Tag Archives: Special Effects

Tintin Origins: The Crab with the Golden Claws

By Anthony Nield

There’s a famous tale relating to MGM and their 1944 adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight. Keen not to have any other version impinging on their success, the studio attempted not only to suppress the earlier British film from 1940, they reportedly even tried to destroy the negative. Continue reading


Movie Musings: Is cinema making a spectacle of itself?

By Kezia Tooby

Tom Gunning coined the term ‘the cinema of attractions’ in his 1986 essay ‘The Cinema of Attractions, Early Film, its Spectator and the Avant-Garde’. Gunning considers early film, pre-1906, to be an attraction primarily due to the use of new and exciting technology, the main thrill for audiences was the abilities of the camera; film was not a storytelling device but a technological marvel. Continue reading