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by gentlemanfarmer
Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: News of David Shepard's passing
Replies: 69
Views: 28524

Re: News of David Shepard's passing

Like so many of us, my interest and ability to work with silent films wouldn't have been possible without David Shepard. It is hard to think of the silent film world without him. Generous, helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and willing to share so that the films themselves would continue to work their...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: RIP Bob Birchard
Replies: 61
Views: 15647

Re: RIP Bob Birchard

Bob Birchard was a thoughtful and helpful man. I never had the privilege of meeting him, but he on more than one occasion wrote me a private message or shared original research in response to a conversation, query, or comment I or others made here on NitrateVille. He was really a kind gentleman and ...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Symphony for THE BRIDE'S PLAY
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Re: Symphony for THE BRIDE'S PLAY

Is this the same as George Spink (1873-1936) who was from Rhode Island, and wrote popular songs and at least two musical comedies around 1917-18?
by gentlemanfarmer
Fri May 20, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Timothy's Quest
Replies: 9
Views: 2139

Re: Timothy's Quest

Thanks for the nice review. I should note that although Mont Alto recorded the score for this film, it was actually compiled by Eric Cook of the Ivy Leaf Orchestra, who made some excellent choices of music. Unfortunately, Eric's group wasn't able to record the score that he painstakingly retranscri...
by gentlemanfarmer
Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Timothy's Quest (1922) from Flicker Alley
Replies: 9
Views: 2165

Re: Timothy's Quest (1922) from Flicker Alley

Having had the privilege of working with David Shepard and Rodney Sauer on this project, you will not be disappointed in the beauty of the print and its restoration. It is a lovely film with the most enjoyable child acting I've ever seen in a silent film. The photography and composition is exquisite...
by gentlemanfarmer
Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: Ben-Hur Score
Replies: 0
Views: 2473

Ben-Hur Score

The New York Public Library is uploading it's digital collection, so far the only silent film score I could locate for viewing was 1925 compiled Ben-Hur score. The list of material is amazing and worth viewing, a great idea, and I'm happy to live in an age that makes research so easy. http://digital...
by gentlemanfarmer
Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: Book: The Music of the Silent Films
Replies: 11
Views: 6070

Re: Book: The Music of the Silent Films

Thanks for reviewing this title Rodney, just what I wanted to know when I saw it on Amazon a week ago! More great work by Ben Model.
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Zeus DVD
Replies: 9
Views: 4602

Re: Zeus DVD

Thanks Ed, that's what I was afraid of...let me know how it turns out if you don't mind.
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Zeus DVD
Replies: 9
Views: 4602

Zeus DVD

Anyone have any dealings with this company and would like to comment?

Quality of product and ordering processing.

Thanks,
Eric
by gentlemanfarmer
Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: in-house trades
Replies: 25
Views: 5029

Re: in-house trades

I was reading this thread in hopes of finding a library or archive of the January 27, 1916 of the Picture Progress (Paramount). Several of the holdings listed further up the thread fail to yield that issue in their current online catalogs, or they lack that volume. There also seems to be some confus...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Best D. W. Griffith Books / Broken Blossoms
Replies: 12
Views: 1855

Re: Best D. W. Griffith Books / Broken Blossoms

Thanks Mr. Morrow for the recommendation, I was trying to find that thread, because I thought it had come up, and couldn't. Dear Linquist, I was having similar thoughts, and we've been asked to do a possible film series in the summer, that might include Broken Blossoms, and I really felt I needed to...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Best D. W. Griffith Books / Broken Blossoms
Replies: 12
Views: 1855

Re: Best D. W. Griffith Books / Broken Blossoms

Thank you for the selections that you recommended. Has anyone read, Mr. Griffith's House with Closed Shutters: The Long Buried Secret That Turned Lawrence Into D.W. ?
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:15 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Best D. W. Griffith Books / Broken Blossoms
Replies: 12
Views: 1855

Best D. W. Griffith Books / Broken Blossoms

Besides the Lillian Gish memoir on my shelf, I don't have any full length Griffith biographies and/or books that cover his work in-depth. Any suggestions for which titles to acquire, I'm interested in historical accuracy as well as a level-headed approach. Any books or even journal articles or web-s...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Blood and Sand- The EYE version.
Replies: 13
Views: 1914

Re: Blood and Sand- The EYE version.

