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George Willeman, at Home with (Old, Highly Flammable) Movies | Library of Congress Blog

May 5, 2021 by Neely Tucker

George Willeman in the film vaults Photo: Shawn Miller.

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.

Source: George Willeman, at Home with (Old, Highly Flammable) Movies | Library of Congress Blog

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Is the Culmination of a 22-Year Obsession With Time – IGN

A thrilling cinematic palindrome despite itself that circumvents dramatic inconsistencies through sheer momentum.

By Siddhant Adlakha, Posted: 1 May 2021 8:05 am

–from article..

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).

Source: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Is the Culmination of a 22-Year Obsession With Time – IGN

Asian Americans | Film Series | PBS

Now Streaming

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever.

As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together?

Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.

Source: Asian Americans | Film Series | PBS

Best Screenwriting Books | IndieWire

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By Christian Zilko, Mar 8, 2021 5:15 pm

From formatting guides to memoirs, no writer’s bookshelf is complete without these eight titles.

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.”

Source: Best Screenwriting Books | IndieWire

Joan Weldon Dead: Actress Pursued by Giant Ants in ‘Them!’ Was 90 | Hollywood Reporter

Courtesy Everett Collection, Joan Weldon
Courtesy Everett Collection Joan Weldon
Courtesy Everett Collection
Joan Weldon in 1954’s ‘Them!’

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.

Weldon died Feb. 11 at her home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, her family announced.

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.

See cover and more here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047573/

Source: Joan Weldon Dead: Actress Pursued by Giant Ants in ‘Them!’ Was 90 | Hollywood Reporter

The Big Chill – Movies Filmed in South Carolina

via The Big Chill – Movies Filmed in South Carolina

Screenshot IMDB
Screenshot from IMDB

One of the movies/films I worked on in the 1980s, when I was living in Charleston, SC.. we filmed it in Beaufort, SC, and a few scenes (some not included in the film) were also shot in Atlanta, GA…

“Tidalholm Mansion was prominently featured in The Big Chill as the house where the old friends come together. It is located at 1 Laurens Street in downtown Beaufort and is a private residence. Tidalholm also appears in The Great Santini, filmed just a few years earlier in 1979.”

Here’s a few other recent items about the film and the house in the filming, Tidalholm:

https://www.today.com/home/big-chill-house-south-carolina-was-recently-sold-t110470 – Tidalholm was sold in 2017 for 1.76 million…

https://www.locationshub.com/blog/2019/7/23/the-big-chill-house – includes some real fine photos from the mansion and grounds…

https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article160428974.htmlCountry Living names Tidalholm “the most famous historic house in South Carolina.”

https://bittersoutherner.com/folklore-project/tidalholm-big-chill-house-beaufort-south-carolina – undated brief essay about the home, wistful and nostalgic tale…

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Tidalholm-660707137634797/ – there’s also a Facebook page for Tidalholm…