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by Rodney
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Hansel and Gretl (1923)
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Hansel and Gretl (1923)

I had an enquiry about whether the 1923 version of Hansel and Gretl, directed by Alfred Goulding and starring Baby Peggy, survives. I'm guessing not, or perhaps I would have heard of it... but thanks for any leads.
by Rodney
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Birthday scenes
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Birthday scenes

silentfilm wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:15 pm
In D. W. Griffith's Battle of the Sexes (1928),
And if you listen closely, Mont Alto is playing "Good Morning to You" instead of "Happy Birthday to You," because that was when someone was profiting hugely by claiming a non-existent copyright on the Happy Birthday song.
by Rodney
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

Our own Jim Neibaur has posted his review of Old Ironsides.
by Rodney
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

I haven't seen the new disc of Old Ironsides. The Last time I saw the film was in the National Gallery of Art circa mid 1990s with Gillian Anderson's live score presentation, a heck of an experience. I also had the 1987 Paramount 75th anniversary VHS and I remember the tape and even more the live p...
by Rodney
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

Thanks for explaining your problem with the video. This sort of thing (I've found) is more obvious on some BluRay/TV systems than others. And some viewers are more sensitive to it than others. Once you had pointed it out, I did notice it in the sequence of a horse carriage arriving at the Philadelph...
by Rodney
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

I haven't had the chance yet to see Old Ironsides , but note that an October 31, 1926 LA Times article about movie filming on Catalina Island reports that this movie was filmed at the Isthmus on Catalina. Cheers, John That was going to be my guess, just based on the fact that we often see a distinc...
by Rodney
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar
Replies: 21
Views: 700

Re: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar

The calendar looks great! One of my favorite bathing beauties Thelma Hill is on the cover :-) I just ordered two calendars. I hope you make a lot a lot of money for film preservation!!! Elizabeth You're in luck: Thelma Hill is on the inside cover as well! And if you can tell me her birthday, I'll a...
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

I'm not sure where the deleted scenes would be found, and really, my only evidence for them at all is cues left in the score that don't seem to be in the film -- and that only indicates that the scenes were deleted after the score was prepared. They may have even been deleted before opening night, a...
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

George Godfrey is a wonderful example where there wasn't any use of stereotype. I certainly wasn't offended with the few words representing his character, and he's an equal player in the story. I saw nothing of typical stereotyping. The part he played, especially when working (side by side) with Wa...
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

Maybe they wish it played back in Magnascope? I suggested to Bret Wood that he could add a version that plays in Magnascope: it would be letterboxed and pillarboxed until the USS Constitution shows up, at which point the image becomes as large as it should have been all along. Which is basically ho...
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

boblipton wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:58 pm
I’ve read your review, Rodney, and while I certainly respect your opinion, quite clearly Tuffy disagrees. I’d like to know why.

Bob
I agree. I would like to know myself. (Not liking the new musical score is fine with me, that's a matter of taste. Not liking the video is mysterious.)
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

If you don't know "Hail Columbia" well, the film gives the lyrics AND four-part harmony in title cards so you can sing along! However, unlike Napoleon with La Marseillaise, it doesn't have it sung three times running for a chance to get it well practiced. As I mentioned in my interview on the Nitrat...
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: DVD Give Away Collections 16-18
Replies: 22
Views: 321

Re: DVD Give Away Collections 16-18

I agree that the Catalina film looks like a lot of fun.
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

I got the Kino Blu-ray of Old Ironsides for Christmas - it's a worthless disc. I'll stick to my VHS version, since it's the movie as it was filmed and has a better score. What’s wrong with the disk? Bob I suspect the only thing "wrong with the disk" is the lack of Gaylord Carter's score, without wh...
by Rodney
Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Old Ironsides (1926) Kino BluRay release

I watched the Kino-Lorber BluRay of Old Ironsides over the weekend. As the pianist for the disc, I hesitate to weigh in on the quality of the score, but it's been out for well over a month, and until this morning I have seen no detailed reviews of the release anywhere. That apparent lack of interest...
by Rodney
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar
Replies: 21
Views: 700

Re: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar

maliejandra wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:42 am
My friend, who is not a classic movie fan and who likes to tease me about my interest, saw the calendar today and said, "I have to admit, this is pretty cool!"
Who doesn't like movie stars in swimsuits?
by Rodney
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar
Replies: 21
Views: 700

Re: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar

I got mine yesterday. I was happy to see Clara Bow and Our Gang represented. You can thank Robert Arkus for the on-going series of Our Gang photos in these past few calendars. He sent me more! And I got several photos of Clara, but chose that one for that wink. One of my favorites has to be the Lou...
by Rodney
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar
Replies: 21
Views: 700

Re: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar

oldposterho wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:21 pm
Scandalous! What's next, bare midriffs?
Don't look at January... you may overheat!

