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by ChristineURen
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Atlantic: A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter the P
Replies: 26
Views: 4410

Re: Atlantic: A Landslide of Classic Art Is About to Enter t

This is tangential, but I tried to use a Nell Brinkley illustration of Marion Davies from Little Old New York in a blog post, and the Hearst company agreement stipulated, "As a condition of purchasing these rights, you agree that the publication in which the material is used will not be derogatory t...
by ChristineURen
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: TOL'ABLE DAVID and our FIRST ORIGINAL PRODUCTION!
Replies: 5
Views: 2032

Re: TOL'ABLE DAVID and our FIRST ORIGINAL PRODUCTION!

Stray thought: It really stood out to me when, in "Tol'able David," the women serve the men their meal and then stand back and fan them with those newspaper fans. I've seen a number of Bollywood movies that show the women serving the men their meal and then not joining them. (I recently learned from...
by ChristineURen
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: IMDB fact checking
Replies: 9
Views: 1942

Re: IMDB fact checking

I was recently emailing some questions to a film historian, and he said at one point IMDB posted that Edwin S. Porter was born in Italy in 1969!
by ChristineURen
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Any tips on researching silent-film cinematographers, etc.?
Replies: 4
Views: 704

Any tips on researching silent-film cinematographers, etc.?

Hi-- I'm researching a cinematographer who was an assistant cameraman at Paramount during the 1920's, George T. Clemens (later known for The Twilight Zone ). I haven't been able to get much info about his silent career--as a second cameraman, he didn't get a lot of official credits at that time, so ...
by ChristineURen
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What is a 'cinenapographer'
Replies: 9
Views: 1724

Re: What is a 'cinenapographer'

Now I feel really weird.
by ChristineURen
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Re: What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?

Interesting details. And sure, we'd all rather have "substandard-gauge" versions than no versions at all! It just shows (again) how important private collectors have been to the survival of silent pictures.
by ChristineURen
Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Re: What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?

Thanks! Funny--I independently found "Felix Gets the Can" and put it near the top of my list, but now the place that's providing the films is having trouble letting me know what they have, so I don't know if it's available. I should have mentioned in my original question that the audience will inclu...
by ChristineURen
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Re: What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?

Thanks! Yeah, I had the same thought about the Hollywood one. I'll check out the three preferred titles y'all mentioned.
by ChristineURen
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

What's your favorite Felix the Cat cartoon?

I'm looking for a good one to show at an event. Bonus points if it doesn't have heavy ethnic humor!

Thanks!
by ChristineURen
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Unavailable Lubitsch silent films :(
Replies: 30
Views: 7935

Re: Unavailable Lubitsch silent films :(

SO THIS IS PARIS is suddenly everywhere Just announced today: So This is Paris is screening in San Francisco on December 3, 2016 at 12:15pm...exactly the same time I'm supposed to be attending a family event that I just agreed to go to yesterday. http://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/list....
by ChristineURen
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Replies: 13
Views: 3354

Re: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

There is a new musical about the tragedy that I saw last year, that was inspired by that building. I know, it sounds like it would be terrible! But it was actually good--if you like theater and you have an interest in the story, I recommend it, if it gets remounted anywhere. It's called, as you woul...
by ChristineURen
Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Book Perpetuates Smear of Marion Davies the No-Talent
Replies: 19
Views: 3367

Re: New Book Perpetuates Smear of Marion Davies the No-Talen

What exactly does Toobin write about Davies? The actual quote in Toobin's book is "The Chief did his best to promote Davies as a movie star, which her talents failed to justify…" (from Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=AgAACwAAQBAJ&lpg=PT26&ots=JbebyKqnB_&dq=jeffrey%20toobin%20america...
by ChristineURen
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

Re: I found out something really bad about a silent star I l

I think I've decided that I will post the Wikipedia info once I'm certain of my information. It seems a bit unfair to other people concerned in the story to let the "sanitized" version stand. People who seek out a bio are probably at least a bit prepared for bad news. I persist in feeling sorry I fo...
by ChristineURen
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

Re: I found out something really bad about a silent star I l

I think she's asking what we would do if we found out something we feel is very bad about a star we love (or whose work we love)
Yes, EXACTLY! I was just struggling with how to word this; thank you for doing it so much better.
by ChristineURen
Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

Re: I found out something really bad about a silent star I l

As I said, you can PM me if you want the specific details. I meant the thread as a discussion of how to deal with the issue generally.
by ChristineURen
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

Re: I found out something really bad about a silent star I l

You might get into an edit war if you do not use the strictest neutrality and cite all possible sources. Yes, I always try to do that. That's why I said I'm waiting for the book before I do anything, so I can research it further. I'm also planning to look up further contemporary newspaper reports. ...
by ChristineURen
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

