Friday, September 24, 2010

Uncle Lou (& Earl)


Come in for (what I hope is) an interesting post today:

" A truly heartfelt homage to Dean. . .

Effective use of Louis Clyde Stoumen’s “photo motion” technique to incorporate archival photographs into a documentary film. . .

Must See?
Yes, for its cinematic interest. "



Yeah, Uncle Lou (actually my husband's uncle)
was an Oscar winning director!
He collaborated with Marlene Dietrich on a documentary once.
As well as many others.


Louis Clyde Stoumen,
Times Square

But he is also remembered as an important 20th Century photographer
right up there with all the famous names you know.


mostly serious students of photography,
and of film,
remember him:


Schedule and synopses from 2009

UCLA Film & Television Archives press release:

Thursday, March 26
7:30 p.m.
Preservation funded by The Film Foundation
(1957, Louis Clyde Stoumen)
Director Louis Clyde Stoumen
’s evocative documentary on the art and history of photography begins with a quote from Ecclesiastes—“Truly the light is sweet…”—before a quick recounting of the medium’s 100-year technical development. From there, Stoumen sharpens focus with extended narrative sequences on key artists. Alfred Eisenstaedt and Weegee are each featured while the second half is largely devoted to Edward Weston. In addition to traditional live-action footage, Stoumen, who taught film production classes at UCLA, brought scores of stills to life using a technique he called "photographic animation," predating Ken Burns’ signature style by decades.

Camera Eye Pictures, Inc. PROD/SCR/CINE/ED: L. C. Stoumen. CAST: Raymond Massey, Weegee, Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Cole Weston.
35mm, 71 min.

Feature preceded by:

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation
(1958, Louis Clyde Stoumen, Abram D. Murray)
Stoumen's short dramatic film about an emotionally troubled boy.
Camera Eye Pictures, Inc. PROD: Bernice Block. SCR: Alan Marcus. CINE: Edward R.
Martin. ED: Harry Robin. Narrator: Robert Ryan. CAST: Hugh Corcoran, Biff Elliot,
Beverly Dvorett.
35mm, approx. 27 min.

Preservation funded by The Stanford Theatre Foundation
(1950, Louis Clyde Stoumen, Ed Spiegel)
An experimental short co-directed by Stoumen while he was a graduate student at USC.
35mm, 4 min.

*IN PERSON: Nancy Mysel, Film Preservationist, UCLA Film & Television Archive.



My own uncle, Dad's black sheep elder brother, Earl
was a small time Hollywood producer and bar owner.

He is interred at Forrest Lawn next to Al Jolson
and is chiefly remembered for throwing Earl Flynn
out of his bar.

Internet Movie Data Base has nothing on Earl
unless this character in a gangster movie is based on him
(Could be. Who knows?)

I only met Uncle Earl once when I was a young kid.

I remember that he was proud of being a Mason
and got visibly angry when asked about Mr. Flynn
all those years later.

"Asshole!" He'd growl.

Only later did I learn that the actor was reviled by many
as an anti-Semite and all around jerk.

He was no Johnny Depp!

Next week:
A picture of my ancestors fresh off the boat from Europe.
Even the WOMEN had beards!