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by entredeuxguerres
Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

As compensation for the niggardly portion of Thelma Todd provided in Her Man , I watched a picture in which Thelma was very nearly the "whole show": Cheating Blondes (1933). As is the case more often than not, the provocative title was merely box-office bait, because Thelma, unfortunately , was quit...
by entredeuxguerres
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

TCM lists Alpha products when they are the only source of a title. And if you follow the link, it leads you to the Amazon page to buy it. Rather a dubious practice, nevertheless, unless TCM advises potential buyers that quality may not be up to "our usual standards." But why redirect customers to A...
by entredeuxguerres
Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

Didn't watch MEXICALI ROSE on the laptop as was able to download from YT at the time and ran off a disc... Beyond my elementary computer skills, alas. As for Alphas, yes, a few of their titles are equal in quality to "name-brand" productions, but those are the exceptions, most certainly not the rul...
by entredeuxguerres
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Locomotive had it's own film career: silent and sound
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: Locomotive had it's own film career: silent and sound

... Give me a rugged engine whose name is not only above the title - it's in the title.... with book deals thrown in for good measure... Beautiful, I admit...but diesel ? Not only dependent on fossil-fuels, but seriously unmanly. But any picture starring Sally Blane--ain't many of those, I'll tell ...
by entredeuxguerres
Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

...Is that the talkie MEXICALI ROSE (1929) or the silent? Saw the former a couple of years back but no idea of the latter's survival status... **and if the talkie, is it any better than the YT upload? It's probably the same (having just watched it), but not that bad anyway; worth 5 clams to me to b...
by entredeuxguerres
Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Locomotive had it's own film career: silent and sound
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: Locomotive had it's own film career: silent and sound

I never tire of looking at locos, so thanks for posting. Luckily, where anything technical or mechanical is concerned (firearms, especially!) the film industry can always rely on general & profound audience ignorance, because at a far-away glance, this engine would never pass for the type used in th...
by entredeuxguerres
Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

...Link says it's the Alpha edition. If that's a decent one will have to see if I can get it from here in Blighty... Good God, I didn't even read that, because it never dawned on me to think TCM would be selling anything but it's OWN wares-- contemptible ! Only TCM editions I have are several of th...
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is There A Philadelphia Film-Buffs Group?
Replies: 10
Views: 1423

Re: Is There A Philadelphia Film-Buffs Group?

boblipton wrote: ...If not, I'd check out some of the universities...
Bob
I'd worry about falling in with types like the guy standing behind Woody Allen as he waited in line at the theater in Annie Hall.
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

Watched this a second time, remaining as impressed as after the first viewing; impressed, I must say, with everything but the translation, which adequately communicates the general sense, but specific adjectives are often ill-chosen, because they don't make good sense within their contexts. The phra...
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

kaleidoscopeworld wrote: No, it is an offensive slur. I can't believe that you would be unaware of this, but if that's indeed the case, consider yourself informed.
Much obliged...I'm always interested in learning new things.
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

Un-ironically, I actually am, actually, if they value all the things which make German culture identifiably German, which doesn't, which can't , include ragheadism; clear enough? Cultural, not racial, purity was my point, but I won't quibble. "ragheadism" WOW I hope that you will reconsider using a...
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

I tried to watch KIKI on YouTube. It's gotta be the same print as on the Alpha disc. I can forgive a lot, print wise and sound wise, but this has to be the poorest sound and picture I've ever seen. Certainly in there, pitching, by what I saw. Think there may be quite a few others out there [e.g. RA...
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

...The sexual attraction between Pitts and Franklin Pangborn (Franklin Pangborn?) stretches credibility to the breaking point... Gee, I though they were made for each other! As for the dubbing...only thing crazier I can think of is allowing Gene Raymond to sing with his own voice, and that happened...
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

Kracauer et al. were focusing their investigation on a specific type of film and how it may or may not have led to the rise of the Nazism... I've never cracked Kracauer, and never will, so long as there remains a page of James or Conrad I haven't read, but his point, I thought (incorrectly, very po...
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

Spiny Norman wrote:I for one think they should do a follow-up, "From Maciste to Mussolini".
Love to see that one, too, especially if the producers were savvy enough to include Hemingway's observations on Il Duce when he war reporting for the Toronto Star.
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:20 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

...I've only gotten about 30 minutes into it, but yes, I do wish that there was more of a rebuttal to the thesis, but I suppose that was not the intention of makers of this documentary... Definitely not. But numerous comments made by the various interviewees incline me to believe the makers' intent...
by entredeuxguerres
Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

