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Understanding Chris Marker’s Radical Sci-Fi Film La Jetée: A Study Guide Distributed to High Schools in the 1970s

Pop quiz, hot shot. World War III has devastated civilization. As a prisoner of survivors living beneath the ruins of Paris, you're made to go travel back in time, to the era of your own childhood, in order to secure aid for the present from the past. What do you do? You probably never faced this question in school — unless you were in one of the classrooms of the 1970s that received the study guide for Chris Marker's La Jetée. Like the innovative 1962 science-fiction short itself, this educati...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hollywood, Education, Film, College, Connecticut, Paris, Akira Kurosawa, William Gibson, Terry Gilliam, Kubrick, Seoul, Francois Truffaut, Scott, Facebook Twitter

Watch Chilling Footage of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombings in Restored Color

"You saw nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing," says Eiji Okada in the opening of Alain Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour. "I saw everything," replies Emmanuelle Riva. "Everything." The film goes on to show the effects of the American atomic-bomb attack that devastated the titular city nearly fifteen years before. This was the first many viewers had seen of the legacy of that unprecedented act of destruction, and now, six decades later, the cultural image of Hiroshima has conflated Resnais' stark Fr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Japan, Film, College, History, United States, Manhattan, Harry Truman, Seoul, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Facebook Twitter, Far East, Bhagavad Gita, Truman

An Animated Introduction to Albert Camus’ Existentialism, a Philosophy Making a Comeback in Our Dysfunctional Times

When next you meet an existentialist, ask him what kind of existentialist s/he is. There are at least as many varieties of existentialism as there have been high-profile thinkers propounding it. Several major strains ran through postwar France alone, most famously those championed by Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus — who explicitly rejected existentialism, in part due to a philosophical split with Sartre, but who nevertheless gets categorized among the existentiali...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, France, Germany, Philosophy, Algeria, Albert Camus, Quentin Blake, Seoul, TED Talks, Alain De Botton, Facebook Twitter, Sartre, Jean Paul Sartre, Boston Review

How Bong Joon-ho’s Storyboards for Parasite (Now Published as a Graphic Novel) Meticulously Shaped the Acclaimed Film

In Seoul, where I live, the success of Bong Joon-ho's Parasite at this year's Academy Awards — unprecedented for a non-American film, let alone a Korean one — did not go unnoticed. But even then, the celebration had already been underway at least since the movie won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Something of a homecoming for Bong after Snowpiercer and Okja, two projects made wholly or partially abroad, Parasite takes place entirely in Seoul, staging a socioeconomic grudge match between three...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Film, College, Korea, Akira Kurosawa, Woody Allen, Ridley Scott, Seoul, Cannes, Martin Scorsese, Thomas, Facebook Twitter, Bong, Bong Joon

The Life, Work & Philosophy of Bill Murray: Happy 70th Birthday to an American Comedy Icon

Image by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons "Bill Murray is to me what calculators are to math," Jason Schwartzman once said of his esteemed colleague. "I never knew math before calculators, and I never knew life before Bill Murray." Having been born in the 1980s, a decade Murray entered already well-known after three early seasons of Saturday Night Live, I could say the same. Through characters like Nick the lounge singer and half a nerd couple with Gilda Radner, Murray established himself o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Japan, UK, Comedy, Film, College, Paris, Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Seoul, NICK, Toronto International Film Festival, Anderson, Thompson

High-Resolution Walking Tours of Italy’s Most Historic Places: The Colosseum, Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica & More

The global tourism industry has seen better days than these. In regions like western Europe, to which travelers from all parts have long flocked and spent their money, the coronavirus' curtailment of world travel this year has surely come as a severe blow. This goes even more so for a country like Italy, whose stock of historic structures, both ruined and immaculately preserved, has long assured it touristic preeminence in its part of the world. So much the worse, then, when Italy became...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Europe, College, History, Rome, Italy, Vatican City, Seoul, Pompeii, Colosseum, United States of America, Facebook Twitter, Herculaneum, Palatine Hill

