It’s Public Service Recognition Week, so we caught up with George Willeman, leader of the nitrate film vaults at the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia.
Willeman, a 37-year veteran of the Library’s film preservation team, has played a key role in finding, preserving and restoring some of nation’s classic early films.
This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
So what are you doing right now, as we speak?
Scanning some of Jerry Lewis’ Christmas cards from one his scrapbooks.
As Tenet arrives on HBO Max, we continue our look back at filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s entire feature-length filmography. We began this series last fall, exploring each of Nolan’s films, and we conclude it today (for now!).
Warning: Full spoilers for Tenet follow.
Christopher Nolan’s eleventh feature is a rousing cinematic success, a culmination of the director’s 22-year career and his obsession with time as a moving fabric imprinted on film.
It’s a thrilling work despite itself, circumventing dramatic inconsistencies through sheer momentum. The result is a sensory experience that demands leaning forward and being constantly, actively engaged (not the least because of its overpowering sound mix).
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Every great movie began as a blank sheet of paper. Before a filmmaker or actor can create onscreen magic, they need something to say. So it should come as no surprise that many directors and performers credit scripts for much of their success. Good screenwriters lay the foundation for the beautiful shots and memorable performances that stick with us throughout our lives. In the words of George Clooney, “It’s possible for me to make a bad movie out of a good script, but I can’t make a good movie from a bad script.”
The Warner Bros. contract player also appeared in several Westerns and was a standout in the world of musical theater.
Joan Weldon, the actress and singer dubbed “filmdom’s fairest exterminator” after her turn as a young scientist investigating giant, radiation-mutated ants in the 1954 sci-fi classic Them!, has died. She was 90.
A onetime contract player at Warner Bros., Weldon during her heyday appeared in several Westerns, including The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953) and Riding Shotgun (1954) opposite Randolph Scott; The Command (1954) with Guy Madison; Gunsight Ridge (1957) alongside Joel McCrea; and Day of the Badman (1958) with Fred MacMurray.