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by Dean Thompson
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 397

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: 630
Views: 78399

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: 22
Views: 3633

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: 1498
Views: 125145

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: 1498
Views: 125145

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: 53
Views: 12512

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: 11964

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: 1464

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: 5595

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: 1114

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: 892

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: 1941

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: 2591

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: 7880

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: 2295

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: 1240

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: 994
Views: 378160

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: 855

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: 994
Views: 378160

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.
by Dean Thompson
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!
Replies: 88
Views: 16135

Re: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!

For those who don't know, the Gish and Fairbanks introductions to the VHS release of The Wind and the PBS telecast of Thief of Bagdad, respectively, can be found on Youtube. Said introductions are most articulate and altogether charming.
by Dean Thompson
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Research about silent cinema fans - Silent film festivals
Replies: 27
Views: 5169

Re: Research about silent cinema fans - Silent film festival

I've gone to Cinevent for twenty years now with Silents are Golden webmaster Tim Lussier and will always cherish memories of attending a screening of Peter Pan at the Wexner Center with Philip Carli conducting his fine orchestral score that many of you know from the Kino DVD. When Betty Bronson appe...
by Dean Thompson
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Movies with Scenes of Watching the Stock Market Ticker Tape
Replies: 9
Views: 1409

Re: Movies with Scenes of Watching the Stock Market Ticker T

It's been years since I've seen this film, but I believe there's a relevant shot, maybe an entire sequence, in Crawford's Dance, Fools, Dance (1931).
by Dean Thompson
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Vittorio Taviani Dead at 88
Replies: 1
Views: 1021

Re: Vittorio Taviani Dead at 88

RIP. The Night of the Shooting Stars is a beautiful film.
by Dean Thompson
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming
Replies: 27
Views: 5539

Re: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming

Javier wrote:
s.w.a.c. wrote:It would be nice if the same is done to the Von Sternberg Silents, I would certainly buy the box set again.
Same here. The Von Sternberg silents collection was about as beautiful and satisfying a box set as I've ever purchased.
by Dean Thompson
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming
Replies: 27
Views: 5539

Re: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming

Oh. My. Gosh. How lucky are we? And all those extras sound wonderful, especially the book of essays.
by Dean Thompson
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Convention City (1933)
Replies: 12
Views: 3092

Re: Convention City (1933)

Very illuminating essay, especially about John Leifert's discovery of the twenty-minute collection of shots intended for use in the film. Thanks, Ron!
by Dean Thompson
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: When actors muff their lines
Replies: 30
Views: 3717

Re: When actors muff their lines

Oliver Hardy muffs a line in Helpmates , and it works perfectly. He and Stan are trying to clean up his house after a wild party the night before, and the script apparently calls for Ollie to say impatiently, "Don't you realize my wife will be coming home soon?" Or at least it was meant to be someth...
by Dean Thompson
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: SECOND YOUTH (1924) The Lunt & Fontanne Silent
Replies: 17
Views: 3228

Re: SECOND YOUTH (1924) The Lunt & Fontanne Silent

Second Youth isn't mentioned in either of the two biographies I have of the couple. Imagine that: (relatively) undiscovered Lunt and Fontanne. I sense growing excitement here. If there's a kickstarter in the offing, I'm definitely in. PS: For those of you who haven't seen L&F in The Guardsman (1931...