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by Frame Rate
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE IRON HORSE (1924) BD coming from Twilight Time (11/20/18)
Replies: 19
Views: 1514

Re: THE IRON HORSE (1924) BD coming from Twilight Time (11/20/18)

The DVD version is mediocre. They removed all of the Karl Malkames tints (who is not credited for his restoration), they slowed down the running time and that makes the film heavier. And the guy who wrote the soundtrack didn't do something as memorable as William Perry's piano. The splintering, sca...
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Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?
Replies: 17
Views: 499

Re: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?

It seems a good 30% of interviews have frequent little insulting jokes. I know he got his start as a comedy writer. He's one of the only interviewers that can hold his own with intellectuals and the basic showbiz personalities that don't have any aspirations that direction. In his era Cavett was, I...
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Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2275

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

I've known and admired Dr. Carli for at least as long as you have, Mike, and I'm quite confident that if some Warner "suit" tersely instructed him, even in mid-performance, to henceforth quote "no melodies from after 1923" Phil would instantly narrow the access portal to his vast mental repertoire a...
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Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2275

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

Now hold on thar, pardners! The fine musicians who have provided piano and organ accompaniments, over many years, at Cinecon, Cinefest, Cinesation, Capitolfest etc. are by no means "noodlers" from the local Elks Club! And as for Warner Archive's allegedly high standards in their current catalog of s...
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Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2275

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

I can understand if Ed doesn't want to reveal (in this forum) precisely what TCM paid for the rights to his restoration work, and the same goes for Ben's compensation from TCM. But the question remains: Does it cost more for TCM to acquire new, ready-for-showing, silents via this (outsider-provider)...
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Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2275

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

Still, I wonder why TCM keeps scheduling and pulling this film when everybody involved knows it's in no condition to be shown by TCM standards. Well, Turner is a large corporation (read: bureaucracy), and perhaps there are simply too many left hands that often don't know what the right hands (or vi...
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Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127859

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

I was at WCIX in Miami in 1978 and we bought the RKO library as house prints. So UA-TV was still offering stations 'house prints" that late in the game? I thought the practice ended years earlier. Or do you mean that whenever the station needed to replace a worn/damaged/missing print from the RKO l...
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Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2275

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

And so, LILAC TIME falls from the sky and crashes once again. (sigh) Not that I really want to begin a new "attack" thread against our beloved (but too often misguided) TCM, but as most of us know all too well, fresh video transfers from that substantial stash of never-shown-on-TV silent titles they...
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Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Marty Kearns
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Marty Kearns

The wonderful Marty Kearns has often proclaimed, proudly, "I don't do computers!"

Instead, he relies on an appropriately (for the films) more vintage and nostalgic communication medium:



The Postal Service. :wink:
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Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 678

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

[/quote] Aren't you confusing their speech recognition with computer translation? [/quote] Many YouTube movies can be auto-translated (via YouTube's built-in feature) into the language of your choice, and in real time. Experience (often hilarious) has shown that talkie films auto-translate far less ...
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Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Encouraging Article in the Wall Street Journal
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Encouraging Article in the Wall Street Journal

So, the abundance of silents on YouTube is said to be assisting in building a new audience of youthful silent fans...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/silent-fil ... 1535907601

(Sorry if you've exceeded your quota of free WSJ articles. :( )
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Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127859

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

Jim Roots wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:35 pm
Isn't that what he said about The Untouchables?
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I wouldn't put it past Agee to recycle one of his own bon mots, but both the TV series and the feature film came out well after his own final reel.
by Frame Rate
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Viewer alert they showing 1929 The Letter on TCM
Replies: 26
Views: 4582

Re: Viewer alert they showing 1929 The Letter on TCM

:( Can I mention that here in the UK we had the full repertoire in the nineties. Are you saying that way back when TNT (later TCM) started in the U.K. (1993 and 1999, respectively) they showed the very same ultra-wide selection of pre-1950 films as did the stateside version(s)? I seem to recall that...
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Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1637
Views: 127859

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

Oh, that Liz Scott flick, the one that prompted The Nation 's James Agee (who by the end of the 40s had had his fill of noir-ish, betrayal-and-revenge tales) to issue one of his most facile, play-on-the-title fulminations: "The picture deserves, like four out of five other movies, to walk alone, tin...
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Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 678