Good Movies as Old Books: 100 Films Reimagined as Vintage Book Covers

At one time paperback books were thought of as trash, a term that described their perceived artistic and cultural level, production value, and utter disposability. This changed in the mid-20th century, when certain paperback publishers (Doubleday Anchor, for example, who hired Edward Gorey to design their covers in the 1950s) made a push for respectability. It worked so well that the signature aesthetics they developed still, nearly a lifetime later, pique our interest more readily than those o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Design, Film, College, Wes Anderson, Ridley Scott, Philip K Dick, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, Stephen Frears, Agatha Christie, Steven Spielberg, Rian Johnson

Steal Like Wes Anderson: A New Video Essay Explores How Wes Anderson Pays Artful Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman & Other Directors in His Films

Although not the debut film of director Wes Anderson, and certainly not of star Bill Murray, Rushmore introduced the world to the both of them. Anderson's first feature Bottle Rocket (an expansion of the short film previously featured here on Open Culture) hadn't found a particularly large audience upon its theatrical release in 1996. But quite a few of the viewers who had seen and appreciated it seemed to run in Murray's circles, and in a 1999 Charlie Rose interview the actor told of be...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, Anderson, Charlie Rose, Murray, Newman, Julie Andrews, Facebook Twitter, Jeff Goldblum, Barry Lyndon

The Joy of Watching Old, Damaged Things Get Restored: Why the World is Captivated by Restoration Videos

The internet has given us a few new ways to watch things, but many more new things to watch. It's not just that we now tune in to our favorite shows online rather than on television, but that our "favorite shows" have assumed forms we couldn't have imagined before. Thirty years ago, if you'd gone to a TV network and pitched a program consisting of nothing but the process of antique restoration — no music, no narration, no story, and certainly no stars — you'd have been told nobody wanted...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, College, History, Korea, Asmr, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Julian Baumgartner, Restoration Videos, Mike Dozier

Behold the First Underwater Portrait in the History of Photography (Circa 1899)

The image above may at first look like a plate from a Jules Verne novel, or perhaps a still from one of Georges Méliès' more fantastical moving pictures. It does indeed come from fin de siècle France, a time and place in which Verne, Méliès, and many other imaginative creators lived and worked, but it is in fact a genuine underwater photograph — or rather, a genuine underwater portrait, and the first example of such a thing in photographic history. Taken in the 1890s (most likely 1899) by biolo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Photography, College, France, History, Ocean, Philadelphia, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Jules Verne, PetaPixel, Auguste, Georges Méliès, Colin Marshall, Robert Cornelius

19th-Century Japanese Woodblocks Illustrate the Lives of Western Inventors, Artists, and Scholars (1873)

For more than 200 years between the mid-17th and mid-19th century, Japan closed itself to the outside world. But when it finally opened again, it couldn't get enough of the outside world. The American Navy commodore Matthew Perry arrived with his formidable "Black Ships" in 1853, demanding that Japan engage in trade. Five years later came the Meiji Restoration, which consolidated Japan's political system under imperial rule and encouraged both industrialization and Westernization. Or rather, it...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, London, College, America, History, John Adams, Seoul, Bernard Palissy, George Washington, Facebook Twitter, Watt, Matthew Perry, American Navy

Watch the First Trailer for Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s Adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Classic Sci-Fi Novel

It takes a fearless filmmaker indeed to adapt Dune. Atop its rich linguistic, political, philosophical, religious, and ecological foundations, Frank Herbert's saga-launching 1965 novel also happens to have a plot "convoluted to the point of pain." So writes David Foster Wallace in his essay on David Lynch, who directed the first cinematic version of Dune in 1984. That the result is remembered as a "huge, pretentious, incoherent flop" (with an accompanying glossary handout) owes to a vari...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Hollywood, Film, College, Pink Floyd, Sci Fi, David Lynch, David Foster Wallace, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Dune, Frank Herbert, Salvador, PAUL, Facebook Twitter

