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From the gallery wall to the silver screen: getting artwork into a movie

When used well, an artwork can add volumes to a movie. In SKYFALL, James Bond first meets Q at London’s National Gallery. The pair sit in front of JMW Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire (1839) – you also catch a glimpse of Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) […]

Before Walt Disney, there was Lotte Reiniger – the story of the world’s first animated feature

Alexander Sergeant, University of Portsmouth The oldest surviving animated feature was not made by Walt Disney, but by a German puppeteer named Lotte Reiniger who escaped Nazi persecution to move to London and make adverts for the British Post Office. Her film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), was a creative and technical masterstroke that […]

Haida language films- a new voice in cinema

Recently screened at the J.A. Bombardier Theatre of the McCord Museum were two Haida language films, a phrase which until the passed few years was relatively nonexistent. The language of the Haida people being a linguistic isolate, it has gradually declined over generations due to the attempted genocide and assimilation of Indigenous peoples by colonizing […]

Albert Serra’s Guide to Pleasure

The generally “self-righteous” routine of the Cannes International Film Festival – whose current topics include immigration, the environment and corruption of the world’s “big wigs” – which ended on May 25, was suddenly shaken up at the end of its first third by a film directed by Spanish filmmaker Albert Serra entitled Liberté (Freedom). Serra […]

Ai Weiwei’s segment pulled from ‘Berlin, I Love You’

In 2015, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who is now based in Berlin, worked remotely directing a portion of Berlin, I Love You, an anthology style film. When the movie was released in the US recently, though, there was something missing: every bit of Ai’s segment. When Ai began working on his contribution to the Cities […]

‘The Flying Photographer’: a documentary showcasing Fernando Guerra

‘The Flying Photographer’ is a new film that brings architecture, photography, and documentary together into one beautiful package. The documentary sheds light on the elusive Fernando Guerra, one of the world’s most well-known architectural photographers. Despite being internationally recognized and sought after – despite his photographs being the centre of much dialogue and writing – […]

Abstract expressionism, the ambassador of America’s Triumph

François Lévy-Kuentz’s recent documentary called The Hidden Face of American Art, describes the strategies used to enable American art to overtake European art in the power struggle for influence during the Cold War. Narrated by François Marthouret and with commentary by many different historians and art historians, this film contains extensive photographs and archival videos. […]