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by IA
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4769

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Brooksie wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:26 pm
The Sight and Sound review is especially interesting
Interesting, yes, but I also thought it was unconvincing, pretentious guff--the reviewer did little more than find an opportunity to drag in Walter Benjamin to praise Jackson's "phantasmagoric" Frankenstein monster.
by IA
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: "Clarence Brown: Hollywood's Forgotten Master"
Replies: 8
Views: 739

"Clarence Brown: Hollywood's Forgotten Master"

The new biography of Clarence Brown has just been reviewed by the Wall Street Journal : More Than a Company Man by Scott Eyman Clarence Brown: Hollywood's Forgotten Master , by Gwenda Young. Kentucky, 388 pages, $60 I no longer remember how Charlie Chaplin's name came up. But in the summer of 1974 C...
by IA
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4769

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

From Silent London's excellent review: Almost every man has a creamy, peachy skin tone, and the grass in each shot is a warm, yellowy green. The sky is blue. If it weren’t for the daubs of bright red blood, and the bomb craters, this would risk being a unnaturally prettified image of war, with remar...
by IA
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4769

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

All sorts of tinkering goes on all the time, why single out this one. Large parts of the world dub all their movies in another language, losing all original voices. And I despise dubbing as much as colorization. Tinkering to compensate for the ravages of time is acceptable, but a major change like ...
by IA
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4769

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Colorization is the work of the devil :evil:! If a film was shot in black and white and meant to exhibited that way, I don't want anyone drawing on it with crayons. This goes double for historical footage, which does not benefit from fake color. It's patronizing to assume the public will not watch f...
by IA
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Richard Oswalds Hound of Baskervilles (1929) found,restored and screened
Replies: 10
Views: 1078

Re: Richard Oswalds Hound of Baskervilles (1929) found,restored and screened

Nor sadly have any of the Eille Norwood Stoll silents (at least not legitimately.) The late David Shepard wrote that "The rights and materials for the Elie Norwood Sherlock Holmes films are owned by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Company. He is a great enthusiast of the films and bought th...
by IA
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Sessue Hayakawa, Author
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Sessue Hayakawa, Author

EYE has also placed His Birthright (1918) online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK7UCQDlG4s Intertitles are in Dutch, but translations are available at https://vimeo.com/125563952 . Reels 1 and 4 are missing, but the story is still easily followed. Hayakawa also wrote an autobiography, Zen Showed ...
by IA
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN
Replies: 15
Views: 1527

Re: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN

BTW, I bought the Larry Semon (1918-1927) Vol. 1 DVD from Grapevine a while back, but was disappointed with the image quality. I've since managed to find better versions for all of them, except one. I'd be interested to know which are the better versions. I'm relatively new to Semon and don't yet k...
by IA
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Tab Hunter Has Passed Away
Replies: 24
Views: 1639

Re: Tab Hunter Has Passed Away

...a well-regarded Phil Karlson western Gunman's Walk (which I haven't seen) Gunman's Walk is superb, one of the best 50s westerns in my unhumble opinion. It's been released on Blu-Ray/DVD in several European countries but never in the USA. The plot involves a rancher who has two sons--Hunter plays...
by IA
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Official Silents online deals thread
Replies: 546
Views: 240705

Re: The Official Silents online deals thread

Rick Lanham wrote:The Passion of Joan of Arc Criterion Collection Blu-ray.
$19.11, 52% off at Amazon (US).
Thanks! I purchased my copy yesterday. What a difference Blu-Ray will be from the U-matic tape I first viewed this film with!
by IA
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4266

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

Pleasant, but his touch was based largely on two things. An arch, slightly unnatural, high comic delivery by his actors that created a sense of audience complicity and made the viewer feel sophisticated and superior. And yet the Lubitsch touch worked even when actors were silent--as my fond memorie...
by IA
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEVIN BROWNLOW!
Replies: 13
Views: 3611

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEVIN BROWNLOW!

A very recent interview with Mr. Brownlow has just been uploaded by Film Comment:
https://www.filmcomment.com/blog/interv ... -brownlow/
by IA
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 776
Views: 86127

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

What's the condition of the print? Mostly excellent. A few brief bits of evident decomposition but that's all. Some footage has been added from a 9.5 mm French print, and is noticeably inferior in visual quality, but not obtrusively so. It looked great and the SF Silent Film Festival did an excelle...
by IA
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 776
Views: 86127

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

Der Hund von Baskerville (1929) [Viewed at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival] This is the best-directed version of the Hound of the Baskervilles , though to be honest no great directors have ever tackled the story. Der Hund von Baskerville also has the honor of being the last silent Sherlock H...
by IA
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 776
Views: 86127

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

After a forty-year+ wait I finally watched BLUE JEANS (1917) last night...it is often beautifully observed, with an excellent pictorial sense as well as a very good feel for place and period... That was my reaction too. I'd been looking for this for a while (albeit less than 40 years), and then las...
by IA
Fri May 18, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Greatest Show on Earth” in Vistavision?
Replies: 18
Views: 3526

Re: "The Greatest Show on Earth” in Vistavision?

