a Film Hoe™: i only watch movies made by federico fellini, ingmar bergman, jean-luc godard, d.w. griffith, orson welles, akira kurosawa, jean renoir, françois truffaut, fritz lang, the cohens and paul thomas anderson, what about you?

me: *holding my blu-ray copies of all resident evil and final destination movies tight to my chest*


Bauhaus - Third Uncle

From Bauhaus’s 1982 The Sky’s Gone Out. (The song originally, of course, from Eno’s 1974 Taking Tiger Mountain.) Film footage is from D. W. Griffith’s ‘Abraham Lincoln,’ 1930

This photo of Charlie Chaplin accompanied an article written by Thomas Burke. Titled “The Tragic Comedian” (Pearson’s Magazine, March, 1922), was also reprinted in “The Legend of Charlie Chaplin” by Peter Haining (1982).

A couple of the many things Burke had to say, about the most famous man in the world.

“He is the playfellow of the world, and he is the loneliest, saddest man I ever knew.”

“He inspires immediately, not admiration or respect, but affection; and one gives it impulsively”.

Thomas Burke an author (Limehouse Nights – 1916, some of which, was the inspiration for D.W. Griffiths “Broken Blossoms”) who also shared some of Chaplin’s Victorian London background, met Charlie during his return visit in 1921. They spent a long night wandering those very streets…

D. W. Griffith’s The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) has been added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress! The 16-minute film has been considered the first “gangster” film, and is lauded for its groundbreaking camera techniques. Read about the film and the National Film Registry here.

Watch the entire film on moma.org.

[The Musketeers of Pig Alley. 1912. USA. Directed by D. W. Griffith. 16 min. Music by Ben Model]


It’s time to tackle D.W. Griffith and the arrival of the feature film!