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by David Menefee
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: If the Internet says so...
Replies: 82
Views: 17045

Re: If the Internet says so...

With photo credits, a researcher often has to go with the best source available, and often that source is what a studio wrote on the back of an 8x10. As we've often seen, their information was not always correct. I dare say that no one can recognize and name every vintage actress in every photo, as ...
by David Menefee
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How to find which photos are public domain?
Replies: 9
Views: 1769

Re: How to find which photos are public domain?

Caveat emptor. I can tell you from my experience writing and publishing dozens of books, and working on hundreds of other book projects for multiple publishers, that when you least expect it, a production company, an Estate, or a photographer will pop up and demand that you cease and desist using t...
by David Menefee
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How to find which photos are public domain?
Replies: 9
Views: 1769

Re: How to find which photos are public domain?

Never assume that vintage photos are Public Domain. Many of the biggest stars (Chaplin, Lloyd, Swanson, Pickford, Gish) still have active estates that are funded and experienced at litigation. Many studios applied for new copyrights in 1972-1978, when Copyright rules changed, of all their material o...
by David Menefee
Sun May 14, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: LOC Process to restore the film The Dove (1927)
Replies: 25
Views: 6747

Re: LOC Process to restore the film The Dove (1927)

Norma Talmadge is usually well-received at audience screenings nowadays. She seems remarkably contemporary.
by David Menefee
Sat May 06, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: A Star is Born... after 3 hours
Replies: 64
Views: 23835

Re: A Star is Born... after 3 hours

No joke. This new remake stars Cooper, Stefani Germanotta, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chapelle. It is currently scheduled for released on September 28, 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures. As for the proposed Clint Eastwood-direction remake, Beyoncé left the project back in 2012, Eastwood tri...
by David Menefee
Sat May 06, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Smashing Agee's Pantheon of Comedians
Replies: 169
Views: 52137

Re: Smashing Agee's Pantheon of Comedians

Two film-watching perspectives we encounter constantly: viewing from an historical perspective, and viewing a film for what it's worth today. Case in point: I and others recently saw Mad Wednesday/The Sin of Harold Diddledock for the first time. We were floored with laughter, and everyone agreed tha...
by David Menefee
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: A Star is Born... after 3 hours
Replies: 64
Views: 23835

Re: A Star is Born new version coming 2018

Just when you thought it was safe to finally believe that four versions of the same story was quite enough for one lifetime, here comes the next one: A Star is Born (2018), directed by Bradley Cooper. Writers: Robert Carson (story by), Bradley Cooper (screenplay). Stars: Sam Elliott, Bradley Cooper,...
by David Menefee
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: A Countess From Hong Kong
Replies: 11
Views: 3715

Re: A Countess From Hong Kong

http://ffilms.org/a-countess-from-hong-kong-1967/" target="_blank" target="_blank

The film is online for free viewing anytime at the above link. Running time is shown as 1:47:59.
by David Menefee
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 221
Views: 59348

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

On the YouTube clips, when viewed without enlarging to full screen, the side-by-side images are much like a stereopticon slide. When viewed with your eyes crossed, a 3D effect happens.
by David Menefee
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136727

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

The Sea Beast (1926) directed by Millard Webb and starring John Barrymore and Dolores Costello. This version of the famous Moby Dick story accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of making Herman Melville's great novel a bore. The first several reels detail little more than Barrymore and Costell...
by David Menefee
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: REDSKIN LOST DISKS FOUND, VITAPHONE TRACK NOW COMPLETE
Replies: 3
Views: 1232

REDSKIN LOST DISKS FOUND, VITAPHONE TRACK NOW COMPLETE

“REDSKIN” LOST DISKS FOUND, VITAPHONE TRACK NOW COMPLETE Six of the Vitaphone disks for REDSKIN (Par/'29) in Ron Hutchinson's collection. They will be made available to The Library of Congress for restoration of the full original synchronized soundtrack. Paramount's last silent feature was REDSKIN (...
by David Menefee
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Musketeers of Pig Alley: New Web Presentation from MoMA
Replies: 13
Views: 2551

Re: Musketeers of Pig Alley: New Web Presentation from MoMA

Yes, this is a nice version of a battered print. You're right that a film like this that has stood the test of time and is held in such high esteem should be restored to something close to a first generation print (fairly easy to do today at no-to-low cost), stabilized, and augmented with an orchest...
by David Menefee
Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: first dual role in film?
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: first dual role in film?

Gotta be careful with those "firsts," since so many achievements were undocumented, and there were repeated duplicates of events taking place elsewhere almost simultaneously. One of the "first" dual roles was G. M. Anderson in The Great Train Robbery (1903). He played several men in that great littl...
by David Menefee
Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Do you watch Internet silent films on a big screen TV?
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Do you watch Internet silent films on a big screen TV?

YouTube and other online sites feature many full-length silent movies of varying quality. DPI (dots per inch) seems to greatly affect the clarity of these presentations. Most are posted at 240-360 dpi (low resolution) and few are posted at 720-1080 (high resolution). If you patch your PC or laptop t...
by David Menefee
Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: New THE BIRTH OF A NATION (2016)
Replies: 11
Views: 2164

New THE BIRTH OF A NATION (2016)

The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 American period drama film about Nat Turner, the slave who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. The film is co-written, co-produced and directed by Nate Parker, in his directorial debut. The film stars Parker as Nat Turner, and co-stars Armi...
by David Menefee
Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Reels & Rivals: Sisters in Silent Film
Replies: 5
Views: 1485

Reels & Rivals: Sisters in Silent Film

Albany, Ga. – BearManor Media announces the release of Reels & Rivals: Sisters in Silent Film by Jennifer Ann Redmond. A candid exposé of the truth behind the tinsel surrounding sisters in silent film. Female silent film stars possessed beauty, persistence, flair, and probably a sister in the busine...
by David Menefee
Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silents That Depict Teaching and/or Classroom Settings
Replies: 25
Views: 3129

Re: Silents That Depict Teaching and/or Classroom Settings

The silent version of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) has pivotal opening and closing scenes in a classroom setting. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020629/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Mothers of France (Meres Francaise) (1917) has a pivotal ending scene in a classroom setting. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00083...
by David Menefee
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: BearManor Media Christmas Sale 2015 Starts Today
Replies: 1
Views: 516

BearManor Media Christmas Sale 2015 Starts Today

Here's a good deal on any book on silent movies or other subjects: 15% off any title now through Christmas 12/25/15. On order of $50 or more, get a free e-book of any other title. On order of $99 or more, get a free e-book + free shipping on all print editions. Visit http://www.bearmanormedia.com" t...
by David Menefee
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: So Sick Of CGI !
Replies: 103
Views: 32515

Re: So Sick Of CGI !

Are CGI shots any different than all the rear projection, matte shots, double exposures, and glass shots that proliferated in the works of previous generations of filmmakers? Those effects were sometimes just as fake-looking. Grand illusions that require a stretch of imagination are what films are a...
by David Menefee
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: John Bunny 100 Years
Replies: 6
Views: 1891

Re: John Bunny 100 Years

There's a detailed biographical profile of Bunny in The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era, which is still in print at http://www.bearmanormedia.com" target="_blank" target="_blank and on amazon.com.
by David Menefee
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Earliest Courtroom Drama?
Replies: 34
Views: 10769

Re: Earliest Courtroom Drama?

Richard Barthelmess in The Noose (1928)
A review from Motion PIcture News: https://archive.org/stream/motionnew37m ... 2/mode/2up" target="_blank" target="_blank
by David Menefee
Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Nameless Cameron Boy Actor in "The Birth of a Nation"?
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: Nameless Cameron Boy Actor in "The Birth of a Nation"?

Wade, the second son: Andrew Beranger
Duke, the youngest son: Maxfield Stanley
Reference:
Stern, Seymour. Griffith: I The Birth of a Nation Part 1. New York: Film Culture, 1965.
by David Menefee
Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What are the average amount of stills from silents?
Replies: 12
Views: 3053

Re: What are the average amount of stills from silents?

When I was researching for George O'Brien: A Man's Man in Hollywood, the actor's relatives were kind enough to invite me to visit their home and go through George's personal collection of memorabilia. He possessed one or two 8x10 boxes from each film he made at 20th Century Fox. Each box contained s...
by David Menefee
Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Stanley Dyrector and the Hollywood Blacklist
Replies: 1
Views: 537

Stanley Dyrector and the Hollywood Blacklist

The Will and Ariel Durant Branch Library in Los Angeles, California, is scheduled to present Stanley Dyrector in a special banned book week program, "Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist." Join him for a staged reading from his new book featuring an acclaimed collection of interviews with black...
by David Menefee
Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Faux "stage" introduction in silent films
Replies: 10
Views: 2694

Re: Faux "stage" introduction in silent films

Queen Elizabeth (1912), starring Sarah Bernhardt, opens with all the principle players taking their bows and smiling directly into the camera:
by David Menefee
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Orillia Ontario Opera House needs Lon Chaney help
Replies: 2
Views: 592

The Orillia Ontario Opera House needs Lon Chaney help

Susan Mctavish is working on behalf of the fabulous Orillia Ontario Opera House. As they near the 100th anniversary of their reopening, Susan is searching for various 1918 films that once played there. Particularly, she is searching for Rupert Julian's The Kaiser, Beast of Berlin (1918), which featu...
by David Menefee
Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 100th Anniversary of The Battle at Elderbush Gulch
Replies: 1
Views: 366

100th Anniversary of The Battle at Elderbush Gulch

If the March 28, 1914 date continues to be recognized as the official release date of D. W. Griffith's Biograph two-reel masterpiece, The Battle At Elderbush Gulch , celebrate the 100th anniversary this week. Griffith’s early Westerns reached a zenith with The Battle of Elderbush Gulch . He had used...
by David Menefee
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What Lesser Known Silent Star Would Make a Good Biopic?
Replies: 54
Views: 3931

Re: What Lesser Known Silent Star Would Make a Good Biopic?

Look for those stories that would be interesting even if they were fiction, such as: For a great drama based on reality, you'd hardly find more scope than George O'Brien life story that features surviving the San Francisco earthquake as a child, fighting in World War One, the production of Noah's Ar...
by David Menefee
Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent Star Autobiographies
Replies: 64
Views: 20014

Re: Silent Star Autobiographies

Footlights and Spotlights: Recollections of My Life on the Stage by Otis Skinner (1923), in which he writes about making the 1920 Kismet, which co-starred Elinor Fair and was directed by Louis J. Gasnier.
by David Menefee
Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Jack Pickford
Replies: 8
Views: 1769

Re: Jack Pickford

Had he been known in films by his real name, and not mentioned by anyone as "Mary Pickford's brother," he would have enjoyed a singular status that would have been quite positive, as well as intriguing. In The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era, one entire chapter is devoted to Jack's biography...