Re: I found out something really bad about a silent star I l

I'm a little amused at extreme reactions like yours. As I said, the person probably committed a terrible crime. I don't think my reaction was "extreme," under the circumstances. I find it more unusual that anyone would remain completely undisturbed upon hearing news like that about a film performer...
by ChristineURen
Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

Re: I found out something really bad about a silent star I l

Oh, man, I just thought of a new ethical dilemma. Now that I have the uglier version of the event, am I obliged to update the Wikipedia entry? (By adding the second version of the story; not erasing the watered-down version.) I hate the thought of ruining more people's days, but it seems wrong in an...
by ChristineURen
Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

Re: I found out something really bad about a silent star I l

Thank you all for the thoughtful replies; it helped somewhat just to read them. In answer to the questions, I didn't post what the exact issue was because I personally was happier when I didn't know, and I didn't want to inflict the negative feelings on others, especially not on anyone who might hav...
by ChristineURen
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What do we remember? What are we wrong about?
Replies: 41
Views: 5743

Re: What do we remember? What are we wrong about?

Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis I found a whole bunch of early Sinclair Lewis novels I'd never previously heard of available for free online download; they're a lot of fun, and quite ahead of their time (one from 1917 called The Job seems particularly prescient, and so accurately describes any ...
by ChristineURen
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:30 am
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?

Yeah, "Steamboat Bill" is better with an audience! I saw it at a screening in Northern California a few months ago, and it was almost sold out, but that theater is small.
by ChristineURen
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I found out something really bad about a silent star I love
Replies: 65
Views: 7913

I found out something really bad about a silent star I love

So, at this point I'm not going to name the person, or what I found out, but I just read, from an extremely reliable source, a devastating fact about one of my favorite silent stars. If I had read about an everyday unknown person in the newspaper who committed the same deed, I would vigorously hate ...
by ChristineURen
Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Baby Peggy Update, Part 1
Replies: 16
Views: 6228

Re: Baby Peggy Update, Part 1

I saw last week (Feb. 13) that the Niles Essanay Museum was selling autographed Baby Peggy pix as a small way to fundraise. I don't think they're available online, but if you're in the area, there might be some in the shop. A particularly great one shows Peggy dressed like a desert sheik, a la Valen...
by ChristineURen
Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Murphy Beds
Replies: 285
Views: 132935

Re: Murphy Beds

I am compelled to add that I just read the astonishing 7 pages on Murphy beds while standing in a space that used to hold such a bed. It now is an extremely tiny office.
by ChristineURen
Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Can anyone identify this short silent comedy?
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Can anyone identify this short silent comedy?

Thank you! Since it was posted on the Semon page, implying it was an example of his typical starring performances, I assumed that the main character had been mistaken for Semon. Now I'm wondering who the woman is, since she's not listed on IMDB (apparently she was not officially credited). None of t...
by ChristineURen
Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Can anyone identify this short silent comedy?
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Can anyone identify this short silent comedy?

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Worries_and_Wobbles_-_Larry_Semon_-_Vitagraph_Company_of_America_-_1917_-_EYE_FLM7472_-_OB_685679.ogv" target="_blank" target="_blank I think it's misidentified here. I'm pretty sure it's not Larry Semon--it just doesn't look like him (especially the nose in p...
by ChristineURen
Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Lloyd Hamilton 1920-1925
Replies: 5
Views: 2483

Re: Lloyd Hamilton 1920-1925

Funny--I was just reading about Lloyd Hamilton. You might already know this, but Walter Kerr (in The Silent Clowns ) writes that most of Hamilton's films for Educational Pictures (which seems to have distributed his work in the 1920-25 period) were destroyed in a warehouse fire, so maybe that's why ...
by ChristineURen
Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Virginia Rappe
Replies: 67
Views: 12521

Re: Virginia Rappe

Changsham wrote:All too common. High profile defendant gets off. Victims and witnesses get their reputations trashed.
That is common, but in this case, the defendant was also unfairly trashed, according to most historians.
by ChristineURen
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: SILENT ACTORS IN DUAL ROLES
Replies: 31
Views: 5372

Re: SILENT ACTORS IN DUAL ROLES

Rudolph Valentino plays a son & father in The Son of the Sheik. In Monsieur Beaucaire, he plays one character in disguise, so it doesn't count under your rules, but the idea of dual identity is a bit of a theme in the film (as it is in The Eagle, to a lesser extent), so I'm mentioning it anyway.
by ChristineURen
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Virginia Rappe
Replies: 67
Views: 12521

Re: Virginia Rappe

Even if Rappe was a "slut," such behavior wasn't any different from what some male silent stars and directors were doing at the time--Buster Keaton told a biographer that, when he was quite young, his dad was already offering to give him money to visit a brothel. Many male silent-film personalities ...