The films were made between 1964 and 1966 at Warhol's Factory studio in New York City. Subjects were captured in stark relief by a strong key light, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of film at 24 frames per second. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute film reels were then screened in 'slow motion' at 16 frames per second.
A young man is passing a series of psychological tests created by his girlfriend's mother.
Philosopher-eccentric Chuang Tsi comes across a woman fanning the newly built grave of her dead husband because she desires to marry again. On returning home, Chuang Tsi decides to put his wife to the test - he fakes his own death; the wife is grief-stricken and goes into mourning. While funeral arrangement are in progress, a handsome young man come to call on Chuang Tsi. Later, there is talk of marriage between Chuang Tsi wife and the man. However, the young man falls ill; his servant says that taking the human brain is the only medicine to cure him.
Even big stars need to stand in front of the director and audition for their roles, and some of the best screen tests are from the early years of legends. See some of Hollywood's top names and greatest talents in their very first appearances on celluloid. From Dustin Hoffman's 1966 stock and personality tests to Raquel Welch and James Coburn cavorting for Our Man Flint, from The Three Stooges to Rock Hudson, see stars trying to get on film.
1942, 3 minutes, 16mm, color, silent. A self-portrait.
This two-color (green-blue and red) film was produced as a demonstration reel at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, under the direction of Kodak scientist John Capstaff. It features leading actresses, including Mae Murray, Hope Hampton, and Mary Eaton, posing and miming for the camera to showcase the capability of the complex Kodachrome process to capture their translucent movie star complexions and colorful, high-fashion clothing. (loc.gov)
In 1998 Documentary presented by former Australia news reporter skeptic Mike Willesee. A controversial 2-hour TV program called Signs From God, a documentary purporting to test faith with science. The program featured a Bolivian woman who claimed to have a vision of Christ perched on Mike’s shoulder and blessing his work.
Screen tests for East of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause, compiled by Warner Bros.
Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot nearly 500 Screen Tests, beautiful and revealing portraits of hundreds of different individuals, from Warhol superstars and celebrities to friends or anyone he thought had "star potential". All visitors to his studio, the Factory. Subjects were captured in stark relief by a strong keylight, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of film. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute film reels were then screened in slow motion, resulting in a fascinating collection of four-minute masterpieces that startle and entrance, mesmerizing in the purest sense of the word. Songwriters Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, formerly of the band Luna and currently recording as Dean & Britta, incorporated original compositions as well as cover songs to create new soundtracks for the 13 films.
4th Test - Sydney (January 4th - 9th 1975) 5th Test - Adelaide (January 25th - 30th 1975) 6th Test - Melbourne (February 8th - 13th 1975)
1st Test - Brisbane (November 29th - December 4th 1974) 2nd Test - Perth (December 13th - 17th 1974) 3rd Test - Melbourne (December 26th - 31st 1974)
When the Duke Hsuan Ch'i sends a group of ninjas to kill the elderly General Tieng and kidnap his daughter the beautiful, Szu Chin, she is rescued by their friend, Chang Chou. However their freedom is bought at the expense of General Tieng's life. Together Szu Chin and Chang Chou make their way to another kingdom. But Duke Ch'i still loves the lady Szu Chin, and after Chang Chou dies in a far off country, the Duke makes it his life's ambition to regain Szu Chin, even if it costs him his life...