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Re: King of the Movies: Francis X. Bushman
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:19 am
I can second the recommendation for this- a very good read. Bushman was a large and colorful character with a more varied career than I'd suspected.
A shame more of his films aren't circulating
King of the Movies: Francis X. Bushman
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:17 am
This thread is a listing of fabulous holiday- or any day- gift suggestions:
Currently “in print” items- DVDs; eBooks; CDs; Calendars; Books; Art; etc.
Produced, in whole or in part, by NITRATEVILLE MEMBERS.
Ideally, each post will provide an image, publisher’s description, and on-line purchase link.
King of the Movies:
Francis X. Bushman
368 Pages Kindle/ Paperback– September 5, 2016
by Debra Davis Lon Davis
”Francis X. Bushman had a life like no other. Most people remember him today as the villain, Messala, in the first full-length version of Ben-Hur (1925), but he had been in hundreds of silent movies before. He was the screen's first great romantic idol in more than 300 silent films made at Essanay in Chicago, Illinois. He went from being a bodybuilder and an artist's model to a Broadway and stock company actor. He was a husband (four times), a father (six times), and a dog breeder. He signed with Metro Pictures, the forerunner of MGM, and embarked on a lucrative career as one of Hollywood’s A-list stars in an era characterized by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Lon Chaney, but then his affair with actress Beverly Bayne became known by the public, and his carrier toppled. He was allegedly blacklisted by Louis B. Mayer at MGM. He transitioned to talkies, but an equally prominent career in sound films eluded him. He found work during the Great Depression as a businessman, a songwriter, a Vaudeville headliner, and an Old Time Radio performer on the CBS Radio network's long-running dramatic soap opera serial entitled Those We Love with Robert Cummings. In later years, he made guest appearances on television, playing roles on Peter Gunn, Make Room for Daddy, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and Dr. Kildare. In 1956, Bushman appeared in a Burns and Allen episode where he played himself. He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, and he appeared in two science fiction films, 12 to the Moon (1960) released by Columbia Pictures and The Phantom Planet (1961) released by American International Pictures. He also appeared as a villain in two episodes of the Batman television series (1966). He lived an exaggerated life, both as a free-spending multi-millionaire star and a bankrupt has-been. After all the accolades and criticisms, he was that rare kind of man who had no regrets. Lon Davis and Debra Davis’ richly researched book features many photographs and illustrations that capture the glamour and excitement of Hollywood ’s Golden Years. 368 pages, including a Filmography.“
Clayton Moore- I Was That Masked Man (Kindle)
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:53 pm
I Was That Masked Man
280 Pages Kindle– Taylor Trade Publishing (October 1, 1996)
Clayton Moore with Frank Thompson
“Clayton Moore was the actor who fixed a burning image in millions of baby boomer minds and whose TV character spawned uncountable little white suits, cowboy hats, and black masks on children all over the world. Moore portrayed "The Lone Ranger" in the original TV series between 1949 and 1957. He became a modern immortal with the signature tune of Rossini's "William Tell" overture and his catch line "Hi Yo Silver!" This biography, written with Frank Thompson, author of Lost Movies, details Moore's career before and after his years with Tonto (he began as a trapeze artist), sketches in his personal life (three marriages), and relates how his fans were outraged when, in 1979, Moore was legally forbidden to wear his famous mask in public appearances.
Moore "never kissed a girl on the Lone Ranger show . . . only Silver" (the horse). Readers surprised by this simply haven't been paying enough attention to their pop cultural literacy and should immediately sit down with Moore's memoir. Moore is famous for portraying the not-so-mysterious masked man (more mysterious was Tonto; why did he hang around with this troublemaker in the first place?), but his career included several other roles, mainly in westerns and serials like the gloriously ridiculous Jungle Drums. After the demise of the Lone Ranger TV series, Moore made a career of personal appearances as the character and eventually became embroiled in controversy over whether he had the legal right to do so. His earnestly told story includes a listing of Lone Ranger TV episodes that gives it reference value. Meanwhile, Moore's reminiscences afford a banquet of details on just how B pictures, serials, and westerns were put together. And there is a whole chapter on Jay Silverheels, aka Tonto. Mike Tribby
Trail Dust Magazine Review
A must read! Vivid memories shared by Mr. Moore...of a career that has transcended time itself. Clayton Moore has given us a true gem in book form.
Publishers Weekly (excerpted review)
In this plainspoken autobiography by the man who played the Lone Ranger on TV from 1949 to 1957, Moore professes to have followed the principles of the hero he portrayed, to have tried his best "to live up to the standards of honesty, decency, respect, and patriotism that have defined the Lone Ranger since 1933." A divorce or two notwithstanding, he seems to have kept his pledge, working most of his career in the lower echelons of show business in serials and TV as a professional and personal straight arrow. ...... there are passionate passages here, including Moore's fond memories of his lifelong friendship with Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto, and his embittered account of the five years in the early 1980s when he was forbidden by court order to appear in public as the Lone Ranger. There are also amusing anecdotes about the making of low-budget productions, and, bizarrely, a brush with the Manson family...... The text features a foreword by Leonard Maltin and lists all of Moore's film and TV appearances. Photos.”
