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An Animated History of Cats: How Over 10,000 Years the Cat Went from Wild Predator to Sofa Sidekick

Dogs sees us as their masters while cats sees us as their slaves. - Anonymous The next time your friend’s pet cat sinks its fangs into your wrist, bear in mind that the beast is probably still laboring under the impression that it’s guarding the granaries. Anthropologist Eva-Maria Geigl’s animated Ted-Ed Lesson, The History of the World According to Cats, above, awards special recognition to Unsinkable Sam, a black-and-white ship’s cat who survived three WWII shipwrecks (on both Axis and...
Tags: Health, Google, Instagram, College, New York City, History, Animation, Edward Gorey, Ken, Facebook Twitter, Hitchcock, Freya, Ayun Halliday, Eva Maria Geigl, Unsinkable Sam

St. Louis Blues – No Timeline for Hiring New Coach

ST. LOUIS — The Blues will be casting a wide net in their coaching search. General manager Doug Armstrong fired Mike Yeo after Monday’s 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Craig Berube is the interim coach while Armstrong assembles a list of candidates for the permanent job. “There’s going to be experienced head coaches on that list,” he said at a news conference Tuesday. “There’s going to be European head coaches on that list. College head coaches on that list. Junior head coaches. We’re not goi...
Tags: Minnesota, College, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Blues, AHL, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Junior, Craig, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Mike, Edmonton Oilers

The Exhilarating Filmmaking of Robert Bresson Explored in Eight Video Essays

"Who's afraid of Robert Bresson?" New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane once asked. "Me, for a start." But he didn't mean that he dreaded screenings of Au hasard Balthazar, Diary of a Country Priest, A Man Escaped, The Devil, Probably, or any other acclaimed work in the auteur's filmography. "It's not that I don't look forward to a Bresson picture," Lane clarified. "It's just that as I shuffle into the theatre I feel like a pupil approaching the principal's door, wondering what crimes I ma...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Film, College, Seoul, David Lynch, Facebook Twitter, Anthony Lane, Lane, Jean Luc Godard, Hitchcock, David Bordwell, Andrei Tarkovsky, Colin Marshall, Bresson, Quandt

Martin Scorsese Creates a List of the 11 Scariest Horror Films

"When it comes to ripe old frighteners — or to any other overheated genre — Scorsese is the most ardent of proselytizers," writes the New Yorker's Anthony Lane in a review of that respected director's ripe-old-frightener-flavored Shutter Island, "so much so that I would prefer to hear him enthuse about Hammer Horror films, say, than to watch a Hammer Horror film." And though no Hammer productions appear on it, Scorsese, who often seems as much film enthusiast as filmmaker, has put togeth...
Tags: Google, Asia, Film, College, Los Angeles, Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Facebook Twitter, Anthony Lane, Hitchcock, Time Out London, Shutter Island, Robert Wise, Lewis Allen, William Friedkin

How an Art Conservator Completely Restores a Damaged Painting: A Short, Meditative Documentary

We here at Open Culture take great pleasure in soup to nuts documentaries of master craftspeople at work, particularly when the narration has been left out deliberately. The meditative effect is more powerful that way, as is our wonderment. We can always go rabbiting after the technical specs of the trade being plied if we're not entirely sure what we're seeing. For instance, those tiny strands conservationist Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration places ever so carefull...
Tags: Google, Art, Science, NYC, College, Chicago, Facebook Twitter, Richards, WBEZ, Baumgartner, Hitchcock, Julian Baumgartner, Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration, Emma Gaggiotti Richards, Jack Brandtman, Brantman

The Ultimate Guide to Grace Kelly's Style

Fashion fit for a princess.Over the past few weeks, we've been breaking down our list of 16 classic fashion icons everyone should know. Last week, we covered Marilyn Monroe, seductive actress extraordinaire. This week, we'll be talking about the princess of both Hollywood and Monaco, Grace Kelly. The Pennsylvania-born star is recognized for being an incredible actress, partnering with director Alfred Hitchcock on multiple films, and also for becoming the Princess of Monaco when she married Prin...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Winter, College, Inspiration, Pennsylvania, Marilyn Monroe, Harry, Catholic, Monaco, 1950s, Alfred Hitchcock, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Glamour, MGM, Grace

