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The following list contains the most recently published articles under the category of Historical Essay. Sources of the information have been appropriately cited to the fullest extent possible in each article. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text and media elements of the following articles belong to its author and any quoted participants, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or any other individual.

  • F.W. Murnau: The Silent Innovator
    With the gifted eye for visually creative storytelling F.W. Murnau has repeatedly relied upon the use of a distorted production design and creative photography techniques.
  • A Critique of Three Comedic Films
    There are three films that I have recently watched that I thought would be in the best interest to write about their commonality. These three comedy films are best associated with the artistic nature and history of the directors who have helmed each one. These four directors, listed alongside their respective film titles, are Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading (2008), Frank Capra, It Happened One Night (1934), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amélie (2001).
  • Two Notable Works of Akira Kurosawa: Stray Dog and Rashomon
    Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese film director and screenwriter, who directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years.
  • Nuit et brouillard (1956)
    The 1956 film Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog) is a thirty-minute long documentary film that serves as a reminder for the viewer about the horrific genocide that occurred in the concentration camps that were built during World War II.
  • Olympia: Festival of the Nations (1938)
    The first twenty-two minutes of Olympia (part one): Festival of the Nations (1938) is a non-verbal, historical presentation that lacks any dialogue or use of descriptive title cards.
  • A Classic Look at Berlin
    As an experimental film director, Walther Ruttmann (1887-1941) had created each one of his films as a visual symphony that was perfectly timed with a rise and fall of orchestral proportions that would make classical composer Richard Wagner smile with enthrallment.

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