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In 1946, "The Spiral Staircase" came across as a solid but not necessarily amazing motion picture. More than seventy years later, we see that it incorporates nascent film noir as well as many story elements that would influence Italian horror thrillers ("giallo"). Solid performances, unusually detailed family dynamics, and censorship-challenging content abound!

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Outrageous TV movie from the early 70's that features Pamela Franklin, Cheryl Ladd, Kate Jackson and more.

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"Utau Enoken Torimono Cho" - Singing Enoken Ransom Note
Japanese low budget musical featuring popular performers Enoken and Kasagi Shizuko (Tokyo Boogie Woogie)

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The Academy Awards are upon us and once again there is a frenzy of negative coverage which spinmeisters claim is just "good publicity." Many of the complains surround the nixing of four awards from the show into commercial time, even though the winners' speech will be televised later in the show. This follows a very bad kerfluffle over Kevin Hart that also was resolved unprofessionally. Is this something new? No, the Academy Awards, since their start as a union-busting stunt, have always been plagued by seemingly bad choices, clear politicking, and unbridled favoritism. But, they're show biz, and we really wouldn't want it any other way.

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WARNING: INCLUDING ORIGINAL BUMPERS AND COMMERCIALS (for those who want to be nostalgic)

TV movie with David Naughton and Dorian Heywood about a vampire attacking 1980's LA. Spoiler alert: the preview destroys the "surprise."

The original telecast was in 1982 so this might have been from a rerun in 1985.

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Throughout much of Hollywood history, journalism has been a way for female characters to assert their ability to compete on a level playing field. Yet, many of today's pundits continue to ignore this most rich of potential genres. In the YouTube era, why shouldn't we have our own versions of Hildy Johnson and Mary Richards (let's not get into Murphy Brown and the sex in the city crowd...yet)

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"Blue Eyed Doll" (1983)
Docudrama about Japanese girl who has a western looking doll during the pre-war years.

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Albert Finney was one of the discoveries of the British Kitchen Sink melodrama, a follow up to Italian Neo Realism mixed with a bit of French New Wave -- and all a part of an attack on Hollywood. However, Finney became a big star, one who showed versatility as well as a sense of self and an ability to be humorous. Not many like him today.

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One of the challenges of going to film school is often you are not told EXACTLY why one class or another is important. This is especially true of the more academic classes such as "The History of Cinema" or "Film and TV Aesthetics." Yet, for some of the most powerful jobs, these are the most important classes you can take.

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Intro and Outro for "The Spy Who Loved Me" - premiere Japanese telecast. Host Ogi Masahiro.

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NOT THE JAMES PATERSON ADAPTATION!

1971 mystery movie with a "surprise" ending featuring Suzanne Pleshette and Ed Nelson. Timely today.

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NOT ENGLISH FRIENDLY
Japanese TV music program
Osaka Summer Festival (1982)

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Who would have thought "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins would team with Broadway song writer Stephen Sondheim of "A Little Night Music" to write a detective story/expose of Hollywood? Well, they did, and this is the fascinating result. The film features an all-star cast that includes James Coburn, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, Raquel Welch, Ian McShane, Joan Hackett and Richard Benjamin. The story deals with a group of Hollywood-ites celebrating the morbid death of Coburn's wife the year before in a hit-and-run accident. What starts out as fun and games quickly turns to murder.

ALT-CINEMA
The Alt-Cinema series brings to you some of the more wacky and wonderful movies you probably have NOT seen. This is not a forum for the immortal classics, but rather one to highlight those discoveries that keep exploration of catalogue titles a worthwhile pursuit.

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Cinema 105, History of Motion Pictures, provides students with an introductory overview of the history of cinema, both American and foreign, from the beginning to contemporary times. It emphasizes the first seventy-five years through a series of screenings, lectures, readings and discussions of major artistic, social, economic and technological trends.

Mondays and Wednesday mornings 9:40 to 11:05 AM
Course # 21204
Instructor: Arantxa Rodriguez
Location: LAVC CC10

Monday evenings 6:50 - 10:00 PM
Course # 17911
Instructor: Chad Sustin
Location: LAVC BSC 100

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JAPANESE MOVIES YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

"Village of Eight Gravestones" (Yatsu Haka Mura) was made during the "Kindaichi Murder Mystery Boom" that began in the late 70's and continues in differing forms to today (with his grandson being featured in a comic book series). This movie, contemporaneous with another series of Kindaichi mysteries directed by Ichikawa Kon AND a television series that serialized the novels, takes a different approach. Rather than focusing on the Columbo-like detective, it focuses on the "fish out of water" character, an airport ground crew member who finds he just may be the long lost heir to a tremendous fortune. Sounds good, right? Not when murders start happening. Even worse, the murders appear to be tied in to an age-old curse.

A high budget film, it contemporizes the story; enhances the production values; and unabashedly accepts a ghostly revenge story. In short, it has it ALL.

So why hasn't it had a proper US release?

JAPANESE MOVIES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN
This series brings to your attention those movies attempts to explain Japanese cinema, not through the bona-fide classics, but via the vernacular films that may or may not have had a US release, but are well worth seeking out. Here we see combination dramas, teen musicals, multiple remakes of the same story, exotic combinations of genres, and more!

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NOT ENGLISH FRIENDLY
Enka no Hanamichi (folk songs) from 1982

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One of the great TV movies of the 1970's was this pilot starring James Franciscus, Jack Klugman and Elizabeth Ashley. This is the second -- and best -- of three workings of the same story.

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Japanese movie of the week about vampires from 1983 TV series "The Suspense"

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One of the most controversial aspects of filmmaking is the concept of "market research." Many feel it robs a work of its artistry... but the truth is if done properly, it can help keep your business thriving...

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Japanese telecast of "Shadow of a Doubt" for the one-year anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's death.

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From 1980
Enka no Hanamichi (Folk Song Stage)
Children's Day Song Festival
Includes some Disney songs

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The CINEMA EUROPE series covers the world of silent films in Europe, which is a topic not necessarily covered in most documentaries about film. The series has been long-unavailable on home video.

Episode 5 is about Great Britain, which lacked the funds to compete with Germany and France. However, it gave birth to arguably one of the most important filmmakers of all time, Alfred Hitchcock.

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CINEMA EUROPE is a long out-of-print series about the birth of European silent cinema as a companion to the HOLLYWOOD series about American silents.

This episode deals with France and its focus on miniseries and docudramas, culminating in Gance's "Napoleon."

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The German silent cinema during the Weimar era was astonishing the world, led by Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, GW Pabst, and more -- many of whom were wooed to Hollywood just before the National Socialists took control.

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The history of silent cinema in Europe.

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Created 5 months, 1 week ago.

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CategoryEntertainment

This is a series of videos that cover the subject of Hollywood... from an insider now turned educator. Learn about the entertainment business from a slightly different, even right-leaning perspective. Guess how some of the scandals of the past help to influence the creative decisions today. help to predict what may happen next in this ever changing world.

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To see more about job trends in entertainment, look at this report...

https://www.laedc.org/2018/02/08/report-ccw-dme/