Tried to watch "Kiki" (1933) with Mary Pickford and Reginald Denny on the Alpha release. The print and soundtrack are so bad I only watched about 5 minutes. DON'T BUY THIS ALPHA PRINT!!!!!!!!!!! It's unwatchable... Too bad; I've still never seen the film. Excellent print & soundtrack has been shown...
by entredeuxguerres
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264878

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

MOMA is having a Tay Garnett series, so this afternoon it was off to see Her Man , based somewhat on "Frankie & Johnny", with Helen Twelvetrees as B-girl Frankie, Ricardo Cortez as her pimp, Johnny, and Philip Holmes as the good-hearted sailor she falls in love with. With great supporting comedians...
by entredeuxguerres
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Zoo in Budapest
Replies: 38
Views: 5829

Re: Zoo in Budapest

boblipton wrote:
MDJimenez wrote:I think any Fox Films motion picture needs saving (perhaps even those of El Brendel).
The words of an unthinking fanatic.

Bob
But he did say "perhaps."
by entredeuxguerres
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

...I've only gotten about 30 minutes into it, but yes, I do wish that there was more of a rebuttal to the thesis, but I suppose that was not the intention of makers of this documentary... Definitely not. But numerous comments made by the various interviewees incline me to believe the makers' intent...
by entredeuxguerres
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Zoo in Budapest
Replies: 38
Views: 5829

Re: Zoo in Budapest

Mike Gebert wrote:..it's hard not to like something that's so different.

M
Or, that features Loretta Young (be still, my heart!) at about the age of 20.
by entredeuxguerres
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: DUCKS AND DRAKES (1921)
Replies: 123
Views: 45878

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: DUCKS AND DRAKES (1921)

drednm wrote:...At 33, Holt seems a bit old for 20-year-old Bebe...
Not a bit!
by entredeuxguerres
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Zoo in Budapest
Replies: 38
Views: 5829

Re: Zoo in Budapest

I have often read that ZOO IN BUDAPEST was considered a "lost" film for years, but I wonder if it's just an urban legend, as it was shown on French TV at least 4 or 5 times on the FR3 channel, in their "Cinéma de Minuit" programme, during the last 25 years... Not lost to TCM, which has shown it a n...
by entredeuxguerres
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

Re: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

Spiny Norman wrote:This one? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3908344/" target="_blank" target="_blank
The same.
by entredeuxguerres
Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: From Caligari to Hitler on TCM
Replies: 37
Views: 4004

From Caligari to Hitler on TCM

First time I've seen it, though it's been out since 2014. An articulation of Kracauer's thesis without dissenting views, though at the end Ben M. noted that he had his critics, particularly Fritz Lang. Riveting, I thought, and probably requiring a couple more viewings before I've thoroughly absorbed...
by entredeuxguerres
Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Everything you ever wanted to know about Hoot Gibson...
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Re: Everything you ever wanted to know about Hoot Gibson...

...I wonder what his reputation was like as a person off camera. Irresistible ladies-man, mind-blowing as that is to believe, which he proved by winning the hands of both Sally Eilers and knock-out Helen Johnson (aka Judith Wood); or are New York girls (which both of those sweethearts were) just do...
by entredeuxguerres
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2016]
Replies: 502
Views: 47806

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

Decrepit FilmFan wrote:...I had already noticed the Milestone four-film compilation at Amazon, but was unfamiliar with the Milestone label so tentatively dismissive without further research...
One of the very best.

TCM is selling Sparrows for $6.95, and about a dozen others at that price or less.
by entredeuxguerres
Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Bebe Daniels and Mayme Kelso
Replies: 2
Views: 999

Re: Bebe Daniels and Mayme Kelso

YT says "No!"
by entredeuxguerres
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2016]
Replies: 502
Views: 47806

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

Watched Ducks and Drakes (1921) last night with David Drazin's new score attached. Fun little film with Bebe Daniels in just about every scene. Her bathing scene is memorable. Jack Holt and Mayme Kelso co-star. Nice print. An hour well spent. I have hopes of seeing this movie myself, someday. Bob D...
by entredeuxguerres
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2016]
Replies: 502
Views: 47806

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

drednm wrote:Watched Ducks and Drakes (1921) last night with David Drazin's new score attached. Fun little film with Bebe Daniels in just about every scene. Her bathing scene is memorable. Jack Holt and Mayme Kelso co-star. Nice print. An hour well spent.
Only an hour? No way to extenuate that bathing scene?