4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Francois Truffaut Edition


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, on what would have been his 91st birthday, TSL pays tribute to the great Francois Truffaut.  No one captured the act of falling in love in life, people, and cinema with the skill, sensitivity, and humor of Francois Truffaut.  It’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Francois Truffaut Films

The Soft Skin (1964, dir by Francois Truffaut, DP: Raoul Coutard)

Stolen Kisses (1968, dir by Francois Truffaut, DP: Denys Clerval)

Day For Night (1973, dir by Francois Truffaut, DP: Pierre-William Glenn)

The Story of Adele H. (1975, dir by Francois Truffaut, DP: Nestor Almendros)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Michael Mann Edition


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, we celebrate the 80th birthday of the great Michael Mann!  It’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Michael Mann Films

Thief (1981, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Donald Thorin)

Manhunter (1986, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Dante Spinotii)

Heat (1995, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Dante Spinotti)

Public Enemies (2009, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Dante Spinotti)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special George Romero Edition


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today would have been George Romero’s 83rd birthday.

Now, those of you who have been reading us since the beginning know how important the work of George Romero has been to this site.  A mutual appreciation of Night of the Living Dead is one of the things that first brought many of us together.  It’s a film that we watch ever Halloween and Arleigh’s review of the original remains one of our most popular posts.  If this site had a patron saint, it would probably be George Romero.

And yet, Romero wasn’t just a director of zombie films.  He made many films, dealing with everything from hippie lovers (There’s Always Vanilla) to wannabe vampires (Martin) to government conspiracies (The Crazies) and eccentric bikers (Knightriders).  George Romero was one of the pioneers of independent films and today, on his birthday, we should all take a minute to consider and appreciate the man’s cinematic legacy.  It’s not just horror fans who owe George Romero a debt of gratitude.  It’s lovers of cinema everywhere.

With that in mind, here are….

4 Shots From 4 George Romero Films

Night of the Living Dead (1968, dir by George Romero, DP: George Romero)

Season of the Witch (1973, dir by George Romero, DP: George Romero)

Creepshow (1982, dir by George Romero, DP: Michael Gornick)

The Dark Half (1993, dir by George Romero, DP: Tony Pierce-Roberts)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Carl Theodor Dreyer Edition


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, we honor the great Danish filmmaker, Carl Theodor Dreyer, born 134 year ago today.  He directed his first film in 1919 and made his final one in 1964.  It’s time for…

4 Shots From 4 Carl Theodor Dreyer Films

The President (1919, dir by Carl Theodor Dreyer)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, dir by Carl Theodor Dreyer, DP: Rudolph Mate)

Vampyr (1932, dir by Carl Theodor Dreyer, DP: Rudolph Mate)

Gertrud (1964, dir by Carl Thedor Dreyer, DP: Henning Bendtsen)

 

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Tobe Hooper Edition


4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, on what would have been his 80 birthday, the Shattered Lens pays tribute to Texas’s own, Tobe Hooper!

The Austin hippie who redefined horror and left thousands of yankees terrified of driving through South Texas, Tobe Hooper often struggled to duplicate both the critical and the box office success of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  It’s only been in the years since his death that many critics and viewers have come to truly appreciate his unique and subversive vision.

Down here, in Texas, we always believed in him.

It’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Tobe Hooper Films

Eggshells (1969, dir by Tobe Hooper, DP: Tobe Hooper)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, dir by Tobe Hooper, DP: Daniel Pearl)

The Funhouse (1981, dir by Tobe Hooper, DP: Andrew Laszlo)

Lifeforce (1985, dir by Tobe Hooper. DP: Alan Hume)

6 Shots From 6 Films: Special John Carpenter Edition


4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, the Shattered Lens wishes a happy 75th birthday to one of this site’s favorite filmmakers and a patron saint of the independent spirit, the great John Carpenter!

In honor of the man and his legacy, here are….

6 Shots From 6 John Carpenter Films

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976, dir by John Carpenter. DP: Douglas Knapp)

Halloween (1978, dir by John Carpenter. DP: Dean Cundey)

Escape From New York (1981, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Dean Cundey)

Big Trouble In Little China (1986, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Dean Cudney)

Prince of Darkness (1987, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Gary B. Kibbe)

They Live (1988, dir by John Carpenter, DP: Gary B. Kibbe)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Walter Hill Edition


4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, we here at the Shattered Lens wish a happy 81st birthday to the great director Walter Hill.

