Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Take the Money and Run II



"The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber."
Take the money and run (1969) Directed by Woody Allen.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

O BROTHER II


Seguimos con O Brother. Entrevista con Roger Deakins director de Fotografía de la peli y colaborador habitual de los Coen (tras Barry Sonnenfeld y relevado por Emmanuel Lubezki.)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

O BROTHER

Sketchmovie sigue vivo!
Aquí estamos de vuelta, con una divertida película "musical" de los Coen.
Ligeramente inspirada en la Odisea . Con su Ulysses/Clooney.
Algo infravalorada, suele considerarse menor frente a otros peliculones de los hermanos.
Recuerdo que cuando fui al cine, la otra opción en la sala de al lado era "El Bola". Sin menospreciar al drama ganador de tantos Goyas, desde el primer momento me fascinó su fotografía y, por supuesto, me enganchó la banda sonora (es uno de esos cd's que presté/perdí y he tenido que comprar 2 veces.
)
Me decepcionó un poco descubrir que ni Clooney ni Turturro cantaban de verdad en la peli, pero así es el cine!
"I am a man of constant sorrow I've seen trouble all my day. I bid farewell to old Kentucky The place where I was born and raised. "

Wiki O brother (ENG)
Man of constant Sorrow
Spotify:
Various Artists – O' Brother, Where Art Thou?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

EXCALIBUR

One of my very first memories about movies.
I can clearly remember , (as a child) one saturday evening watching this movie in the vhs video. The original R-rated cut is 140 minute! It made a big impact on me. Several scenes was record in my brain for ever. I've recently seen again and it's curious what a lot of famous stars (now) are in the cast. (Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson)

While I'm writing this post I've found out that director John Boorman originally intended to film an adaptation of Tolkien 's The Lord Of The Rings and much of the imagery and set designs seen in Excalibur were created with that intention.

Excalibur wiki
Excalibur Movie


Arthur: "Now, once more, I must ride with my knights to defend what was and the dream of what could be."

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Clockwork Orange


New sketches from a film.
This time, the timeless and unclassifiable masterpiece: Stanley Kubrick's"A Clockwork Orange" (1971) (La Naranja Mecánica)
Based on the novel of the same title by Anthony Burgess.
Starring: Alex DeLarge (great Malcolm McDowell), some kind of anti-hero, a young man whose principal interests are ultra-violence and Beethoven.
You can find tons of terrific visual contents in this film. Every shot is a lesson on how composing a scene and
Copy and learn from all the shots you can (it's like a master course in "Kubrick's School") I'll post some of this shots, but now...a few quick sketches of Alex in action... (pencil on paper and a little color with multiply layers)

ta.ta.ta.taaaaa (Ludwig van Rules!)

Wiki A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange II


More sketches about Alex and his gang! (and a little shot)

The Black Pirate


Some studies of Douglas Fairbanks in "The Black Pirate" movie.
The douglasfairbanks Museum
wiki/Douglas Fairbanks

Robin and Marian


Studies from the final fight on this fantastic (and nowadays a classic) movie.
Richard Lester's
Robin and Marian is maybe one of the latest appearances of Audrey Hepburn.
The film was first released in 1976, and Sean Connery looks older than now! (what a man!)

The final fight is a great scene to study and learn everything!
Two Old men fighting with two big and really heavy swords.
A must see!

FALSTAFF (Chimes at midnight)


Another study about composition in classic movies. This time: Falstaff, 1965 (a.k.a "Chimes At Midnight") A strange movie by Orson Welles, filmed completely in Spain. The plot is a compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' 'Richard II' and other plays.
In this movie you can see one of the most emblematic sequences of Orson's career, the awesome battle in the middle of the film.
These are sketches of three fantastic eye-worm shots. I am charmed with the second one.


Otro estudio sobre composición sacado de las pelis clásicas. Esta vez "Campanadas a medianoche" de Orson Welles. Es una peli bastante rara, que además está filmada por completo en España, una tierra que nuestro querido Orson adoraba. La peli es de 1965 y el guión es un refrito de varias obras de Shakespeare (Ricardo II, Enrique IV y Las alegres comadres de Windsor).
La peli tiene una batalla impresionante además de miles de planos que son una lección por sí mismos. He subido bocetos de estos tres contrapicados, muy típicos de Orson, pero la verdad es que no dejan de alucinarme.
El segundo es una verdadera joya, profundidad de campo infinita...
Y esos colgados bufff!

