October 6, 2000 |
Around 1895, Thomas Edison's talented assistant, William Dickson, made movie history in West Orange, N.J., when he successfully recorded sound and moving image in synchronization for the first time. Since the test was never intended for commercial distribution and never copyrighted, it has no formal title. Still, it is well-known to film historians.
October 27, 2002 |
In the mid-1960s, a vault fire at the old MGM studio in Culver City destroyed the only known print of the 1927 Lon Chaney thriller "London After Midnight." The whodunit vampire flick was the most successful of the 10 collaborations between the Man of a Thousand Faces and director Tod Browning. And that, it seemed, was that.
February 7, 1998
While not wishing in any way to diminish Rick Schmidlin's accomplishment in attempting to reconstruct Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" ("Orson Welles Gets Final Cut--at Last," Jan. 31), I would like to amend his comment: "I even discovered some lost documents at USC." When Schmidlin called the USC Cinema-Television library to ask what we had on "Touch of Evil," one of our archivists, Ned Comstock, amazed him by simply presenting him with the so-called lost production files and memos. Like many documents contained in the archives at USC and other universities, the Welles materials were not lost but waiting for some scholar to express an interest in them.
September 6, 1998 |
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Orson Welles' 1958 "Touch of Evil" is the way it continues to surprise. No amount of repeated viewings can dull the edge of its sinister ambience or soften the visual excitement Welles brought to this quintessentially cinematic film.
January 4, 1999 |
"Out of Sight," director Steven Soderbergh's romantic crime caper, won three major awards, including best picture of 1998, on Sunday from the National Society of Film Critics. Soderbergh was named best director for the film, which starred George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, and Scott Frank won for his screenplay, based on the Elmore Leonard novel.