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by Donald Binks
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

I watched this documentary today. The picture element plays as secondary to the voices, the voices of the men who fought in the Great War. They were there and they bring home exactly what it was like from their first hand experiences. Their reminiscences are stark, factual and not without some black...
by Donald Binks
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: Think Silent Films Are Boring? Watch Them Like This.
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Re: Think Silent Films Are Boring? Watch Them Like This.

For someone who has set himself up early in the narration as a film historian I was somewhat taken aback that he had no idea whatsoever as to how silent pictures were presented. Still, there are many "in the know" who have no idea. I remember asking a curator of a film programme one time why there w...
by Donald Binks
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: November Star of the Month – Lon Chaney
Replies: 13
Views: 973

Re: November Star of the Month – Lon Chaney

I first came across Lon Chaney by way of "Man of a Thousand Faces" with James Cagney as the star in this biographical drama. A number of the famous scenes from Chaney's silent pictures were re-enacted which whetted my appetite to see the original. It was a few years later that I had the opportunity ...
by Donald Binks
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Trip Down Market Street 1906 (new scan)
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: A Trip Down Market Street 1906 (new scan)

In 1906 rules for driving a motor car had obviously not been established.
by Donald Binks
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Living a Dream
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: Living a Dream

boblipton wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:12 am
I like the gag reaction of your friends and I'm sure your rendition of "Chopsticks" is one for the ages.

Bob
I was actually playing the second do-diddy from the opera "Whackensnatch" made famous by the feraltone "Pegleg" Dingbatz.
by Donald Binks
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Living a Dream
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Living a Dream

I was lucky enough to attend an "open console" day at the wonderful Regent Theatre in Melbourne. Never did I dream as a young boy going there to see pictures that one day I could have my photo taken at the console of the mighty Wurlitzer organ! Another item ticked off the bucket list! https://farm2....
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: 2001 A Space Odyssey 4K Blu Ray (4K captures)
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: 2001 A Space Odyssey 4K Blu Ray (4K captures)

Posted underneath the images:
"Please note that this screenshot was captured at 1080p, resized to 720p and then compressed using JPEG to improve the loading time.
While it should give you a general idea of what a title will look like, it's not representative of the true quality that Blu-ray offers."
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Remembering Ramon Novarro
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Remembering Ramon Novarro

He came out to Australia shortly before all this happened. He was on a cruise on board an ocean liner. I remember seeing him being interviewed on television. He was still seen as a big star here in Oz in 1968.
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

One day I am going to draw up my list of "Greatest" pictures!
Why not?
It will make as much sense as any other of these lists that float about.

(I wouldn't give you two bob for some of the films that seem to have made it into the top ten on this current list) :(
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

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

Barry Humphries as a starchy reverend, He's still in skirts, eh? Jim I don't know when he started doing Dame Edna, but I didn't recognize at all in this film. He played it straight. Barry Humphries first appeared as Mrs. Edna Everage, the housewife from Moonee Ponds in 1957. It was after the film "...
by Donald Binks
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Voices in today's pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Voices in today's pictures

Donald, I know that at 60, me ears ain't what they once was - might a similar issue lead to some of your missed words? That's what I first thought, however it seems that there are much younger persons than I suffering from this same malaise. I also thought that it was something to do with the music...
by Donald Binks
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

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

When I was a boy I actually saw Hoppalong Cassidy ride his horse down one of the main streets in the capital city of my State!
by Donald Binks
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

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

Occasionally a film comes along that allows one the rare and distinct privilege of becoming a little boy (girl) again, to throw off the shackles of the adult world and indulge in the wonder and naivety of childhood. Such a picture is "Christopher Robin" (2018) . I was completely dubious about watchi...
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 221
Views: 59087

Re: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera

I haven't heard anything further on the supposed find of more of the actual colour scenes from POTO? There were reports that the opening scenes of the foyer of the Opera House and the ballet scenes had been found? Is there any more news on this?
by Donald Binks
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

