Five great films about films

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Sullivan’s Trav­els(

1941) How clever was Pre­ston St urges? The great man’ s fa­mous com­edy con­cerns a di­rec­tor who wants to make films with a mes­sage. This film’s mes­sage is: no mes­sage is nec­es­sary.

Sin­gin’ in the Rain(

1952) The con­vul­sions that came to cin­ema with the ar­rival of sound in­spire a great Stan­ley Don en mu­si­cal. Thet itle num­ber and Good Morn­ing are like the work of sor­cer­ers.

81/2(

1963) Mar cello Mast roi anni plays a di­rec­tor try­ing to work his way out of artis­tic block­age. De­spite its wil­ful strange­ness, Fellini’ s mono chrome dream has proved huge ly in­flu­en­tial.

Le Mepris(

1963) Jean-Luc Go­dard boldly shot provo­ca­tion stars Jack Pa lance as a pro­ducer try­ing to get a film ver­sion of Homer’ s Odyssey off the ground. Fa­mous shots of Mediter­ranean and Brigitte Bar­dot.

Ber­be­rian Sound Stu­dio(

20120 Peter Strick­land casts Toby Jones (above) asa timid sound man work­ing on an Ital­ian hor­ror film. Stuffed with love for the form. End­lessly odd.

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