Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Today @TCManiacs gained its 1000th follower! TCManiacs thanks all the tweeple for joining the conversation on our favorite pastime...watching classic movies on TCM. Hope you find the updates informative and entertaining! TCManiacs seeks to improve your TCM viewing experience with reminders, trivia and DVD or memoribilia information. Hope you take time to enjoy our little movie treasures such as a memorable quote or videoclip even when you don't have time to see the movie with us.
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markatmd Posted at 8:12am from twitterrific

@tcmaniacs I heart you! Hey, you are at 999 followers!!! Congrats!

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@TCManiacs You make me v. happy!

RebeccaSerra Posted at 2:11pm, Mar 20, 2009 from Web

If you love old movies then follow @TCManiacs - I always know what's on TCM while I'm at work. Actually, it's kind of sad! #followfriday

MizG Posted at 12:27pm, Mar 20, 2009 from Web

#followfriday bonus: @TCManiacs never miss a favourite on Turner Classic Movies! updates on what's on TCM 10 minutes prior to film. awesome!

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katriord Posted at 9:03pm, Mar 17, 2009 from Web

Welcome and shout-out to @TCManiacs, my 1600th follower. Love Turner Classic Movies. Thanks for following.

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Coen Brothers Remaking John Wayne’s ‘True Grit’… Sort of - Movie News, Trailers, Reviews and More

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THX!!! RT @freelulu: @TCManiacs Keep up the great work

bkeeley Posted at 2:19pm, Mar 16, 2009 from TweetDeck

@TCManiacs Nice to find another TCM freak... I watch at my office all day every day.

German Expressionist Murnau's Sunrise | Groundbreaking cinematography wins at first Oscars

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), also known as Sunrise, is an American film directed by German film director F. W. Murnau. The story was adapted by Carl Mayer from the short story Die Reise nach Tilsit by Hermann Sudermann.

Sunrise won an Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production at the first ever Oscar ceremony in 1929. In 1989, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry. In a 2002 critics' poll for the British Film Institute, Sunrise was named the seventh-best film in the history of motion pictures.

Sunrise was made by F. W. Murnau, a German director who was one of the leading figures in German Expressionism, a style that uses distorted art design for symbolic effect. Murnau was invited by William Fox to make an Expressionist film in Hollywood.

The resulting film features enormous stylized sets that create an exaggerated, fairy-tale-like world. Murnau manages to use a subtle technique of animal and plant imagery as an important tool to indicate the mood or tone in a particular scene and accent the deconstruction of generic dichotomies.

Titles are used sparingly in the movie. Previously, in Germany, Murnau had made a film called The Last Laugh which told its story with only one title card (to explain the ending). In Sunrise, there are long sequences without titles, and the bulk of the story is told through images in a similar style. Murnau makes extensive use of forced perspective throughout the film. Of special note is a shot of the City where you see normal-sized people and sets in the foreground and little people in the background along with much smaller sets.

The film is also notable for its groundbreaking cinematography (by Charles Rosher and Karl Struss), and features some particularly impressive tracking shots that influenced later filmmakers. These innovations have led some to call it the "Citizen Kane" of American silent cinema.

One excellent example of this cinematography is the scene in which, after the abortive murder attempt, the man and wife take the trolley into the city. In this trip the characters must make the emotional journey from fear and distrust to a renewed relationship, while making the physical journey from the country to the city.

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Who is the mysterious TCManiac?

First, I'll tell you who I am not. I am not affiliated with TCM. I am not some superbot created by software developers. I am not being paid by TCM or anyone else to dedicate my time to tweeting. I am a real flesh and blood human being. I am a real maniac for TCM. I really do keep my TV tuned to TCM 24-7. I created the TCManiacs twitter as a result of my sincere passion for watching Turner Classic Movies.

How I got started?
Well, I've been a fan of TCM since its inception. As I lay flat on my back recovering from a disabling health crisis unable to do little more than watch TV and surf the internet, I found refuge watching TCM round the clock. I soon developed an obsessive habit of keeping a browser tab open for the TCM schedule and beating Robert Osbourne's introductions to finding out facts for upcoming movies. My entire day and night became defined by the TCM line-up. At the beginning of 2009 I decided to check out twitter and lucked up on some fellow TCM fans to friend. During the 31 days Oscar I decided to dedicate a twitter just to share my TCM obsession by tweeting about every movie every day of February. I was totally overwhelmed by the number of fellow TCM maniacs that became my following. Its been a WIN WIN in everyway for me. I have had the opportunity to share fun stuff with some incredible fellow classic movie lovers and bloggers. With so many followers I became committed to maintaining the twitter schedule and finding fun stuff for upcoming TCM movies.
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