Today in History: Buster Keaton died in 1966

51 years ago today, Hollywood actor, director and producer Buster Keaton passed away at the age of 70 in Los Angeles, California. Keaton was best known for his comic performance in silent films during the 1920s. His films “The General” (1926) and “The Cameraman” (1928) remain among the most highly regarded films of all times.

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Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

126 years ago today, the ground-breaking film director and screenwriter Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang was born in Vienna. In the 1920s, Lang made film history with silent movies like “Nibelungen” (1924) and “Metropolis” (1926). His film “M” (1931) is considered a precursor to the film noir genre. In his famous and much-quoted masterpiece “Metropolis” he drew the dark future vision of a world in which the proletariat was serving the machines in an impersonal world city. Fritz Lang emigrated to the USA in 1933 and together with Bertolt Brecht directed the movie “Hangmen Also Die” (1942), directed against the Nazi regime in Germany. In 1963 he was awarded the German Film Award and in 1966 the Federal Cross of Merit. Land died in 1976.

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Today in History: James Dean dies in 1955

Today in History: James Dean dies in 1955

61 years ago today, young Hollywood film star James Dean was killed in a head-on collision car accident in California. The 24-year old actor was behind the wheel of his Porsche sports car and was dead upon arrival at the hospital. Dean’s mechanic, a passenger in the car, got badly injured but survived the crash. The driver of the other car suffered only minor injuries. Dean had received a speeding ticket just two hours before. Although only one of Dean’s movies, “East of Eden,” had been released at the time of his death, the young actor had already become an idol for the younger generation. Dean had finished filming “Giant” only the day before his accident. Both “Rebel without a Cause” and “Giant” opened shortly after the actor’s death. His brief career and violent death transformed him into a legend. James Dean was the first actor to receive posthumous Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for his roles in “East of Eden” and “Giant.”

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Today in History: 70 Years of Cannes Film Festival

Today in History: 70 Years of Cannes Film Festival

70 years ago today, the Festival International du Film took place in Cannes in southern France for the first time. The event was originally planned for 1939, but the outbreak of the Second World War prevented it from taking place. Within ten years, Cannes established itself as a leading European Film Festival, although it was canceled in 1948 and 1950 due to financial difficulties. The event was initially criticized for having a biased jury since its members were all French. The panel has since been internationalized and today the festival is popular with producers, directors and actors around the globe. Cannes has become a center of European film and its “Palme d’Or” is not only considered a proof of quality but has become an important competitor to the American Oscar.

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Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

Today in History: Titanic found in 1985

31 years ago on this day, a team of American and French researchers discovered the sunken wreck of the luxury liner RMS Titanic south-southeast of the coast of Newfoundland in a depth of 12,500 feet (3,800 m). Key to the discovery was a remotely controlled undersea vehicle called Argo which helped verify the ship’s identity with cameras and sonar. The Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage, resulting in the loss of more than 1,500 lives. The ship was the biggest and most luxurious liner of her day.

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Today in History: Premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times in 1936

80 years ago today, Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” premiered in the United States. Chaplin himself wrote and directed the movie and starred as the main character. The film was banned in Germany and Italy for its alleged communist tendencies.

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Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

 

Today in History: Fritz Lang born in 1890

125 years ago today, the ground-breaking film director and screenwriter Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang was born in Vienna. In the 1920s, Lang made film history with silent movies like “Nibelungen” (1924) and “Metropolis” (1926). His film “M” (1931) is considered a precursor to the fim noir genre. In his famous and much-quoted masterpiece “Metropolis” he drew the dark future vision of a world in which the proletariat was sering the machines in an impersonal world city. Fritz Lang emigrated to the USA in 1933 and together with Bertolt Brecht directed the movie “Hangmen Also Die” (1942), directed against the Nazi regime in Germany. In 1963 he was awarded the German Film Award and in 1966 the Federal Cross of Merit. Land died in 1976.

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