Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Frames of Reverance

CINEMA STYLES & WORKMAN-LIKE FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Jonathan Lapper's Cinema Styles is my new fave film blog. Discovered it courtesy of my second fave film blog, TCM's MovieMorlocks, where the TCM folks interviewed Lapper about his latest video clip montage, FRAMES OF REFERENCE. Mr. Lapper has a number of video montages on YouTube, but I'm impressed by FRAMES for putting together famous clips from a whopping 158 films (listed below)! That's a very Workman-like effort - a Chuck Workman effort, to be precise! (More on that later.)

FRAMES OF REFERENCE
(Jonahan Lapper, 7 minutes, 2008)


Synopsis: Frames of Reference's movie montage makes use of the similar language of film shots from one film to another while employing the composition "Complex City" by Oliver Nelson. Its approach reminds me of a classier, "fine arts" approach to the what Ron Rocheleau attempted in his New York public access show CONCRETE T.V, which juxtaposed thematically linked soundbites and images of sex and violence from TV shows and sexploitation/exploitation movies.

Here's a complete listing of the films referenced in FRAMES OF REFERENCE:

1. Le Mépris (Contempt)
2. Walkabout
3. Black Narcissus
4. The Shining
5. The Trial
6. Weekend
7. Walkabout
8. The Pawnbroker
9. Bride of Frankenstein
10. Intolerance
11. Stroszek
12. The Edge of the World
13. La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast -1946)
14. Peeping Tom
15. La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast - 1946)
16. Alien
17. Altered States
18. The Black Stallion
19. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20. The Wizard of Oz
21. The French Connection
22. The Exorcist
23. Jaws
24. Black Narcissus
25. Vertigo
26. Bridge on the River Kwai
27. Bad Day at Black Rock
28. The Devil and Daniel Webster
29. The Maltese Falcon
30. Lawrence of Arabia
31. The Spy Who Loved Me
32. The Wizard of Oz
33. Vertigo
34. Bridge on the River Kwai
35. Amadeus
36. Singin' in the Rain
37. The Band Wagon
38. 8 1/2
39. Bande à part (Band of Outsiders)
40. Body Heat
41. Local Hero
42. The Right Stuff
43. Touch of Evil
44. Body Heat
45. Bande à part (Band of Outsiders)
46. Dr. Strangelove
47. The Big Lebowski
48. 8 1/2
49. The Red Shoes
50. Don't Look Now
51. Hiroshima, Mon Amour
52. Citizen Kane
53. Gun Crazy
54. Out of the Past
55. Dracula (1931 American Version)
56. Metropolis
57. Black Narcissus
58. Dracula (1931 Spanish Version)
59. Mon Oncle
60. The Trial
61. Dead End
62. Walkabout
63. Medium Cool
64. The Pawnbroker
65. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
66. Black Narcissus
67. The Shining
68. Army of Shadows
69. The Lost World (1925)
70. Lawrence of Arabia
71. 2001: A Space Odyssey
72. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (5 consecutive clips)
73. The Invisible Man
74. Airplane
75. 8 1/2
76. Cutter's Way
77. Excalibur
78. Peter Pan (1924)
79. Royal Wedding
80. Peeping Tom
81. Down Argentine Way
82. Au Hasard Balthazar (2 consecutive clips)
83. The Ruling Class
84. Singin' in the Rain
85. The Ruling Class
86. Royal Wedding
87. Network
88. Bad Day at Black Rock
89. Medium Cool
90. Destination Moon
91. A Clockwork Orange
92. La Règle du jeu (Rules of the Game)
93. Out of the Past
94. Last Tango in Paris
95. Lost Horizon
96. Singin' in the Rain
97. Taxi Driver
98. Wizard of Oz
99. A Clockwork Orange
100. Double Indemnity
101. The Big Lebowski
102. Raiders of the Lost Ark
103. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
104. The Great Escape
105. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
106. The Great Escape
107. Topper
108. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
109. Touch of Evil
110. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928)
111. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1931)
112. Dinner at Eight
113. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1941)
114. Lost Horizon
115. North by Northwest
116. The Searchers
117. The Dead Zone
118. Some Like it Hot
119. Last Tango in Paris
120. The Trial
121. Bad Day at Black Rock
122. Raiders of the Lost Ark
123. Wild Strawberries
124. La Règle du jeu (Rules of the Game)
125. Out of the Past
126. A Christmas Story
127. Gun Crazy
128. Jaws
129. No Country for Old Men
130. Apocalypse Now
131. Forbidden Planet
132. Last Tango in Paris
133. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
134. The Twelve Chairs
135. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
136. The Bride of Frankenstein
137. A Clockwork Orange
138. The Battle of Algiers
139. Touch of Evil
140. Planet of the Apes
141. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1941)
142. Arsenic and Old Lace
143. Dead End
144. North by Northwest
145. Topper
146. Witness for the Prosecution
147. Nashville
148. The Battle of Algiers
149. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1928)
150. Excalibur
151. The Dead Zone
152. The Legend of Drunken Master
153. M.A.S.H
154. Au Hasard Balthazar
155. Witness
156. The Godfather, Part II
157. Gun Crazy
158. Contempt

