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by Dean Thompson
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Nothing Sacred (1937)
Replies: 1
Views: 132

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: 1798
Views: 133951

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: 14
Views: 341

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: 26
Views: 1041

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: 792

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: 700

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: 451

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: 501

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: 700

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: 17
Views: 682

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: 34
Views: 1086

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: 774
Views: 86040

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: 4527

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: 1798
Views: 133951

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: 1798
Views: 133951

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: 55
Views: 14134

Re: Warner Archive for 2018

Rick Lanham wrote: Thames fighting words.

Rick
Fighting words indeed. Don't be in de-Nile.
by Dean Thompson
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SCENE STEALING KITTIES
Replies: 50
Views: 11985

Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Last night I watched the beautifully restored Criterion blu ray of Von Sternberg's Dishonored, and the long-haired feline that Marlene strokes in a number of her (more or less) close-ups has deep, hypnotic eyes.
by Dean Thompson
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online
Replies: 17
Views: 1556

Re: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online

What a great project! I'm sure many of us find the sight of these catalogues a wonderfully nostalgic wallow. Sigh. I'd cut grass for weeks to save up for a Laurel and Hardy short in super 8mm sound. Once it arrived after what seemed like months of waiting, just the smell of the film after I opened t...
by Dean Thompson
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: More Universal Silents!
Replies: 43
Views: 5704

Re: More Universal Silents!

Here's another vote for Smouldering Fires. The pale and jittery videotape I watched many years ago couldn't obscure what an excellent film this is.
by Dean Thompson
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Butlers
Replies: 19
Views: 1129

Re: Butlers

I've always enjoyed George Barraud's turn as a faux butler in the Shearer version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney . Actually, the stage veterans who populate many early talkies (as Barraud, Basil Rathbone, Maude Turner Gordon, and Herbert Bunston do here) remain a perpetual source of pleasure for me: th...
by Dean Thompson
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Unlikely cowboys
Replies: 7
Views: 912

Re: Unlikely cowboys

Montgomery Clift has always been one of my favorite actors. But though Red River is a wonderful film, I've never thought Clift an altogether convincing cowboy there; maybe it's his being in Wayne's shadow, or maybe it's his looks. I find him far more credible in The Misfits some thirteen years later.
by Dean Thompson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 2018 SFSFF Saluted World Cinema
Replies: 7
Views: 1953

Re: 2018 SFSFF Saluted World Cinema

Thank you for writing so thoughtfully at length, Mary. I have The Ancient Law on order, and your review has me all the more eager to see it.
by Dean Thompson
Sun May 20, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: Help UCLA Restore Laurel & Hardy's A PERFECT DAY
Replies: 10
Views: 2786

Re: Help UCLA Restore Laurel & Hardy's A PERFECT DAY

Perfect Day has always been my favorite L&H short, and I'm glad to see that it inspires such affection and support even now. It's a hoot throughout ("Goodbye!!"), but take the moment after the sandwich fight, when Kay Deslys tells them to "Forgive and forget." They look pouty, then sheepish, and th...
by Dean Thompson
Wed May 16, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: DINTY (1920)
Replies: 53
Views: 8352

Re: DINTY (1920)

I'm in, too: the cast list and Neilan make this one very appealing. Plus it's a Larusso project. Plunk down the dough with confidence, friends!
by Dean Thompson
Tue May 15, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Best Coffee Table Books on the Movies?
Replies: 18
Views: 2305

Re: Best Coffee Table Books on the Movies?

I've collected nearly every one of those books through the years--Pickford, L&H, Selznick, CC, 4FF, Silent Clowns, &c--and they're all great. But nostalgia's siren call being what it is, I'm still enthralled by Daniel Blum's A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen , which I snapped up with grass-cu...
by Dean Thompson
Sat May 12, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: New Kickstarter- Hollywood Victory Caravan w/Color Footage
Replies: 3
Views: 1403

Re: New Kickstarter- Hollywood Victory Caravan w/Color Foota

Just signed on and look forward to watching the DVD this summer. Thanks for the reminder, Bob.
by Dean Thompson
Tue May 01, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 1019
Views: 381907

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

I needed my reading glasses, too: for a second there I thought it was Ronald Colman and Ann Harding. Still have to catch them in Condemned!
by Dean Thompson
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Non-Violence in Movies
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Re: Non-Violence in Movies

I'll go ahead and say Spoiler Alerts here. In my favorite silent, Henry King's Tol'able David (1921), Luke Hatburn (Ernest Torrence) brutally kills Rocket, the dog of Allan Kinemon (Warner Richmond). Barely containing himself, Kinemon tells Hatburn that he's driving a hack with passengers and mail, ...
by Dean Thompson
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 1019
Views: 381907

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

I still have his early books (TV Movies, Behind the Camera, Movie Comedy Teams, The Great Movie Shorts, &c ) that I bought back in the halcyon days of the early 1970's and have been happily adding to that collection ever since. Leonard Maltin is a national treasure.