When David O. Selznick needed someone to edit the meandering script of Gone With the Wind, he gave it to Val Lewton. And it was Lewton who added the now-famous long, wide shot of the Atlanta rail depot showing the casualty of war. And when Selznick needed someone to edit a script for a British director’s first American film, he tapped Lewton.
Hitchcock’s most taut, nail-biting output came during the 1940s, a decade fraught by global war. It was a time laced with suspicion, doubt, daring, and misplaced trust. It would have been nearly impossible to find a person who hadn’t been affected in some way. He knew what plagued an audience’s psyche and he used it.
By the 1930s, studios had figured out how to record sound. Along with a slew of decadent musicals (think Busby Berkeley or Fred and Ginger) came a slate of fast-talking, raucous comedies. Divorce-remarriage plots, fish out of water stories, and fierce, funny women all figure in the genre. These silly comedies of errors have heart, and they are still just as biting and edgy today.
A dry, nerdy paleontologist (Cary Grant) gets mixed up with a daffy socialite (Katherine Hepburn) when one of his ...
It’s true that the silent era was never really silent. Going to the movies in the 1920s was quite the experience. News reels, shorts, small vaudeville acts, and live music accompaniment were all on the bill. With today’s high-tech options and multi-million dollar budgets, it’s amazing to look back at the early days of cinema and see how much they did with just a little creativity, ingenuity, and just a dash of daring.
For many, winter signals blazing firesides and hot cocoa. But just beyond the frosted windows is a cold, unforgiving night. Short days, bare trees, deep snow, eerie quiet. Enjoy these shivering tales that will make your frostbitten fingertips tingle.
Savannah’s richness in culture and imagery easily lends itself to poetry. In this round-up of great voices in the 912, we dive into the writing groups, student intensives and poets that speak to this city’s great diversity and literary talent.
The Crunk Feminist Collective (CFC) has set out to merge heady academic and political ideas with everyday issues and talk. A group of accomplished women, with more than a little something to say, publish essays on their blog.
Zach Powers is a pillar of the Savannah literary community. His first book, Gravity Changes, a collection of odd short stories, is already garnering rave reviews. I asked Zach about his childhood, how place informs his writing and how he has come to embrace the oddity of the world.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
In the South, life brews, simmers and bakes. Eating a meal in true Southern fashion is an art form—which is why it shows up so readily in our greatest pieces of literature. Be it cooking, serving, eating or arguing around a table, all figure prominently in our regional texts and offer lessons. Dive into the delicious words of wisdom below.
Nobody does Saint Patrick’s Day quite like Savannah. From the dyeing of the fountains to one of the longest parades in America, this town knows a thing or two about celebrating Irish heritage. To ensure your knowledge–and your good cheer–is up to scratch, check out these season-friendly books, all available at local Savannah bookstores.
The Georgia barrier islands have been inhabited since early natives fished and hunted there.
I won a contest to participate in Twitter Fiction Festival. The week-long event, sponsored by Twitter, Penguin Random House, the Association of American Publishers and USA Today, features well-known authors alongside completely unknown writers who present short stories on Twitter.