#WW1centenary - Paths of Glory (1957) trailer - Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 - March 7, 1999) @Criterion
Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene. [Criterion]
#WW1centenary First World War - 100 Years On
A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary http://bit.ly/1pmwKgw
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage, including extraordinary scenes of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italian soldiers fighting high up in the Alps, the half-hour film explores the war and its effects from many different perspectives. You can watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi thanks to our partnership with the British Academy.
Warning: contains images some viewers may find disturbing
Since at least 1974, biologists have known that some male bats sing very much as songbirds do, and they warble for the same reasons: to defend territories and to attract mates. Recently, researchers have discovered that the tunes of some bats are even more complex and similar to birdsong than first suspected. These bats’ melodies are structured, have multiple syllables, phrases, repeated patterns, and, of course, rhythm. Their songs also have syntax, meaning rules for how the phrases can be combined. But the rules are flexible, and a bat can improvise, singing a song his way. So far, scientists have identified 20 species of bat troubadours around the world. Here are some of the known bat songsters and their tunes.
Ships v Whales: http://bit.ly/1peHctf
Blue whales, the world’s largest animals, frequent waters off California that overlap with some of the United States’ busiest shipping lanes, according to a new study that suggests ship strikes are contributing to the whales’ stagnating population numbers.
THE BLUE ANGEL (1930) with Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich. This performance is parodied in Blazing Saddles (1974).
F.W. Murnau’s THE LAST LAUGH (1924) starring Emil Jannings who was born 130 years ago today.