Walter Hill is one of those legendary figures who has a devoted cult of fans but it still seems like he’s never quite gotten all of the opportunities and the acclaim that he deserved.  Perhaps because so many of his films are considered to be genre pieces, they were often not appreciated until a few years after they were first released.  But for film lovers and film students, Walter Hill is one of the most important directors of the past 50 years.

Today, we celebrate with….

4 Shots From 4 Walter Hill Films

The Warriors (1979, dir by Walter Hill, DP: Andrew Laszlo)

Southern Comfort (1981, dir by Walter Hill, DP: Andrew Laszlo)

Wild Bill (1995, dir by Walter Hill, DP: Lloyd Ahern II)

Dead For A Dollar (2022, dir by Walter Hill, DP: Lloyd Ahern II)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Sergio Leone Edition


Sergio Leone (1929 — 1989)

4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

94 years ago today, Sergio Leone was born in Rome, Italy.  The son of actor/screenwriter Vincenzo Leone and silent actress Edvige Valcarenghi, Sergio was born into the Italian film industry.  He began his career in the post-war rebuilding period, working as an assistant to Vittorio De Sica and, as an assistant director, for American films that were shot in Italy.  (Albeit uncredited, he worked on two Oscar-nominated Biblical epics, Quo Vadis and Ben-Hur.)

After making his directorial debut with The Colossus of Rhodes, Leone went on to direct the films that would change the face of international cinema.  Though he was hardly the first director of Spaghetti westerns, he was was the first to achieve far-reaching acclaim.  With the Dollars Trilogy, he made Clint Eastwood a star and Eastwood has often said that the majority of what he knows about directing, he learned from working with Leone and later Don Siegel.  Leone went on to direct the brilliant Once Upon A Time In The West and Once Upon A Time in America, two epic visions of American history that, sadly, were not initially treated well by their distributors.

Though Leone is only credited with directing eight films, his influence cannot be underestimated.  As both a visual artist and a cultural and political commentator, his films continue to influence directors to this day.

For that reason, it’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Sergio Leone Films

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966, dir by Sergio Leone, DP: Tonino Delli Colli)

Once Upon A Time In The West (1968, dir by Sergio Leone, DP: Tonino Delli Colli)

Duck, You Sucker (1971, dir by Sergio Leone, DP: Giuseppe Ruzzolini)

Once Upon A Time In America (1984, dir by Sergio Leone, DP: Tonino Delli Colli)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Oscar Micheaux Edition


4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

139 years ago today, Oscar Micheaux was born in Metropolis, Illinois.  After working in several different jobs and writing a few novels, Micheaux would become the first African-American to produce and direct a feature length film and, later, a sound feature length film.  He began his directorial career in 1919 and continued it throughout the sound era, often making films that were meant as a response to the films that were coming out of Hollywood.  (For example, 1920’s Within Our Gates was meant to answer and condemn the racism of The Birth of a Nation.)  At a time when blacks were usually only used for comedic relief and when it wasn’t uncommon for white actors to wear blackface on screen, Micheaux created an alternative film industry and, along the way, he gave early and rare starring roles to black actors like Paul Robeson.

Micheaux distributed the majority of his films himself and, unfortunately, the majority of them have been lost.  The ones that survive were often hampered by their low budgets but they still provide a view into African-American life in the early days of the 20th Century.  As well, Micheaux was one of the first successful “independent” filmmakers.  Working without the support of the major studios, Micheaux still did what he had to do to share his vision with audiences.

It’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Oscar Micheaux Films

Within Our Gates (1920, dir by Oscar Micheaux)

Body and Soul (1925, dir by Oscar Micheaux)

10 Minutes To Live (1932, dir by Oscar Micheaux, DP: Lester Lang)

Harlem After Midnight (1935, dir by Oscar Micheaux)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Ruggero Deodato, Rest in Peace


4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Ruggero Deodato, RIP

4 Shots From 4 Ruggeo Deodato Films

The House on the Edge of the Park (1980, dir by Ruggero Deodato)

Raiders of Atlantis (1983, dir by Ruggero Deodato)

Phantom of Death (1988, dir by Ruggero Deodato)

The Washing Machine (1993, dir by Ruggero Deodato)