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by 2 Reel
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128529

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

It Happened in Hollywood (1937) with Richard Dix and Fay Wray. Talk about a delightful surprise, we had never heard of the movie before discovering a YouTube version, but we were amused, touched, and fascinated by the somewhat predictable story embellished by vivid, convincing performances. The rar...
by 2 Reel
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Library of Congress news about digital preservation efforts
Replies: 0
Views: 404

Library of Congress news about digital preservation efforts

This notice just published by the Library of Congress. First below is a link to the source, followed by the text as published. This notice will be interesting to film collectors that are concerned about preservation efforts. https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-101/?loclr=ealn Digital Outreach Program Mo...
by 2 Reel
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: NEW DVD of Edison Kinetophone talking picture restorations
Replies: 0
Views: 626

NEW DVD of Edison Kinetophone talking picture restorations

Article from today, July 27, 2018, in Popmaters: What's That You Heard? 'The Kinetophone: A Fact! A Reality! Today's digital technology allows us to resurrect and correct a fascinating and forgotten footnote in film history that proved both a dead end and a sign of things to come. This made-on-deman...
by 2 Reel
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution?
Replies: 2
Views: 781

How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution?

Having watched Filibus (1915) recently, a tinted print from the Netherlands, I was curious to ask exactly how were tinted prints made in 1915. Since each scene was tinted a different color, were the distribution prints disassembled scene by scene, dyed, and then reassembled scene by scene, resulting...
by 2 Reel
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128529

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

The Viking (a.k.a. White Thunder and Vikings of the Ice Field ) (1931). This Newfoundland/American adventure film about sealing in the frozen North was directed by George Melford. Ballyhoo claims that this was "the first film to record sound and dialogue on location," which I do not believe is hist...
by 2 Reel
Fri May 25, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How can obscure movies survive when famous one don't?
Replies: 13
Views: 2311

Re: How can obscure movies survive when famous one don't?

Serendipity, or God's will. Even those few that tried to keep prints and negatives clean and in cooled storage vaults sometimes found cans that had decomposed. The irony is that so much current filmmaking is digitally created and stored, and those files are one power surge or earthquake away from be...
by 2 Reel
Thu May 24, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: actors who played same role twice
Replies: 62
Views: 10044

Re: actors who played same role twice

Wallace read as "Toodles" Walden in The Roaring Road (1919) and Excuse My Dust (1920).
by 2 Reel
Sat May 12, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Library of Congress list of 7,200 lost U.S. Silent features
Replies: 30
Views: 5982

Library of Congress list of 7,200 lost U.S. Silent features

List of 7,200 Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films 1912-29 (last updated 12/29/1).

https://www.loc.gov/programs/static/nat ... 122916.pdf" target="_blank" target="_blank
by 2 Reel
Sat May 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Florence Lawrence + later career question
Replies: 1
Views: 722

Florence Lawrence + later career question

Florence Lawrence, arguably the first female film star that was not previously prominent in any other industry: 1. Of her silent feature film roles: what titles are extant and available for viewing? 2. Of her silent one- and two-reel roles: what titles are extant, available for viewing, and show her...
by 2 Reel
Sat May 05, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What lost film would you give anything to see?
Replies: 78
Views: 13972

Re: What lost film would you give anything to see?

I can narrow it down to 300, but I'll only list the first 7 here:
War Brides (1916)
Intolerance (1916) (the first director's cut)
Grant, Police Detective (1916-1917) the entire serial
The Battle Cry of Peace (1918)
Forever (1921)
Hollywood (1923)
The Noose (1928)
by 2 Reel
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128529

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

Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937) starring Peter Lorre and Pauline Frederick. Having never seen this, I approached it with the understanding that it was a low-budget programmer, but was I surprised! Not only does the production shine in every detail from sets to photography, but one scene in particular (t...
by 2 Reel
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Thanks for clearing that up
Replies: 1
Views: 749

Thanks for clearing that up

Thanks for clearing that up.
by 2 Reel
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New Novel About Mary Pickford and Frances Marion
Replies: 8
Views: 1330

Re: New Novel About Mary Pickford and Frances Marion

Hard to beat Frances' autobiography Off With Their Heads: A Serio-Comic Tale of Hollywood (1972), which I consider one of the best books on early Hollywood filmmaking. I agree that all the movie fiction books (and films) I've seen veer so far from facts and truth that they are at times cringe-worthy...
by 2 Reel
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 1930-?? silent moviemaking
Replies: 32
Views: 4651

Re: 1930-?? silent moviemaking

These are terrific suggestions! Thank you all. Interesting to ponder: exactly why does a movie qualify as a "silent" movie? I agree that there is a difference between a vintage silent movie and a later action movie with no dialogue, although the difference is slight. Is a movie truly "silent" only i...
by 2 Reel
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 1930-?? silent moviemaking
Replies: 32
Views: 4651

1930-?? silent moviemaking

Here's a challenge for Nitratevilleans: my son need to show his film class 10 silent movies made from 1930 to today. I can only think of a few [City Lights, Modern Times, Tabu, Dragnet Girl, Mel Brooks' Silent Movie, The Artist]. What others would you suggest?
by 2 Reel
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent/Talkies??
Replies: 20
Views: 4152

Re: Silent/Talkies??

