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by ChrisStockslager
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2706

Re: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!

In case anyone was interested, here’s the final syllabus! Course Syllabus [Subject to change] Week I: George Méliès, Thomas Edison, and early U.S. Pioneers [Screenings: The Haunted Castle (1896), Frankenstein (1910), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)] Week II: German Expressionism - Part I [Screeni...
by ChrisStockslager
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2706

Re: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!

Maybe you could consider Victor Sjostrom's "Korkarlen" (The Phantom Carriage) ? It's an authentic horror film, from a famous novel by Selma Lägerlof, itself inspired by a Breton legend ! It also had two remakes - in France by Julien Duvivier, and in Sweden by Arne Mattsson, so I suppose it's a well...
by ChrisStockslager
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Yet another Phantom Question!
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Yet another Phantom Question!

Jack Theakston wrote:The reiussue titles (the one of the Phantom sweeping up) are a double. Everything else that exists of Chaney in shadow is undeniably Chaney.
That’s wonderful!! I always assumed all shadows weren’t him! Now I have to rewatch it for the 547,321.3rd time!
by ChrisStockslager
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Yet another Phantom Question!
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Re: Yet another Phantom Question!

Lol! I really really hope it’s true! Besides the stupid opening credit sequence, I would love to think that every shadow you see is actually CHaney! Easily my favorite is the one inside the dragon’s head from the Wagner opera with the ballerinas!
by ChrisStockslager
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Yet another Phantom Question!
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Yet another Phantom Question!

So, as far as I've read (via McQueen, Riley (oh dear...), and possibly Blake), The Phantom sweeping the opera cellars in the '29 credits is a body double. I assume in the '25 trailer it's also a double. Correct? I've also heard numerous times that all of The Phantom's shadows, be it on dressing room...
by ChrisStockslager
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2706

Re: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!

Rest assured, I will give more than a passing mention of LAM! Yes, The Monster is a sort of farce, but as mentioned above, Horror wasn’t even a genre till post-1931. I know Quasi is obviously more iconic that Dr. Ziska, but the former film teeters into boring, save for Chaney and the amazing visuals...
by ChrisStockslager
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2706

Re: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!

Thanks for all the advice, folks! Metropolis isn’t a horror flick after all. So far, the list is: 1. Méliès, Edison, early U.S. (Haunted Castle [3 min.] & Frankenstein [10] & Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [80]) 2. Robert Wiene (Caligari [75]) 3. F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu [94]) 4. U.S. - (Cat and Canary [82])...
by ChrisStockslager
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2706

I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!

Hello, all! I’ve been given the opportunity to teach a class at The University of Utah for those 50+ and I’ve decided to create my own course! I’m calling it “Silent Screams: The Dawning of the Horror Motion Picture”!! I’ve made a rough outline of what I want to cover but thought I’d run it by you a...
by ChrisStockslager
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How much has Mommie Dearest been proven / disproven?
Replies: 23
Views: 2422

Re: How much has Mommie Dearest been proven / disproven?

It makes me sad that B.D. Hyman would write such crap about her mother. After just finishing Miss D and Me yesterday (I can’t recommend this account of her assistant from 1979-1989 highly enough!), it made me wonder how much was true about Mommie Dearest. Bette was absolutely devastated by My Mother...
by ChrisStockslager
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How much has Mommie Dearest been proven / disproven?
Replies: 23
Views: 2422

How much has Mommie Dearest been proven / disproven?

It seems like pretty much everyone who knew Bing Crosby and Bette Davis have disproven both books as being almost all hokum and their respective children having ulterior motives behind said unflattering books. Has there been any proof since the book and film of Mommie Dearest that events in both wer...
by ChrisStockslager
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2423

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

We decided to watch High Society and he liked it a lot! Especially how Grace Kelly was her own woman throughout the whole film.
by ChrisStockslager
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com
Replies: 53
Views: 12691

Re: New Phantom of the Opera Website - Phantom1925.com

Unless there is actual proof visually somewhere online, I’m going to assume that they found nothing. Cynical, but I feel like there would have been more fuss made about it.
by ChrisStockslager
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2423

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Wait a minute. You're gay, and you want to introduce your lover to classic films, and you're wondering whether he'll go for HIGH SOCIETY or ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS? HIGH SOCIETY, hands down. It's about a wedding. There is Princess Grace, at her archest. And never more beautiful. There are gowns, ...
by ChrisStockslager
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2423

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Sooooo, everyone feels like both movies low-key suck? ;) Which movie do you all feel would be a better fit for a relative newbie?
by ChrisStockslager
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2423

High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Hello, all! It's been a bit since I've posted. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! :D So, the only Bing films my boyfriend has seen are White Christmas (yearly) and Blue Skies. To my knowledge, he's never seen a Frank film at all *gasp!*. Since both are my favorite pop singers ever, I th...
by ChrisStockslager
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Arliss Alert! DISRAELI (1929) and ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1931)
Replies: 6
Views: 913

