I recently came across the work of this director but more specifically his film Vampyros Lesbos. I warn you now, this film is a little sexy. But it has an absolutely killer soundtrack.If you’re into sound track stuff, especially stuff that makes you think of jazz, sleaze, psychedelia, 70′s funk grooves then check it out.
If you are interested in hearing it you should head over here………..
And the whole film with English subtitles below! If the subtitles aren’t in English you can change them with option just below the film.
Really worth checking out more of his stuff around late 60′s and 70′s. Later on he gets a little dirtier apparently and we don’t really talk about that sort of thing here! Also, some of his work stars Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski which is another great reason to check it out.
A little while ago I stumbled upon this film and it renewed my fascination in Georges Melies. A visionary of his time, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A trip to the Moon) is one of the earliest sci-fi films created and due to an animated sequence at the end, is also one of the earliest animations on film. Georges Melies had intended to release this in America and hopefully make some money. However, Thomas Edison stole a copy and released it first, making loadsa wonga and leaving Melies bankrupt when he died.
This video has a reworked soundtrack by a group called ‘Maria in the Shower, who I don’t know much about. However, the music is appropriately made and beautifully fits the film. The voiceover by Bruno Hubert is the main reason I fell in love with this version. A very humorous french drawl that gave me the giggles the whole way through.
Interestingly The Smashing Pumpkins used this as inspiration for their vid Tonight Tonight, and recently Air have created a soundtrack for a hand coloured version of the film. Apparently this was found in 1993 in a barn in France. You can watch it here, and I advise you to do so as it is very good.
Check out the two ace Hitchcock dream sequences below. The Spellbound one was created by Dali which is fairly obvious! The Vertigo one was designed by John Ferren a slightly lesser know American Abstract Expressionist.
I’ve been enjoying Hitchcock a lot lately and these are two major reasons why. Recommend you watch both films if you haven’t done so already.
After a bit of research I discovered that the dancer is Loie Fuller who invented this dance known as the Serpentine Dance. The dance is beautiful in itself, but for me I was more intrigued by the quality of the film and the use of colour filters. I think the film is probably shot on an Edison Kinetoscope, which was one of Edison’s earliest film cameras, apparently lots of the earliest films featured dancers in flowing robes as the movement was easier to capture. The colour filters, I guess are just to add colour to a black and white film, but I was wondering whether anyone had any further info on this process? Are there any masters of the artform and is anyone doing anything similar today?
Here’s another good example, the girl looks a bit like Florence Welsh though!
I also came across this photo of an Indian Maharaja which has used the same colouring effects. Again any information would be greatly received: