“If only”

“He loved her like there was no tomorrow”… My favourite movie. The best love story from my opinion brilliant play of  Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls. Story about true love and miracles. Story about power of love, the actions it may cause. It is difficult to describe all the feelings and emotions I had while watching this movie. Sadness. Sorrow. Tears. Smile. Hope. These feelings mixed and kept me behind the screen from the begining of the movie till its end credits with fascinating song of Jennifer Love Hewitt. She played incomparably. Especially her eyes. Ideal play.  And of course Paul Nicholls, I first time saw this actor but his play was genious! It was so sincere: love, pain,  despair, man’s tears (!). Everything was extremely sincere, so it made me everytime forgte that it was a movie. Just a movie. Unfortunately….

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Photos of the best actresses.

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5 Greatest actresses of US cinematography.

Of course it is very difficult to tell who are the best actresses, criteria can be different. But I want to write my personal opinion.

So, as I think on the 5-th position is Audrey Hepburn(04.05.1929 – 20.01.1993) – woman “kissed by God”, who is сhampion nominated 11 times for Oscar.  Her charm and pretty, aristocratic appearence made her a dream for millions. Women felt jealous about her, men dreamed to occur near her. She is still a sample of beauty and style. Movies where he starred (“How to Steal a Million”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Roman Holiday”) are considered to be classical.

On 4-th position in my personal list is Angelina Jolie – the most seductive actress, with incredibly beautifull eyes and lips, of course. Ideal for many women and dream of every man. Owner of 1 Oscar, six children, and the most handsome man of 2000’s.  After getting an Oscar for drama “Girl, Interrupted” she changed orientation of movies she played, and became a star of actions and blockbusters. Her role in “Lara Croft” made her a major sex-symbol of age. Unfortunately recently she told that she was going to stop her actress  career, but I hope her ambitions would not let the most beautifull actress disappear from screens.

Third position from my point of view belongs to Marylin Monroe(Norma Jean Baker)(01.06.1926 – 05.08.1962) – the blonde of the century. Movies with her(“The Misfits”, “Some Like It Hot”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds”)  provoq only pleasunt emotions. She broke the hearts of millions. Was scandalous and unpredictable. Whose life was like a downfall of a star – bright and short, eaving no ability to stay indifferent. Her death is still a secret, though the story of her life is full of secrets too. She left kilometres of  film strips with her starring and tonns of paper with her images.Legend during the life, legend after the life…

On the second place is Julia Roberts, owner of fantastic talant, who conquered millions of people, although not being a sex-symbol or SUPER PRETTY WOMAN. It was enough to be simply PRETTY WOMAN. =) And although she got her Oscar for ” Erin Brockovich”, and highest payment for “Mona Lisa smile”, the whole world loves her for role of sweet prostitute Vivien.

Finally, on the first place is the best actress in my point of view – Nicole Kidman.  Every movie with her is masterpiece – “Moulin Rouge”, “The Hours”, “Eyes wide shut”, “Dogville”. Her appearence and talant really worth admiration. She got her fame without any black PR, scandals, but only due to fascinating talant and ability to play in every genres of movies. She is elegant and stylish, beautiful and smart – Real QUEEN of Hollywood.

“Requiem for a dream” – explicit and hard true about addiction.

“Requiem for a dream” – one of the best movies of independ filmmaker. Darren Aranofski – is a genius, who has shown the dark side of any addiction. This film impressed me very much,  I was shocked after watching it. Words are not enough to express all the emotions about this movie. Excellent play of actors ( Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly), the most  suitable music by Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet, who created a musical masterpiece, original shooting, quality of such a shrilling sound. “Requiem for a dream” – funerals of the dream. The way that everybody has chosen himself.  Drugs – feeling of euphoria, when it seems that a dream is close to you, one step left. Weak people make this step and fall into a chasm instead of getting a dream come true. Dream that pushed you to this awffull actions. Dream that lead you to such an end. Requiem for you, for your dream. Why drugs? Scenes when heroes where happy, their laugh and smiles. Happy eyes when personages of Connelly and Leto looked at each other at the begining and doom and such a terrible hopelessness at the end, which was very strongly delivered by the actors in the last episode of  their meeting and phone talk. Door openes only in one side, entering it you lose everything you left behind it. Tears of Leto’s hero in the taxi, during the phone talk final show us this loose. Two the most precious people for Garry (Leto), who loved him and whom he loved,leave his life forever. And he, previous he goe away. Everything is left there, behind that door. And only teras here, like a requiem for might-have-been dream… Tshhhh…Do you hear the crush of these dreams?  Do you hear this silent requiem? Here it is. Sad, minor, poisonous… It calms… – NO, it kills slowly, like drugs… And like drugs are never enough for druf addicts, there are not enough points to evaluate unaxcelled, unique, genious, inexplicable,  many-sided, stupendous Darren Aranofski’s movie for ages.

Cinematography of USA/ Hollywood cinematography_ Part II

Present day.

Modern period of  Hollywood cinema started at the end 1960’s.  The interest to traditional studio movies was decreasing,  studio bosses were concerned about new preferences of viewers, and what movies they would like to watch. Experiments started. Among those young filmmakersб who were given a chance to express themselvesб were: George Lucas,  Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese,  Francis Ford Coppola, Brian Russell De Palma. And exactly this group formed modern cinematography in that view as it entered XXI century. Their movies at the end of 1960’s – begining 0f 1970’s had a great success, due to them the word “blockbuster” appeared. Big studios’ leaders began to trust young filmmaker, it became a trend to invite them for movie shoot, all the more they were able to follow low budget.

