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Movies Buff or Maniac. A Writer’s Obsession of Cinema

Movies are the love of my life, I eat movies , I drink movies , I walk movies and I talk movies. If movies were a religion I would be one of its leading and ardent devotees. My passion for movies is hereditary as my father was also a great fan and most of it rubbed off on my brothers and myself.

Hollywood movies of course were and are my favorite as right from an early age I was fascinated by Hollywood movies of every genre, war movies, action movies , courtroom dramas. Swashbuckling epics and last but not the least those magnificent westerns .

Movies are probably the greatest form of entertainment for movies let the viewers enter a fantasy world where they temporarily forget their worldly troubles and tensions. They are indisputably an outlet to release our frustrations and vent our troubles however short lived.

If the movie is a comedy viewers roll over with laughter and joy which is very therapeutic. If the theme subject is a tragedy then the viewer tends to relate and emphasize with the characters portrayed.

Movies move people without a shadow of a doubt, they have been many cases where movies have brought tears to the eyes of the audience leaving them teary eyed especially women. War movies arouse and instill a deep sense of patriotism in people.

In the early stages when movies were first invented , there was no sound recording so most of the subject matter was a comedy. Despite no dialogue or music being heard the silent movies featuring the legendary greats such as Buster Keaton , Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and many others.

Charlie Chaplin ‘s name is more synonymous with the silent movie era and film comedy itself than Charles Chaplin. Even those who have never seen a silent  movie in their lives relate to the man in the shabby suit and Bowler hat.

Buster Keaton-like Charlie Chaplin was a king of the silent movie comedy era although Keaton’s style was different where Chaplin appealed to the emotional and sentimental Keaton’s appeal was more cerebral.

Buster Keaton was not only a comic but a stuntman par excellence. In the movie like The General and Our Hospitality – where Keaton almost drowned. Another stunt feature was in the movie in the final scene Steamboat Bill Jnr. It features Keaton lost in a hurricane during which the front of a house falls directly for him. An open window in the roof of the house saves him.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were duos who gave both silent comedy and talking comedies entirely new dimension and perspective. The duo paired up in 1927 about the time sound was introduced and literally had audiences falling off their seats in rapturous laughter in movies like The Battle of the Century featuring probably the most over-the- top pie fight in film history. , Another Fine Mess which was Ollie’s catch phrase in all the movies was yet another hilarious blockbusters.

With the introduction of sound, the comedy greats of the silent era faded into history, however, It can be said that Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy held their own.

With the introduction of sound in 1927, the concept of movies went through revolutionary changes and movies got better, greater, and more expensive . Initially, movies were made in black and white in 35mm celluloid but later when color was introduced black and white movies started fading away.

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Color in Cinema – TimelyBuzz

Colour was introduced in the late thirties and the first few movies in technicolor were mostly used for filming musicals such as the Wizard of Oz (1939), such as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Down Argentine Way (1940).

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and animated films such as Snow and the seven dwarfs were filmed in Technicolor.

Gone with the Wind, is an epic love saga set in the South during the turbulent civil war. The story revolves around a Southern Belle brilliantly portrayed by Vivien Leigh and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), a blockade runner.

Set against the beautiful Southern landscape the setting is beautiful, the chemistry between Gable and

Leigh palpable. Some scenes of the movie are breathtakingly captivating such as the burning of Atlanta and the scenic plantations of the South.

The movie initially received mixed reviews although it won 10 academy awards but later on, it became an epic blockbuster and one of the highest grossing film of the times.

Filmmaking is an art, a creative talent that can not be excelled or achieved and while writing on movies it would be remiss of me not to mention some of the greatest filmmakers of the times.

Here are some  great filmmakers of the times.

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Cecil B Demille: (The Ten Commandments, Samson, and Delilah, The greatest show on Earth) was a brilliant filmmaker who carved a niche for himself in the history of filmmaking. His movies are still a delight and wonder and the parting of the Red sea in ‘ Ten Commandments was considered a movie marvel for generations.

AlFred Hitchcock: The master of mystery and mayhem is well known for movies Pyscho, vertigo and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. A maker of thrillers he was highly acclaimed. He had a fetish to appear in his own films in minor roles.

Clint Eastwood: The hero of Spaghetti  Westerns  ‘A fistful of Dollars, ‘ For a few dollars more ‘ and of course ‘ The Good, The Bad and The Ugly ‘ and the Dirty Harry thrillers  Eastwood became a  super Hero. Venturing into directing he made  ‘ The Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Invictus”, Unforgiven for which he received an Oscar,  He is in the list of top directors.

Francis Ford Coppola: Anyone who has seen the Godfather series can say without any hesitation that  Coppola is the Godfather of moviemaking . A brilliant and creative director.

