This program profiles writers of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, known as the Pulp Fiction. These writers created the iconic characters who live on today in our collective hearts and imaginations. It has even been estimated that 90-95% of the top blockbusters in Hollywood movies, were based on the stories from the Pulp Fiction-era.
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“Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom” explores the man’s rebellious demeanor, his struggle as a Jew in Hollywood, his difficult childhood, the brief love affair with Marilyn Monroe and his failed marriages to actresses Janet Leigh and Christine Kaufman, his courageous stance to break the color barrier with The Defiant Ones (the film that earned him an Oscar Nomination), and his entire six-decade career.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the film's arrival on screens, TCM produced "2001 flashes in the dark," a 20-minute self-produced film that recreates the interview with Kubrick that Playboy magazine published in its September issue of 1968 and that has become essential when it comes to approaching the reflections and theories that led the director to shoot 2001.
David Lean dedicated the last six years of his life to implement a dream called Nostromo. Based on the novel of the same title by Joseph Conrad, Nostromo was to be an epic film shot with care and attention to detail that seemed from another era in years dominated by action and special effects. The British master, about to turn 80, aspired to close his career with a masterpiece worthy of titles such as Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago or The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WWII and his mother’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family’s story.
Is there an audience for Latin American movies? These are some of the questions posed by an Ecuadorian filmmaker whose latest movie was a commercial flop. He embarks on a query to find answers to his questions and relief for his despair. His research leads him to a giant contraband market in the port city of Guayaquil, where pirated movies from all over the world are sold for one dollar each.
In this documentary, the directors will find some clues about the difficult relationship between David Prowse and Lucasfilm. The reason for their differences was an article published by a British newspaper during the filming of "The Return of the Jedi." Was the article the only reason David Prowse has been ostracized all these years? It's time to find out the truth about this, as we try to convince David Prowse to play, for the last time, the most well-known villain of all time.
A journey through memory, accompanied by the photographs that Buñuel took before filming the movie "Nazarín" and those that Manuel Álvarez Bravo took during the filming of the film, together with the testimonies and points of view of artists, filmmakers and intellectuals like Luis Eduardo Aute, Jean Claude Carrière, Carlos Reygadas, Silvia Pinal, Arturo Ripsetein or Carlos Saura among many others, rediscovering the poetic, living and inspiring force of Buñuel's cinema.
A documentary on the legendary creator and victim of pop art. Warhol, revolutionary and controversial, was never afraid to break the mold and reshape the reals of art, advertising, and directing. But who was the real man being behind the colors in which he hid? Was it the art or the fame that controlled and spawned his unique creativity? Sabbatical Entertainment takes an in-depth look at the life and works of Andy Warhol.
In the midst of the Bourbonnais countryside, one finds a most extraordinary place: Street Art City. Unique of its kind, it is the only art residency in the world solely dedicated to street art. The 128 Hotel is certainly the main reason of the residency aura: every year artists are invited to occupy the 128 rooms of the huge building and transform each one of them into their own personal universe.
Thirty years after his death, Joan Miró has become an iconic figure in the art world. The more time passes, the more his art becomes universal, transcending borders and genres. His works live outside museums, on the walls of prestigious institutions, his influence has penetrated design, architecture and can be found in ever more unexpected places ...
He’s the master-forger, famous for duping the art world for 30 years and flooding the market with thousands of fakes. His Picassos, Matisses and Chagalls sold for millions, were authenticated by art experts and remain on the walls of many galleries and museums. But he never copied anything. Instead Guy Ribes painted pictures that could have been made by the great artists themselves. In this remarkable film, which screened in French cinemas for months, Ribes tell everything.
In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement. At the height of his first commercial and critical success, Hambleton was featured in LIFE magazine and acclaimed at the Venice Biennale.
Antonio Segui is an Argentine painter who has lived in Paris since the 60s. He appears alone on the screen and is the only person to speak. In his studio, in which the filming took place over 24 days, spread over 2-and-a-half years, there is only the painter and the filmmaker.François Catonné films each stroke of charcoal, each dab of colour, in an intimacy that only the cinema can grasp, as if suddenly the mystery of painting is revealed to us by the camera.
