Links for the weekend

17th November 2013

With the RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcast on Wednesday, it’s been a busy and fairly intense week. One lovely and sort-of-related online offering this week is the full audio track from the RSC’s Midsummer Night’s Dreaming event with Google back in the summer, which is now available on SoundCloud. Which gives me an excuse to showcase the image above from a recent Radio 3 blog post which is a detail from a publicity image of a 1937 BBC television production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  And what else can I find in scrabbling around among its online ruins? Across the jump is a selection, including some for which thanks are due to @stevenbjohnson, @matlock@drszucker, @KeyframeDaily and @ProfShakespeare.

‘We put the world before you’: Luke McKernan at The Bioscope on the filmmaker Charles Urban, about whom he is speaking at The British Library on 25 November.

Scandals of Classic Hollywood – the most kissable hands of Pola Negri: at the hairpin Anne Helen Petersen with another thoughtful, gossipy and immensely readable profile.

A Japanese new wave primer: Michael Glover at White City Cinema offers a strong introduction to the 1960s films of Nagisa Oshima and others.

Moving innovation: a great survey of the early days of computer animation by Tom Sito at Moving Image Source.

Gravity, part 2 – thinking inside the box: Kristin Thompson follows up her previous post with a look at ‘the experimental aspects of the film’s style and the dazzling means by which they were created’.

4 things that movie special effects still can’t seem to get right: Kyle Buchanan is spot-on for Vulture – digital sfx can’t (yet) handle jumping, visible breath, computer-generated camera angles and crowds.

Castello Cavalcanti: director Wes Anderson channels the Federico Fellini of the 1960s in this gorgeous marketing spot for Prada:

Footage of death plays on in memory: a particularly good piece about the Abraham Zapruder footage of President Kennedy’s death by A.O. Scott for The New York Times.

50 years of Film Comment: Max Nelson at Film Comment looks back at the influential magazine’s distinguished history; this is part one and there are currently links to three further posts.

Hamming up Bulgakov: Orlando Figes in the The New York Review of Books on the new Sky Arts series of A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

Shakespeare scholar Anne Barton dies at 80, a graceful, expert voice: a fine tribute by Charles McNulty for the L.A. Times to the writer who died last week: ‘Her work continues to remind us that rigor and elegance needn’t be sworn enemies.’

Michael Duffy on Professor Borges – A Course on English Literature: a fascinating piece from the Los Angeles Review of Books on Borges teaching literature in Buenos Aires in 1966.

Man vs Corpse: Zadie Smith is much possessed of death and the dead in a glorious meditation for The New York Review of Books.

What does the book business look like on the inside: tales from the publishing world by Daniel Menaker at Vulture (and wonderfully entertaining they are too).

Google Books – fair use and public benefits: Kenneth Crews from Columbia University Libraries provides an essential analysis of the ruling in the US district court in Manhattan in favour of Google’s digitisation of books.

The Roaring Twenties: ‘an interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of New York City’ by Emily Thompson and designer Scott Mahoy – this is a brilliant engagement with media, memory and space, and quite delightful to explore.

Driftwood: Tom Armitage’s terrific talk about cities and play and software and psychogeography and Situationism.

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