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by syd
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Voices in today's pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Voices in today's pictures

Movies today are released with multiple channels. That is fine for a movie theater because they are equipped to handle separate channels and equalize the sound so that the dialogue channel is not lost among the music and effects channels. When it comes to the home systems, there are large variations...
by syd
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Which people were Orson Welles biggest enemies?
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: Which people were Orson Welles biggest enemies?

I am not sure what Orson Welles said to Peter Sellers but It was one of the reasons Casino Royale (1967) turned out like it did. In the Baccarat card game scene at the casino, the film editors try to make it seem as if Welles and Sellers are in the same room. They are not. By that time, Peter Seller...
by syd
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time
Replies: 62
Views: 12072

Re: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time

I found a limited edition of The Canterville Ghost (1944) in a DVD bin at a thrift store. I will watch it on Halloween. I think it is still the best movie version of the book. Who can replace Charles Laughton? Big Lots is a good source for classic movies on DVD and Blu-ray. I picked up a copy of Eas...
by syd
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Buster Keaton in "The Wonder of Kodak 126 Film" Commercial
Replies: 0
Views: 378

Buster Keaton in "The Wonder of Kodak 126 Film" Commercial



Buster Keaton is once again the cameraman.

I am not sure if this has been posted before.

Aha, the full version. The Triumph of Lester Snapwell.

by syd
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor tech...all lost?
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Technicolor tech...all lost?

There is some effort to use the concept of Technicolor (three primary colors merging to provide greater color accuracy) in 3 sensor digital video cameras. They are (were) manufactured by Panasonic and JVC and other companies. They are also used in video projectors. If someone wanted to build a Techn...
by syd
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Revolving Doors in Movies
Replies: 14
Views: 451

Re: Revolving Doors in Movies

I am surprised the revolving door is not used more in movies. It is a good prop for visual comedy. It could also be a moving philosophical statement as in The Last Laugh. As the Door Man, played by Emil Jannings, goes through the revolving door to the inside of the hotel, he eyes his replacement com...
by syd
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Oscar news
Replies: 24
Views: 1727

Re: Oscar news

Charlie Chaplin receiving an Honorary Oscar is one of Oscar's best moments. https://youtu.be/J3Pl-qvA1X8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Pl-qvA1X8 The Most Popular Movie Category is yet another sign of corporate capitalists wanting to be rewarded for essentially dumbing down the masses with what h...
by syd
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Camera failures
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Camera failures

Not an error as a result of camera malfunction
but 30,000 feet of negative of director Robert
Flaherty's first trip through the northern regions
of Canada went up in flames due to an errant
cigarette toss.
by syd
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution?
Replies: 2
Views: 912

Re: How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution

http://www.moviemice.com/_pages/silent/index.php" target="_blank Picture 29: "assembling positive (release) prints, World Studio, Ft. Lee - before color film, sections were tinted and toned to effectively change the mood: blue for night, amber for day, and these rolls were processed separately and s...
by syd
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Ella Cinders blu-ray
Replies: 2
Views: 1688

Re: Ella Cinders blu-ray

Sometimes the question arise "what silent film should be shown to first timers?". A strong candidate is Ella Cinders. If one wants to see what makes the silent film unique and not just a mute sound film, watch the smooth emotings of Colleen Moore. This is the period in her film career where she had ...
by syd
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: HIDDEN RACIALISM / RACISM
Replies: 8
Views: 2006

Re: HIDDEN RACIALISM / RACISM

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002146/bio" target="_blank "Because of the problem with early orthochromatic film registering blue eyes on screen, Howe was soon promoted to operating cameraman at Paramount (the new name for the Lasky Studio), where his talents were noted. A long-time photography buff, ...
by syd
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Magellan 65mm - The most compact 65mm film camera
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

Re: Magellan 65mm - The most compact 65mm film camera

Clunky, overbearing camera gear that used to be cutting edge. Being able to shoot 65MM film on equipment much lighter than the one shown is a revelation. It can take that format into places and project-types previously restricted. Provided you have the funding for film developing and scanning, low-b...
by syd
Thu May 24, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Jackie Coogan
Replies: 9
Views: 2322

Re: Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan could have been a one hit wonder with The Kid and never heard from again. His career continued, however, at the same popularity level to the end of the silent era. 1. Daddy 1923 -- moving image. UCLA - complete 2. The Bugle Call 1927 -- moving image. LOST 3. Buttons 1927 -- moving imag...
by syd
Tue May 22, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Projector Recommendation Please
Replies: 3
Views: 1061

