A Story Of Healing - YouTube
March 12, 2014 - 11:56:54
In 1997, a film crew accompanied an Interplast volunteer surgical team to An Giang province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.
A Story of Healing, earned the 1997 Academy Award for best documentary short subject.
Akira Kurosawa's 80-Minute Master Class on Making
March 12, 2014 - 11:54:45
"Take 'myself,'" wrote Akira Kurosawa, "subtract 'movies,' and the result is 'zero.'" Donald Richie, the 20th century's preeminent Western critic of Japanese film, quoted that line when writing a remembrance of the 20th century's preeminent Japanese filmmaker. "It was as though he thought he did not exist except through his movies," Richie's piece continues. "When I was writing my book about him, he sometimes complained that there was nothing to write about if I persisted in asking him about himself." Still, for insight into the mind of the director capable of such a range of masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and Ran, you'd do well to read that book -- a volume about which the auteur himself had initially dubious feelings, granting his approval "only when he learned it was to be called The Films of Akira Kurosawa" -- and to watch A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies, a 2000 documentary built around a series of interviews Kurosawa (for most of his career "famously uncooperative with the media") granted late in life.
Watch A Brief History of Time
March 12, 2014 - 11:52:29
"My dreams at that time were rather disturbed," Hawking said. "Before my condition had been diagnosed, I had been very bored with life. There had not seemed to be anything worth doing. But shortly after I came out of hospital, I dreamt that I was going to be executed. I suddenly realized that there were a lot of worthwhile things I could do if I were reprieved."
1959: The Year that Changed Jazz - Open Culture
March 9, 2014 - 16:09:12
1959. It was a pivotal year for jazz. Musicians started breaking away from bebop, exploring new, experimental forms. And four absolutely canonical LPs were recorded that year: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis; Time Out by Dave Brubeck; Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus; and The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman.