Silent eclipses?

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Silent eclipses?

PostSun Aug 13, 2017 8:34 pm

I remember a George Melies film about the eclipse of the sun, with a rather lecherous anthropomorphic sun.

Are there other silent movies where an eclipse is featured? There was a common adventure novel twist where the European protagonist, armed with modern astronomy, impresses a native tribe by predicting an eclipse, but I can't remember if that ever made it into a silent film.
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Re: Silent eclipses?

PostSun Aug 13, 2017 8:48 pm

On IMDB I find the Melies: The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907) and
Our Heavenly Bodies (1925).

Talkies start with A Connecticut Yankee (1931) with Will Rogers.

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Silent eclipses?

PostSun Aug 13, 2017 9:01 pm

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See WIKIPEDIA: ECLIPSES IN FICTION
From WIKIPEDIA: CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT (1921)
" The film was popular, and its success likely encouraged Fox to produce the later sound film adaptation of the novel, A Connecticut Yankee. According to author Barbara Leaming, the film's hanging scene inspired Tom Hepburn, brother of Katharine Hepburn, to commit suicide in 1921.
According to silentera.com, only reels 2, 4 and 7 survive. Likewise the Library of Congress silent film database has the film incomplete."
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Re: Silent eclipses?

PostMon Aug 14, 2017 11:07 am

If I recall correctly, Walter Kerr talks about the Harry Myers A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court version in his book Silent Clowns.
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Re: Silent eclipses?

PostMon Aug 14, 2017 12:21 pm

silentfilm wrote:If I recall correctly, Walter Kerr talks about the Harry Myers A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court version in his book Silent Clowns.


Ah! So an American protagonist who uses an eclipse to impress primitive Europeans! I stand corrected.
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Re: Silent eclipses?

PostMon Aug 14, 2017 12:52 pm

This occurs in the 1937 KING SOLOMON'S MINES, but whether the 1919 version had / has the eclipse I've no idea...
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Re: Silent eclipses?

PostMon Aug 14, 2017 2:48 pm

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:This occurs in the 1937 KING SOLOMON'S MINES, but whether the 1919 version had / has the eclipse I've no idea...


That's probably the one I was looking for, plus of course the Tintin comic book adventure with the Incas, which seemed to be a mashup of Die Spinnen with King Solomon's Mines, just omitting all of the female characters...
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