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by Dean Thompson
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 11th Annual Watch That Movie Night is January 25!
Replies: 28
Views: 549

Re: 11th Annual Watch That Movie Night is January 28!

I've seen relatively few movies featuring our January masthead, Jean Arthur. She's enchanting and so warm in You Can't Take It with You (especially in the lovely scene with grandpa Lionel Barrymore in which he recalls her grandmother). Our college library has Only Angels Have Wings , so I'm going to...
by Dean Thompson
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: LITTLE OLD NEW YORK (1923)
Replies: 68
Views: 1890

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: Little Old New York

Pledged, absolutely. As always, Ed and Ben, thank you!
by Dean Thompson
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: "Stan and Ollie" American Release Date Announced
Replies: 8
Views: 1487

Re: "Stan and Ollie" American Release Date Announced

Here's an appreciative review of Stan & Ollie, as well as a Christiane Amanpour interview with the film's stars, at CNN:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/28/entertai ... index.html
by Dean Thompson
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:04 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?

Not long after I started checking out 8mm films from the local library (late 1960s), I went with two friends to a local pizza parlor. We found that they showed silent comedy shorts on an unusual-looking projector, one that would show a single film in a loop, over and over. On that occasion they wer...
by Dean Thompson
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: LITTLE OLD NEW YORK (1923)
Replies: 68
Views: 1890

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER ON JANUARY 1

What Bob and Christopher said. Seriously, Ed: you're gonna make us squirm for ten days? Awwww!
by Dean Thompson
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:56 am
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?

I was about seven or eight when my grandmother called to tell me a Chaplin film was on TV, and I ran to the living room to watch The Fireman (almost certainly a Van Buren print). That did it. After Santa Claus brought me a super 8 mm projector, I checked out every silent the local library had: Chapl...
by Dean Thompson
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Nothing Sacred (1937)
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Nothing Sacred (1937)

Please let us hear your impressions, Danny. I've not seen the earlier Kino blu of Nothing Sacred --had no desire to buy it after I read the reviews. That said, I think rather too much has been made of the Beaver screen caps throughout this thread. Like Harold, I noticed tints in the caps that I didn...
by Dean Thompson
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Nothing Sacred (1937)
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Nothing Sacred (1937)

Harold Aherne wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:02 pm
And was it Tommy Kelly who appeared as the schoolboy with the squirrel that finds its way onto Lombard's back?

--HA
I just checked IMDb, and it's Sidney Kibrick. Apparently he's still with us at the hearty age of 90!
by Dean Thompson
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Red Skelton
Replies: 10
Views: 496

Re: Red Skelton

Skelton's TV show was one of my favorites as well, and like Chaplin, he could really touch the heart. I remember reading many years ago that when the great Marcel Marceau saw Skelton's mime of an old veteran watching (and then joining in) a Veterans' Day parade, he wept. Now that is tribute of the h...
by Dean Thompson
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar
Replies: 21
Views: 700

Re: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar

Just sent in my order. Imagine, a swimsuit calendar on my fridge! The excitement is too much. I'm gonna have to take a pill and lie down!
by Dean Thompson
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Post your holiday wish list and win Mary Pickford or The Ancient Law!
Replies: 57
Views: 1382

Re: Post your holiday wish list and win Mary Pickford or The Ancient Law!

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that ever since reading Chris Jacobs's review of the Fantomas blu ray nearly three years ago, I've been meaning (and meaning, and meaning) to snap it up, put the kettle on, and watch the whole shebang. But all the Kino, Milestone, Eureka!, Flicker Alley, BFI, and Cr...
by Dean Thompson
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146948

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

Some sources claim [Zeffie Tilbury] was blind at this time of her life, but I wonder if they meant "legally blind," which is a little different. Garson Kanin mentions her limited vision in Hollywood : she tapped over a film set with her cane before shooting began so she would know where to hit her ...
by Dean Thompson
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146948

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

I have never seen Giant .... But James Dean almost killed the picture for me. His mannered, quirky performance made me wonder if Warner Brothers had digitally inserted Gary Oldman into the film for some strange reason. I have a first rate sound system and had trouble understanding some of his lines...
by Dean Thompson
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber
Replies: 83
Views: 8083

Re: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber

Another vote for Suspense, for the reasons already mentioned.
by Dean Thompson
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Nothing Sacred (1937)
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Nothing Sacred (1937)

The newly released Kino blu I watched tonight was beautiful. Consider how DVDBeaver winds down its review of this edition: ---------- Well, the new 'Special Restored Edition' is quite an upgrade - in image and extras. The film is a total gem and with the commentary and more vibrant, tighter, image -...
by Dean Thompson
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146948

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

I just finished watching Kino's new blu-ray of Nothing Sacred , which hit the market today. Kino touts it thus-- Brand New HD Master from a 2K Scan of the Restored Fine Grain Master! --and it is gorgeous. Fleeting shots, mostly dissolves, are a bit grainy, but the lines, scratches, density fluctuati...
by Dean Thompson
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Playing 100 years ago today
Replies: 18
Views: 881

Re: Playing 100 years ago today

Thanks, Brooksie. I think the irreverence verged on bad taste, but only because of the phrasing. "Harold Lockwood's dead too" is not a particularly respectful way of putting it. Something like, "Sadly, Harold Lockwood too is now dead..." would have been more sensitive. Jim You said it, Jim. I was r...
by Dean Thompson
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Treasures on VHS?
Replies: 32
Views: 2668

Re: Treasures on VHS?

