December 4th, 2004

call me vera
  • arxev

On film...

I'm writing a story that takes place in the 1920s, and it partly involves a group of filmmakers from various countries. Now, I'm pretty on the up when it comes to American cinema, but I know next to nothing about European film, especially silent film.
The filmmakers I'm working with are French, German, and Russian, and they're all avant-garde directors.

So what I'm really wondering is, does anyone know how these countries differed in filmmaking style and production from America (in the 1920s specifically). And especially, how did the different styles make the European industries more open to avant-garde (like, modernist, etc.) experimentation? And what was different about the American system that made it less open to avant-garde style experimentation? From the research I've done, I feel like it has a lot to do with the division of labor, but I can't seem to get a clear picture on this.

I have access to a pretty big film library, so if anyone can recommend anything to watch, that would also be great. :D
  • crantz

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quick question.

In Ranma, are Shampoo's weapons really bonbori? I checked google briefly but all I got was ranma fanfiction and lamps, nothing about bonbori being weapons. And I know I saw a dude use things just like these in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The bar (inn?) brawl scene. Big dude.

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Accents after long periods of time

I have one character who, at the age of eight, was captured into slavery. Now, slaves have their own language that they are forced to learn and speak, in order to suppress them. Because I am lazy and know the language decently enough to do literal translations, the language is German (in this world, it's an archaic dead language that was used because nobody else spoke it).

So here's my question. Up until the age of 8, he spoke fluent English(equivalent), but upon being made a slave, he was only allowed to speak the slave tongue of German. Ten years of slavery and he was freed, and was for the first time in those ten years able to speak English again.

So, here's my question. What would his speech patterns be like, and his accent? I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have some kind of really heavy German accent or anything like that, but I don't know quite how light or heavy it would be.

Bleaching hair

Slightly obvious question, but I've never bleached my own hair and am somewhat ignorant of the procedure.

If someone with very dark hair were to disguise themselves by bleaching their hair and eyebrows, and somehow contrive to lighten their eyelashes as well, how long would it be, on average, before the appearance of roots gave the game away? I'm thinking of this in a historical context, using early compounds of hydrogen peroxide, and it may be possible to delay the showing of those roots for a few days by judicious application of wig powder, but eventually the game will be up, and I need to know roughly how long my hero has to effect his daring rescue before his roots start to show ;)

Many thanks in advance; this is an unbelievably helpful community!