David Foster Wallace Explains How David Lynch’s Blue Velvet Taught Him the True Meaning of Avant Garde Art

Imagine you're a "hypereducated avant-gardist in grad school learning to write." But at your grad school, "all the teachers are realists. They're not at all interested in postmodern avant-garde stuff." They take a dim view of your writing, you assume because "they just don't happen to like this kind of aesthetic," but actually because your writing isn't very good. Amid all this, with you "hating the teachers but hating them for exactly the wrong reasons," David Lynch's Blue Velvet comes ...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Illinois, Seoul, David Lynch, David Foster Wallace, Charlie Rose, Norman Rockwell, Tom Clancy, Rose, Lewis, Facebook Twitter, Lynch, Wallace, Hitchcock

Date Night Roundup!

Thanks to our MoviePass cards, we continue to see more movies than ever. Recents include: Vertigo (the old Alfred Hitchcock movie, in theaters thanks to Fathom Events), Pacific Rim, Ready Player One, Paul Apostle of Christ, Hitler vs. Picasso (a one night event), and A Quiet Place. I would love to see the quirky-looking Isle of Dogs, which was only showing downtown but is expanding to more theaters now. We saw A Quiet Place last night in a packed theater, which honestly, I think is the best wa...
Tags: Facebook, New York, London, Movies, Entertainment, Atlanta, Alfred Hitchcock, Homeschooling, Picasso, Hitchcock, Peachtree St NE Atlanta GA, Paul Apostle, Quiet Place, BroadwayAtlanta, RhythmofNewYork, STOMPNYC

What Happens When a Cat Watches Hitchcock’s Psycho

Let's suspend disbelief for a moment and watch Hitchcock give new meaning to "scaredy cat." Enjoy. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitter and  share intelligent media with your friends. Or better yet, sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox.  If you'd like to support Open Culture and our mission, please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us provide the best free ...
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Why So Many People Adore The Room, the Worst Movie Ever Made? A Video Explainer

Not since the height of the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s midnight screenings have I seen a crowd go so nuts for a film, but 2003’s The Room seems to have really hit a cultural nerve. And it’s only going to get bigger with the upcoming release of The Disaster Artist, James Franco and Seth Rogen’s retelling of how writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau made his so-bad-it’s-brilliant film, based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Whereas Rocky Horror was an adaptation of an already succ...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, College, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Vox, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Nerdwriter, Susan Sontag, Hitchcock, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell, Pierre Bourdieu

Why People So Many People Adore The Room, the Worst Movie Ever Made? A Video Explainer

Not since the height of the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s midnight screenings have I seen a crowd go so nuts for a film, but 2003’s The Room seems to have really hit a cultural nerve. And it’s only going to get bigger with the upcoming release of The Disaster Artist, James Franco and Seth Rogen’s retelling of how writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau made his so-bad-it’s-brilliant film, based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Whereas Rocky Horror was an adaptation of an already succ...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, College, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Vox, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Nerdwriter, Susan Sontag, Hitchcock, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell, Pierre Bourdieu

The Top 100 American Films of All Time, According to 62 International Film Critics

Entertainment first, and art second? Hasn't that always been the American way when it comes to film? And is that how the rest of the world sees it, especially considering France’s love of Jerry Lewis, Germany’s obsession with David Hasselhoff, and China taking Nicholas Cage’s career choices more seriously than he does himself? In this list of The 100 Greatest American Films, the BBC polled 62 international film critics to see what they thought were the United States' enduring contributions ...
Tags: Google, Film, College, France, China, Germany, America, Bbc, United States, Shanghai, BFI, Alfred Hitchcock, Spielberg, Billy Wilder, David Hasselhoff, Facebook Twitter

