Fast and Easy

le quattro piume

The Four Feathers  is about the adventures of a British officer, Harry Feversham. who resigns from his Regiment when  – in 1882 – the british army was sent to Egypt to suppress the rising (ribellione) of Arabi Pasha. His  comrades deliver him (gli fanno avere) three white feathers (piume) which mean cowardice (significano codardia) and he also loses support (perde…

il cinema e la seconda guerra mondiale

While the British cinema was producing crime movies with low budgets (non costosi), some English film directors chose (scelsero) to move to America, where the market required more spectacular and rich productions with elaborate costumes and settings (scene). One of the first British director, successful on the overseas (oltremare) cinemas was Alexander Korda (1893- 1956), who directed the historical comedy The…

Jamaica Inn – un romanzo, un film

Jamaica Inn is a 1939 film shot (girato) by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the homonymous novel written by Daphne du Maurier in 1936. It was the last British film of A. Hitchcock before moving to Hollywood. The plot pivots around (ruota intorno) an Inn, Jamaica Inn, headquarter (quartier generale) to a gang of smugglers (contrabbandiri) led (comandati) by its…

il ricatto di Hitchcock

Blackmail is a British thriller drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1929 and based on the play Blackmail by Charles Bennett. Detective Frank Webber of Scotland Yard has an argument with his girlfriend Alice in a pub.  Frank leaves her alone, but  soon sees her going away with one of her friends, Mr Crewe, a painter.  At  his  house,  Mr…

il primo cinema “giallo”

While in America the adventure films were becoming a big hit (grande successo), the British cinema saw the development (sviluppo) of silent documentaries. The pioneer in this field is John Grierson (1898-1972), who, in 1929, sailed on board of a drifter (imbarcazione) with his camera (cinepresa) to shoot a documentary movie (per filmare un documentario) about fisher folk (pescatori). His…

il creatore dell’industria cinematografica

Adolph Zukor (1873 – 1976), born to a Jewish family in Hungary, revolutionized the film industry by organizing production, distribution, and exhibition within a single company. Emigrated into the USA, he  became involved in the motion picture industry in 1903 when his cousin, Max Goldstein, asked him for a loan (prestito) to expand a chain of  theaters that had begun…

Hollywood prima del sonoro

The war years (1915-18) saw the rise (nascita) of the star system in Hollywood and the American films started dominating British screens (schermi). The new American stars were Charles Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Douglas Fairbanks (1883 –1939) was an American actor, screenwriter (sceneggiatore), director and producer, who got his fame (doveva la sua fama) to his heroic roles in silent…

il cinema – gli esordi

At the beginning of the 20th century a new media changed almost totally the cultural scene: the cinema. Photographic, scientific and technological experiments in Britain clearly evidence that Britons were directly involved (coinvolti) in the complex pre-history of cinema in the late nineteenth century. Britain introduced the cinema as a public spectacle in February 1896, two months after the first…

Chi ha Paura di Virginia Woolf?

Edwar Albee’s most popular production is surely Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962),  the story of an unhappy couple: George, a university professor, and Martha.  They spend most of the time attacking each other: he accuses her  of being an alcoholic (alcolizzata),  she humiliates  him and praises (loda) Nick, a young professor George feels as his rival (rivale). They often mention…

l’assurdo nel teatro Americano

At the end of the 1950s the semi-absurdist plays of Edward Franklin Albee III (1928- ) attracted  American audiences with their intelligent dialogue. Edward Albee was adopted as an infant by Reed Albee, the son of Edward Franklin Albee, a powerful (potente) American Vaudeville (forma di teatro popolare) producer. The future writer soon come into conflict (venne in conflitto) against…