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Rare BATMAN (1989) Preview Video

A lot can happen in 25 years. When Warner Bros. was pushing Tim Burton‘s Batman, released on this day in 1989, changed the landscape for superhero movies. But at the time, the studio had to convince many people that there was good reason to make a Batman movie. More to the point, Warner Bros. put in a lot of effort to convince people that a serious take on Batman was a good idea, rather than a continuation of the Adam West concept for the character.

One tool used to make the case for this new Batman was a 20-minute documentary feature showing the history of the character, and detailing the thought and work that went into Burton’s film. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary that doc has been dropped onto YouTube, and you can watch it above.


Timeless Films: THE RED SHOES (1948)

Based on Hans Christian Andersen fairytale “The Red Shoes” (1948) is a story of a young ballet dancer torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. Won two Oscars (1949) for Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Color and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture categories. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Writing, Motion Picture Story and Best Film Editing.

A striking and elegant mise en scène inspired greatly by Renoir. The beautiful color photography of the sets (London, Paris and Monte Carlo) compliment the setting, glamorous 1940s, where everyone wore chic clothes and were perfectly mannered and groomed. It is given life by some of the most talented dancers of the era: Leonid Myasin/Massine as lovable Grisha; Ludmilla Tchérina as glamorous, flighty Irina; Robert Helpmann – who choreographed the title ballet – as Ivan; Marie Rambert as herself, and Moira Shearer (Ashton’s ‘Cinderella’) highly appealing as the heroine Vicky. The non-dancing cast is led by Archers regulars Anton Walbrook and Marius Goring.


The Making of “Black Swan”

Here’s a behind the scenes look on the set of the dark psychological thriller the Black Swan – a film whereby lead actress Natalie Portman, won an Oscar for her intense and complex performance whilst directed under the watchful eye of Requiem for a Dream visionary Darren Aronofsky.