(That's my attempt at click-bait.)
by Rodney
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar
Replies: 21
Views: 700

2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar

The 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar is now ready for shipping! http://www.mont-alto.com/Calendar/Calendar2019%20Cover.png To order a copy, visit the Calendar Page at the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra's website. I produce this calendar every year with generous contributions of photographs from...
by Rodney
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Silent Film Benefit Calendar 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: Silent Film Benefit Calendar 2019

The calendar is at the printers. Best case is I get them by the time we leave for the SF Silent Film Festival, but if not, I'll start shipping the first week of December. I'll get a purchasing page up by then, and post it here.
by Rodney
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

There are two surviving prints of SUDS: as I recall, a pretty nice 35mm of the European release, and a less-good 16mm print of the American release. They are made up of entirely different takes, with the American version getting what were considered the "best" takes, as well as pretty art titles (so...
by Rodney
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Questions about exactly who played Salome in the 1923 film?
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Re: Questions about exactly who played Salome in the 1923 film?

Having two competing productions of the same classic story was not unknown. Theda Bara and Geraldine Farrar's versions of Carmen in 1915 and Beverly Bayne/Francis X. Bushman and Theda Bara's versions of Romeo and Juliet the following year are some that spring to mind. Yep. And a whole pile of Joans...
by Rodney
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: Interview about WINGS score
Replies: 0
Views: 177

Interview about WINGS score

Here's an interview I did with the public radio station in Fayetteville, Arkansas about the music for Wings. This is ahead of our performance in Fayetteville at 2 pm, November 11, at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center.
by Rodney
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

Battra92 wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:06 am
...I wonder if I should watch J'Accuse or All Quiet on the Western Front for Armistice Day this year.
I'll be watching Wings, from the piano, at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the U of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
by Rodney
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

I was asked to play an improvised score for My Four Years in Germany (1918) by the Denver Public Library. I had never heard of this film, but it's basically the movie that created Warner Brothers, since they took a risk on it and made a whole lot of money, which allowed them to continue. It's based ...
by Rodney
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

Timothy's Quest (1922) newly posted up at Youtube. Maybe it's been up before but I haven't seen it. Presumably this nice print is from the LOC collection. It took some patient watching, a few minutes here and there since I read that Timothy's Quest (1922) was on YouTube. It's one of the few I've wa...
by Rodney
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: Fayetteville, AR: Wings
Replies: 0
Views: 269

Fayetteville, AR: Wings

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville presents WINGS (1927) Accompanied live by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and a sound effects pit crew Sunday, November 11, 2018 2 pm Faulkner Performing Arts Center Free and open to the public. For the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. ...
by Rodney
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films

The "Roxy" Theatre in New York boasted a 110 piece orchestra and a three-consoled Kimbal organ. It was demolished in 1960. Several theaters in New York had such larger orchestras, including the Capitol. I know there were big orchestras (though probably not 100 players) in other big cities of the ti...
by Rodney
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Silent Film Benefit Calendar 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Silent Film Benefit Calendar 2019

I'm soliciting submissions of publicity stills and photos for the 2019 Silent Film Benefit Calendar. This year, the theme will be "The Bathing Suit Issue, volume 2." I'm looking for pictures of actresses and actors at the beach, at the pool, or posing in bathing suits. Our previous bathing suit issu...
by Rodney
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 858
Views: 94338

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

Thanks for the nice comments about the Les Vampires score. I wanted to compile a score that would hold together over the considerable length of the whole serial, by having some common music but also a few fresh pieces in each episode. The "main theme" is a weird little piece by M.L. Lake called "Fou...