Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Cinematography from Carl Zeiss


The history of Carl Zeiss AG begins in Jena before World War II, then the world's largest location of camera production. Zeiss Ikon represented a significant part of the production along with dozens of other brands and factories.

The destruction of the war caused many companies to divide into smaller subcompanies and others to merge together. Nevertheless, there was an enormous amount of respect for the innovation and engineering that came out of Dresden—before the war, Dresden had been responsible for the world's first SLR camera (the Kine Exakta) and the first miniature camera with good picture quality.

At the end of the war, Zeiss Jena was occupied by the US army. When they moved to West Germany shortly after the war, they forced many people in Zeiss management to relocate to West Germany as well, while the remainder of Zeiss Jena was occupied by the Eastern German Republic as Kombinat VEB Zeiss Jena. The Western business was restarted in Oberkochen (in southwestern Germany) as Opton Optische Werke Oberkochen GmbH in 1946, which became Zeiss-Opton Optische Werke Oberkochen GmbH in 1947, but was soon renamed to Carl Zeiss. Western German Zeiss products were labelled Opton when sold into the Eastern block, whilst Eastern German Zeiss products where labelled "Zeiss Jena" when sold to Western countries.

In 1973, the Western Carl Zeiss AG entered a licensing agreement with the Japanese camera company Yashica to produce a series of high-quality 35mm film cameras and lenses bearing the Contax and Zeiss brand names. This collaboration continued under Yashica's successor, Kyocera, until the latter ceased all camera production in 2005. Zeiss later produced lenses for the space industry, and more recently, has again entered into production of high-quality 35mm camera lenses.

Following German reunification, VEB Zeiss Jena became Zeiss Jena GmbH, which became JENOPTIC Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH in 1990. In 1991 the company name was shortened to JENOPTIC GmbH. The companies of the Zeiss Gruppe in and around Dresden have branched into new technologies: screens and products for the automotive industry, for example. Zeiss nonetheless still continues to be a camera manufacturer, and still produces the Pentacon, Praktica[1], and special-use lenses (e.g., Exakta).

Today, there are arguably three companies with primarily Zeiss Ikon heritage: Zeiss Germany, the Finnish/Swedish Ikon (which bought the western German Zeiss Ikon AG), and the independent eastern Zeiss Ikon.


Sunday, June 17, 2007

The color and light of Binod Prahham,the Indian Cinematographer.

The lenz has always been my metaphor .Newer techniques are constantly espanding my horizens and helping my evolve.At the end of a hard day's work, i am grateful for being able to explore a vast range of emotional expression made possible with the use of film and narrative.

Cinematography is a craft combined with art;it is a highly complex and intense medium.The ability to undestand an artform that works on its own and create images,and balance the imagery with color and light and their imagination .
It has been a breathtaking journey...

- Binod-

Cinematographer Binod Pradhan finds his muse in Devdas.

For a native of Kalimpong, West Bengal, zest, energy and sheer talent were all that propelled Binod Pradhan to become one of the most renowned names in cinematography.

Having worked in films like Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Khamosh and Kundan Shah's Jaane Bhi Do Yaron as a struggler, Pradhan broke new ground in Chopra's Parinda and 1942 -- A Love Story. He was also hailed for the way his camera 'caressed the lush environment of Kashmir' in Chopra's Mission Kashmir.

Now comes Sanjay Leela Bhansali's lavish saga,
Devdas, starring Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Made at a whopping Rs 500 million, the film, Indian cinema's most expensive ever, is a fillip in Pradhan's career.

He tells Arti R what it took to mount a film of this scale:

I first met Sanjay on the sets of 1942 -- A Love Story [the songs of which Bhansali choreographed]. I was supposed to shoot Khamoshi (starring Manisha Koirala, Salman Khan, Nana Patekar, Seema Biswas), with him. That did not work out --- I began work on Vidhu's [Vinod Chopra] Kareeb (starring Bobby Deol, Neha).

Dr Bachchan family in Morocco soon.

