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by Donald Binks
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Hollywood Star System
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: Hollywood Star System

Who?

I ain't never heard of any of 'em! :D
by Donald Binks
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Color versions of "Golden Dawn" and "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" 1930
Replies: 16
Views: 633

Re: Color versions of "Golden Dawn" and "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" 1930

"Colorization" is my big bugbear - but then again I haven;t advanced much beyond 1929 :D
by Donald Binks
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Hollywood Star System
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: Hollywood Star System

Why is it that I can easily name the stars from the old days of the studios - yet have great difficulty in remembering the names of today (with a few exceptions)? I don't think it is altogether to do with advancing dotage. Perhaps the stars of the bygone age shone more brightly?
by Donald Binks
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: What Movie Stars Have You Watched on Vintage TV Recently?
Replies: 19
Views: 3317

Re: What Movie Stars Have You Watched on Vintage TV Recently?

I have been going through the TV series "Poirot" again and enjoying Mr. David Suchet as the title character - a role he played for 25 years - which must be something of a record? It is wonderfully evocative of the era portrayed and Suchet virtually IS Poirot. A good supporting cast too with High Fra...
by Donald Binks
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Death of Dame June Whitfield
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Death of Dame June Whitfield

It is with regret and much sadness that I am to announce the death of Dame June Whitfield, she was 93. She started her career on the wireless with the BBC - she was "Eth" in "Take it From Here", later she branched out into films and television. She starred in a couple of the "Carry-Ons" and probably...
by Donald Binks
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Useful Info
Topic: Everyone's
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Everyone's

This may be of some use to people. I have recently come across an Australian film trade weekly journal called "Everyone's". I was looking for something but soon got distracted and ended up spending hours thumbing through the vast collection on-line. (It's a bit like You Tube, where one starts with s...
by Donald Binks
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's the first silent movie you watched?
Replies: 45
Views: 827

Re: What's the first silent movie you watched?

Back in the 1950's in Melbourne, the newsreel cinemas were all still going and screened "hour shows". My father would often take me in to one when I was with him in town. Part of the programme was invariably a Charlie Chaplin - so I would have been well acquainted with silent comedy at a very young ...
by Donald Binks
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Midnight Movies
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Midnight Movies

Going through old newspapers in Melbourne I have found the occasional midnight presentation back in 1929 and the early 1930's. Usually these were fund-raisers for a charity and so approval for them to be staged was given in this round-about way. The theatre advertised the show saying that they had o...
by Donald Binks
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146955

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

from Jimmy

".....English aristocracy with the requisite stilted, pompous, self-regarding speech mannerisms of that class."

I passed this on to Lord Daft, - he says he's "orf to see whether a gunboat can be sent out in your direction!" :D
by Donald Binks
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: NPR: 'Jurassic Park,' 'The Shining,' And 23 Other Movies Added To National Film Registry
Replies: 37
Views: 989

Re: NPR: 'Jurassic Park,' 'The Shining,' And 23 Other Movies Added To National Film Registry

I often wonder on the how and why of these lists, who decides and how wide is the cross-section of voters? On the other hand, if I was deciding the list there would likely be riots from one end of the country to the other! :D
by Donald Binks
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM Remembers 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1110

Re: TCM Remembers 2018

It's all so sad isn't it? I do hope that this year TCM doesn't have to re-work it for later additions.
by Donald Binks
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Red Skelton
Replies: 10
Views: 496

Re: Red Skelton

Another comedian who used to do a "silent spot" on his show was Jackie Gleason. As comedians these days are generally not very funny, they don't do any of this type of work.
by Donald Binks
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146955

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

Bob, sorry to laugh at your expense, but I did manage a huge guffaw. Now you know why I don't bother to go out to the cinemas any more to watch pictures. I wait till I can get 'em on a DVD! :D
by Donald Binks
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: BBC: Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: BBC: Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel

Rubbish is rubbish - no matter how many digits one puts before the "k". Until such time as what is broadcast on television improves to the state of being somewhat watchable, I think I'll decline the offer of buying a set, satellite thingy and half a dozen cables to connect it all. :D (to be honest, ...
by Donald Binks
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Zapruder film, vintage restoration (photochemical-digital transfer)
Replies: 9
Views: 531

Re: Zapruder film, vintage restoration (photochemical-digital transfer)

s.w.a.c. wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:10 am
Now we just need Peter Jackson to fill in the sprocket holes with CGI, add sound effects and get lip readers to provide dialogue. Then make it 3D and IMAX.
That'll be interesting.
by Donald Binks
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: ROBIN HOOD - The Lions are at the Gate!
Replies: 29
Views: 891

Re: ROBIN HOOD - The Lions are at the Gate!

What gets me about pictures that are set in olden times is how the English used is very much in the idiom and vernacular of today. "Lincoln" was one recent picture that did attempt to use the language of the period. I fully expect Robin Hood to utter "Hey Dude, what's up?"....
by Donald Binks
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146955

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

"The House with a Clock in its Walls" (2018) is a picture that I would have thought was directed at children, although there were images I would have thought too scary for children. It is a spooky fantasy that cannot make up its mind as to whether it should go straight or become an out and out come...
by Donald Binks
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: RIP Lady Trumpington - Actors and the Aristocracy
Replies: 12
Views: 397

Re: RIP Lady Trumpington - Actors and the Aristocracy

I have seen some German silent pictures featuring Countesses and Baronesses. Don't ask me who there were though as I have forgotten.
by Donald Binks
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: ROBIN HOOD - The Lions are at the Gate!
Replies: 29
Views: 891

Re: ROBIN HOOD - The Lions are at the Gate!

"Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men Feared by the bad, loved by the good...." Ah yes, memories of 1950's TV with Richard Greene as the man himself. I was brought up on that and Errol Flynn in glorious Technicolor. They were the best (apart from Douglas Fairbanks) and I don't know why anyon...
by Donald Binks
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Nicolas Roeg Dead at Ninety
Replies: 3
Views: 240

Re: Nicolas Roeg Dead at Ninety

"Performance" - a real product of the 1960's, "Walkabout" - a film by an Englishman which made me more aware of my own country and "Don't Look Now" - a film which managed to have a complete atmospheric haunting feel to it - and haunted me for years to come. A great director who, as Brooksie has sai...
by Donald Binks
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: new TV
Replies: 21
Views: 1510

Re: new TV

Good on yer Ed! Now you will be pleased to know that there are lots more things on TV sets these days than just a cuppla knobs. It took me a month of Sundays to find the aspect control feature on one of my sets - so I could re-frame Academy ratio pictures. At the moment I have two "stupid" sets dati...
by Donald Binks
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: "Stan and Ollie" American Release Date Announced
Replies: 8
Views: 1488

Re: "Stan and Ollie" American Release Date Announced

not released in Australia until 21st February.
by Donald Binks
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films

You might be interested in this short film - it is one of the very few that I know of that actually show a cinema orchestra in a cinema actually playing. It shows the State Theatre Sydney orchestra conducted by Hamilton Webber with Manny Aarons at the Wurlitzer organ. The film was photographed by Ci...
by Donald Binks
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Washington Post's 31 Best Dance Scenes in Movies
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Washington Post's 31 Best Dance Scenes in Movies

What? George Wallace ("A Ticket in Tatts" 1932 and other shorts) didn't rate a mention?
by Donald Binks
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 167
Views: 7622

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: 981

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: 1262

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: 859

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: 714

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.