The week’s links 25-31/3

25th March 2012

I enjoyed across last week adding links to the previous post, and I’m going to repeat the experiment this week. But I am going to do away with the headings and include the new links at the top of the post each day, so that if you return you do not have to search to find the new stuff. Included here as I find them are things that interest me in the areas that are of concern to Illuminations: film and media, the development of television, contemporary performance and theatre history, visual arts and culture in general. [Latest updating: Friday at 23.30.]

Eugene O’Neill, master of American theatre: good intro to the playwright by Sarah Churchwell, courtesy of the Guardian.

Napoléon vu par Kevin Brownlow: Urbanora at The Bioscope provides an informed and measured response – with plenty of further links – to this weekend’s San Francisco screenings of Abel Gance’s 1927 masterwork.

ABC joins Wikimedia in sharing historic footage: a terrific initiative from Australia in which the national broadcaster is sharing historic footage under a Creative Commons license (above, a mobile ABC radio studio from 1940).

To experience Song of Ceylon: the online journal Senses of Cinema has a new issue out, and it includes a terrific essay by Daniella Gitlin about watching Basil Wright’s 1934 documentary.

How the West was filled with loss: Dave Kehr for The New York Times on John Ford’s western Fort Apache (1948), newly released in the USA on Blu-ray.

The inner light of Terence Davies: for The New York Review of Books blog, J. Hoberman considers the claims made by some for the director as ‘Britain’s greatest living filmmaker’  – his other candidates include Ken Loach, Peter Greenaway, Stephen Frears and (the only credible competitor for Hoberman) Mike Leigh.

One summer does not a slump make: an informed and fascinating analysis of the 2011 cinema box office from Kristin Thompson.

How to ride a lion – a call for a higher transmedia criticism (part one): the opening of a very good essay about crtiicism, reviewing and trasnmedia by Geoffrey Long, courtesy of Henry Jenkins’ Confessions of an Aca-fan blog. Part two is also now online.

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab – part think tank, part incubator for filmmakers and hackers: Andrew Phelps on an interesting initiative with “storytelling as process”.

Tumblr as a commonplace book: Shaj Mathew on ‘the early-modern European analogue to Tumblr: the commonplace book’ (thanks to @DaintyBallerina).

The song machine: John Seabrook in The New Yorker on how a pop song is created for Rihanna and others.

The Duchess of Malfi, 1972: London’s Old Vic this week opens an excellent production (I saw it in preview) of Webster’s great tragedy – as a comparison, take a look at James MacTaggart’s exemplary BBC presentation from forty years back, which features a wonderful performance by Eileen Atkins and some glorious chiaroscuro location camerawork.

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