Style and Art Direction: 'A Single Man'

Mad Men meets runway chic.Ever wanted to dress like you were in a Tom Ford-styled dream sequence? No, just me? Well, get ready to do just that. Today, I will be continuing our Style and Art Direction series with the hazy, dreamy, '60s fab 2009 film A Single Man. The film, based on the book by Christoper Isherwood, tells the story of George, a depressed gay professor living in early-'60s SoCal. It follows his adjustment to life as a "single man" after the death of his partner.A Single Man (availa...
Tags: Julianne Moore, College, Alfred Hitchcock, Tom Ford, Colin Firth, Janet Leigh, George, Carlos, Charley, Hitchcock, Norman Bates, Marion Crane, Tom Ford Tom Ford, Christoper Isherwood, Satchel Forever, Carlos George

Monthly Favorites and Wishlist: August 2017

Here's what I'm GAGA for this month. August has me looking to enter the working world. August means something different to everyone.  For some, it marks the start of a new school year. For others, it's just another month of summer. For me, it's somewhere in between.My August, like the rest of my summer, has been spent doing a combination of job applications and chillaxing.  But this month, things have started to get real, as they say. I'm moving to New York City next month, so my apartment-sho...
Tags: Music, Shopping, California, College, New York City, Designers, Ed Sheeran, Harry Potter, Kate Spade, Lady Gaga, Target, Songs, Bates Motel, Bomber Jacket, Elliott, Sam Hunt

How Doors Open onto Philosophical Mysteries in Robert Bresson’s Films: A Short Video Essay by Kogonada

FYI: Last Friday, Colin Marshall highlighted for you the new feature film by kogonada, whose many video essays--on Ozu, Linklater, Malick, Anderson, etc.--we've shown you here before. Rather by coincidence, The Criterion Collection just posted kogonada's latest video essay, this one examining how "doors open onto philosophical mysteries in the films of French master Robert Bresson." Watch "Once There Was Everything" above, and pair it with his other Bresson essay ("Hands of Bresson") from t...
Tags: Google, College, Uncategorized, Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Facebook Twitter, Hitchcock, Facebook and Twitter, Andrei Tarkovsky, Colin Marshall, Bresson, Kogonada, Robert Bresson, Ozu Linklater Malick, Malick Anderson

Video Essayist Kogonada Makes His Own Acclaimed Feature Film: Watch His Tributes to Its Inspirations Like Ozu, Linklater & Malick

We've featured the work of many cinema-loving video essayists (myself included) here on Open Culture, none of it more artistic than that of a man who goes by the name of Kogonada. Whether dealing with the films of auteurs like Stanley Kubrick, Andrei Tarkovsky, Alfred Hitchcock, or Wes Anderson, he finds new and striking ways — often free of traditional narration, and sometimes even free of spoken words altogether — to show us how their cinematic visions work, and in so doing to create n...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Los Angeles, Architecture, Wes Anderson, Korea, Stanley Kubrick, Richard Linklater, Rolling Stone, Seoul, Columbus, Dante, Midwest, John Cho, Indiewire

A Crash Course on Soviet Montage, the Russian Approach to Filmmaking That Revolutionized Cinema

It would have scandalized many an American filmgoer of the mid-twentieth century to learn that the movies they watched — even the most wholesome Hollywood fare of the era — made extensive use of a Soviet invention. What's more, that invention came out of the very revolution that put the Communists in power, after which the Soviet government "took a strong interest in film, because it recognized cinema for what it was — a powerful tool for social and political influence." So says Craig Be...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, College, Harry Potter, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Dumbledore, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hitchcock, Battleship Potemkin, Sergei Eisenstein, Colin Marshall, Benzine, Dziga Vertov, Lev Kuleshov

Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” Is the Perfect Song to End Any Movie: The Graduate, Psycho, Easy Rider & 50+ Other Films