In 1183, a Chinese Poet Describes Being Domesticated by His Own Cats

Here in Korea, where I live, cat owners aren't called cat owners: they're called goyangi jibsa, literally "cat butlers." Clearly the idea that felines have flipped the domestic-animal script, not serving humans but being served by humans, transcends cultures. It also goes far back in history: witness the 12th-century verses recently tweeted out in translation by writer Xiran Jay Zhao, in which "Song dynasty poet Lu You" — one of the most prolific literary artists of his time and place — "poem-l...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, China, Poetry, History, Harvard, Korea, Seoul, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Lu, Zhao, Colin Marshall, Michael Puett, Lu You

MIT Presents a Free Course on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Featuring Anthony Fauci & Other Experts

Most of us use the terms "coronavirus" and "COVID-19" to refer to the pandemic that has gone around the world this year. We do know, or can figure out, that the former term refers to a virus and the latter to the disease caused by that virus. But do we know the full name "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2," or "SARS-CoV-2" for short? We will if we take the online course "COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic," which MIT is making available to the general public free online....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Biology, College, America, Mit, Harvard, Current Affairs, Online Courses, Seoul, Anthony Fauci, Johns Hopkins, Facebook Twitter, Broad Institute, Richard Young

Paul Schrader Creates a Diagram Mapping the Progression of Arthouse Cinema: Ozu, Bresson, Tarkovsky & Other Auteurs

The dozens of filmmakers in the diagram above belong to a variety of cultures and eras, but what do they have in common? Some of the names that jump out at even the casual filmgoer — Andrei Tarkovsky, Jim Jarmusch, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terrence Malick — may suggest a straightforward connection: cinephiles love them. Of course, not every cinephile loves every one of these directors, and indeed, bitter cinephile arguments rage about their relative merits even as we speak. But in one way or anothe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, Seoul, David Lynch, Joan, Mozart, Indiewire, Facebook Twitter, Dreyer, Abbas Kiarostami, Paul Schrader, Andrei Tarkovsky, Colin Marshall, Bresson

J. Robert Oppenheimer Explains How He Recited a Line from Bhagavad Gita–“Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds”–Upon Witnessing the First Nuclear Explosion

No matter how little we know of the Hindu religion, a line from one of its holy scriptures lives within us all: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." This is one facet of the legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist who left an outsized mark on history. For his crucial role in the Manhattan Project that during World War II produced the first nuclear weapons, he's now remembered as the"father of the atomic bomb." He secured that title on July 16, 1945...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Japan, College, Religion, History, Physics, United States, Manhattan, Berkeley, Harry Truman, Seoul, Tennyson, Facebook Twitter, Oppenheimer, Economic Times

Google Introduces 6-Month Career Certificates, Threatening to Disrupt Higher Education with “the Equivalent of a Four-Year Degree”

I used to make a point of asking every college-applying teenager I encountered why they wanted to go to college in the first place. Few had a ready answer; most, after a deer-in-the-headlights moment, said they wanted to be able to get a job — and in a tone implying it was too obvious to require articulation. But if one's goal is simply employment, doesn't it seem a bit excessive to move across the state, country, or world, spend four years taking tests and writing papers on a grab-bag of subje...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Technology, Education, Microsoft, College, America, Mit, Berkeley, Seoul, Malcolm Gladwell, Facebook Twitter, Walker, Galloway, Instagram Google

Take Immersive Virtual Tours of the World’s Great Museums: The Louvre, Hermitage, Van Gogh Museum & Much More

Can you remember when you last visited a museum? Even if you didn't much care for them before the time of the coronavirus, you're probably beginning to miss them right about now. At least the internet technology that has kept our communication open and our entertainment flowing — and, regrettably for some, kept our work meetings regular — has also made it possible to experience art institutions through our screens. Here on Open Culture we've previously featured many such online art s...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, Japan, London, College, Mexico, France, Russia, Spain, Museums, Italy, Netherlands, Vatican, Salvador Dalí