The Man Who Would Be King


Some sketches from John Huston's "The man who would be king" another classic movie from 1975,
starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine. The story is taken by Kipling and tell the adventures of two British soldiers in the days of high Empire! And yes, Connery still looks older than know!

Mogambo


New sketches from a film. Cos you want it...you get it!
After a long time, this section comes back with
MOGAMBO (1953), a fantanstic jungle-film with an awesome casting (Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly!!) and directed by John Huston.
Some scenes was filmed on Safari in Africa. And there's gorillas in that film...great
Tarzan's Clayton Character has some kind of deja-vu with Gable's role.

Más bocetos rápidos sobre pelis. Por petición popular, aquí lo tenéis de vuelta!
MOGAMBO (1953)
Una película clásica de aventuras en la jungla, con unos protagonistas que quitan la respiración, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, y Grace kelly. Además dirige John Houston.
Tiene algunas escenas rodadas de Safari en África (eran otros tiempos y se podían permitir todo lo que se les ocurriera) y encima salen gorilas!!¿Qué más se puede pedir?
La verdad, es que al ver a Clayton en la peli Disney de Tarzán...siente uno un ligero dèja-vu al recordar el personaje de Gable...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

LA DOLCE VITA


La Dolce Vita (1960) directed by Federico Fellini. Set in Rome, Italy in the 1950s where Marcello covers the more sensational side of the news; movie stars, religious visions, and the decadent aristocracy.
The film shows seven days and nights in the life of the reporter.
It was not made on location: the Via Veneto was meticulously recreated in the Cinecitta Studios.
The character of Paparazzo, the news photographer who works with Marcello, is the origin of the word used in many languages (normally in the plural, paparazzi) to describe intrusive photographers.

La Dolce Vita (1960) es un filme dirigido por Federico Fellini. El filme presenta una serie de noches y mañanas a lo largo de la Via Veneto en Roma, vistas desde los ojos de su personaje principal, un reportero de sociedad.
El film no está realmente rodado en Via Veneto, Roma, sino que se recreó fielmente un impresionante decorado en Cinecitta.
El personaje Paparazzo, el fotógrafo de noticias que trabaja con Marcello, da origen a la palabra que se usa actualmente en varios idiomas (normalmente en su plural, paparazzi) para describir a este tipo de fotógrafos.

LA DOLCE VITA WIKI ESP.
LA DOLCE VITA WIKI ENG.
IMBD
EL CRITICÓN

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

THE STRANGER

More sketches from a film, this time, the classic Orson Welles' The Stranger (1946).
With risky perspectives and impossible shots. Fantastic, as usual in Orson's films.

SEVEN SAMURAI II


SEVEN SAMURAI
One of the best action movies of all times...And a fantastic masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa.
I do not get tired of watching it. These are roughs about the final battle, but all the movie is amazing.
Apart of all the action, my favorite scene is when the peasant who accompanies the samurai (in the haunt of the villains) recognizes his wife going out of the flames ... simply chilling....

LOS SIETE SAMURAIS
Pues si no la habéis visto, ya la estáis comprando, que encima el dvd está muy baratito (con eso de que es vieja y en B/N...) la tenéis por 5 eurillos de nada.
Una pasada de peli, e inspiración directa no sólo de "Los siete magníficos" sino de gran parte del cine de acción que vino después... ¿De dónde pensáis que salió la idea de ralentizar en slow-motion la acción estilo matrix, pues sí, de aquí!
En fin, aunque es una peli de acción, los personajes son inolvidables y tienen una presencia increíble. Mi escena favorita es, cuando en la escapada que se hacen a la guarida de los malos, uno de los campesinos reconoce a su mujer (secuestrada tiempo atrás...) saliendo de entre las llamas...bufff es sencillamente escalofriante.

Una joya, quien no la haya visto, ya sabe.

Wiki 7 Samurai Eng
Wiki 7 Samurais Esp

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Cinema Paradiso

New sketches from a film.
This time, Cinema Paradiso (1989), written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.
The film won the Oscar and has fantastic sense of wonder.

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater (in Italy) and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Tornatore give us a story about life, friendship, and the magic of the movies.
Salvatore Cascio as little Toto, is intimate, and cute... and everlasting character. Ennio Morricone's music is absolutly subtle and fantastic.

These are some fast-sketched shots with very interesting compositions, the film is incredible as a whole, with no particular risk about strange shots or complex scenes, but this simplicity makes it better.

Salvatore: "Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?
"