A 1922 cue sheet is archived at Eastman House and can be ordered from there, I've not seen it though. It (with all the usual cue sheet caveats) might give some indication about the US release.
by gentlemanfarmer
Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Advice on a multi-region DVD player or Blu-ray
Replies: 17
Views: 7421

Re: Advice on a multi-region DVD player or Blu-ray

Dear Rick,

Thank you so much for the link to the other conversation! Just what I needed.
by gentlemanfarmer
Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Advice on a multi-region DVD player or Blu-ray
Replies: 17
Views: 7421

Re: Advice on a multi-region DVD player or Blu-ray

Gentlemen, Thank you very much for the advice. Since it looks like Blu-ray makes sense is there anything else one should look for - or particular models you'd recommend, beyond the information you've already kindly shared. I'm not interested in technology except when I buy something - then I want so...
by gentlemanfarmer
Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Advice on a multi-region DVD player or Blu-ray
Replies: 17
Views: 7421

Advice on a multi-region DVD player or Blu-ray

I've decided to purchase a multi-region DVD player, and I've started, finally, to consider upgrading to a Blu-ray player, which I haven't fully decided yet. Does anyone have a suggestion for a DVD player in the 35 to 75 dollar range, and a Blu-ray player that would be similarly or slightly higher? I...
by gentlemanfarmer
Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Birth of a Nation
Replies: 52
Views: 11561

Re: The Birth of a Nation

It was Voltaire who said "I may not agree with what you say..." Actually, like many famous sayings, Voltaire never said it. It was attributed to him as a sort of parenthetical comment on his political beliefs by Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her c. 1906/1907 biography of Voltaire, which was written under...
by gentlemanfarmer
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Good books about silent movie music performance in history?
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Good books about silent movie music performance in histo

I can't believe I didn't think of this:

http://www.questia.com/library/journal/ ... ion-at-the#/" target="_blank

An article that I helped research on the collection of music at the University of Pittsburgh.
by gentlemanfarmer
Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Good books about silent movie music performance in history?
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Good books about silent movie music performance in histo

I also heartily recommend the Altman volume, as well as the Marks, if you have some music theory background. There are some scattered other documents online, like this recent masters thesis about cue sheets by Shana Anderson that is available as PDF download, google silent film cue sheets and master...
by gentlemanfarmer
Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Good books about silent movie music performance in history?
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Good books about silent movie music performance in histo

For those in the UK, I recommend: The Sounds of the Silents in Britain.

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780 ... et="_blank

A similar work to the Altman volume.
by gentlemanfarmer
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: First Arbuckle Trial
Replies: 17
Views: 2468

Re: First Arbuckle Trial

Thanks, I've been recently trying to improve my silent film reference library outside of books that on the musical traditions, and am concentrating on picking up the various Keaton titles that have been recommended over the years by Nitrateville posters. I was thinking about getting more specific i...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: Maybe off topic - Midi Pipe Organ sources??
Replies: 3
Views: 3822

Re: Maybe off topic - Midi Pipe Organ sources??

In a former life I was a pipe-organ builder, there is nothing quite like this available out of the box...to build one would cost about $400 I'd guess, depending on which components you used, and whether they were new or used. If you know any pipe organ builders in your region, they might be willing ...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: First Arbuckle Trial
Replies: 17
Views: 2468

Re: First Arbuckle Trial

Thanks, I've been recently trying to improve my silent film reference library outside of books that on the musical traditions, and am concentrating on picking up the various Keaton titles that have been recommended over the years by Nitrateville posters. I was thinking about getting more specific in...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: First Arbuckle Trial
Replies: 17
Views: 2468

Re: First Arbuckle Trial

Now THAT is what I'm talking about!

HA!
by gentlemanfarmer
Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: First Arbuckle Trial
Replies: 17
Views: 2468

Re: First Arbuckle Trial

Forgive me for going a bit off topic here, but this has been in my mind for a while and this seems like a good segue. To those who know this issue of film history well, regarding the Arbuckle trial, which books or scholarly articles would recommend for the best information, in terms of historically ...
by gentlemanfarmer
Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: Kittanning, PA: July 18, The Tramp & The Kid
Replies: 0
Views: 233

Kittanning, PA: July 18, The Tramp & The Kid

SILENT MOVIE NIGHT Featuring "The Tramp" (1915) "The Kid" (1921) FREE TO THE PUBLIC With live organ accompaniment by Eric Cook featuring period music and photoplay favorites Friday, July 18, 2014 8 p.m. Digital Projection, open seating beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the air conditioned church nave. Parki...
by gentlemanfarmer
Sat May 10, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: LA, May 10 Rare Arctic Films
Replies: 0
Views: 243

LA, May 10 Rare Arctic Films

From http://visionsnorth.blogspot.com/2014/05/before-nanook-at-velaslavasay-panorama.html This coming Saturday, May 10th, I'll be joining my old Arctic friend and fellow-researcher Kenn Harper to give a talk on films of Arctic subjects made before 1922, the year that Nanook of the North, for better ...
by gentlemanfarmer
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: BEN-HUR -- new score by Stewart Copeland
Replies: 48
Views: 14073

Re: BEN-HUR -- new score by Stewart Copeland

Well personally, I think this is a good thing. Not my cup of tea, in many ways but you know the more I think about it, it doesn't bother me - this (I hope) will help generate interest in silent film, and bring it to an audience that would likely never bother. I have no problem with editing, tinting,...