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by Arndt
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 72
Views: 1692

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Let me throw a new word in here: kitsch . While I have not seen Peter Jackson's new documentary, kitsch is a word I have associated with this director for a while. In my view he turned the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy into kitsch with his peculiar form of hyper-realism. KING KONG turned to kitsch in hi...
by Arndt
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 72
Views: 1692

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Brooksie wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:40 pm
his purpose strikes me not only as legitimate, but noble.
Let us hope that is what it turns out to be.
by Arndt
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 72
Views: 1692

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

As time goes by and technology gets better, audiences won't be as insistent on things remaining the same. Remember, the Ken Burns documentaries are made of bits cut out from newsreels. They originally had the context the newsreel film makers had for them, but Ken Burns converted it to his own conte...
by Arndt
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 695
Views: 80256

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Battra92 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:20 am
It's a serial I would love to have a discussion on with people but I've never been able to convince anyone to watch it.
Discuss away! This is one of my all-time favourites.
by Arndt
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 72
Views: 1692

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Also let us not forget that by far the greater part of WWI "documentary" footage was staged. Life at the front was too dangerous for filming. So maybe the footage was never that authentic in the first place. Still my personal bugbear is that in all documentaries about anything these days the image i...
by Arndt
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THEATER OF BLOOD (1973)
Replies: 2
Views: 167

THEATER OF BLOOD (1973)

I re-watched this film yesterday after a very long time. What a treat! Fast-paced, full of dark humour and with a Vincent Price at his self-referential best. Utterly grand guignol. What I had not remembered is that the intro consists of scenes from silent Shakespeare films, showing among others Emil...
by Arndt
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 72
Views: 1692

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

But why does the footage always have to cropped into widescreen? I find that infuriating with documentaries.
by Arndt
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 72
Views: 1692

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

What with the use of stirring music in the trailer I do worry about the tone of the film. I might opt to watch OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR or BLACKADDER GOES FORTH instead.
by Arndt
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?

I think it might be a good idea to alternate male and female stars.
by Arndt
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Many European-Created & U.S. Silent Feature Films Now Online Gratis.
Replies: 18
Views: 1112

Re: Many European-Created & U.S. Silent Feature Films Now Online Gratis.

Freshly posted: DER ADJUTANT DES ZAREN (1928) that ran at last year's Stummfilmtage Bonn. This was my comment: The feature was the German film DER ADJUTANT DES ZAREN (The Czar's Orderly) from 1929, a film that neither I nor any of my silent film buddies had ever heard of. This is a little strange, a...
by Arndt
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming
Replies: 30
Views: 5800

Re: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming

Over the last two days I binge-watched the six films in the Criterion set with a buddy. The films look great. Yes, MOROCCO is a bit soft in places, but crisp enough in most others. We particularly enjoyed the first four films - MOROCCO, DISHONORED, SHANGHAI EXPRESS and BLONDE VENUS - and were less e...
by Arndt
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 928

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

precode wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:31 pm
I believe it's somewhat longer as well.
I thought it was long enough. I enjoyed it, but it did not leave me asking for more of it.
by Arndt
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 928

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

Robert W wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:09 pm
Enjoyed the report very much.

Is Helen's Babies legally available anywhere ?
My copy is from Videobrary.
by Arndt
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 928

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

Thank you for the reports! Sounds like a varied programme. You seem to have paced yourself well. I find that - as exciting as a programme of films may look beforehand - after a few films the more delicate parts of my anatomy force me to take a break. I am looking forward to a time when I shall be ab...
by Arndt
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933) available?
Replies: 1
Views: 228

LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933) available?

