Tracking Fritz Lang

first_imgFor many, the name Fritz Lang is synonymous with the image of a futuristic female robot, the haunting poster child for his 1927 science fiction classic “Metropolis.” But the Austrian-born director was a master of many genres, as visitors to the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) will see for themselves in the coming months.Beginning Friday and running through Sept. 1, the HFA will present a complete retrospective of Lang’s silent and talking feature films. With almost 40 works in total, the series is a tribute to the director’s remarkable range. It includes science fiction, spy thrillers, crime dramas, Westerns, and fantasy.In “1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse” Peter van Eyck and Dawn Addams attempt to solve a series of mysterious crimes and avoid becoming victims themselves.An in-depth look at Lang, whose career spanned almost 50 years, has long been a goal at the HFA. Following the success of last summer’s Alfred Hitchcock retrospective, the time was right.“It’s hard to imagine Hitchcock without Lang,” said David Pendleton, the HFA’s programmer and a big Lang fan. Hitchcock carefully studied the director’s work, Pendleton said, in particular Lang’s exploration of “ethical and moral gray areas,” and his treatment of outlaw types.“So often the police are less sympathetic than the criminals,” said Pendleton, “even though the criminals are repulsive in Lang’s films.”Lang (1890-1976) studied art early in life and started drafting screenplays while recuperating from wounds he sustained during World War I. His wife, screenwriter Thea von Harbou, was a collaborator on some of best-known German Expressionist films of the 1920s and early 1930s. The two eventually divorced, and Lang left Germany for Paris in 1933. Not long after that he decamped for Hollywood.Peter Lorre’s chilling turn as a serial killer who hunts children in Lang’s 1931 film “M” brought the character actor international fame.Critics agree that Lang did more than inspire some of the most memorable psychological thrillers in film; many also consider him the grandfather of the big-budget megahit. Much of Lang’s silent work, said Pendleton, “pioneered a lot of the genres that Hollywood now relies on for their summer blockbusters.”“People don’t even realize how influential he is.”Pendleton singled out “Metropolis” as the blueprint for any number of dystopian science-fiction films that followed. It still resonates 85 years later. The early 20th-century classic and 2012’s “The Hunger Games,” he said, both “represent this future with this extreme class difference in a technocratic society.”The series kicks off with a restored version of “Metropolis” that includes its original orchestral score as well as several minutes of previously missing footage. The new material fleshes out various subplots, secondary narrative strands that were stripped away when the movie was shortened for foreign export. The longer cut makes for a richer work, said Pendleton, and “offers the audience a sense of the complexity that Lang was trying to achieve with the film.” (The remainder of Lang’s silent works in the series will feature piano accompaniment.)Paul Richter plays the visionary swordsman Siegfried who wants to marry Kriemhild, the princess of Burgundy (Margarete Schön), in the first part of “Die Nibelungen.”Many movie buffs think Steven Spielberg is indebted to Lang for the unforgettable character Indiana Jones from the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” films. Visitors can draw their own comparisons on Aug. 23 when Lang’s silent film “The Spiders” (1919) screens at the archive. The two-part picture (a four-part series was the original plan) portrays a millionaire adventurer named Kay Hoog who travels to exotic locales seeking hidden treasures.Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning “Gravity,” from last year, carries echoes of Lang’s “Woman in the Moon” (1929). Lang’s movie — a “highly scientific film about space travel,” Pendleton said — highlights the director’s fascination with technology. His serious approach to the subject even compelled Nazi scientists working on the V-2 rocket to study the film in some detail.In the wrong place at the wrong time, Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds are caught up in complicated rings of espionage, murder, and the supernatural in “Ministry of Fear.”“Fury” (1936), a dark drama with Spencer Tracy, was the first of Lang’s U.S. films. The noirish “The Woman in the Window” (1944) and the love triangle “Clash by Night” (1952) were among the more than 20 others.If it????s a Western you’re looking for, try “The Return of Frank James” (1940), which screens July 28. The film, Lang’s first in the genre and his first in color, stars Henry Fonda in the title role, bent on revenge for his brother’s death.Pendleton picked the “often overlooked” 1937 feature “You Only Live Once” as his favorite. Set to screen on Aug. 9, the picture is “one of these ‘great lovers on the run’ films,” Pendleton said, a dark story that swirls with themes of injustice and redemption. But it’s also “tender and emotional, which is not always a quality we associate with Lang. And so I think it shows another side.”In “The Return of Frank James,” Clem (Jackie Cooper) and Frank James (Henry Fonda) seek revenge for his infamous brother Jesse’s death.Films are screened at the Harvard Film Archive in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. For a complete schedule, visit its calendar.last_img read more

