Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Matt Zoller Seitz
Salon (12 November 2010)

“On Nov. 12, 1910, a hundred years ago today, a man jumped out of a burning-hot air balloon into the Hudson River while a movie camera rolled. The vast majority of silent films are lost to history—vanished, destroyed or somehow rendered invisible—and this, it would seem, is one of them; I’ve seen the burning balloon gag cited as the first movie stunt on a number of sites, some quite thorough and authoritative, yet none list the film’s title or the name of the stuntman. Photographic evidence of the balloon man’s deed lives on in the Topps bubblegum card pictured here, and his legacy can be seen on any screen that shows moving images.

But what happens when movies change, and stunts become devalued?”


Latest in Film

The Clerk, RIP
— Scott Timberg (Salon, 18 December 2011)
Frank Miller and the Rise of Cryptofascist Hollywood
— Rick Moody (The Guardian, 24 November 2011)
The 50 Most Special Effects of All Time
— David Fear, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich (Time Out, 29 July 2011)
Before Walt Disney: 5 Pioneers of Early Animation
— Maria Popova (The Atlantic, 5 July 2011)
Can Watching ‘Jackass’ Turn You Into One?
— Tom Jacobs (Miller-McCune, 7 June 2011)
Slate's Hollywood Career-O-Matic
— Christopher Beam and Jeremy Singer-Vine (Slate, 6 June 2011)
Filmmaker J. J. Abrams Is a Crowd Teaser
— Frank Bruni (The New York Times Magazine, 26 May 2011)
30 Books That Could Be The Next Harry Potter
— George Wales (Total Film, 25 May 2011)

//comments
//Blogs

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

READ the article