It’s hard to conceive of director Stanley Kubrick choosing a more perfect song for Dr. Strangelove’s final mushroom cloud montage than Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again.” Ditto Mike Nichols’ The Graduate. Can you imagine Ben and Elaine making their existential getaway to the tune of anything other than “The Sound of Silence"? Freelance video editor Peter Salomone can (see above). If he had his druthers, all films would end with Dire Straits’ 1985 hit, ”Walk of Life” a tune Rolling Stone desc...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Film, College, New York City, New Zealand, James Franco, Stanley Kubrick, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh, Cia, Mike Nichols, Gizmodo, Ben, Facebook Twitter

Alfred Hitchcock Recalls Working with Salvador Dali on Spellbound: “No, You Can’t Pour Live Ants All Over Ingrid Bergman!”

In 1945 Alfred Hitchcock had to explain one of Hollywood’s unwritten rules to Salvador Dalí: No, you can’t pour live ants all over Ingrid Bergman! Hitchcock had approached Dalí for help with a dream sequence in his upcoming thriller, Spellbound, starring Bergman and Gregory Peck. He was unhappy with the fuzziness of Hollywood dream sequences. “I wanted to convey the dream with great visual sharpness and clarity–sharper than film itself,” Hitchcock recalled in a 1962 interview with Franço...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, College, Salvador Dalí, Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut, Bosch, Facebook Twitter, Dali, Ingrid Bergman, Bergman, Hitchcock, Facebook and Twitter, Ingrid Bergman Hitchcock, Gregory Peck He

Discover Ray Bradbury & Kurt Vonnegut’s 1990s TV Shows: The Ray Bradbury Theater and Welcome to the Monkey House

There has always been good television. Even Kurt Vonnegut, wittiest of curmudgeons, had to agree in 1991 when he was interviewed in The Cable Guide for his own contribution to the medium, an adaptation of his book of stories, Welcome to the Monkey House on Showtime. Vonnegut did not like television, and compared it to thalidomide. “We don’t know what the side effects are until it’s too late.” He could only go up from there, and did, praising, Cheers, M*A*S*H, and Hill Street Blues, and t...
Tags: Google, Europe, Hbo, Usa, Television, College, Ray Bradbury, Cnn, Literature, Sci Fi, Alfred Hitchcock, Los Angeles Times, Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, John Huston, Facebook Twitter

Hautelinks: Week of 3/23/17

Discover your perfect fashion industry job, how to send your bestie Starbucks in an instant, tons of easy recipes for your week, and more. The Budget Babe shares her REAL thoughts about the Victoria Beckham for Target collab. Do you agree?Quiz: Which Fashion Industry Job is Right For You? Lauren Conrad has your guide to industry careers.The Budget Girl's Guide to Throwing a Party Like an Event Planner. Love these tips as party planning isn't always my strong suit.Genius: Starbucks now allows yo...
Tags: Firefox, News, Buzzfeed, Reese Witherspoon, College, Vogue, Victoria Beckham, Selena Gomez, Starbucks, Emma Watson, Mariah Carey, Portia De Rossi, Ellen Degeneres, Santa Barbara, Lauren Conrad, Valerian

Alfred Hitchcock Reveals The Secret Sauce for Creating Suspense

Speaking at an American Film Institute seminar in 1970, Alfred Hitchcock revealed the essential ingredients that went into making his films. When he stripped everything away, what Hitchcock really cared about was creating suspense films (not mystery films) and getting the suspense element right. In the clip above, the director explains why suspenseful scenes have to simmer for a time and then cool down properly. Things can’t be brought to a rapid boil and then be quickly taken off th...
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Alfred Hitchcock Meditates on Suspense & Dark Humor in a New Animated Video

Back in 1957, while shooting a film tentatively called From Amongst The Dead (it would later be titled Vertigo), Alfred Hitchcock sat down for an interview with Colin Edwards, from Pacifica Radio. The conversation touched on many good themes–how suspense works in his films, the role of dark humor and beyond. A half century later, Blank on Blank has revived and animated that conversation, thankfully bringing it back to life. You can find many more Blank on Blank reanimations of vintage in...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Animation, Alfred Hitchcock, Facebook Twitter, Hitchcock, Colin Edwards, Blank on Blank, Pacifica Radio