So, what next . . . paint The Sphinx? Plant a recording behind the Mona Lisa so we can hear what her voice might have sounded like? Add a score to Dracula (1931) because it's not scary enough as-is? Add dialogue to The Nutcracker ballet performances? I think not in all examples. Pantomime, and visua...
by 2 Reel
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dust Off That VCR, a Cinema Chain Is Starting to Rent VHS Mo
Replies: 20
Views: 2266

Re: Dust Off That VCR, a Cinema Chain Is Starting to Rent VH

Nostalgia for jamming cassettes, broken tapes, crud-covered video heads, stretch marks, quickly fading color, and patience-challenging rewinding? Nooooo!
by 2 Reel
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Post your Holiday Wish List & Win Movies from Flicker Alley!
Replies: 56
Views: 8917

If you could wish for and receive 1 movie, it would be?

If you could wish for 1 movie or boxed set for Christmas, and get it, what would it be?

My choice this year: a boxed set of all lost George Larkin serials:
Trey O' Hearts (1914)
Grant, Police Reporter (1916-1917)
Zongar (1918)
The Adventures of Ruth (1919)
by 2 Reel
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Metropolis With Voice Actors and in Color
Replies: 22
Views: 2031

Re: Metropolis With Voice Actors and in Color

Sorry, but both the lip-synchronization, as well as the tonality (distance from the camera, etc.) is unrealistic and terribly distracting and annoying, not unlike a horrible score. Perhaps if German was used instead of English, it might improve, but . . . why bother? It's like painting a statue: is ...
by 2 Reel
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Tiny moments you love to rewatch
Replies: 7
Views: 1410

Re: Tiny moments you love to rewatch

Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With the Wind vowing "I'll never be hungry again" as the music swells and the camera pulls back in that gorgeous technicolor view of her silhouetted against Tara. Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard "I'll show them! I'll be up there again, so help me!, and then turning in profil...
by 2 Reel
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 323065

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

John Barrymore in Counselor-At-Law (1933). Barrymore, always the consummate actor, in his usual striking, engaging, and technically proficient performance . . . but the movie! Directed by William Wyler, I had a preconceived notion of something memorable about to be witnessed, but the movie doesn't a...
by 2 Reel
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silents to sound - academic research
Replies: 34
Views: 5145

Re: Silents to sound - academic research

One succinct reason comes to mind - having to learn lines. In the silent days, actors could get away with saying anything, but the thought of having to actually learn a whole heap of dialogue may have been too much for some of them. Greetings, Mr. Binks. One might think that this would have posed a...
by 2 Reel
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 3-D film and Ziegfeld
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: 3-D film and Ziegfeld

I read an article somewhere that Mae Murray appeared in the 1908, 1909, and 1915 Ziegfeld Follies as a featured dancer. She amazed an audience at the 1915 Ziegfeld Follies with two specialty songs that stopped the show. In a sketch, Ziegfeld had her enter the darkened theater from the rear of the ho...
by 2 Reel
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Self-plug: MAX LINDER book now available
Replies: 12
Views: 2347

Re: Self-plug: MAX LINDER book now available

Just ordered my copy of the hardback edition. Thanks, Snorre. Can't wait! Max Linder is one of my favorite early silent movie comedians. Wish more of his films were available, but I'm grateful for what have survived.
by 2 Reel
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Was Max Linder the first truly worldwide movie star?
Replies: 3
Views: 679

Was Max Linder the first truly worldwide movie star?

I have often thought so, but I'm curious what others think. If you disagree, could this be at least partly because so few of his movies have been available for viewing, thus swaying bias? I'm also looking into the new book that was just announced yesterday, Max Linder: Father of Film Comedy. http://...
by 2 Reel
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Treatment of 1920's Hollywood Stars
Replies: 13
Views: 2133

Re: Treatment of 1920's Hollywood Stars

Wallace Reid/physical abuse: several interesting biographies detail how Jesse Lasky ignored the terrible injuries cast and crew suffered in a train wreck in 1919 in the Sierra Mountains while on location for The Valley of the Giants , and Lasky compelled them to resume work the next day without time...
by 2 Reel
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Dam Bursts: War Officially Declared on Classic Film
Replies: 119
Views: 27323

Re: The Dam Bursts: War Officially Declared on Classic Film

Spiny Norman wrote:
2 Reel wrote:Isn't that how we view The Sphinx and the Great Pyramids, all of which were built largely by slave labor?
Were they? Isn't that a myth?
They were paid nothing, but had free use of all the sand they wanted.
by 2 Reel
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Dam Bursts: War Officially Declared on Classic Film
Replies: 119
Views: 27323

Re: The Dam Bursts: War Officially Declared on Classic Film

This current movement seems more hysterical than historical. Let's hope cooler mindsets prevail and movies, books, artwork, and statues can always be viewed and appreciated for their artistry, even if embraced only as an artifact of their times. Isn't that how we view The Sphinx and the Great Pyrami...
by 2 Reel
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gems
Replies: 20
Views: 3211

Re: I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gem

We recently watched Robinson Crusoe on Mars and The Incredible Shrinking Man . I was spellbound throughout both. Robinson features an intriguing story with many imaginative twists, creative effects, and Paul Mantee, who I still can't believe never became an A-list star. Shrinking Man is bone-chillin...
by 2 Reel
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "General Crack" (1928)
Replies: 9
Views: 1576

Re: "General Crack" (1928)

The silent version is like popcorn without the butter. Wouldn't it be interesting to see a part-talkie restoration, blending the silent version with whatever footage and sound exists of the talkie version, substituting the talking scenes for the corresponding silent scenes?