Immerse yourself in the most important collective exhibition of street art ever imagined.October 2013: For one month, Paris became the world capital of street art. Neither museum nor gallery, an apartment building doomed to destruction became home to the biggest collective exhibition ever imagined.
In this film we see the artist, alone with the filmmaker, working on a very large drawing, 225x165cm in size. He begins it in the whiteness of the immense canvas covered with paper, the filmmaker following his work through to completion. Velickovic talks about himself as he draws. He reflects out loud on the composition of the work and the elements he's drawing, sharing his doubts, reflecting on the progress of the drawing and its composition.
The poster as an object was born at the same time as the cinema, and as the cinema became an industry, producers and distributors appropriated it and placed it under their control.Providing us with our first view of a film, the poster advertises it outside a theatre and tries, with varying degrees of skill, to lure the audience inside.
Recognized by multiple generations, as well as a cross-section of society, Elvis Presley holds a permanent place in American and World music history. Elvis Presley is an American icon that ushered in a music revolution that triggered a global-scale cultural transformation. Elvis’s legacy is celebrated all around the world from Japan to Israel and from India to the England.
The film documents the rise and fall of rock music journalism through from the 1960’s through to it’s eventual demise in the 1980’s. All the great moments of writing and the people who created the stories are covered here, from the formation of Rolling Stone, to Gloria Stavers and the creation of the teen idol, Creem, Trouser Press, Crawdaddy, and all the other notable print publications from the 60’s and 70’s.
See how new technologies will transform music by 2050: robotic and intelligent instruments, intuitive composition software, virtual artists, collaborative composition and more. Tomorrow, music will be capable of adapting to our moods and offer us more than just entertainment.
There is a place in the world where all music converges. The Río de la Plata is that region where completely different genres such as Tango, Rock, Candombe and Milonga meet, giving birth to what is known as the Rioplatense Song, our own unique music. This is the story we want to tell. Throughout musical meetings and chats with several referents of both shores, our leading man Pablo Dacal offers us a deep outlook into today’s musical scene.
A teacher of the School of Popular Music in Avellaneda, together with his students, is digitizing around 500 original handwritten arrangements that are kept from Aníbal "Pichuco" Troilo orchestra. Through interviews to musicians from different generations and styles, this documentary makes a musical tour through the work of one of the most fundamental characters in the history of Tango and Argentine music.
If you go out around music bars and venues in Addis Ababa, you will enjoy a very characteristic scene, but if you want to get an idea of the different sounds from the country, you will get a very narrow view of it; in some places some Amhara or Gurage music may be found but... what about the rest?
This Music Bio tells the story of David Bowie was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music.
A journey through the milestones in Luchino Visconti’s artistic life with a particular focus on music. Even though they adored his works and still adore them, most viewers are unaware that music was a mainstay, not only of his theatrical production but also of the narrative structure of every film he directed. Every piece of music in his filmography has been rearranged and performed by a string quartet and the crucial relationship between music and image is analysed and studied by experts.
Hip hop dance first began in the streets when dancers attracted passing audiences with their acrobatic moves and turned hip hop into a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Yet, all over the world, hip hop crews are still largely ignored by the official art scene and denied opportunites to perform on national stages – except perhaps in France.
"I Will Dance In Spite Of It All" is a journey through modern Tunisia, that exposes the contradictions and recent fractures of the country, particularly due to the development of a new Islamist current. It is a story about dance, cinema and the human body. A story of freedom, guided by Bahri, Sandra and Selma. Although their paths are different, they all use the same weapon: art.
The Teatro alla Scala Academy has been at the service of the greatest performing arts in the world. The history of the Academy in fact goes back to 1813, when the Theater’s School of Ballet was founded. From yesterday to today, the Academy has turned into one of the most sought after training schools for artists, technicians, operators and managers in the world. Images, gestures and the words of those who have attended, experienced and organised the Academy, tell us all about its many activities
“Dance and Mystery” by the Swiss choreographer Tiziana Arnaboldi is a homage to Charlotte Bara (1901 – 1986). This legendary Gothic dancer who was born in Belgium and lived in Ascona, bequeathed a rich body of work. Her essential movements and stance, depicted in some 30 photos, are revived in a contemporary choreography which in 2018 was awarded the Swiss Dance as Cultural Heritage Award.