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ghost Stories for Kids (1962)

“Now of course, the best way to listen to ghost stories is with the lights out,” says the inimitable Alfred Hitchcock, as he introduces his 1962 vinyl release Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Ghost Stories for Young People. “There is nothing like a dark room to attract ghosts and you may like to have some of our mutual friends come and listen with you.” Just in time for Halloween, we are shining a flickering light on this album, released once before on CD and now on Spotify. (You can also find it o...
Tags: Google, Youtube, College, Stephen King, Rebecca, Ed, Alfred Hitchcock, Facebook Twitter, Hitchcock, Ted Mills, Audio Books

Watch 222 Great Films in the Public Domain: Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Buster Keaton & More

Want to learn about film history? You can take a class on the subject, where you’ll likely need a copy of Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell’s standard text Film History: An Introduction, and possibly the companion book, Film Art: An Introduction. These are phenomenal resources written by two top-notch scholars who have spent their lives watching and analyzing films, and should you have the time and money to study their comprehensive introductions, by all means do so. But of course, the...
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What Makes Vertigo the Best Film of All Time? Four Video Essays (and Martin Scorsese) Explain

Vertigo is the greatest motion picture of all time. Or so say the results of the latest round of respected film magazine Sight & Sound‘s long-running critics poll, in which Alfred Hitchcock’s James Stewart- and Kim Novak- (and San Francisco-) starring psychological thriller unseated Citizen Kane from the top spot. For half a century, Orson Welles’ directorial debut seemed like it would forever occupy the head of the cinematic table, its status disputed only by the unimpressed modern view...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Orson Welles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kubrick, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Martin Scorsese, Kane, Stewart, Facebook Twitter, Soleil, Los Angeles Review of Books

5 Hours of Free Alfred Hitchcock Interviews: Discover His Theories of Film Editing, Creating Suspense & More

Image by Fred Palumbo, via Wikimedia Commons Here’s an audio collection worth sharing with the cinephiles among you. Alfred Hitchcock Interviews (embedded below) brings together 12 interviews recorded over several decades, collectively running five hours and four minutes.  If you need Spotify’s software, download it here . Then tune into Track 3 and hear  Hitchcock describe his three theories of film editing. Track 10 lets you listen to his 33-minute “Masters of Cinema” interview recorded in ...
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The CF Guide to Underrated Pop Culture: Summer 2016

Photo credit: ELLE. Ok, disclaimer. My tastes are in some ways, to use a phrase I despise, "basic". I love Taylor Swift, "Pretty Little Liars," Starbucks, and avocado toast. AND I'M PROUD.Still, like everyone, I have my own eclectic combo of interests, and as a pop-culture junkie I pride myself on having the scoop on some great entertainment that some others don't.So this guide is in no way meant to be full of music, shows, and movies that no one has ever heard of. Rather, it's a bit of me ran...
Tags: Amazon, Music, TV, Movies, Entertainment, Rihanna, California, College, Disney, Summer, Netflix, Katy Perry, Norman, Kesha, Jane Fonda, Carly Rae Jepsen

Hear 90+ Episodes of Suspense, the Iconic Golden Age Radio Show Launched by Alfred Hitchcock

America’s “Golden Age of Radio” lasted from the wide household adoption of wireless sets in the 1920s until the onset of the television era in the 1950s, producing a host of long-running dramas, comedies, and science-fiction shows still beloved by radio enthusiasts today. But few had a presence in the zeitgeist like Suspense, which from 1942 to 1962 offered not just guaranteed thrills but high production values as well. In the show’s heyday, that also meant hiring straight from Hollywood...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, College, Orson Welles, America, Los Angeles, Radio, Cbs, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, Kane, Facebook Twitter, Los Angeles Review of Books, Welles, Hitchcock, Edmund Gwenn

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