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by Robert W
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1950
Views: 140608

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

I have never seen Giant , and since I had plenty of time this weekend I finally decided to take a look. Given that this was George Stevens, I shouldn't have been surprised how much I enjoyed it. I laughed out loud (something I rarely do when I'm alone) when the kids started crying at Thanksgiving wh...
by Robert W
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: "Stan and Ollie" American Release Date Announced
Replies: 6
Views: 1086

Re: "Stan and Ollie" American Release Date Announced

Canada January 18 - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver - other cities to follow
by Robert W
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM FESTIVAL 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: TCM FESTIVAL 2019

No need to panic. There will be more obscure titles announced as we get closer to the actual Festival. I have been every year and with 5 theatres running titles have almost always found something to see all day long. There are always a few pre-codes, noirs and a silent or two every year. And now tha...
by Robert W
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1950
Views: 140608

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

I finally took a look at Criterion's blu-ray of The Freshman which has been sitting on my shelf since the film was released in 1925 ( or at least it feels like that I've had it that long, unwatched. ) Gorgeous print, and I actually think the torn suit at the dance sequence may have been funnier than...
by Robert W
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant
Replies: 28
Views: 960

Re: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant

I was at that TCM appearance with Mel Brooks ( interestingly, in almost the same exact position as whoever shot the video) and heard the story about Cary Grant. Carol Burnett tells exactly the same story (with the same punchline) as happening to Tim Conway, in her book 'This Time Together' which I h...
by Robert W
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray
Replies: 10
Views: 1650

Re: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray

I don't believe U.C.L.A. has restored Block Heads, Our Relations , Pardon Us, Another Fine Mess or Towed in a Hole yet. They appear to have done the foreign-language version for Pardon Us, but not the original.
by Robert W
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 1057

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

Enjoyed the report very much.

Is Helen's Babies legally available anywhere ?
by Robert W
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online
Replies: 17
Views: 1612

Re: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online

Wonderful, wonderful memories...thanks for posting this ! Slightly off topic.... I was checking a bulletin from 1976 that featured the Super 8 Chaplin features that were sold on long-term lease at the time. Did anyone ever actually return their prints at the end of the lease or was the whole deal lo...
by Robert W
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films
Replies: 25
Views: 5307

Re: Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films

Well said, Buskeat !
by Robert W
Wed May 02, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 830
Views: 91198

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

Show People in a beautiful 35mm print at the TCM Classic Film Festival last week, with live accompaniment by Ben Model. The film played beautifully, but unfortunately was interrupted by a fire alarm that cleared the theatre for a few minutes. Ben kept things going during the re-seating of the house...
by Robert W
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1950
Views: 140608

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

I second Mr. Bink's recommendation of Paddington 2 , an utterly charming film that underplays so wonderfully compared to the hyperactive children's films mostly being made today. Mr. Binks, I strongly recommend you take a look at Wonder , the Julia Roberts film starring a talented young actor named ...
by Robert W
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?
Replies: 14
Views: 3284

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 in...
by Robert W
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Our Next Amazing 3-D Restoration!
Replies: 26
Views: 8320

Re: Our Next Amazing 3-D Restoration!

Hi Bob :

Hillary's article on Sangaree on the 3D Archive website says Sangaree was composed for 1:33 but released and projected in 1:66. Which aspect ratio will you be using for the blu-ray ?
by Robert W
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Republic Rediscovered
Replies: 21
Views: 4239

Re: Republic Rediscovered

By sheer coincidence, I found the program from the TCM presentation last night. We were treated to clips from : Yokel Boy (1942) $1,000 A Minute (1935) Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) The Leavenworth Case (1935) Army Girl (1935) Larceny On The Air (1937) S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939) Rosie, The Riveter (1944...
by Robert W
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Republic Rediscovered
Replies: 21
Views: 4239

Re: Republic Rediscovered

Turner Classic Movies did a presentation on this at one of the recent TCM Classic Film Festivals with some of the restoration team present. We had a short presentation of about 30 titles that had been done, with short samples of the title sequences and followed by a clip from the restored films. I h...
by Robert W
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2478

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Another plus High Society has over White Christmas (which I love, by the way) - there isn't a single song in High Society as wonderfully awful as "What Can You Do With A General ?" .
by Robert W
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2478

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Seems to me if he watches White Christmas yearly, High Society shouldn't be too much of a stretch for him, despite it's somewhat leisurely pace. I've actually seen it more often than The Philadelphia Story.

And if he doesn't instantly love Celeste Holm, throw him back and find someone else.
by Robert W
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: TCM Remembers 2017
Replies: 45
Views: 6711

Re: TCM Remembers 2017

The one that made me the saddest was Robert Osbourne, actually.

Debbie Reynolds is a close second - she was a huge (and welcome) live presence at many TCM Film Festival and TCM Cruise events, and sure knew how to work a crowd.
by Robert W
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Nitrate Laurel & Hardy print on eBay
Replies: 81
Views: 14287

Re: Nitrate Laurel & Hardy print on eBay

Why nobody from Laurel & Hardy restoration project was contacted ??? The Laurel and Hardy restorations being done by UCLA only includes the sound shorts. The silents are under separate control by another owner and are not part of the current project. I've contributed to this project several times a...
by Robert W
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent/Talkies??
Replies: 20
Views: 4199

Re: Silent/Talkies??

Back in 2013, Bruce Goldstein with the Turner Classic Film Festival ran Frank Capra's The Donovan Affair, a film that survives only in picture without the sound discs that accompanied the film. Using script records from the New York State Board of Film Censors, they were able to reconstruct 60% of t...
by Robert W
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films
Replies: 6
Views: 973

Re: "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films

Check out Mike Gebert's post in this thread on The Holly and the Ivy.
by Robert W
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Wednesday Prime Time on TCM
Replies: 11
Views: 1883

Re: Wednesday Prime Time on TCM

The documentary on the National Film Registry was fascinating . I was all set to PVR Ace In The Hole at 11:00 until I realized I had it on blu-ray from a Criterion sale and hadn't watched it yet !
by Robert W
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents
Replies: 287
Views: 85615

Re: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents

I wish Kino would put the two W.C. Fields features on one double feature disc. Let's face it - most fans will buy both and I'd rather have one less blu-ray case to try and find space for. I wouldn't even mind if they charged a little more since we're getting two films.
by Robert W
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Strange Double Bill
Replies: 10
Views: 1737

Re: A Strange Double Bill

Back when double bills were common, there were usually two types of programs; one of similar-themed titles such as Bond or horror double bills, and simple "two giant hits" programs that had nothing more in common than the same studio releasing them. I was alive when the Odd Couple / Rosemary's Baby ...
by Robert W
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino
Replies: 87
Views: 21387

Re: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino

I'm confused by your reasoning, Jim. With the exchange rate between the Canadian vs. U.S. dollar, Americans will save an additional 30% or so off the Canadian price of $104, with a similar 30% savings off the postage, which is admittedly going to be higher than the same shipment originating out of t...
by Robert W
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Intermission
Replies: 28
Views: 5695

Re: Intermission

Monty Python and the Holy Grail also has an "intermission." I've seen theaters both take it as real and blow right through it, so I'm not sure what the original intent was. Possibly for those territories where they needed to feed their møøse. There is no question the 'intermission' in Monty Python ...
by Robert W
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Classics
Replies: 56
Views: 13047

Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

Another vote for The Big Parade.

Beggars of Life is my choice.
by Robert W
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4745

Re: THE MUSIC BOX

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by Robert W
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4745

Re: THE MUSIC BOX

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by Robert W
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4745

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