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by Rodney
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 25
Views: 315

Re: How do you discover films to watch?

I’ve seen many of what are considered to be “classics,” but I pick up a lot of rare films — many quite good— at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The last festival had only about three films I’d seen before! The series in New York serve a similar purpose. If you get TCM, I’m pretty sure you ca...
by Rodney
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Music for THE SILENT ENEMY (1930)
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Music for THE SILENT ENEMY (1930)

As late as the movie came out, it did have a recorded score, which I believe was a pipe organ score. And, of course, it had the spoken introduction by Chief Yellow Robe. I’m not sure which version you are referring to in the post, but the Mont Alto Orchestra did record our small-orchestra score for ...
by Rodney
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Why change your wife & Miss Lulu Bett DVD/Blu-ray release
Replies: 1
Views: 501

Re: Why change your wife & Miss Lulu Bett DVD/Blu-ray releas

Your best bet would be to send a request to Flicker Alley about adding it to their MOD releases. They have other films from that series of DeMille films released through Image by David Shepard, namely Affairs of Anatole and Male and Female . Perhaps they could be convinced to add those titles. They ...
by Rodney
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: any good books on early, preHollywood cinema?1890s - 1907ish
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: any good books on early, preHollywood cinema?1890s - 190

Silent Film Sound by Rick Altman focuses on music, effects, and narration, but has quite a bit of well-documented information about early film exhibition
by Rodney
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Earliest known use of this shot?
Replies: 2
Views: 648

Re: First use of this shot?

Watching CHICAGO (1927) last night, the shot of a newspaper floating down a gutter into a drain near the end recalled the similar one in FIVE STAR FINAL four years later. Is this the first use of this idea? I've learned never to try to identify "firsts" in silent film, because someone always seems ...
by Rodney
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What were the cards called?
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: What were the cards called?

It has changed over the years. In musical cue sheets, there's always a "T" for "titles," and I've seen that usage quite a bit in writing from the era: so-and-so wrote the titles for such-and-such a film. "Subtitles" would have been understandable during the silent era, as Ben Model points out, but t...
by Rodney
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 631
Views: 78411

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

Long unavailable, CHICAGO (1927) has recently resurfaced in a superb print, with a very nice score, although I did wonder the wisdom of the odd sound effect. Thanks for the kind words. I don’t usually do a lot of sound effects, but this score was based largely on the original cue sheet, which calls...
by Rodney
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Nickelodeon Theatres??????
Replies: 20
Views: 1682

Re: Nickelodeon Theatres??????

One thing that I'd add is that the longevity of nickelodeons had a lot to do with the presence or absence of competition. If you were in a small, one-theater town (like my hometown), you could literally keep your nickelodeon-sized theater going until the late 1970s, when competition from mulitplexes...
by Rodney
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Nickelodeon Theatres??????
Replies: 20
Views: 1682

Re: Nickelodeon Theatres??????

The "Rex" Theater in Louisville Colorado was built in 1910 as the Isis Theater, but the name was changed to match the name of a local coal mine. The building is still there, about ten blocks from my house. It stayed in business as a movie theater until the late 1970s, when it was closed and was conv...
by Rodney
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Looking for help on a silent film topic - again
Replies: 19
Views: 1617

Re: Looking for help on a silent film topic - again

A surprising number of short comedies involve someone’s (unsuccessful) attempts to kill himself, notably Keaton's Hard Luck and Lloyd's Never Weaken . Very common, it's also in Her Bridal Nightmare. Isn't it in one of the Drew films as well? greta That's right! Miss Stickey-Moufie-Kiss (1915), as I...
by Rodney
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Looking for help on a silent film topic - again
Replies: 19
Views: 1617

Re: Looking for help on a silent film topic - again

Im doing another research, this time its about medicine in general and for another project just the topic of suicide. Of course in silent movies. "Toll of the Sea," where the early 'Madame Butterfly' story ends in suicide. So does Fritz Lang's "Kara Kiri" (1919), which is also based on the 'Madame ...
by Rodney
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: CLAIRE WINDSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: CLAIRE WINDSOR

Claire Windsor has a major part in The Blot (1921), directed by Lois Weber. This appears on the recent DVD set of pioneer women film makers from Flicker Alley (with a score by the Mont Alto orchestra, so I know the film pretty well by now).
by Rodney
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: cue sheets for download here. Keaton, Chaney, Valentino....
Replies: 21
Views: 12513

Re: cue sheets for download here. Keaton, Chaney, Valentino

Marvelous! Bravo! I notice the statement "Proper rest period is Nos. 16 to 25 inclusive" on the final page of College . Any idea what that means? Could it really be what it looks like--"Any time within this period, the accompanist is allowed to take a break"? In other cue sheets I've seen, it's a p...
by Rodney
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Ou Est Filibus
Replies: 52
Views: 11930

Re: Filibus (1915)

Yes, it was/is a serial. As mentioned, it played at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival last year. You might find the essay that was included in the program useful: http://silentfilm.org/archive/filibus . The version shown in San Francisco and Kansas was around 70 minutes, though that may be fil...
by Rodney
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 631
Views: 78411