Re: Arliss Alert! DISRAELI (1929) and ALEXANDER HAMILTON (19

So.... can someone explain to me why Mr. Arliss is the cat’s pajamas? Besides being adored by Bette Davis and looking like a slightly less gay Ernest Thesiger, I know little about this fine fella. :P
by ChrisStockslager
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Trailer for THE OLD DARK HOUSE from COHEN FILM COLLECTION
Replies: 54
Views: 11167

Re: Trailer for THE OLD DARK HOUSE from COHEN FILM COLLECTIO

Mister Renfield wrote:For me, this is not only the best Blu-ray release of the year, but maybe even of the century. Only something like LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT could top it.
Pray tell - why is it as important to you as that? It has looked like crap for decades, but it still has been more than watchable up until now. :)
by ChrisStockslager
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: RIP Barbara Marx Sinatra
Replies: 4
Views: 1595

Re: RIP Barbara Marx Sinatra

She did some sketchy things like try and take Frank's mother's jewelry, etc. when she was killed in the plane crash, and slowly eliminated all of Frank's hoodlum friends over the years. She . . . eliminated them? She must have been a very formidable woman. LOL!!! I mean, I think she was, but maybe ...
by ChrisStockslager
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: RIP Barbara Marx Sinatra
Replies: 4
Views: 1595

Re: RIP Barbara Marx Sinatra

Ironically Nancy Sinatra Sr. is still alive, she turns 100 in September. Nancy Sr. was still close friends with Frank in the years after their divorce. I always wondered how Nancy Sr. , Ava Gardener, Mia Farrow and Barbara Marx Sinatra got along. I think it's pretty safe to say that Ava Gardner and...
by ChrisStockslager
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Animal Cruelty-No Animals Were Harmed
Replies: 38
Views: 12594

Re: Animal Cruelty-No Animals Were Harmed

So I have read rumors about horse and human injuries in the making of both Ben Hur films. Can someone fill me in on what exactly happened during the production of both films?
by ChrisStockslager
Sun May 28, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: My list of films which have lavish costumes
Replies: 9
Views: 1734

Re: My list of films which have lavish costumes

Umm..... Gone with the Wind??
by ChrisStockslager
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57756

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

So I just finished the 'hybrid' just now! Even after ages and umpteen viewings, I always have something new to say about this film. 1. Firstly, you did an immaculate job cobbling together the best footage possible - I loved even the small details I hadn't noticed weren't in the 1929 cut, such as Car...
by ChrisStockslager
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57756

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

I just tried to combine the original 1925 version with the 1929 version, to somewhat recreate the 1925 version in a hybrid form like some talked about. I also used the 16mm restoration that was brought up at the beginning of this topic. I also tried to incorporate the Carl Davis score the entire wa...
by ChrisStockslager
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent SOS!!!
Replies: 39
Views: 8011

Re: Silent SOS!!!

A person like yourself who is interested in opera and silent pictures should probably go for those silent epics such as "Faust" or "Siegfried" etc., - which of course might be just a tad heavy for the average punter. It's hard to know what to show a silent picture novice - perhaps you can get them ...
by ChrisStockslager
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent SOS!!!
Replies: 39
Views: 8011

Re: Silent SOS!!!

Thank you so much for all of the replies / advice, everyone!! Ironically, the asshole canceled..... sooooooooo... solo movie night. Goody. Just out of curiosity Chris, what did YOU end up watching?? Also I was wondering if you've ever seen PANDORA'S BOX - one of my absolute favorite films- silent o...
by ChrisStockslager
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent SOS!!!
Replies: 39
Views: 8011

Re: Silent SOS!!!

Thank you so much for all of the replies / advice, everyone!!

Ironically, the asshole canceled..... sooooooooo... solo movie night. Goody.
by ChrisStockslager
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent SOS!!!
Replies: 39
Views: 8011

Silent SOS!!!

HELLLLLLP!! So,I am going to go on a first date tomorrow night with a guy. In passing conversation via text, he said he loathes all silent films -- simply because he saw Nosferatu (literally the only silent he's seen) live in a theater, got bored, and walked out. Naturally, I got understandably offe...
by ChrisStockslager
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Exposing your Friends to Phantom
Replies: 3
Views: 798

Re: Exposing your Friends to Phantom

Why wouldn't you even show people the BFI 1925 cut? It's still pretty watchable as far as silent films go in terms of condition. It looks terrible, but it's watchable. And the score is pretty boring. How was the score on the image Blu-ray even though it's not high definition? I must confess, out of ...
by ChrisStockslager
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Exposing your Friends to Phantom
Replies: 3
Views: 798

Exposing your Friends to Phantom

So, the way I always show the film to newbies (though most of my close friends have already soldiered on through it already) is I show the 1925 BFI Blu Ray, then after the film is over, go back and show them the whole color Bal Masque scene for fun.


What do you all do? :)
by ChrisStockslager
Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Chaney!
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: Chaney!

Ok, that's really eerie. In celebration of his birthday, so far today I've watched By the Sun's Rays and The Penalty. I wandered on here and actually found my post from ages ago about 'Jake.' You'd think for being one of the biggest stars of the silent era, this would have been released ages ago or ...