I'm hanging on to my VHS copy of THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK because Gaylord Carter's organ score is terrific. (Nothing against the Israel and Sosin scores on the Criterion set.) The jaunty theme for the waterfront bar works as straight accompaniment to bar brawling and as ironic commentary on some of th...
by Dean Thompson
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...
Replies: 19
Views: 950

Re: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...

rudyfan wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:02 pm
In the first version of Rudolph Valentino The Silent Idol . . . . I am looking forward to finishing up the new revised and expanded edition where the old typos and mistakes are corrected and new ones crop up.
Whoa!! Donna, this is great news! How will this edition differ from the first one?
by Dean Thompson
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: TNT (the old TNT) and me
Replies: 18
Views: 1015

Re: TNT (the old TNT) and me

Someone famous died recently from Lew body dementia. Does anyone remember who it was? I've been racking my brains trying to remember. Seriously ... was it an athlete, or a performer? Jim Jim, you may be thinking of Dina Merrill, who died in May of 2017 after suffering from LBD for many years.
by Dean Thompson
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Revolving Doors in Movies
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Revolving Doors in Movies

Though nobody gets rubbed out while it's in operation, the revolving door is an appropriately prominent motif in Grand Hotel. Funny, I keep thinking someone does get rubbed out in (or near) a revolving door during a gangland ball in one of the Warner Brothers gangster flicks from the early '30's. Sc...
by Dean Thompson
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Title of Garbo silent?
Replies: 3
Views: 549

Re: Title of Garbo silent?

Hmm: there are several possibilities. In The Single Standard , Garbo emerges from her Deco house and flips a porch light several times to alert her chauffeur/boyfriend to come pick her up. In A Woman of Affairs , she flips a reading light repeatedly while lying in bed. She's not upset in either of t...
by Dean Thompson
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: TNT (the old TNT) and me
Replies: 18
Views: 1015

Re: TNT (the old TNT) and me

Lovely and nostalgic personal account, Bradley, especially your thoughts as you rocked your first son. Though it cost me many hours of sleep, I'll always be grateful to TNT for introducing me to Public Enemy and Grand Hotel, still two of my favorite guilty pleasures.
by Dean Thompson
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?
Replies: 20
Views: 1151

Re: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?

Cavett could be irritating for reasons already mentioned, but--I'm echoing brendangcarroll here--he sometimes had the grace to step back and give truly extraordinary guests free rein, as he did during the legendary 1970 episode with Noel Coward, Alfred Lunt, and Lynn Fontanne. And he could be proper...
by Dean Thompson
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 41
Views: 2246

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

I'm in and am already rubbing my mitts with gleeful anticipation.

Ed, I'm almost certain I pledged for Dinty but haven't received a copy yet. As long as you're double-checking Jim's order, might you check mine as well? Thanks.
by Dean Thompson
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94339

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Do many people still read William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair (1911)? Some English majors and graduate students are reading it yet, Bob: Vanity Fair remains a staple in the Survey of British Novel course at the college where I teach, as it does in a number of liberal arts colleges, at least i...
by Dean Thompson
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?
Replies: 32
Views: 4977

Re: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?

I'll nominate June Allyson's rendition of "Thou Swell" in Words and Music. She's not that much of a singer (I have a distant memory of someone's writing that hers was a voice crying for cough drops), but this may be her best moment on film. It's irresistibly charming.
by Dean Thompson
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146948

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

So, what's your favorite Kurosawa? Bob Ikiru , which I saw as a sophomore in college. The print was scratchy and the subtitles often impossible to read, but the film still hit with gale force: I had never seen anything else on screen that stark and yet that tender. Some members of the class dozed e...
by Dean Thompson
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 2062
Views: 146948

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

boblipton wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:40 pm
I know my reviews here are.... well, let's put it kindly, shall we, idiosyncratic.
No, Bob, no: they're erudite, wonderfully opinionated, and always enlightening. Thanks for the energy you've put into your 5000, and please don't let up!
by Dean Thompson
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Archive for 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 15022

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

Rick Lanham wrote: Thames fighting words.

Rick
Fighting words indeed. Don't be in de-Nile.