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“Cinema is truth at 24 frames per second”*…

 

Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown”

9 Film Frames aims to distill that truth even further:  “an attempt to showcase a film by using only 9 of it’s frames.”

Carol Reed’s “The Third Man”

Luis Buñuel’s “Belle de Jour”

Many more reminders of why we want to see all of the movies at 9 Film Frames.

* Jean-Luc Godard

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As we head for the nearest rep house, we might send fantastic birthday greetings to L. Frank Baum, born on this date in 1856. After trying his hand at acting and marketing (he was a pioneer in the then-fledgling field of “store displays,” founded the trade magazine The Show Window, and helped start the longest continuously-running trade association in marketing, what’s now known as The Society of Visual Merchandising), he found his true calling, creating Dorothy, Toto, the Wizard, and the “Wonderful World” he ruled.  In the end, Baum wrote wrote fourteen Oz novels, and a host of other works: 55 novels in total, plus four “lost” novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and an unknown number of scripts (pursuant to numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen).  Something of a futurist, his works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and– in a return to his roots– the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work).

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Written by LW

May 15, 2013 at 1:01 am

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