Cinema and theater

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was a notorious Japanese film-maker, and is considered one of the most important directors in the history of film, given his important contributions not only to Japanese cinema, but to the entire film industry. Kurosawa grew up in the suburbs of Tokyo, and was the youngest of eight children of a middle […]


Concept of analepsis Analepsis, or flashback, is a narrative technique, commonly used in literature and cinema, but that can also be used in theatre, and that consists on the description of events prior to the present moment of the story. This way, the chronological order of the facts is interrupted, and there is a return […]


An extra, or background actor, is a figure or character that can appear in a movie, series or theatre play. Normally, the extra appears on set only in the background, and doesn’t have any kind of influence in the development of the narrative; in most cases, it is even impossible to identify the identity of […]

Film noir

Film noir is a movie subgenre that belongs to the main category of police movies, and it is mainly characterized by the specific themes depicted and also by its inherent visual attributes. Regarding the narrative, film noir mostly deals with criminal drama, in a very direct way, and sometimes even with a cynical approach; the […]

Griffith, D. W.

David Llewelyn Wark Griffith, commonly known as D. W. Grifftith, was an American film maker who developed new directing techniques, being considered by many the “father” of Hollywood. Born in 1875 in Crestwood, Kentucky, Griffith came from a rural poor family, and during his childhood and adolescence he suffered from the economic difficulties his family […]

Herzog, Werner

Werner Herzog Stipetić is a famous German film maker, commonly known as Werner Herzog, the name he choose to use in the early beginning of his career, since he considered it more striking and memorable than his real last name. Born in 1942 in Munich, Germany, Werner has Croatian origins, and spend a big part of […]

Image Composition

Image Composition refers to the arrangement of elements on a screen, whether it is a painting or drawing, a photograph or a frame in television or cinema. The main elements that are an essential part of the composition of any image are the main subject, the foreground and the secondary motifs, and all this components […]

Japanese Cinema

The history of Japanese Cinema has over one century. In 1897, Japanese people were introduced to a new invention, which allowed to put images once static in motion; the responsible for the first public demonstration of what would become cinema has its known nowadays was the American company Vitascope. It is clear then since its […]

Loznitsa, Sergei

Sergei Loznitsa is a Belarusian movie director, mostly known for the work he developed in the areas of both documental and fictional cinema. Born in 1964, Loznitsa started his career in the field of exact sciences, first by getting his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics in the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, in Ukraine, after which he […]

Lumière Brothers

Considered by many the founding fathers of cinema, Auguste and Louis Lumière where two French brothers who invented the cinematograph. Auguste Marie Louis Nicholas Lumière was born in 1862, and Louis Jean Lumière in 1864; both brothers are from Besançon, a city located next to the Swiss border. Since their early childhood, both Auguste and […]

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