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Fred Niblo: Making His Mark In The Film Industry

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Fred Niblo (1874-1948), whose real life name was Frederick Liedtke, was an American actor and film director who developed remarkable silent films including the epic story Ben-Hur

Fred Niblo was born on January 6, 1874 in York, Nebraska. His mother was French and his father served as a captain during the the American Civil War and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Fred’s film career started with a passion for film editing that steered him to Broadway where he met and married Josephine Cohan in 1901. Josephine was a talented Broadway actress and is the older sister of legendary American entertainer George M. Cohan who is regarded as the father of American musical comedy.

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John Ford: The Making of a Great American Film Director

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

John Ford is one of America’s foremost Academy Award-winning film directors. His impressive and influential directing style has included adaptations of classic 20th century American novels like The Grapes of Wrath along with some of the most exciting Westerns in motion picture history. Ford’s impressive directorial career includes more films than could possibly be listed here and his use of stunning cinematography is legendary.

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Fritz Lang – Conquering The Movie Industry

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Fritz Lang (1890-1976) represents one of the more controversial Austrian-German-American directors, screenwriters and producers. He was a master at using melodramatic elements of conflict and ambiguity in his works and was considered to have one of the great German expressionist minds of  his time. Two of his most well-known and groundbreaking masterpieces were ‘Metropolis’ and ‘M’.

Considered by some to be simply melodramatic, his work was instrumental in developing the characteristics of the American genre ‘film noir’ with its recurring themes of moral ambiguity, paranoia, and psychological conflict.

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