My interest in King of Jazz led me to this film, since KOJ director John Murray Anderson was credited for staging the circus musical and dance numbers. Anderson, famous as a master of the revue format, had staged productions of "The Greatest Show on Earth" for Ringling Brothers since 1942, including...
by IA
Fri May 18, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

I recently checked out from my local library John Murray Anderson's posthumously published autobiography Out Without My Rubbers . For anyone who's interested, here are the sections dealing with King of Jazz . It begins with Murray nursing a hangover in his New York apartment... *** At that moment, t...
by IA
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: LONG AWAITED "KING OF JAZZ" RESTORATION BEGINS IN 2012
Replies: 243
Views: 103487

Re: LONG AWAITED "KING OF JAZZ" RESTORATION BEGINS IN 2012

I recently looked up a New York Times interview with John Murray Anderson from May 11, 1930. Part of it is quoted in The King of Jazz book, but the whole thing is worth reading. It makes me regret that such a gifted artist never directed another film. *** A DIRECTOR'S AMBITIONS The imminent possibil...
by IA
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Reconstruction of William S. Hart's THE ARYAN (1916)
Replies: 9
Views: 2430

Re: Reconstruction of William S. Hart's THE ARYAN (1916)

s.w.a.c. wrote:Hell's Hinges (1916) was included in the first Treasures From American Film Archives collection.
And can now be legally watched for free online:
https://www.filmpreservation.org/preser ... inges-1916
by IA
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Version
Replies: 16
Views: 2044

Re: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Versi

wich2 wrote:I like both Film, and Novel (by the way - have you seen THE MOLLY MAGUIRES?)
I haven't, but any unseen film with Sean Connery automatically enters my to-watch list.
by IA
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Version
Replies: 16
Views: 2044

Re: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Versi

Wow, was that material handled clumsily! (Including the poor intercuts with what looks like a tabletop Moor?) And yet again the Hound is played by a very unscary Great Dane. Why do so many filmmakers think this is a good idea? Sure, Great Danes are the tallest of dogs (alongside Irish Wolfhounds), ...
by IA
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Version
Replies: 16
Views: 2044

Re: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Versi

This was fun, although I'm not surprised who the winner was. ...I always felt the Jeremy Brett series' feature-length ones were comparatively weak for that excellent series—they didn't know how to crank things up to dramatically support the greater length and scale, versus how well they fleshed out...
by IA
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Version
Replies: 16
Views: 2044

The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Version

A couple of weeks ago I embarked on a mission to find the best screen adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles . I watched six candidates for that accolade and took a few notes. Proceeding in chronological order, I'll start with the most famous version of all. 01. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1...
by IA
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

Thanks guys. Oh so as I am staying with family I might order it from Amazon US and have it shipped to their house? Yes, since Amazon allows the shipping address to differ from the billing address. It's a bit of a cheeky thing to do though? I don't like to do that in case it puts my cousins out, but...
by IA
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

Question is, (and please can the Americans help me), where is the best place to physically buy it? Would I be correct in saying that "Barnes & Noble" in SF would be best? But if so, which one? As there appears to be several Barnes & Nobles in SF. There are no Barnes & Nobles in San Francisco--the l...
by IA
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SCENE STEALING KITTIES
Replies: 50
Views: 11985

Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Not so much scene stealing as armed robbery--Charley Bowers's Now You Tell One.
(Edit: incomplete video link removed.)
by IA
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

After reading it I watched my old AMC videotape, realizing that the poor quality was not a fair representation of the film. Yes, it had inventive staging, set design, and based on the Youtube restoration clip, spectacular color. But what of its overall entertainment value? I thought much of the fil...
by IA
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Arab 1924
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: The Arab 1924

The Arab was one of 10 silent features repatriated to the LOC by Gosfilmofond in 2010 ( https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-10-239/russia-presents-digital-copies-of-silent-films/2010-10-21/ ). The LOC copy is listed as complete, at 7 reels or 6,710 ft ( http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.mbrs.sfdb.721/...
by IA
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC's 100 Funniest Movies of All Time
Replies: 24
Views: 3688

Re: BBC's 100 Funniest Movies of All Time

And Life of Brian isn't 1/10th as funny as Holy Grail, let alone one of the ten best comedies of all time. This might be a cultural issue--in the US Holy Grail is by far the most popular Python film. But in the UK Life of Brian definitely occupies that position. Speaking as an American anglophile, ...
by IA
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: If you could do any one thing to promote silent film
Replies: 22
Views: 4742

Re: If you could do any one thing to promote silent film

Other than to add that BOAN is noxious, and I never appreciated Potemkin until I saw the Kino Blu-ray from excellent source materials supported by an extremely brilliant and well tailored score. I doubt BOAN is widely shown on college campuses nowadays, not only for obvious reasons, but because it'...