Monday, 23 February 2009

81st Annual Oscar Winners

  • Winners at the 81st annual Academy Awards:

    - Motion Picture: Slumdog Millionaire.

    - Actor: Sean Penn, Milk.

    - Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader.

    - Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight.

    - Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

    - Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire.

    - Foreign Film: Departures, Japan.

    - Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire.

    - Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk.

    - Animated Feature Film: WALL-E.

    - Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    - Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire.

    - Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire.

    - Sound Editing: The Dark Knight.

    - Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman.

    - Original Song: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.

    - Costume: The Duchess.

    - Documentary Feature: Man on Wire.

    - Documentary (short subject): Smile Pinki.

    - Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire.

    - Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    - Animated Short Film: La Maison en Petits Cubes.

    - Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland).

    - Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


    Academy Award winners previously announced this season:

    - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Oscar statuette): Jerry Lewis

    - Gordon E. Sawyer Award (Oscar statuette): Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Theory of Film: Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès was born in 1861 in France. He was a stage magician. In 1985 he attended the first screening of the Lumiere Cinematographe and after that he became interested in filmmaking.

In 1896 he directed his first film Une nuit terrible ("A Terrible Night"). His most famous film is Le voyage dans la lune ("A Trip to the Moon").

Filmography selected:

  • - 1896: Une nuit terrible ("A Terrible Night")
  • - 1900: L'Homme orchestre (“The One Man Band”)
  • - 1902: Le Voyage de Gulliver à Lilliput et chez les géants (“Gulliver's Travels”)
  • - 1902: Le voyage dans la lune ("A Trip to the Moon")
  • - 1903: L'Auberge du bon repos (“The Inn Where No Man Rests)
  • - 1904: - Les Cartes vivantes (“The Living Playing Cards”)
  • - 1905: Le Diable noir (“The Black Devil”)
  • - 1907: L'Éclipse du soleil en pleine lune (“The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon”)
  • - 1909: Le Mousquetaire de la reine (“The Queen's Musketeer”)
  • - 1912: Cendrillon ou La pantoufle mystérieuse (“Cinderella or The Glass Slipper”

Les Cartes vivantes

Le voyage dans la lune

Le Diable noir

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Book Lovers Quotations

I know exactly how I felt when I first read The Brothers Karamazov. I can still taste the words, smell the air of a Russian winter.

(Helen Thomson, b. 1943)

Monday, 2 February 2009

52 Penguin Book Recommendations

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