Casablanca Isn’t the Same on Your Smart Phone. Franck Bohbot Photographs Classic Cinemas from the Golden Age

In today’s world, watching movies is as easy as streaming or downloading practically any film to your phone or computer. When it’s free, why not… right? With all this modern tech it’s easy to forget that back in the first half of the 20th century going to the cinema was quite the glamorous affair. You got dressed up and attended the same way as one would go to the theater or the symphony. There were intermissions and libations to enhance the overall experience along with music from a wurlitzer before and after the movie. It was an unforgettable moment in cinema history and some of the most beautiful theaters were built during this period.

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How Creatives Work: RIP Peter O’Toole

Peter O’Toole, one of the great figures of stage and screen died in December at the age of 81. Most famous for his turn in David Lean’s 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, as well as his strong performances in such classics as Beckett and The Lion in Winter, O’Toole has often been called one of the greatest actors of his generation.

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This is the Most Expensive Piece of Art on Amazon.com Right Now (Spoiler = $4.85 Million)

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Leave it to Norman Rockwell’s 1941 oil painting Package from Home to hold the top spot on Amazon and be accompanied with a $4,850,000 price tag.

The Rockwell painting features his iconic Willie Gillis character, a fictional young private in World War II. Package from Home was one of just 11 covers that made it on the Saturday Evening Post back in 1941.

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Old School Video Game Characters in Real Life

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Do you remember your old Nintendo Entertainment System and all the cool games it had? If you were alive and able to hold a video game controller in the late eighties and early nineties, then you definitely do. Games like Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Duck hunt were some of the earlier gaming favorites. Soon, games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Kart followed with game systems like Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. It was a long time ago, but London based artist Aled Lewis is bringing it back – recreating a series of nostalgic gaming characters from that time and inserting them into “real life.”

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Visual Bits #300 > Kickin’ It Old School

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Retro Collage Done the Old Fashioned Way

When it comes to retro collage, these examples by artist Muharrem Çetin really stand out from the crowd…. and, unlike much imagery you’ll find today, he uses no computer editing to create his highly detailed works. Each beautiful piece features classically themed subjects; from a portrait of Darwin and anatomical drawings of skulls (there are plenty), to abstract typographical messages and technological advances of the early 20th century. Çetin manages to create images which draw us in to explore their deeper hidden meanings; images which seem to peak out at us from just below the surface of his skillfully cut paper.

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8-Bit Polaroids Capture a Retro/Digital World

What if the characters of the digital world seamlessly merged with the real one we experience every day? I’m not talking about the high definition world of Tron, but something a lot closer to the Atari 2600’s Pitfall. That’s exactly what California based designer Jherin Miller has done with his recent Pixels and Polaroids series. He envisioned digital 8-bit characters coming to life through the lens of a Polaroid camera… it looks like one fun, chilled out world to inhabit.

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Why Man Creates: A Classic Film by Legendary Saul Bass

This groovy classic film looks at the creative process through a series of fun, explorative shorts. Created in 1970 by the legendary graphic designer and film maker Saul Bass, the highly regarded film avoids pigeonholing the process of creation with explanations, but instead explores the varied experiences of different individuals through visual storytelling. Be sure to check out more on Saul Bass, creator of many famous company logos, film titles and movie posters.

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Otherworldly Illustrations From A Slovak Master

I find the fine illustrations of renowned Slovak artist Albín Brunovský (1935-1997) both beautiful and disturbing in their otherworldly appearance. Sailing ships, trees and masses of small distorted figures combine with larger landscapes and even hairstyles… reminding me of the giant with a ship on his head in the movie Time Bandits or the iconic painting Garden of Earthly Delights by master painter Hieronymus Bosch. Read more about the excellent Brunovský, his life and legacy here.

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Todays Gangs Are Boring! Free 70′s Documentary

Wearing styles that would get them in deep trouble today, this classic documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s covers the bad ass street gangs of late 70’s New York. Although there are many interviews, the film mainly focuses on two groups, the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads of the South Bronx. Is it just us or have gangs gotten a little more savage?

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