Do any of you good people know if LAUGHTER IN HELL (1933) is available anywhere?
by Arndt
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: LIEBELEI and LOLA MONTEZ out on Edition Filmmuseum double DVD
Replies: 0
Views: 157

LIEBELEI and LOLA MONTEZ out on Edition Filmmuseum double DVD

You can now buy the two Ophüls classics LIEBELEI and LOLA MONTEZ as a double offering from Edition Filmmuseum: https://www.edition-filmmuseum.com/product_info.php/language/en/info/p178_Liebelei---Lola-Montez.html So should you? I think so. LIEBELEI is one of my favourite sound films. If Ophüls had m...
by Arndt
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Thursday started with an obscure eight-minute Czech amateur film called BEZUCELNA PROCHAZKA. Not only was it less than riveting, the Czech film archive had stipulated that it was not to be accompanied by music. The festival's only dead loss this year. How strange. Did they give a reason for not per...
by Arndt
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...
Replies: 30
Views: 1115

Re: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...

Happy to contribute. And I would certainly purchase merchandise.
by Arndt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

So much for the eleven days of the 34th Bonn silent film festival. It stayed dry every night but got a little cold towards the end. The musicians excelled themselves, just like every year. I thought the choice of features if not shorts particularly good this year. I went eight times altogether and w...
by Arndt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

The last day - Sunday - was dominated by the 1924 Austrian film DIE STADT OHNE JUDEN (The City Without Jews). This important film had been thought lost before a fragment was discovered in a Dutch archive. The film was restored from that and released on DVD in 2008. Then a collector found another fra...
by Arndt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Saturday night was a double feature: It started with VALLFARTEN TILL KEVLAAR (The pilgrimage to Kevelaer), an obscure Swedish film from 1921. Kevelaer is a pilgrimage town not far north of Bonn, where people come to ask a miraculous image of the Virgin for help. Great German poet Heinrich Heine (him...
by Arndt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

BEN HUR! What's not to like about this film? Especially when you get to see the version with all twelve techicolor scenes and when it is accompanied by Günter Buchwald on piano and violin and Frank Bockius on percussion. The accompaniment made this a very special nght. The two musicians took risks, ...
by Arndt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Thursday started with an obscure eight-minute Czech amateur film called BEZUCELNA PROCHAZKA. Not only was it less than riveting, the Czech film archive had stipulated that it was not to be accompanied by music. The festival's only dead loss this year. Thursday night's feature was the late Japanese s...
by Arndt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Wednesday started with a 12-minute film about the visit of the Swedish crown prince and his princess to Hollywood. We get a lot of his royal highness standing around looking wooden, Prince Charles style. We get to see Louis B. Mayer, Great Garbo in an extremely wide-brimmed hat, Lon Chaney and the b...
by Arndt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

monks19 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:02 pm
Let's hope that all those discoveries from this festival will find their way to home video (one way or another). Especially for Faust and Rosita.
I am also hopeful for ROSITA. Don't get your hopes up for this version of FAUST. It seems highly unlikely that it will make it to DVD.
by Arndt
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Tuesday night started with Chaplin's THE COUNT (1916) and as it was a balmy summer evening the quadrangle was filled to capacity. So 1500 people had a good time. The feature was the restored version of ROSITA (1923). I have always liked this film, even in the beat-up bootleg copy with Russian titles...
by Arndt
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

That talk about FAUST sounds interesting. It is fascinating to read the stories in trade papers at the time about Lubitsch suggesting this to Pickford and his thought that Douglas Fairbanks could have played the role. Apparently Lubitsch wanted Fairbanks to play Mephistopheles but Fairbanks would n...
by Arndt
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

boblipton wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:08 am
Don't you know, Arndt, that Dulac was a lesbian and a woman
In spite of these accomplishments her films bore me to tears.
by Arndt
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Tuesday night was dedicated to Soviet film. It started off with the short animation INTERPLANETARY REVOLUTION (1924), a crude film with a certain homemade appeal in which brave soldier Kominternov frees the galaxy from communist pigs (literally). What made this surprisingly enjoyable was the excelle...
by Arndt
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3359

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Sunday started with THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY (1927) in its now extended form. By a stupid coincidence the last time this film had been programmed was just before the new material was discovered. So to make amends we got to watch this glorious pie-throwing feast one more time. Needless to say it bro...