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

YouTube did generate Russian subtitles that took me awhile to download. Once I got them, I translated as best as possible since I don't understand the language. Did you try using YouTube's own, built-in auto-translate feature? In my experience the results usually are utterly bizarre word salad, :lo...
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Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Viewer alert they showing 1929 The Letter on TCM
Replies: 26
Views: 4582

Re: Viewer alert they showing 1929 The Letter on TCM

Just a reminder: The widespread, full-bore unloading (licensing) of the major Hollywood studios' 1929-1949 output to television syndication in 1955-58 was preceded by a whole host of lawyers and researchers combing through thousands of pages of legal documents to "lock down" which titles in this hug...
by Frame Rate
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 678

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

Back during the "golden age of college film societies," (1960s and 70s) when we cinema-crazed youngsters madly mined the Audio/Brandon and Janus catalogues for both gold and dross alike, nearly all the European and Asian imports appeared to be 16mm reduction prints cheaply made off of either overly ...
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Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Worst of the Worst
Replies: 94
Views: 28365

Re: Worst of the Worst

RE: CHINATOWN NIGHTS, in particular: Although folks in the USA are fast approaching the tenth(!) anniversary of the FCC's mandatory switch to all-digital broadcast television, it's still common there to visit a public waiting-room area with a TV (doctor's office, dentist's office, car-repair shop, b...
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Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Recycled Music
Replies: 46
Views: 6838

Re: Recycled Music

Alfred Newman's Moon-of-Manakoora score for MR. ROBINSON CRUSOE revisited the South Seas in THE HURRICANE, and his marvelously Gershwin-esque STREET SCENE theme went on to enjoy an extremely active afterlife: popping up repeatedly in such TCF outings as CRY OF THE CITY, KISS OF DEATH, I WAKE UP SCRE...
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Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?
Replies: 12
Views: 1689

Re: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?

The PAL TV system, quite early on, motivated broadcasters (when they sought to integrate filmed material into their programming) to run the film at 25 frames per second, which matched the PAL-video frame rate and made for essentially flicker-free imagery. This always resulted in a slightly shorter r...
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Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Audience - "Repeat the Titles Right out Loud"
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Re: Audience - "Repeat the Titles Right out Loud"

There are plenty of postings of D.W.'s beloved "hat reminder" on the web, but this one has both a music score and a commentary!

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Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Love Goddesses (1965)
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: The Love Goddesses (1965)

While it is possible that Paramount picked up this 1965 Walter Reade (Saul Turell) production for wider distribution after its initial arthouse targeting, John Douglas Eames' comprehensive studio index does not list the film as a company release. So perhaps IMDB is wrong, although in any case it's d...
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen
Replies: 48
Views: 6569

Re: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen

While on a visit with David Bradley I noticed something oddly oblong, enclosed in a thick layer of transparent but heavily scuffed plastic wrap, sitting atop his barbecue grill on the patio. "What's that?" I enquired. "Oh, that's the submarine from the 1929 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND," he casually replied. "...
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The greatest movie ever made
Replies: 43
Views: 3773

Re: The greatest movie ever made

Although VERTIGO continues to be my all-time fave (I even ducked out on first-dress rehearsal for a play in which I was acting, to see the picture's initial theatrical re-issue!) my humble theory is that the film would never have achieved its near-mystical status had it not been for its lengthy with...
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Song Similarity
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Song Similarity

Is there more than a coincidental connection between the "clown's song" in the 1932 German film QUICK and Jo Stafford's 1952 hit "You Belong to Me"?

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Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films
Replies: 25
Views: 5215

Re: Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films

Back in January of 2011, when Comcast acquired NBC/Universal, some of us optimistic types thought the time was ripe for Comcast to form their own version of TCM, fully (and cheaply) exploiting the whole Universal back catalogue, including the grossly neglected pre-1949 Paramount talkies and what sur...
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Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: NEW LESLIE HOWARD DOC
Replies: 2
Views: 1982

Re: NEW LESLIE HOWARD DOC

The fellow who made both documentaries is a dear friend who started working on the first project (THE MAN WHO GAVE A DAMN) several years ago, really put in a fantastic amount of time and effort (the legal issues and excerpting charges seemed insurmountable at first) and finally succeeded -- with a f...