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'Color Palette: The King of Pigs'

Our September theme of the month, Back to School, continues with The King of Pigs (2011) In Yeon Sang-ho’s (Train to Busan) debut The King of Pigs, the animated light source gives the room an expressionist divide of color. Cool, blue shades are in the foreground, obscuring the warmer red and brown shades towards the back. … Continue reading Color Palette: The King of Pigs

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September 19, 2017

'Pause It: Cooley High'

Our September theme of the month, Back to School, continues with our film of the month, Cooley High (1975). PAUSE IT: What do you see? Four stills from director Michael Schultz’s seminal coming of age flick, Cooley High. Shot on location in and around Chicago’s Near North Side, the film showcases much of 60s and 70s … Continue reading Pause It: Cooley High

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September 14, 2017

'Color Palette: Cooley High'

  Our September theme of the month, Back to School, continues with our film of the month, Cooley High (1975). In Cooley High, the city of Chicago is an ever-present backdrop, the common thread tying together all the slice of life stories, and a charismatic protagonist. In this scene, as Preach and Brenda walk along the … Continue reading Color Palette: Cooley High

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'August 2017 New Releases: Best Deals'

August is a great month to be an Olive Films fan! From favorites like Ang Lee’s romantic tale with a twist, The Wedding Banquet, and Larry Cohen’s blaxploitation hit Hell Up in Harlem to classics like Orson Welles’s The Stranger and TV’s Flipper, we’ve got a little bit of everything to meet your late summer needs. You may … Continue reading August 2017 New Releases: Best Deals

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August 29, 2017

'Color Palette: Assault on a Queen'

  Our August theme of the month, High Seas, continues with Assault on a Queen (1966). This still from Assault on a Queen (1966) sets up a frame so typical of film noir that we almost expect it to be in milky black and white. Instead of shades of grey, we get a full range of … Continue reading Color Palette: Assault on a Queen

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August 25, 2017

'Memories of Jerry Lewis'

“Going unnoticed has never been my strong suit.” — Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017 Since the news first broke of Jerry Lewis’s passing, many have taken the time to look back on the life and career of a man who for over sixty years was a giant of film, television, radio, and stage. Olive Films joins the … Continue reading Memories of Jerry Lewis

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August 23, 2017

'Pause It: Wake of the Red Witch'

Our August theme of the month, High Seas, continues with our film of the month, Wake of the Red Witch (1948). PAUSE IT: What do you see? Page one, chapter one… our story begins. These opening shots of Edward Ludwig’s Wake of The Red Witch (1948) are that of the cover and opening pages of Garland … Continue reading Pause It: Wake of the Red Witch

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August 22, 2017

'Color Palette: The Buccaneer'

  Our August theme of the month, High Seas, continues with The Buccaneer (1958). A fog rolls over Anthony Quinn’s The Buccaneer, accentuated by the drab blue, brown, and grey shades of the costumes and ship. The Buccaneer (1958) Director: Anthony Quinn Cast: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, Inger Stevens Cinematography by: Loyal Griggs (The Ten … Continue reading Color Palette: The Buccaneer

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August 17, 2017

'Olive Films Announces August 2017 Titles'

  August is a great month to be an Olive Films fan! From favorites like Ang Lee’s romantic tale with a twist, The Wedding Banquet, and Larry Cohen’s blaxploitation hit Hell Up in Harlem to classics like Orson Welles’s The Stranger and TV’s Flipper, we’ve got a little bit of everything to meet your late summer needs. These … Continue reading Olive Films Announces August 2017 Titles

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August 15, 2017

'Pause It: Assault on a Queen'

Our August theme of the month, High Seas, continues with Assault on a Queen (1966). PAUSE IT: What do you see? Five figures stand in frame. The composition is balanced with roughly two characters occupying both the left and right edges of the screen; in the middle, Trinidadian actor and playwright Errol John is positioned next … Continue reading Pause It: Assault on a Queen

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August 11, 2017

'Frame by Frame: Wake of the Red Witch'

Our August theme of the month, High Seas, continues with our film of the month, Wake of the Red Witch (1948). Abandon ship! The crew of the Red Witch races against time as water pours in through a hole in the schooner’s hull. Quick cuts between the Captain (John Wayne), the crew, and the flooding below … Continue reading Frame by Frame: Wake of the Red Witch

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August 7, 2017

'Pause It: Shag'

Our July theme of the month, R&R, continues with this Pause It for our film of the month, Shag (1989). PAUSE IT: What do you see? It’s the morning after an out of control party in director Zelda Barron’s Shag. Asleep inside a bathtub, Caroline “Pudge” Carmichael (Annabeth Gish) and her summer crush Chip (Scott Coffey) … Continue reading Pause It: Shag

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July 27, 2017

'In Focus: Shag'

In Focus is our chance to look a little closer at some of our favorite films. This edition of In Focus highlights our film of the month, Shag (1989). Shag noun A dance originating in the US in the 1930s and 1940s, characterized by vigorous hopping from one foot to the other. Despite Shag‘s title, it’s not exactly … Continue reading In Focus: Shag

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July 21, 2017

'Color Palette: Shag'

  Our theme of the month, R&R, continues with this Color Palette for our film of the month, Shag (1989). The production design of Shag anchors it firmly to its 1963 setting. As is demonstrated in this still, the costuming is key to that. It’s amazing how similar the vintage pastel color palette of this film is … Continue reading Color Palette: Shag

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July 14, 2017

'Pause It: Ski School'

Our theme of the month, R&R, continues with Ski School (1991). PAUSE IT: What do you see? A skier flies down a snowy mountain course, spraying ice and slush in the direction of the camera. Thrumming with the rock guitar riffs of the film’s climactic race, the scene is both visceral and beautifully captured. So … Continue reading Pause It: Ski School

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July 12, 2017

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