Sergio Leone : The man who made Clint Eastwood an iconic gunslinger and hero, the Italian was born in 1929 in Rome, Italy to one of Italy’s cinema pioneers, Roberto Roberti. Director of the movie The Good, The Bad, The Ugly which is acknowledged as the best westerns ever made, his other masterpieces includes splendid titles like Once Upon a Time in The West and For a Few Dollars More. This fact is not very well known, but Leone actually declined the offer to direct The Godfather in favor of his dream project, One Upon a Time in America.

Steven Spielberg: Not the Godfather of filmmaking but the god of filmmaking Spielberg is a genius, the man with a Midas touch as regards moviemaking. Unarguably one of the most influential personalities in the history of Hollywood, Spielberg is probably the most popular film directors of the West. Also, his work has made him one of the wealthiest in the film industry. His work includes blockbusters like  Jurassic Park series, Indiana Jones series, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and Jaws. However, there are much more to add to that list. Director par Excellence.

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Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese: He is known as one of the most innovative and creative directors of Hollywood. Scorsese’s well-known trademarks are that he usually starts his films from the middle or the end, uses slow-motions, freezes frames and does cameos. His works include films like Taxi Driver, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, Shutter Island, The Aviator, Casino and Goodfellas among numerous others.

Quentin Tarantino:  A director of the new generation his first film as a writer-director, Reservoir Dogs, was released at the Sundance Film Festival in the January of 1992. The film received high critical acclaim and popularity, instantly making Tarantino a legend in the movie industry. After that Tarantino made movies like Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Inglorious Basterds, Death Proof, Sin City, Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, all of which were highly acclaimed.

As for actors, It would need a volume of or an encyclopedia to list  all of them,  Of the yesteryears one has to mention, Gregory Peck, James Stewart , Spencer Tracy, Gary cooper, James Cagney, and the iconic Humphrey Bogart.

Robert de Niro, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicolson, Shahrukh Khan, Ben Kinsley, and two of the greatest Morgan freeman and Marlon Brando.

In the female category Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Bette Davis Vivian Leigh, Ingrid Bergman, Faye Dunaway, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank,  Charlize Theron, Laura Linney. Julie Christie, Tilda Swinton, Kim Novak, and  Gwyneth Paltrow.

The list is as mentioned endlessly.

We now live in the age of digital technology where computer generated imagery transforms a man into a man-eating monster in seconds and the special effects are mind boggling. All one can say that in the 100 or more years of the movie business movies have taught us human values and that good always triumphs over evil.

Movies teach us to be innovative, creative, audacious compassionate and many other virtues. Actors, directors and everyone associated with the movie business have all contributed to the betterment of society. We owe all of them a debt of gratitude.

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100 Years of Fashion

Fashion by definition is Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often constant trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behavior and the newest creations of textile designers. Throughout centuries Fashion has been altering the social, economic and political landscapes benefitting and stimulating our society and during the process has promoted creativity.

Fashion in its earliest days was quite different than what it is now mainly because of the cultural diversity; but now that owing to the modern technologies the world has become a modern village fashion trends around the world can be observed to be quite similar.

The 1910s

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1910 fashion – TimelyBuzz

The 1910s were known as the Era of the Nouveau Styled figure, meaning the “new style” and fashion back then was very conservative characterized by tall, stiff collars and broad hats. Materials like silk, linen, cotton and wool were quite common. In the year 1908, the stereotypical “S” shaped figure of women pulled into place by corsets was replaced by a much straighter and a natural look and the frills and the flounces of the previous decade were replaced by the hobble skirts which were a trend until late 1915.

On the right is quite popular Hobble Skirts of the early 1910s. Later on, the Fuller Skirts took the women by storm and replaced the Hobble skirts with their cut just above the ankles which made them more appropriate for both casual and outdoor wear.

1910s Outdoor wear

In the year 1914, the first world broke out altered the fashion trends of the 1910s and the dresses were now designed more by necessity than fashion. With the war came the neutral colors of wartime and particularly black which was quite common in the dress modes highlighted the need to mourn to mourn the increasing numbers of dead.

A poster highlighting the role played by the women during the first world war.

For the men, the fashion trend in the 1910s was not much different from what it is today. The crisp shirts, high collars, and bold stripes were a typical style with short, well-groomed hair was the popular look. The fabrics were all wool with hints of striping, checks, and plaid. The sack suits worn by men in the 1910s were long, plain, loose fitting (some might say baggy) suit jackets with wide lapels and a one to three button closure, a little similar to the modern suits which are slightly fitted and a little shorter in length. It was also a trend to wear a matching waistcoat or vest along with the suit. Topping a man with a hat was the last bit of fashion a well-dressed man required. The trendy colours in the era for the men were dark navy, grey, green and brown.