Re: Projector Recommendation Please

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=1&st=1&lng=1&r=&br=&c=&w=&ar=4%3A3&lag=&db=&zr=&wt=<g=&ll=&mfg=&p=&wr=&dt=&t=&pjl=0&pjw=0&pjh=0&td=&is=&i=d&tr=&tr2=&oop=3&sort=name" target="_blank This is a long list of digital projectors that project in the Academy Ratio. If your primary ...
by syd
Sat May 19, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Magellan 65mm - The most compact 65mm film camera
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

Magellan 65mm - The most compact 65mm film camera

https://www.newsshooter.com/2018/05/05/magellan-65mm-the-lightest-and-most-compact-65mm-film-camera-on-earth/" target="_blank http://www.in70mm.com/news/2018/magellan/index.htm" target="_blank Assuming the final version gets completed, this camera is the solution to movie producers, directors and ci...
by syd
Wed May 02, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run
Replies: 22
Views: 4800

Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

I think Arthur C. Clarke was off by many decades with his title.
We are still not like the world he and Stanley Kubrick envisioned.
Theirs is human space travel beyond the moon which has not yet
been achieved.
by syd
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: "TV in Public".
Replies: 5
Views: 2504

Re: "TV in Public".

Articles from the Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/how-new-led-cinema-screen-could-change-filmmaking-moviegoing-1104745" target="_blank https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/spielberg-nolan-directors-who-dont-want-led-screens-movie-theaters-1105477" targe...
by syd
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: "TV in Public".
Replies: 5
Views: 2504

"TV in Public".

The subject line is a statement director Quentin Tarantino made in 2012 about the state of movie exhibition. He disapproved of the digital system being used by theaters. He would most likely be against the next step in exhibition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAJSRCasaOQ Although these have been a...
by syd
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)
Replies: 16
Views: 1995

Re: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)

The Vagabond King (1929). They showed this on the old AMC during a fundraiser. It moves like molasses and the director seemed unsure on how to handle dialogue. The cast looks rather nervous at times. Too many pauses and poor Rudy Vallee, when not singing, looks as if he wished he were elsewhere. "I...
by syd
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)
Replies: 16
Views: 1995

Re: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)

2:01 - 2:22 - Walgreens. Survived the Depression and is the #2 largest drug store chain in the U.S. Upbeat, positive marquee titles everywhere. Our present cynical times won't allow that. The Vagabond Lover (1929). They showed this on the old AMC during a fundraiser. It moves like molasses and the d...
by syd
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The quality of repertory showings and home theaters
Replies: 43
Views: 7231

Re: The quality of repertory showings and home theaters

bigshot wrote: "How The West Was Won looks spectacular on my home projection system." Digital projection would make the Cinerama format more easier to achieve. Interlocking 3 projectors with the proper 1/3 panel files, all three would stay in sync with an app. Film projectionists who have done Ciner...
by syd
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The quality of repertory showings and home theaters
Replies: 43
Views: 7231

Re: The quality of repertory showings and home theaters

wich2 - "Home theaters can be very nice, and are often the only option, but you will never get that experience at a home theater." "It is what vintage films were designed for; in some cases, tailor-cut for." -Craig That is especially true for movies made during the time television had started coming...
by syd
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Charley Chase: The Hal Roach Talkies Volume One 1930-31
Replies: 94
Views: 24537

Re: Charley Chase: The Hal Roach Talkies Volume One 1930-31

"The sound in the Our Gangs of 1930 isn't great either. The music always sounds OK, so it might be just limitations of the production sound." Charming as the first Our Gang sound shorts are, they do suffer from the limitations of early sound technique and equipment. As was mentioned, Hal Roach was p...
by syd
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?
Replies: 14
Views: 3249

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

Digital projection has a shortcoming where film has an advantage. If there is failure of a hard drive or card format that is delivered to the cinema for projection, the whole movie goes and projection is delayed until a replacement is obtained. Not sure if the agencies that distribute the movies inc...
by syd
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Bob Clampett
Replies: 21
Views: 3400

Re: Bob Clampett

Welcome back.
by syd
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304413

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Possibly the most underrated actor of classic Hollywood and one of the very few people Orson Wells never had unkind words for (and that's saying a lot) Joseph Cotten should get a reconsideration and a box set as well. Portrait of Jennie is a movie that stays with you long after the last frame flicke...
by syd
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Bob Clampett
Replies: 21
Views: 3400

Re: Bob Clampett

Bob Clampett also created Time for Beany (tv puppet show)
and Beany and Cecil (animated tv show).

He was also at the helm of notorious shorts like Coal Black and
de Sebben Dwarfs.
by syd
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?
Replies: 14
Views: 3249

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

As long as directors like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg are making movies, there will be a possibility of film projection since they still shoot some of their projects on celluloid. Film is not dead, yet. Holly- wood sees the necessity of preserving their projects on film for l...
by syd
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What is a 'cinenapographer'
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: What is a 'cinenapographer'

Her name is Dorothy (Dot) Farley.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0267638/" target="_blank