“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mark Twain Writings Resurfaces…

Posted on January 3, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Scholars at UC Berkeley have found pieces written by Mark Twain that are 150 years old. Not unfinished, but published stories. Members of the Mark Twain Project of Berkeley found them in the archives of the San Francisco Chronicle that were so old, the newspaper was called the San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle when they were published.


   When Twain was 29, his job included writing a 2,000-word dispatch every day, and then, sending it off by stagecoach for publication in the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada. He wrote six stories a week to communicate the stories of San Francisco to Virginia City, which were both major mining towns at the time.

   Often times, the discovery of unpublished stories from an author occur after they’ve died. An example of a posthumous novel: The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway that was unfinished, but later published by his estate. On the other hand, the new Mark Twain find were completed published works.

   The Mark Twain Project has discovered 110 of these columns, and a collection of these newly uncovered writings is expected to come out around 2017.

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   Another one of the great cinematographers has died. Hungarian-born Vilmos Zsigmond (right) helped define cinema’s American New Wave in the 1970s through iconic collaborations and a preference for natural light. He first gained renown for his collaboration with Robert Altman on classics McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye.

   In addition to his work on Michael Cimino’s classic The Deer Hunter, for which he earned an Oscar nomination, Zsigmond also worked with Brian De Palma on a number of films, including Blow Out. Zsigmond’s sole Oscar win was for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Other films of note: Deliverance, Sugarland Express, Heaven’s Gate, Obsession, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and The Witches of Eastwick.

   In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Zsigmond among the ten most influential cinematographers in history. In 2012, along with Yuri Neyman, he co-founded Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles with the mission to educate cinematographers, and to preserve and extend the role of cinematographer as the major expert and contributor in the image building process in all current and future variations of the complex mix of artistry and technology.

   Vilmos Zsigmond was 85.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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