So, should this be excoriated as well? I think it's mesmerizing. Aw shucks! It ain't been coloured or put into widescreen! :D No, seriously, thanks for posting. Quite fascinating. Some observations - it must have been photographed in summer as most of the gentlemen are wearing boaters instead of bo...
by Donald Binks
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

I became an Old Fart at the age of 19 - when everyone else was listening to the Rolling Stones or the Beach Boys - I was listening to Richard Tauber, Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly as well I was watching old pictures!
:D
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Voices in today's pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Voices in today's pictures

Well, I'm watching the 1934 version of The Little Minister and the accents are frustrating me; the loss of "Broadcast Standard" in American and British stuff makes me think that Doctor Who needs to be subtitled, and as for the way Aussies speak.... Bob Strewth! Cobber, for sayin' that I hope yer ch...
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Voices in today's pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Voices in today's pictures

Is it just me? Or do I detect a new phenomenon? Microphones must be a lot better at picking up the slightest sound than they once were, because it seems to me that actors (and sometimes actresses) now seem to choose speaking in a barely audible whisper, or in low dulcet tones that only just register...
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films

The "Roxy" Theatre in New York boasted a 110 piece orchestra and a three-consoled Kimbal organ. It was demolished in 1960.
by Donald Binks
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

So, what we do, in essence is to stifle creativity and invention? Some comments over the years:- 1896 - Who wants to look at moving images? It ruins the aesthetic of the still image. 1927 - What's with this adding of sound to pictures? The whole artistic nature of pictures are going to be ruined by ...
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

(And Q.E.D. is for proof, not for proposed solutions.)
Funny? I thought my solution was proved and foolproof! :D
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

We can settle all these arguments quite simply:

For all those who find fault with anything to do with the picture including the person who made it - don't go and see the picture

For all those who are intrigued by what has been achieved - go see it.
Q.E.D.

:D
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Sad music piece.
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Sad music piece.

That and "Maiden's Prayer" used to be standard fair for the "Mrs. Ethel Mavebags" seated at the piano, thumping out an accompaniment to silent pictures in the sticks.
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...
Replies: 19
Views: 792

Re: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...

I do a monthly newsletter. It is proof-read by four sets of "eagle eyes". Naturally I read it over myself before I send it on - but it is always gobsmacking to find out that there are always typos that I miss out on. :D Even a couple of the proof-readers miss out on some of them. So, there can reall...
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

All sorts of tinkering goes on all the time, why single out this one. Large parts of the world dub all their movies in another language, losing all original voices. And I despise dubbing as much as colorization. Tinkering to compensate for the ravages of time is acceptable, but a major change like ...
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Colorization is the work of the devil :evil:! If a film was shot in black and white and meant to exhibited that way, I don't want anyone drawing on it with crayons. This goes double for historical footage, which does not benefit from fake color. It's patronizing to assume the public will not watch ...
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: new TV
Replies: 17
Views: 1048

Re: new TV

I mention th3 4:3 aspect ratio to the kid at Best Buy this morning and he had no idea what I was talking about as he rattled on about HD and UHD. He kept saying "it will show in widescreen." There is just no concept whatsoever with most people that there is anything other than widescreen. Everybody...
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson was interviewed on the news here last night and some more of the coloured-up footage was shown. Another interesting aspect of the film is that lip-readers were employed and dialogue was added to parts of the restored film as well. Apparently when the soldiers were being photographed th...
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: What is the number for on the Nitrateville window tab?
Replies: 20
Views: 418

Re: What is the number for on the Nitrateville window tab?

Duh! I have finally found out what everyone has been talking about. The number on my douvre says 74 - I have no idea what on earth that refers to?
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Gold DVD’s are better than Silver DVD’s…at least somewhat.
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Re: Gold DVD’s are better than Silver DVD’s…at least somewhat.

I have been using "Verbatim" Inkjet Printable DVD-R disks for years. I must have used over 2,000 of them. Apart from one spindle of 50 that proved to have a few disks with faults (and which were replaced by the store), I have not had any trouble with them.