Powerful wave of new, extraordinary, explicit movie  gripped the attention of the audience. The new era in Hollywood cinematography began.

Famous filmmakers:

Woody Allen (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion”, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex”) ;

Robert Altman (“Dr T and the Women”, “The Player “, “The James Dean Story”) ;

David Wark Griffith (“Strongheart”, “America “, “Lady of the Pavements “) ;

Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby “, “Never Say Goodbye”, “Letters from Iwo Jima”) ;

Stenley Kubrick (“Eyes Wide Shut”, “A Clockwork Orange”, “Lolita”) ;

James Cameron (“Titanic “, “Terminator “(all), “True Lies “) ;

John Ford (“Seven Women”, “Mighty Joe Young”, ” The Iron Horse”) ;

George Lucas (“The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones” (all), “Star Wars” (all)) ;

Steven Spielberg (“War of the Worlds “, “Jurassic Park”, “Men in Black”) ;

Martin Scorsese (“The Aviator”, “Gangs of New York”, “The Big Shave”) ;

Francis Ford Coppola (“Marie Antoinette”, “Jeepers Creepers”, “The Godfather”) ;

Brian De Palma (“The Untouchables”, “Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius”, “Mission: Impossible”) ;

Billy Wilder (“The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes “, “The Seven Year Itch”, “Witness for the Prosecution”) ;

William Wyler (“How to Steal a Million”, “Roman Holiday”, “The Best Years of Our Lives”).

Cinematography of USA/ Hollywood cinematography_ Part I

hollyThe next topic I want to speak is cinematography of USA. I think it is a deserving competitor to french cinema. Of course most of USA movies are more for profit, and for mass public, in my opinion. But some of them are really worth of praise. Especially through the several last years many movies not-for-all, as I call it, were filmed.

So, a piece of history. Cinematography of USA is sometimes separated into 4 main periods: the silent film era, Classical Hollywood cinema, New Hollywood, and the contemporary period (after 1980).  The history started in 1878 when the power of photography to capture motion was first demonstrated by Eadweard Muybridge. Then, in 1896 the World’s first commercial motion picture exhibition took place in New York. The next year the first commercial screening of a projected film was shown in New York, also. The USA occured on a forefront of  sound film’s development. But the first American film was produced only in 1902-1903 when Edison’s colleague Edwin Stanton Porter started filming the movie for screening projection. The developmet of cinematography in USA was in high gear. In 1905 there were about 10 constant cinematheatres, and by 1910 – more than 10 000. In 1912 many big film-production companies (such as “Paramount”) were organized.  Cinematography became a part of ndustry.

Films were mass public oriented, it bounded the possibilities of  filmmakers. System demanded high-profit films, so actors were on the forefront, not the filmmakers, system of movie stars occured.

The main achievements of Hollywood are linked with development of such genres as:

–  Comedies of  M. Linder, Ch. Chaplin, B. Keaton, etc.;

– Melodramas with R.Valentino;

– D. Ford’s westerns;

– “Black” movies with H. Bogart;

– Musicals with F. Aster and D. Kelly;

– Alfred Hitchcock’s thrilers;

etc up to fantastc movies, horror films,  action-movies and blockbusters of last years – all these gnres exist and appear “by request” of mass viewers, and make limits for self-expression of filmmakers.

French Cinema.

58-3637-lumiere1 So, I think it woul be logical to start from overview of french cinema, coz the birth place of cinemtography is France. During the next few years after the invention of the cinema the filmmakers from all over the world start doing experiments with this new medium. Most influencial was french filmmaker Georges Méliès who is now famous for eading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema. He also filmed the first science fiction film A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune, 1902). Other individuals and organizations of this period included Gaumont Picturesfilm production (company founded in 1895 by the engineer-turned-inventor, Léon Gaumont (1864-1946); the oldest running film company in the world) and Pathé Frères (Founded in Paris,  on September 28, 1896 by brothers Charles, Émile, Théophile and Jacques Pathé, during the first part of the 20th century, Pathé became the largest film equipment and production company in the world as well as a major producer of phonograph records).  Another important name in the history of French cinema is Jacques Feyder, who became one of the founders of poetic realism in French cinema during the period between World War I and World War II. He also dominated French Impressionist Cinema, along with Abel Gance, Germaine Dulac and Jean Epstein. After World War II the film production in France decreased, because of the lack of capital; it was recovering during several years. Although most academic discussion of French cinema has concentrated on individual filmmakers or movements, the most popular genres in French filmmaking in the postwar period have been comedies, thrillers  and pornography (France enjoyed a pornography boom in the 1970s). At points in European history, for political or financial reasons, many European filmmakers crossed the Atlantic to work in the United States. In France, for example, such eminent directors as Julien Duvivier, , Jean Renoir and Louis Malle have all made films in the United States. This phenonenon is not confined to the past as many contemporary French filmmakers like Luc Besson (“Leon”, “The Fifth Element”, “Taxi”) and Carot (@Alien Ressurrection”) have made films in America in the late 1990s. The modern french cinema is very different from other cinema, it is refined in which psychology and drama of the plot goes together with special piquancy and beauty of the shoot. The style is defined by modern filmmakers Luc Besson, Jean-Pierre Jeunet,  Francois Ozon. Popular brilliant french actors are: Jean Reno, Audrey Tautou, Sophie Marceau, Christian Clavier, Gerard Depardieu, Mathieu Kassovitz. The government of France actively participate in development and export of national cinematography. So, thanks to France that complimented us with this brilliant people, who produce really special, fabulous films.

information from: filmsdefrance.com

http://www.discoverfrance.net