How to Manage Your Time More Effectively: The Science of Applying Computer Algorithms to Our Everyday Lives

Who among us hasn't wished to be as efficient as a computer? While computers seem to do everything at once, we either flit or plod from task to task, often getting sidetracked or even lost. At this point most have relinquished the dream of true "multitasking," which turns out to lie not only beyond the reach of humans but, technically speaking, beyond the reach of computers as well. "Done right, computers move so fluidly between their various responsibilities, they give the illusion of d...
Tags: Google, Productivity, Facebook, College, United States, Computer Science, Seoul, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Robert Pirsig, Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths, Franz Kafka Haruki Murakami Stephen King, 21st Century Los Angeles

Banksy Funds a Boat to Rescue Refugees at Sea–and Soon It Finds Itself in Distress in the Mediterranean

"Like most people who make it in the art world, I bought a yacht to cruise the Med,” Banksy wrote on Instagram when introducing the Louise Michel, a vessel tasked with a somewhat different mission than an arriviste party boat: picking up refugees from countries like Libya and Turkey lost at sea. Anyone who's followed Banksy's art career knows he possesses a well-developed instinct for catching and keeping public attention, and it has hardly deserted him in this venture. Why sponsor a ref...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, College, Turkey, Current Affairs, Libya, Banksy, Seoul, Valencia, Mediterranean, Malta, North Africa

Composer John Philip Sousa Denounces the Menace of Recorded Music (1906)

When did you last hear live music? Granted, this isn't an ideal time to ask, what with the ongoing pandemic still canceling concerts the world over. But even before, no matter how enthusiastic a show-goer you considered yourself, your life of music consumption almost certainly leaned toward the recorded variety. This is just as John Philip Sousa feared. In 1906, when recorded music itself was still more or less a novelty, the composer of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" published an essay in App...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, History, Brian Eno, Seoul, Alex Ross, Ucsb, McDonald, Facebook Twitter, Appleton, Sousa, John Philip Sousa, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

Composer John Philip Sousa Warns of the Threat Posed by Recorded Music (1906)

When did you last hear live music? Granted, this isn't an ideal time to ask, what with the ongoing pandemic still canceling concerts the world over. But even before, no matter how enthusiastic a show-goer you considered yourself, your life of music consumption almost certainly leaned toward the recorded variety. This is just as John Philip Sousa feared. In 1906, when recorded music itself was still more or less a novelty, the composer of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" published an essay in App...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, History, Brian Eno, Seoul, Alex Ross, Ucsb, McDonald, Facebook Twitter, Appleton, Sousa, John Philip Sousa, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

What Did the Roman Emperors Look Like?: See Photorealistic Portraits Created with Machine Learning

We can spend a lifetime reading histories of ancient Rome without knowing what any of its emperors looked like. Or rather, without knowing exactly what they looked like: being the leaders of the mightiest political entity in the Western world, they had their likenesses stamped onto coins and carved into busts as a matter of course. But such artist's renderings inevitably come with a certain degree of artistic license, a tendency to mold features into slightly more imperial shapes. Seeing the fa...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Technology, Etsy, College, Stanford, History, Rome, Brian Cox, Daniel Craig, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Caesar, Roman Empire, Gan

Take a Virtual Tour of Frida Kahlo’s Blue House Free Online

No first trip to Mexico City is complete without a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum. Located in the village-turned-borough of Coyoacán south of the city's center, it requires a short trip-within-a-trip to get there. But even for travelers who know nothing of Kahlo's art, it's worth the effort — especially since they'll come away knowing quite a bit about not just Kahlo's art and life but the culturally rich place and time she inhabited. For the building occupied by the Frida Kahlo Museum was, in...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Mexico, Museums, Vogue, Mexico City, Paul Klee, Seoul, Dolores, Diego Rivera, Facebook Twitter, Octavio Paz, Trotsky, Frida Kahlo