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‘Sea-change’ driving demand for renewable energy in U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: The wind and solar industries hope demand for carbon-free power from U.S. cities, states and corporations can offset headwinds from President Donald Trump’s tax policy and tariffs, developers said this week.The Trump tax overhaul trimmed production and investment tax credits, and the administration also slapped a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. The moves, aimed at boosting manufacturing and economic growth, also dimmed prospects for renewables. But Trump’s withdrawal of federal support for Obama-era climate goals indirectly helped the industry by inspiring a backlash among U.S. cities, states and corporations, which have grown more ambitious about installing cleaner forms of energy.Also, investors with years of deals under their belts are less wary about financing solar and wind than they were years ago, and socially responsible funds are actively seeking projects to invest in, according to executives and investors at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street in New York. “There is a sea change in grass-roots demand for renewable energy,” Susan Nickey, managing director at Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc., which invests about $1 billion a year in the sector, said in an interview on the sidelines of the conference on Tuesday. “More and more corporations and consumers are saying ‘We want 100 percent renewable energy,’” she said, adding city and state governments are adopting renewable-friendly policies to reflect that growing demand.She cited a survey of financial institutions that showed two-thirds of respondents planned to boost renewable investments this year. Some 89 percent said they would sharply increase planned investments from now to 2030 unless government policies slow demand for renewable energy.More: Renewable energy seeks demand, investment to survive Trump squeeze ‘Sea-change’ driving demand for renewable energy in U.S.last_img read more

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Wasting too much ink on straw news

first_imgExcuse me, but could someone please calculate the millions of pounds of paper and ink used thus far for printing the so-called “news” about plastic straws, and hasten the time when something more important will replace the space used for reporting on that topic? The solution is simple:Let people who are concerned stop using them and keep big government out of it.Richard FelakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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The Northern Trust: Bryson DeChambeau gets flak from other golfers for slow play in Round 2

first_img Tiger Woods withdraws from Northern Trust with oblique strain He added: “People say things behind people’s back all the time and if they want to talk about it to my face, I’ll gladly explain the whole situation. Because the way the PGA Tour policy is now for pace of play is not good the way they define it. They define it as the amount of time it takes to hit a shot.”But the problem is there are other people in the group, and it takes time for them to do stuff. And when you look at the whole situation, and you look at the time it takes for me to get from one shot to the next shot, and you add up those times for me to play the hole, I’m right on par.” The Northern Trust: Dustin Johnson gains control of leaderboard, Jordan Spieth trails closely Bryson DeChambeau, who is often at the center of conversations surrounding slow play on the PGA Tour, was hounded with criticism after Round 2 at The Northern Trust.The 25-year-old golfer took his time Friday as he played Liberty National Golf Course in the first FedEx Cup Playoff event. A tournament of this magnitude puts extra pressure on golfers and being deliberate before shots, especially on the green, can be necessary.center_img We can… pic.twitter.com/TOnRS4BXds— Fantasy Golf Pod (@fantasygolfpod) August 10, 2019A number of other golfers chimed in.European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell said, “Just look at Tommy (Fleetwood) and Justin, both looking completely bored. Slow players do this to their playing partners making the game less enjoyable. Problem is, the unaffected single-minded twit in this instance, doesn’t care much for others.”Golf coach Andrew MacRae added, “And this is why I have stopped watching the PGA Tour and lost interest. Such a shame that this goes unpunished and ruins the game.”While some were slightly more encouraging.”Slow play in golf isn’t anything new — but nowadays with social media, TV etc it’s just being exposed to a new level,” said Luke Donald, a five-time Tour winner. “This seems like the perfect time to do something about it! C’mon people it’s 2019, let’s figure this out!!”Slow play in golf isn’t anything new – but nowadays with social media, TV etc it’s just being exposed to a new level. This seems like the perfect time to do something about it! C’mon people it’s 2019, let’s figure this out!! @PGATOUR @EuropeanTour @RandA @USGA— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) August 10, 2019DeChambeau advanced into the weekend at The Northern Trust and finished his third round carding even-par 71. It was his highest round of the week but he escaped without enduring any more flak. He addressed the criticism after his round, saying he had been “attacked” and the remarks “put me in a bad light.””When people start talking to me about slow play and how I’m killing the game, I’m doing this and that to that game … that is complete and utter you-know-what. That’s not fair,” DeChambeau said after his round, via ESPN.  However, many felt that DeChambeau took an unreasonable amount of time reading a particular putt. He even got the attention of the broadcasters, who said the putt was “a pretty straightforward shot,” but it still took DeChambeau over three minutes to execute.Justin Thomas, who was one of DeChambeau’s partners that round and a notoriously quick player, was visibly frustrated.  Related Newslast_img read more

