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Classic Movies in Miniature StyleFeb 11 2014

For his Classic Movies in Miniature Style series, Murat Palta illustrated scenes from movies using traditional Ottoman motifs. Here's A Clockwork Orange and Kill Bill:

Murat Palta ClockworkMurat Palta Kill Bill

Great stuff. (via @pieratt)

Kubrick invented the box office reportJan 18 2012

Stanley Kubrick's meticulousness about his movies extended right on down to how they were marketed. When A Clockwork Orange came out in the US, he spent weeks crunching theater ticket grosses to figure out which theaters the film should play in.

Clockwork would be shown in standard cinemas as a quality platform release, which meant there were many options per city. I knew that Don Rugoff's Cinema 1, the most prestigious cinema in New York, had to be the New York theater, but how to be sure that the film would be booked into the best cinema in Indianapolis or Cleveland or Atlanta? To choose the right theater in each city, we needed to know which cinema sold the most tickets to the most interesting pictures. But while a studio would know what its own films grossed, detailed box-office figures of competitive films were closely held secrets. There was no comparative information, and that is exactly what Stanley wanted.

Influenced by Kubrick's system, Variety released their first nation box office rankings chart a few months later. (via df)

Seizure-inducing opening credit sequenceApr 28 2010

You aren't going to believe the opening credit sequence for Gaspar Noe's Enter the Void (make sure you can hear the sound too):

Really well done but there's a 95% chance you'll hate this. Ok, more like 98%. Reminds me of the still-brilliant trailer for A Clockwork Orange...but what a difference the music makes. (thx, jim)

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