نجوم السينما الهندية قريبا في المغرب

جمال الخنوسي

Saturday, June 16, 2007

من المنتظر أن يقوم نجوم السينما الهندية بجولة في أنحاء العالم ستقودهم إلى المغرب خلال الأشهر القليلة المقبلة· وكان ممثلو السينما الهندية ذائعي الصيت، أعلنوا يوم الجمعة الماضي أنهم سيبدؤون رحلة طويلة ستقودهم إلى العديد من البلدان حول العالم من أجل التعريف بصناعة السينما ببوليوود، وكذا الإسهام في الإشعاع الابداعي والفني الهندي· وسيكون على رأس هذه القافلة السينمائية التي أطلقت على نفسها اسم "الجولة التي لا تنسى" نجوم بوليوود من أمثال "أميتاب باشان" وابنه "أبيشاك" وملكة جمال الكون السابقة "أشواريا راي"، و"لارا دوتا" و"بيباشا باسو"، جولة ستقودهم إلى 18 بلدا حول العالم·

وفي ندوة صحفية بمدينة ليدز الانجليزية قال "أميتاب باشان" إن الجولة الاستعراضية التي سيقومون بها، هي الطريقة المثلى التي يريد أن يشكروا بها عشاق السينما الهندية في جميع أنحاء العالم· في شكل هذا اللقاء الحميمي الذي يروم التعريف بالهند والثقافة الهندية، والذي سيقودهم من سويسرا إلى المغرب ومن الشرق الأوسط إلى أمريكا وجنوب إفريقيا·

وقالت نجمة النجوم في الهند "أشواريا راي" (الصورة اعلاه) التي سبق لها أن زارت المغرب خلال المهرجان الدولي للسينما بمراكش، إن هذه الجولة "حقيقة لا تنسى من الناحية الشخصية والعملية أيضا"·
ويعد "أميتاب باشان" من النجوم المحبوبين في المغرب والهند وبريطانيا أيضا، إذ حاز أخيرا على جائزة "فنان القرن" التي نظمتها مؤسسة "بي بي سي" الاعلامية، منتصرا بذلك على نجمة هوليوود مارلين مونرو·
وتجدر الإشارة إلى أن السينما الهندية لها شعبية واسعة داخل المغرب، وصور الفنانين والنجوم وكذا الأغنية الهندية، لها عشاقها والمولعون بها· كما حظيت السينما الهندية بتكريم خاص خلال الدورة الأخيرة لمهرجان مراكش الدولي للسينما.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Said Naciri makes Box Office In Morocco via commercial movies

1-Abdu at El Mowahidin
2. Bandits, Les (2003)
3. The Keys (2002)
4. Art of Love (2001)


1. Bandits, Les (2003)

1.Abdu at El Mowahidin.
2. Bandits, Les (2003) .... Didi


1. Bandits, Les (2003) (producer)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Siham Assif trudging along for stardom



* 2000s
* 1990s

1. Larmes de l'argent, Les (2007)
... aka Silver Tears (Belgium: English title)
2. Wake Up Morocco (2006)
3. Yeux secs, Les (2003) .... Hala
... aka Cry No More (International: English title)
4. Et après? (2002)

5. Solomon (1997) (TV) .... Egyptian Bride
... aka Bibel - Salomon, Die (Germany)

... aka Salomone (Italy)

Friday, June 08, 2007

Memorizing Abdelkader Remoun via Italian music,the Grand Maghreb Intellectual figure

Abdelkader Remoun is fighting to make Grand Maghreb free .His task is surely difficult that one can imagine, but his stubborn and intellectual character makes the fight go on and on .
Thank you Kader .

Gnawa music in Essaouira,the soul music town in Morocco

Allal El Alooui and Hamid

Gnawa festival is about to celebrate its tenth aniversary in its beautiful town known of its harsh winds and typical brilliant mark of Olive oil called Argan .This festival is paying homage this year 2007 to onef the most brilliant Gnawa figure in Morocco, H'mida Boussou.
Essaouira becomes the soul -music south country for Moroccans and foreigners espcially Jazz and blues musicians and fans just like Randy Weston,Ali Farka,Bekkass and his sax player Ayad and Jean Micheal Jarre.(Allal El Alaoui )

Artistic directions :

- Abdeslmam Alikane.
- Loy Ehrlich.
- karim Ziad.