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Today’s Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks: Advice, strategy for Thursday’s DraftKings, FanDuel NHL DFS contests

first_imgMORE: Free one-week trial of Fantasy Alarm’s PRO tools Today’s NHL DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Thursday, Oct. 3Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Thursday’s Fantasy Alarm’s NHL DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy hockey competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.                                                               Pos PlayerMatchupFDDKY!AnalysisCN. [email protected] 9:00$8700$7300$34MacKinnon erupted for 10 points (five goals, five assists) in seven games against Calgary last season, including the postseason.CP. [email protected] 8:30$7700$6700$33The two-way center just played in the preseason finale against Chicago as he rehabbed from a groin injury suffered in May. Bergeron didn’t have a point, but did have two shots on goal in 12:47 of ice time.CC. [email protected] 7:00$4300$3400$10Experts around the NHL seem really high on Mittelstadt and are anticipating a breakout year from the youngster. The winger will also be seeing a lot of the Pens’ second defensive line, which starts the season ranked towards the bottom of the league by several publications.RWN. [email protected] 7:00$8900$7900$35The NHL’s leading goal soccer last season (41 goals, 87 assists) and Hart trophy winner looks to kick the season off on a high note against the Florida Panthers.RWM. [email protected] 8:00$6700$5600$23The Preds finished 2018-19 dead last in the league on the power play, converting at 12.9%. But they added Duchene, and the Preds are confident the unit, which also includes Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen, will be a bright spot this season.LWB. [email protected] 8:30$8400$6800$33Marchand has eight goals and 17 points in 13 games versus Dallas in his career.LWA. [email protected] 7:00$7800$6000$24He’s a bona fide star who will be playing a Winnipeg club that comes limping into the season. Panarin has quickly found a comfort level during the preseason with fellow Russian wing Pavel Buchnevich.LWM. [email protected] 7:00$6200$5600$19The winger became a vital part of the power play last year, his sharpshooting ability proved to be a perfect fit on the right side of Florida’s top unit with the man advantage. Alongside a healthy Vincent Trocheck, Hoffman should see plenty of the score sheet this season.LWB. [email protected] 7:00$3700$4000$12Brandon Tanev has some nice value and could have opportunities to excel out of the gate being paired on one of the top two lines with Crosby and Malkin.RWK. [email protected] 7:00$5800$5600$18There will be plenty of eyes on Kakko, a Calder Cup candidate who scored 26 goals in 50 games (regular season and playoffs) in Finland last season, then shone with six goals in 10 games at the World Championships.DR. [email protected] 8:00$6300$6000$23The Predators have won the last five meetings against the Wild, and each of the last five games on home ice. Josi will be a part of a new look first-line power play unit that will be looking to get off to a good start this season.DC. [email protected] 9:00$4600$4700$19The 20-year-old defensemen will play his first regular season game in the NHL after he had six points (one goal, five assists) in 10 games in the 2019 playoffs. Makar will also be running point on the Avs’ top power-play unit.GP. [email protected] 9:00$8000$7900$32The former career backup will look to improve upon his career-high 18-win performance in 2018-19 when he assumes the starting role with Semyon Varlamov now playing for the New York Islanders. Tonight he takes on a Flames club that has only won two of its last 24 opening night games.GM. [email protected] 7:00$8400$8300$36Matt Murray owns a 3-0-1 mark in five career starts against the Sabres.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today! The 2019-20 NHL season started off with a bang last night. Despite featuring just four games, there was still a lot going on in the fantasy hockey world. The Capitals made an opening night statement against the Blues, Connor McDavid did Connor McDavid things, and Auston Matthews put on a show for those who had him in their NHL DFS lineups. We keep it rolling with a nice eight-game slate on Thursday with some intriguing matchups and a handful of players making debuts for new teams. Here are our favorite picks for the slate listed below.We invite you to check out our season-long and DFS content for all sports with a free one-week trial to Fantasy Alarm.last_img read more

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