CHUCK WORKMAN

Chuck Workman, the editing maestro responsible for most of those clip montages you see each year on the Academy Awards telecasts, is most famous for his 1986 montage Precious Images, which won an Oscar for "Best Short Film, Live Action." In that film, Workman presented the greatest scenes from 50 years of film in six breakneck minutes of skillful editing. Workman used almost 500 half-second splices to "push the audience into a kind of trance and take them on a journey into their individual memories of great films of half a century." Precious Images went on to become the most widely-viewed short appearing in schools, museums, film festivals and movie theaters worldwide (and this was before YouTube). Workman's films can be found at Calliope Films: www.calliopefilms.com

PRECIOUS IMAGES
(Chuck Workman, 1986, 6 minutes)


Here's a chronological list of the films referenced in Precious Images:

The Great Train Robbery (1903)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
Teddy at the Throttle (1917)
The Immigrant (1917)
The Adventurer (1917/I)
Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
Way Down East (1920)
The Mark of Zorro (1920)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Tol'able David (1921)
Foolish Wives (1922)
Cops (1922)
Nanook of the North (1922)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Don Juan (1926)
The General (1927)
Seventh Heaven (1927)
Wings (1927)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
The Crowd (1928)
Büchse der Pandora, Die (1929)
The Broadway Melody (1929)
Applause (1929)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Whoopee! (1930)
Morocco (1930)
Little Caesar (1931)
Dracula (1931)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
Love Me Tonight (1932)
Red Dust (1932)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
Dinner at Eight (1933)
Footlight Parade (1933)
Queen Christina (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Twentieth Century (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
Our Daily Bread (1934)
The Merry Widow (1934)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Bright Eyes (1934)
The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observation of David Copperfield, the Younger (1935)
The Little Colonel (1935)
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Top Hat (1935)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
Rose-Marie (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
The Petrified Forest (1936)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
San Francisco (1936)
The Green Pastures (1936)
Swing Time (1936)
Camille (1936)
The Good Earth (1937)
Way Out West (1937)
A Star Is Born (1937)
Captains Courageous (1937)
A Day at the Races (1937)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Nothing Sacred (1937)
The River (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Boys Town (1938)
Stagecoach (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Ninotchka (1939)
Babes in Arms (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Fantasia (1940)
The Letter (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Sergeant York (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Woman of the Year (1942)
The Spoilers (1942)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Road to Morocco (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
Cat People (1942)
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
Lassie Come Home (1943)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
National Velvet (1944)
The Southerner (1945)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
The Harvey Girls (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Song of the South (1946)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The Yearling (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Life with Father (1947)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Good News (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Fort Apache (1948)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Easter Parade (1948)
Red River (1948)
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Samson and Delilah (1949)
Adam's Rib (1949)
On the Town (1949)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
The Toast of New Orleans (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Royal Wedding (1951)
Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Show Boat (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
An American in Paris (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The African Queen (1951)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Scaramouche (1952)
Pat and Mike (1952)
High Noon (1952)
Son of Paleface (1952)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Monkey Business (1952)
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Moulin Rouge (1952)
Lili (1953)
House of Wax (1953)
Shane (1953)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Julius Caesar (1953)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Big Heat (1953)
The Wild One (1953)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
Sabrina (1954)
A Star Is Born (1954)
East of Eden (1955)
Marty (1955)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Mister Roberts (1955)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Picnic (1955)
The Court Jester (1955)
The Searchers (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The King and I (1956)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Giant (1956)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Funny Face (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Pal Joey (1957)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
Gigi (1958)