The 1920s

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1920 Skirt Style – TimelyBuzz

After the end of the first world war in 1918, the United States Of America benefitted from its role in the war. The optimism brought along by the end of the war relaxed the social customs and morals and the economy boosted. The fabrics used during this decade were wool, silk, cotton, rayon, georgette, and knits. During the Roaring ’20s, the style was a bit looser, with sleek, clean lines. The most memorable fashion trend was “the flapper” look. The flapper dress was functional and flattened the bust line rather than accentuating it .The straight-line chemise topped by the close-fitting cloche hat became the trending dress. The women were cutting their hair into bobs and wore iconic cloche hats. In the year 1925, “shift” type dresses with no waistline emerged breaking the norms and towards the end of the decade, dresses were being worn with straight bodies and collars.

The trending Chemise Dress that hung from shoulder to just below the knee with the waist dropping to the hips.

For the first time in centuries, women’s legs were seen with hemlines rising to the knee and dresses becoming more fitted. A more masculine look became popular, including flattened breasts and hips, short hairstyles such as the bob cut, and a more boyish figure.One of the first women to break the norms and wear trousers, cut her hair and reject the corset was Coco Chanel. She is believed to be the most influential woman in a fashion of the 20th century, Coco Chanel  and is said to do much for the liberation of women’s fashion.

Chanel wearing a sailor’s jersey and trousers breaking the typical norm of women wearing dresses in the 1920s.

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Chanel Sailor’s Jersey Trouser – TimelyBuzz

In the dapperness of the Roaring ’20s the men’s fashion was the start of the menswear as we all know it today. In the dapperness of the Roaring ’20s the men’s fashion was the start of the menswear as we all know it today. An essential part of the men’s wear throughout the course of time has been his suit. The distinctive qualities about the men’s suit during the 1920s were the fitting and the quality of the suit.Suits were mostly made of thick wool or a wool tweed and pants made of wool based flannel which made them heavier than today’s suit materials but lighter than the previous decades. Suit jackets were either single or double breasted and featured 3 or 4 buttons up the front. The top button came to the center of the heart giving way to notch lapels. The highness of the suit lapels is what really sets 1920’s suits apart from suits of other eras.

1930s

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The double breasted overcoats trending in the 1930s.

In the 1930s the waistline made a comeback to the fashion trends. Also, the Great depression led to fabric rations, therefore, dresses were slimmer with more movement. Fur and floral patterns were quite trending during that era and makeup was an important element in getting dressed up. Shoulder pads were the new trend until the late 1930s. Trending in the menswear was sporting fedoras and double-breasted overcoats.

1940s-1980s

The Utility Suit.
In the 1940s the women’s fashion had wide padded shoulders, nipped in high waist tops, and A-line skirts that came down to the knee trending. With the start of the second world war, there was a strict rationing on the fabric which leads to the shortening of the dresses up to the knee length. Even the pants had a similar shape and the 940s fashion was mainly about wide shoulders tiny waists and full hips. In the 40s Utility, suits became a thing so women could, therefore, mix and match different components to wear.

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Utility Cloth Fashion 1943 – TimelyBuzz

Following the war, in the 1950s the fashion trends saw a resurgence of haute couture. And the trends varied greatly, many of the old school styles from the 1920s made a comeback while there were also some new trends introduced.

In the early 1960s, the trend was more like conservative and restrained and towards the classy style while the drastic change in trend made it completely opposite in the late 1960s with the bright swirling colours, psychedelic, tie-dyed shirts and long hair and beards were trending hot.

 

Women were observed to be wearing short skirts while menswear included capes and tunics.

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1980 Double Press Suit – TimelyBuzz

In the early 1970s, the trend of bright colours on polyester continued and men and women were seen wearing tight fitting pants and platform shoes. By 1973 some women were also wearing high cut boots and low cut pants.

Tunics, culottes, and robes were all very popular. The trending fashion included chest hair, medallions, butterfly collars, bell bottoms, skin-tight T-shirts, sandals, flower patterned dress shirts and tennis headbands. By 1979, the colour almost disappeared and shades like gray, white and black were back in full force.

1980’s was the time of double press suit. Army, officers, teachers all were seen wearing the double press suit.

Bright colored accessories like the sunglasses, bangles, and hoop earrings were a necessity of the 1980s. Teased hair, loud makeup, and neon were trending. For the men, the clothing was snug fitting and comfortable. Soft fabrics were used everywhere.

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Vintage Suit Fashion – TimelyBuzz

1990s-2000s

Fashion trend in the 1990s was loose fitting and colorful. Tapered pants, big T-Shirts, and extra long shorts were a thing back then. Boys and Girls both had the trend of wearing baseball caps in different ways. Clothes worn by many hip hop singers was quite trending. Opposed to this was the grunge or the punk look which saw color as its enemy. The clothing style in the 1990s is not much different from what it is now, back then as well as now singers and designers had a major influence on what people wore.

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1990s Famous Grunge Style – Source

The 2000s fashion is described as being a ‘mash-up’ of different styles from the previous decades, the Hip Hop fashion culture being the most famous. Now in 206, almost anything you wear works up as the fashion trend, just don’t forget to take a selfie.

The 2000s trend of selfies
The 2000s trend of selfies – TimelyBuzz