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

Had a look at the 105 minute, Montie Christo (1922) with a young John Gilbert and Estelle Taylor (with a brief appearance by Renee Adoree). It's a complete telling of the novel which is summarized at Wikipedia. While there wasn't any sound, all the title cards and written letter images seen on the ...
by Rodney
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Home Theaters in Stars' Homes
Replies: 11
Views: 3252

Re: Home Theaters in Stars' Homes

Harold Lloyd had a home screening room at Greenacres, and William Randolph Hearst had a home theater at his San Simeon estate. I know nothing of this topic really... but somehow I can see Hearst having a live musician or three. I picture the people with less lavish lifestyles watching the films in ...
by Rodney
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 631
Views: 78411

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 Rodney
Thu May 24, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Pending releases from Flicker Alley
Replies: 49
Views: 10452

Re: Pending releases from Flicker Alley

Perhaps (however unlikely) no one wants to distribute the film or make the effort to put together some decent supplements. No, it'll be released, and it already has some pretty cool supplements (in the form of the two earlier versions of Ramona , and a "Picture Show Souvenir" booklet that I found o...
by Rodney
Thu May 24, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Keaton's Seven Chances Alarm Clock
Replies: 1
Views: 1529

Re: Keaton's Seven Chances Alarm Clock

That tree has grown a bit.
by Rodney
Fri May 18, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: KEATON BOX SET FROM EUREKA COMING SOON
Replies: 82
Views: 27560

Re: KEATON BOX SET FROM EUREKA COMING SOON

Unfortunately the titles of the MGM as The Cameraman and Spite Marriage will not be restored by the Immagine Ritrovata / Cineteca di Bologna: because I knew from an internal source that all the films that will be restored will be all the works of Keaton: from shorts (excluding those under Arbuckle)...
by Rodney
Fri May 18, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Pending releases from Flicker Alley
Replies: 49
Views: 10452

Re: Pending releases from Flicker Alley

Ramona (1928) has not been released. I thought the plan was to release the Del Rio silent with other silent versions of Romona, included Pickford's for Biograph in 1910, as extras. I spoke to someone from Milestone about whether they would be releasing this, since they previously released Del Rio's...
by Rodney
Wed May 09, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY - new restoration
Replies: 18
Views: 5251

Re: DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY - new restoration

Does anyone know if the print of Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna used for the 2012 SFSFF presentation was a restored version or just a pre-restored version via Murnau Stiftung? It was 35mm, and looked very nice. Can’t say whether it was “restored,” as it may have just been one of those films ...
by Rodney
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2018 Silent Film Benefit Calendar
Replies: 24
Views: 5843

Re: 2018 Silent Film Benefit Calendar

Just a note that I wrapped up the Silent Film Benefit Calendar for 2018. The project raised $2024.68 this year. I sent it to the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which has an ambitious Laurel and Hardy restoration effort underway (inlcuding the silent shorts), and they applied our funds towards tha...
by Rodney
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Arbuckle: The Round Up (1920)
Replies: 73
Views: 14670

Re: Arbuckle: The Round Up (1920)

I remember playing for this film once, "cold," at the Buster Keaton Celebration, because I hadn't had time to pre-screen it. The improv score went fine, but there's a moment that brings chills to every accompanist's heart: a woman sits down at the piano to play from a piece of sheet music, but we ha...
by Rodney
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!
Replies: 41
Views: 8597

Re: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

If there is more than one print, could this potentially have been a 3D version - if we forget for a moment that one is coloured and the other isn't? There is one and a half other Melies that Lobster managed to render in 3D - actual true 3d because they filmed with two cameras. I saw the unintention...
by Rodney
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 4327

Re: San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018

Does anyone have suggestions for hotels in SF? Unfortunately, cost is an issue for me. They often put us up at the Whitcomb, which is reasonable for a city hotel. You can get to the Castro pretty easily by BART and then the Muni streetcars, so it may be possible to find a cheaper place near a BART ...
by Rodney
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 4327

Re: San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018

drednm wrote:I don't think Kevin is quite that old!
You're right! I've fixed it.
by Rodney
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 4327

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2018

The schedule is posted . Of five days of films (May 30--June 3), I think I've only seen one that we're not playing for. There will be a lot of new discoveries! Kevin Brownlow will be introducing one of his favorites, Mare Nostrum, on his 80th birthday. Some I'm looking forward to include a Tom Mix ...
by Rodney
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Bird Kissing. It's not just for Lillian Gish.
Replies: 82
Views: 28448

Re: Bird Kissing. It's not just for Lillian Gish.

Rick Lanham wrote:The movie also stars Warner Baxter and Noah Beery.
And does she kiss either of those birds?
by Rodney
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Gender of Bernisne G. Clements
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: Gender of Bernisne G. Clements

Bernisne Genaro Clements is my paternal grandfather. He was a self taught musician who had incredible talent. Do you have any original manuscripts? The family does not own any originals. Mark P.Clements Bernie was also his nick name and yes that is the same Bernie. Great to hear from you! I've also...