The Goddess (1958)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
The Fly (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Big Country (1958)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
Psycho (1960)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Spartacus (1960)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Cimarron (1960)
Cinderfella (1960)
The Misfits (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
The Miracle Worker (1962)
Lolita (1962)
The Music Man (1962)
Ride the High Country (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
David and Lisa (1962)
Hud (1963)
The Great Escape (1963)
Tom Jones (1963)
The Pink Panther (1963)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Becket (1964)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Goldfinger (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Alexis Zorbas (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Cat Ballou (1965)
Help! (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The Endless Summer (1966)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Dont Look Back (1967)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
The Producers (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Funny Girl (1968)
Oliver! (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Bullitt (1968)
The Lion in Winter (1968)
C'era una volta il West (1968)
Apollo XI Landing (1969) (TV)
Easy Rider (1969)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
True Grit (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Putney Swope (1969)
Medium Cool (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
MASH (1970)
Patton (1970)
Airport (1970)
Woodstock (1970)
Where's Poppa? (1970)
Joe (1970)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Love Story (1970)
Billy Jack (1971)
Klute (1971)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Shaft (1971)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Cabaret (1972)
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
FTA (1972)
Deliverance (1972)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Paper Moon (1973)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
The Last American Hero (1973)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Way We Were (1973)
Sleeper (1973)
The Sting (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
The Conversation (1974)
Claudine (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
Death Wish (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Lenny (1974)
Earthquake (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Shampoo (1975)
Nashville (1975)
Jaws (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)
All the President's Men (1976)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
The Money (1976)
The Omen (1976)
Carrie (1976)
Rocky (1976)
Network (1976)
A Star Is Born (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
For the Love of Benji (1977)
Julia (1977)
Oh, God! (1977)
The Turning Point (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Grease (1978)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Animal House (1978)
Days of Heaven (1978)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Norma Rae (1979)
Hair (1979)
Manhattan (1979)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Alien (1979)
Breaking Away (1979)
10 (1979)
The Black Stallion (1979)
The Great Santini (1979)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Being There (1979)
All That Jazz (1979)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Fame (1980)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Shining (1980)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Stunt Man (1980)
Airplane! (1980)
Atlantic City (1980)
Gloria (1980)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Ordinary People (1980)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Private Benjamin (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Arthur (1981)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Reds (1981)
On Golden Pond (1981)
Guerre du feu, La (1981)
Missing (1982)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Victor Victoria (1982)
Porky's (1982)
Eating Raoul (1982)
Annie (1982)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
The World According to Garp (1982)
My Favorite Year (1982)
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
First Blood (1982)
Gandhi (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Tender Mercies (1983)
The Meaning of Life (1983)
Flashdance (1983)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Octopussy (1983)
Superman III (1983)
Mr. Mom (1983)
Risky Business (1983)
The Big Chill (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
The Natural (1984)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Ghost Busters (1984)
Amadeus (1984)
A Soldier's Story (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
Missing in Action (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
A Passage to India (1984)
Lost in America (1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rocky IV (1985)

100 YEARS AT THE MOVIES
(Chuck Workman, 1994, 9 minutes)


Workman later bested himself with 100 Years at the Movies, a Turner Classic Movies (TCM) production created for the 1994 Academy Awards telecast to commemorate the centennial anniversary of American filmmaking. The 9-minute film includes a montage of clips from at least 225 movies, which are listed in chronological order here.

RELATED LINKS:
Cinema Styles (Jonathan Lapper's Blog)
Calliope Films (Chuck Workman site)
"100 Years at the Movies" film listing
Concrete T.V.
Concrete T.V. clips (YouTube)
Concrete T.V. review (Accelerated Decrepitude blog)

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