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Georges Méliès was a huge inspiration for Martin Scorsese and his last film HugoCharlie Chaplin described him as “the alchemist of light.” Below are his two most famous films: Le Voyage Dans La Lune followed by The Impossible Voyage each shot in a large glass greenhouse  and outdoors, with incredible set design, each frame hand colored and now restored.

Le Voyage Dans La Lune

 

The Impossible Voyage (Music by The Musician’s Lounge)

Starting off as a film maker Gregory Colbert has had many critics in his rise to fame. Having no gallery and what seems to be an unlimited budget to build a 45,000 square foot floating museum to himself (that packs up and travels around the world) he rejects any normal exhibition solution available to even the most famous (and wealthiest) of artists.

As Roberta Smith reported in the in The New York Times:

Some times it takes a temple, a big awe-inspiring chunk of architecture to give art a proper aura. Sometimes such a setting makes matters worse. A case in point is “Ashes and Snow,” Gregory Colbert’s spectacularly vacuous exhibition of 200 large photographs and a slow-moving film in the vaulting Nomadic Museum, a temporary structure made of shipping containers that covers most of Pier 54 on the Hudson River at 13th Street.

Installed in this environmentally smart, if eminently Egyptian pavilion, designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, Mr. Colbert’s efforts form an exercise in conspicuous narcissism that is off the charts, even by today’s standards.

Roberta Smith via the New York Times

Still it is his imagery that we are left with in the end and it is undeniable poetic, moving and seemingly impossible. Many images (to most of us seasoned pros) look as if they had to be digitally manipulated – but if you watch his films I think its clear they all just might be actual documentary shots. If so he has become one of the best photographers working with animals today.

“In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”

via his web site

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Scorsese lives to create great cinema. Take an hour to learn all you need to know about why film is so unique among art forms by a true master of the medium. (If you have not seen his love poem to the art of cinema Hugo you are missing something very special).

Martin Scorsese, Academy Award winning American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, film historian and preservationist delivers the 42nd annual Jefferson Lecture on April 1, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Scorsese’s lecture: “Persistence of Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema,”