Hear 10 of Bach’s Pieces Played on Original Baroque Instruments

We could say that the music of Johann Sebastian Bach transcends instrumentation. Wendy Carlos did a great deal to prove that with her 1968 album Switched-On Bach, composed entirely (and laboriously) on an early Moog synthesizer. Despite its controversial union of long-revered compositions with practically untested musical technology, that project won high praise, not least from as famed an interpreter of Bach as Glenn Gould. Here at Open Culture we've featured many of Gould's own perform...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, San Francisco, Ursula K Le Guin, Seoul, Canon, Glenn Gould, Vivaldi, Gould, Johann Sebastian Bach, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Le Guin, Rigel

The Japanese Sculptor Who Dedicated His Life to Finishing Gaudí’s Magnum Opus, the Sagrada Família

"Vengo de Japón." With those words Japanese sculptor Etsuro Sotoo introduces himself to us in "Stone Cut," the short film from NOWNESS above. Since coming to Barcelona in 1978, Sotoo has not just mastered the Spanish language but converted to Roman Catholicism and dedicated much of his life to laboring on the completion of the most famous building in Spain: Antoni Gaudí's magnum opus, the Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Not that it was quite so revered when Sotoo first encountered it: "Bac...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Greece, Film, College, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Seoul, Sagrada Familia, Gaudi, Antoni Gaudí, Jesus Christ, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock & Other Jazz Musicians Sell Whisky & Spirits in Classic Japanese TV Commercials

I like to think that, when the occasion arises, I can speak passable Japanese. But pride goeth before the fall, and I fell flat on my first attempt to order a whisky in Tokyo. To my request for a Suntory neat the bartender responded only with embarrassed incomprehension. I repeated myself, pushing my Japanified pronunciation to parodic limits: saaan-to-riii nee-to. At some point the man deciphered my linguistic flailing. "Ah," he said, brightening, "suuu-to-raaay-to?" To think that I cou...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Japan, Television, College, James Brown, Food & Drink, Davis, Tokyo, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Dennis Hopper, Honda, Woody Allen, Seoul

There Are Only 37 Possible Stories, According to This 1919 Manual for Screenwriters

"Great literature is one of two stories," we often quote Leo Tolstoy as saying: "a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town." That's all well and good for the author of War and Peace, but what about the thousands of screenwriters struggling to come up with the next hit movie, the next hit television series, the next hit platform-specific web and/or mobile series? Some, of course, have found in that aphorism a fruitful starting point, but others opt for different premises that number t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Writing, Film, College, America, Chicago, Rebecca, Seoul, Raymond Chandler, Leo Tolstoy, Social Network, Billy Wilder, Hill, Cecil B DeMille

Graphic Novels Tell the Story of David Bowie, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Jean-Michel Basquiat & Other Artists and Thinkers

If you're fascinated by certain artists and thinkers, you can learn about them from books. Anyone who has a significant cultural or intellectual influence on humanity sooner or later gets a biography written about them, and usually more than one. But how many get their own graphic novels? The versatility of the "comic book," long unsuspected by many Western readers, has been more and more widely discussed in recent decades. Some of those readers, however, won't believe what can be done with the...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Books, Law, College, Edgar Allan Poe, David Bowie, John Coltrane, Salvador Dalí, Seoul, Feynman, James Joyce, Richard Feynman, Anne Frank, Kurt Vonnegut

Vincent Van Gogh’s Self Portraits: Explore & Download a Collection of 17 Paintings Free Online

"They say — and I gladly believe it — that it is difficult to know yourself," Vincent Van Gogh once wrote to his brother Theo, "but it isn’t easy to paint oneself either." This from one of the most prolific self-portraitists of all time. Between the years 1885 and 1889, Van Gogh painted himself more than 35 times, most of them during the two years in the middle when he lived in Paris. Always short of funds, but especially straitened there, he saved the cost of hiring models by investing in a mi...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, History, Paris, Seoul, Van Gogh, Facebook Twitter, Vincent Van Gogh, Theo, Van Gogh Museum, Colin Marshall, Douglas Coupland, 21st Century Los Angeles, Paul Gauguin Held

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