At the heart of this project, a traditional Indian celebration: the Holi “the festival of colours”, an explosion of colored pigments, energy and a joyful mood celebrating the arrival of spring. The Artonik company took inspiration to create an aesthetically ambitious project, a true community project, with more than 150 volunteers chipping in on the artistic and logistic aspects.
Agatha Christie’s novels have been translated into 44 languages and sold in 103 countries. After Shakespeare, she is the world’s best selling author in any genre with over 2 billion books sold. On the 75th anniversary of the creation of one of her most famous characters, the immortal spinster sleuth Miss Marple, comes a brand new documentary. In a game of sleuth and deduction it sets out to solve one of the greatest puzzles; just what makes Agatha Christie such a successful writer?
This fresh and unique approach of Jean Cocteau’s life, unveils both the man and the artist. Through Cocteau’s influence on contemporary artists we will discover Cocteau’s modernity. Each one will tell us about one period of the poet’s life, one artistic field in which he excelled. Director Arnaud Xainte created a set to evoke Cocteau’s fairy tale and surrealist atmosphere: shadows, set inside the set,apparitions/disparitions of characters, etc.
Where do the soul-searching images of the First World War come from? Not merely telling the war, but seeing it, showing it in flesh and blood: this is what graphic novels offer us today. Exploring archives and history, the authors in this program converse with the depth of Time. They make First World War live again in our imagination: their drawings are more than strokes. These major artists have made the War the main subject of their graphic tales.
The documentary “Largo” proposes to go through Largo Winch's creation, a successful French-Belgian comic strip series.Through the past 15 years, the main character, Largo Winch, a young billionaire wearing jeans who live amazing adventures, allowed the comic books series to become a best seller : up to 500 000 albums are sold yearly.
Alexandre Dumas is one of the most prolific writers of his time, with an exceptional romantic sense. At the center of a veritable "novel workshop", reinventing the history of France, he is the "showrunner" of his soap opera, infusing his energy into characters and situations often drawn from his own life.
"People think you're futile and you're quiet," wrote Françoise Sagan (1935-2004). This beautiful documentary portrait in two voices, those of the director and Sagan's son, Denis Westhoff, reveals the delicate soul of a novelist who often hid behind a caption as convenient as it was cumbersome.
Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability, flexibility - and of creating independence from the grid. Microtopia deals with contemporary urgent ideas that are addressed, and solved, in very surprising ways.
The Barcelona Pavilion, the masterpiece with which Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich staged their revolutionary ideas in 1929, changed the History of architecture forever. It only existed for eight months but paradoxically its image was always alive in the minds of generations of architects around the world, becoming one of his greatest influences.
The condition of Italy is unique in the world: it has a priceless historical and artistic heritage and is at a high risk of earthquakes. ArtQuake looks at this exceptional situation, discussing in depth the relationship between human communities, natural phenomena and artistic creation: a relationship that is upset and reasserted by every earthquake.
This documentary focuses on the relationship between the Balinese and their habitat. This is traditionally the foundation of the balance of life on earth. At a time when Bali is nibbling on land by real estate developers and proclaims itself as the number one tourist destination on Trip Advisor, is there any hope that its architectural heritage will survive?
Before Paul Zizka was a photographer, he was a lover of wide open spaces. It was his first encounter with Canada's mountains that sparked his passion for photography. Awed by their power and immense size, he suddenly acquired a new awareness of the beauty of his surroundings. He decided then and there to express his connection with the vibrant wild landscapes of the remotest places on Earth through photography. His pictures are instantly recognizable.
The laberinth of possibility is a film of transformation and human capabilities. It tells the story of Sonia Soberats and his photographic work. The grief from the loss of her two sons caused such great havoc in her life that she lost the sense of sight entirely. Today she is part of a prestigious group of blind photographers in New York City. She also teaches this technique in Venezuela.