Sending large pieces of high-density glass into space is an expensive and tedious endeavor, which is why a new project from the US Defense Department has turned to plastic instead. The US Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced a new plastics-based orbital telescope that can fold out and create considerably larger, lighter and cheaper lenses than traditional glass-based optics.
Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (1974). “From running away from home, to surviving by his wits, to making his classic films ‘Metropolis’ and ‘M,’ to meetings with criminals and murderers — one killer kept the hands of victims under his bed, to his meeting with the Nazi Mad Man, to Hollywood and after, Lang, looking rather like Dr Strangelove, describes his hugely fantastic life.” —Paul Gallagher
Originally produced for PBS, the “American Cinema” series examined American film. This one-hour episode examines film noir. From lighting techniques to directors and actors, and the genre’s roots in German expressionism, the program is an excellent survey of the genre. All the great noirs are featured. Particularly fascinating are contemporary interviews with noir luminaries Edward Dmytryk, Joseph H. Lewis, A.I. Bezzerides, and Marie Windsor. Richard Widmark supplies a nuanced voice-over for some scenes. Martin Scorsese is really the main interest as he talks about “Force of Evil” in great detail and talks about what an important film it was in his life and career. He also talks about “Mean Streets” and what aspects of the noir he was trying to work into it. —filmsnoir.net
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Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking: