Billy Chapin in Night of the Hunter (1955, dir. Charles Laughton)


“One of the shots in the picture most frequently commended by critics occurs during John and Pearl’s journey down the river, when they decide to spend the night in a barn…John (Billy Chapin) awakens and, seeing Preacher (Robert Mitchum) riding in the distance, wearily comments, ‘Don’t he never sleep?’

Although it is often assumed that the shot is a special effects shot using Mitchum, it was actually accomplished on a sound stage with the use of forced perspective. The camera was set up in the barn behind Billy Chapin and focused out onto the sound stage. In the distance, Chapin’s stunt double, a dwarf dressed as Preacher, rode a small pony. The angle of the camera made it look as if Billy was gazing at a full-grown man riding in the distance.”

A Brief History of Time

The Metropolitan Opera is reported to have commissioned a stage adaptation of Stephen Hawking’s bestselling science book, A Brief History of Time.

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A young Stephen Hawking


This shows that it’s not just the great artists, the painters and composers and musicians, who have led remarkable and fascinating lives – science, in its own way, has just as much power to move and intrigue, and scientists have just as many great stories to tell.

David Lynch to open real-life Club Silencio

Perhaps it was inevitable: David Lynch has designed a real-life Club Silencio, due to open on September 11.

The hitherto fictional night-spot was the setting for a key scene in Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive, being a liminal, occult-charged zone wherein Naomi Watts and Laura Harring’s characters learn a little something about the art of illusion from a sinister, moustachioed compere, then experience emotional release witnessing Rebecca Del Rio’s breathtaking Spanish rendition of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’, before finding the blue key that will help unlock the secret of their confused identities (well, sort of). Part old-school cabaret, part metaphysical threshold, Silencio is a truly memorable construct – so what can we expect from its real-world incarnation?

Well, all we know at this stage is that will be located on the Rue Montmartre in Paris (unlike its fictional forebear, which was found down a windswept LA backstreet), and is set to house a concert hall, restaurant, library and cinema. Lynch himself has designed the club’s interior, telling the New York Times, “I enjoy how architecture and design create mood.”