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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: 268

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: 46

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: 773
Views: 86036

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: 773
Views: 86036

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: 773
Views: 86036

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: 236

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: 6
Views: 407

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: 0
Views: 305

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: 773
Views: 86036

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...
by Rodney
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...
Replies: 19
Views: 792

Re: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...

Don't worry about it. "Fell like a bomb" is not a usual English phrase, but it's close enough to "bombed" that no English speaker will give it a second thought.
by Rodney
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 144
Views: 4765

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

What with the use of stirring music in the trailer I do worry about the tone of the film. I might opt to watch OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR or BLACKADDER GOES FORTH instead. I know nothing about this particular case, but I do know that trailers are often, if not usually, released before the film scoring is...
by Rodney
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 25
Views: 388

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: 162

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: 511

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: 1469

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: 660

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: 743

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: 773
Views: 86036

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: 1707

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: 1707

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: 1637

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: 1637

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: 1294

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: 12769

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: 11955

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: 773
Views: 86036

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: 3277

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: 773
Views: 86036

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: 10602

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: 1544

Re: Keaton's Seven Chances Alarm Clock

That tree has grown a bit.