater. He was also the director, producer, writer, set and costume designer.  After seeing a demonstration of the Lumière brothers’ cinematograph he was blown away. Fascinated with this new technology […]

Six Reels of Joy

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*In Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish enclave in Northern Syria, an old-fashioned cinema with red velvet seats and golden drapes is filled with children that have never seen a movie before. It turns out to be a silent film: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been for those kids to see this film on the big screen. Not just because they live in a dangerous world, but because Chaplin’s […]

China Girls

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I had never heard of them, but a little subplot in Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers was a first hint; meet the China Girls. Nowadays color timing is done digitally, but from the beginning of cinema until the 1990s film technicians used gray scales and color strips as reference to create a uniform color balance and tonal density for each reel. They also used the color of the China Girl‘s skin tones. These women (often lab […]