I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Maurice Tourneur, who in 1920 directed what is one of my favorite silent films, The Last of the Mohicans.
Archival Spaces: Memory, Images, History
I first came across the Hungarian painter-photographer-filmmaker-theorist, László Moholy-Nagy, in 1979 when I co-reconstructed the Weimar art exhibition, “Film und Foto” (1929). “FiFo” brought together avant-garde film and photography from all over Europe and the United States to Stuttgart, Germany, a city in the vanguard of modernist architectural and city planning.
The Second Balkan War in 1913 was not only a prelude to World War I, a year later, but also to the ethnic cleansing that would plague the Balkan Peninsula until the end of the 20th century and is in fact still not resolved. In the Second Balkan War, the Bulgarians attacked both the Greeks in Macedonia, and the Serbs closer to Albania.
This week I drove out to Pacific Palisades to the Villa Aurora, the German cultural center, to attend a screening of a new German television documentary, Alexander Granach (2012). I hadn’t been to the Villa since Margaret Kleinman took over the Directorship, having previously spent decades at the L.A.
Last week at the Syracuse Cinefest, which convenes annually in March, UCLA Film & Television Archive presented a work-in-progress restoration of Partners Again (1926), a silent comedy feature. This one was literally snatched from the grave, but I’ll get to that in a moment.