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Robert Florey
Robert Florey
Robert Florey
(14 September 1900 – 16 May 1979) was a French-American director, screenwriter, film journalist, and occasional actor. Born as Robert Fuchs in Paris, he became an orphan at an early age and was then raised in Switzerland. In 1920 he worked at first as a film journalist, then as an assistant and extra in featurettes from Louis Feuillade. Florey moved to the United States in 1921. As a director, Florey's most productive decades were the 1930s and 1940s, working on relatively low-budget fillers for Paramount and Warner Brothers. His reputation is balanced between his avant-garde expressionist style, most evident in his early career, and his work as a fast, reliable studio-system director called on to finish troubled projects, such as 1939's Hotel Imperial. He directed more than 50 movies
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Paris
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Paris
Paris
(French pronunciation: ​[paʁi] ( listen)) is the capital and most populous city in France, with an administrative-limits area of 105 square kilometres (41 square miles) and an official population of 2,206,488 (2015).[5] The city is a commune and department, and the heart of the 12,012-square-kilometre (4
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B Movies
A B movie
B movie
or B film is a low-budget commercial movie, but not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature (akin to B-sides for recorded music). Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie
B movie
continues to be used in its broader sense to this day
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Cinematographer
A cinematographer or director of photography (sometimes shortened to DP or DOP) is the chief over the camera and light crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image. The study and practice of this field is referred to as cinematography. The cinematographer selects the camera, film stock, lenses, filters, etc., to realize the scene in accordance with the intentions of the director
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Karl Freund
Karl W. Freund, A.S.C. (January 16, 1890 – May 3, 1969) was a German Jewish cinematographer and film director best known for photographing Metropolis (1927), Dracula (1931), and television's I Love Lucy (1951-1957). Freund was an innovator in the field of cinematography and is credited with the invention of the unchained camera technique.Contents1 Early life 2 Early film career 3 Innovation in Cinematography 4 Directing and television career4.1 I Love Lucy5 Personal life 6 Selected filmography 7 See also 8 References 9 External linksEarly life[edit] Karl Freund
Karl Freund
was born to Jewish parents in Dvůr Králové (Königinhof), Bohemia. At age 11 he moved with his family to Berlin. His career began in 1905 when, at age 15, he was hired as an apprentice projectionist for Alfred Duskes films. In 1907 he began work at International Cinematograph and Light Effect Society
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Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
(German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene
Robert Wiene
and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders. The film features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets. The script was inspired by various experiences from the lives of Janowitz and Mayer, both pacifists who were left distrustful of authority after their experiences with the military during World War I
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Warren William
Warren William
Warren William
(born Warren William
Warren William
Krech; December 2, 1894 – September 24, 1948) was a Broadway and Hollywood
Hollywood
actor, immensely popular during the early 1930s; he was later nicknamed the "King of Pre-Code".Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Filmography 5 Broadway performances 6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Warren William
Warren William
Krech's family originated in Bad Tennstedt, Thuringia, Germany. His grandfather, Ernst Wilhelm Krech (born 1819), fled Germany in 1848 during the Revolution, going first to France and later emigrating to the United States. He wed Mathilde Grow in 1851, and had six children. Freeman E. Krech, Warren's father, was born in 1856. Around the age of 25, Freeman moved to Aitkin, a small town in Minnesota, where he bought a newspaper, The Aitkin Age, in 1885
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Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica
Santa Monica
is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles
Los Angeles
County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica
Santa Monica
Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
– Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica
Santa Monica
in 2010 was 89,736. Due in part to an agreeable climate, Santa Monica
Santa Monica
became a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism
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Akim Tamiroff
Akim Mikhailovich Tamiroff (Armenian: Ակիմ Թամիրով, Russian: Аким Михайлович Тамиров; birth name` Hovakim, Armenian: Հովակիմ; 29 October 1899 – 17 September 1972) was an Armenian-American actor. He won the first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and appeared in at least 80 American motion pictures in a career spanning thirty-seven years.Contents1 Biography1.1 Film career 1.2 Legacy2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Recognition 5 In popular culture 6 Partial filmography 7 References 8 External linksBiography[edit] Tamiroff was born in Baku, on the Caspian Sea,[1] to an Armenian family in Tiflis, Russian Empire
Russian Empire
(now Tbilisi, Georgia).[2] He trained at the Moscow Art Theatre
Moscow Art Theatre
drama school. He arrived in the U.S
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Dutch Angles
The Dutch angle, also known as Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle, is a type of camera shot where the camera is set at an angle on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. This produces a viewpoint akin to tilting one's head to the side.[1] In cinematography, the Dutch angle
Dutch angle
is one of many cinematic techniques often used to portray psychological uneasiness or tension in the subject being filmed. Dutch refers to a bastardisation of the word "Deutsch", the German word for "German". It is not related to the Dutch people
Dutch people
or language. It originated in the First World War, as Navy blockades made the import (and export) of movies impossible
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Bela Lugosi
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (Hungarian: [ˈbeːlɒ ˈfɛrɛnt͡s ˈdɛʒøː ˈblɒʃkoː]; 20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), better known as Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
(/ləˈɡoʊsi/; Hungarian: [ˈlugoʃi]), was a Hungarian-American
Hungarian-American
actor famous for portraying Count Dracula
Count Dracula
in the 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films.[1] He had been playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary before making his first film in 1917, but had to leave the country after the failed Hungarian Communist Revolution of 1919. He had roles in several films in Weimar Germany
Weimar Germany
before arriving in the United States as a seaman on a merchant ship. In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula
Count Dracula
in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel
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Charlie Chaplin
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Sir
Charles Spencer Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.[1] His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era
Victorian era
until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy. Chaplin's childhood in London
London
was one of poverty and hardship. As his father was absent and his mother struggled financially, he was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine. When he was 14, his mother was committed to a mental asylum. Chaplin began performing at an early age, touring music halls and later working as a stage actor and comedian
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Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux
is a 1947 black comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, who plays a bigamist wife killer inspired by serial killer Henri Désiré Landru. The supporting cast includes Martha Raye, William Frawley, and Marilyn Nash.Contents1 Plot 2 Main cast 3 Production 4 Reception 5 References 6 External linksPlot[edit] Henri Verdoux had been a bank teller for thirty years before being laid off. To support his wheelchair-bound wife and child, he turns to the business of marrying and murdering wealthy widows. The Couvais family becomes suspicious when Thelma Couvais withdraws all her money and disappears, only two weeks after marrying a man named "Varnay", whom they only know through a photograph. As Verdoux (Chaplin) prepares to sell Thelma Couvais's home, the widowed Marie Grosnay (Isobel Elsom) visits. Verdoux sees her as another "business" opportunity and attempts to charm her, but she refuses
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Television
Television
Television
(TV) is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome (black and white), or in colour, and in two or three dimensions and sound. The term can refer to a television set, a television program ("TV show"), or the medium of television transmission. Television
Television
is a mass medium for advertising, entertainment and news. Television
Television
became available in crude experimental forms in the late 1920s, but it would still be several years before the new technology would be marketed to consumers. After World War II, an improved form of black-and-white TV broadcasting became popular in the United States and Britain, and television sets became commonplace in homes, businesses, and institutions
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Presents is an American television anthology series that was hosted and produced by Alfred Hitchcock; the program aired on CBS
CBS
and NBC
NBC
between 1955 and 1965. It featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time it premiered on October 2, 1955, Hitchcock had been directing films for over three decades. Time magazine named it one of "The 100 Best TV Shows of all time".[1] The Writers Guild of America ranked it #79 on their list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series tying it with Monty Python's Flying Circus, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs.[2] A series of literary anthologies with the running title Alfred Hitchcock Presents were issued to capitalize on the success of the television series
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The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes
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