The Films Of Lon Chaney
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:30 am
The Films of Lon Chaney
Hardcover April 25, 1998 (Still in Print: Rowman & Littlefield)
by Michael F Blake
"The Films of Lon Chaney completes what has now become a quite remarkable trilogy on the actor. (Sangria Magazine ) With the aplomb of a scholar and the enthusiasm of a film buff, Michael Blake profiles Lon Chaney's films in an authoritative, deftly researched volume destined to become the essential source on Hollywood's legendary Man of a Thousand Faces. (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)”
Silent Echoes:Early Hollywood Through Buster Keaton Films
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:32 am
Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton
Paperback 232 Pages– December 1, 1999
by John Bengston
Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton is an epic look at a genius at work and at a Hollywood that no longer exists. Painstakingly researching the locations used in Buster Keaton’s classic silent films, author John Bengtson combines images from Keaton’s movies with archival photographs, historic maps, and scores of dramatic “then” and “now” photos. In the process, Bengtson reveals dozens of locations that lay undiscovered for nearly 80 years. Part time machine, part detective story, Silent Echoes presents a fresh look at the matchless Keaton at work, as well as a captivating glimpse of Hollywood’s most romantic era. More than a book for film, comedy, or history buffs, Silent Echoes appeals to anyone fascinated with solving puzzles or witnessing the awesome passage of time..
Silent Traces:Early Hollywood Through Charlie Chaplin Films
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:53 am
Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin
Paperback 304 Pages– August 1, 2006
by John Bengston
Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin is the long-awaited follow-up to John Bengtson’s critically acclaimed masterpiece Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton.
In Silent Traces, Bengtson explores the traces of early Hollywood hidden within Charlie Chaplin’s timeless films. This stunning work of cinematic archeology combines Chaplin’s movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, and scores of then-and-now comparison photographs to conjure up the silent-movie era from an entirely new perspective.
By describing the historical settings found in such Chaplin classics as The Kid, City Lights, and Modern Times, Bengtson illuminates both Chaplin’s genius and the evolving city that served as a backdrop for his art. Part time machine, part detective story, Silent Traces presents a unique look at Chaplin’s work, and a captivating glimpse into Hollywood’s most romantic era.
Silent Visions:Early Hollywood Through Harold Lloyd Films
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:06 am
Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd
Paperback 304 Pages– May 1, 2011
by John Bengston
Highlighting visions of a bygone age preserved in the background of Harold Lloyd's films, this history explores the urban landscapes of Hollywood, Los Angeles, and New York--popular settings for his films--through archival photographs, vintage maps, and scores of then-and-now photographs. From Coney Island to Catalina Island and from Brooklyn to Beverly Hills, Lloyd's timeless movies reflect visions of early 20th-century America unequalled on the silver screen and exemplified in the historical settings found in such classics as Safety Last, Girl Shy, The Freshman, and Speedy. Tracing Lloyd's career from his early work to owning and operating his own studio, this account illuminates Lloyd's mastery of his oeuvre--an actor and film-maker more popular than Keaton, more prolific than Chaplin, and who sold more tickets than any other comedian of his era, as well as a comedic genius whose expert staging and editing have influenced films for decades.
The Charley Chase Talkies 1929-1940 (Hardcover/Kindle)
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:15 am
The Charley Chase Talkies
Hardcover and Kindle– September 5, 2013
by James L. Neibaur
“Charley Chase began his film career in early 1913 working as a comedian, writer, and director at the Al Christie studios under his real name, Charles Parrott. Chase then joined Mack Sennett's Keystone studio in 1914, costarring in early films of Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, as well as directing the frenetic Keystone Cops. By 1924 he was starring in a series of one-reel comedies at Hal Roach studios, graduating to two-reel films the following year. In 1929, he made the transition to sound films. Along with the continuing popularity of his own short comedies, Chase often directed the films of others, including several popular Three Stooges efforts.
In The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940, James L. Neibaur examines, film-by-film, the comedian's seventy-nine short subjects at Roach and Columbia studios. The first book to examine any portion of Chase’s filmography, this volume discusses the various methods Chase employed in his earliest sound films, his variations on common themes, his use of music, and the modification of his character as he reached the age of forty. Neibaur also acknowledges the handful of feature film appearances Chase made during this period. A filmmaker whom Time magazine once declared was receiving the most fan mail of any comedian in movies, Charley Chase remains quite popular among classic film buffs, as well as historians and scholars. A detailed look into the work of an artist whose career straddled the silent and sound eras, The Charley Chase Talkies will be appreciated by those interested in film comedy of the 1920s and 30s.”
Charley Chase: At Hal Roach: The Talkies Volume One 1930-31
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:19 am
Charley Chase At Hal Roach:
The Talkies Volume One 1930-31
2 DVD–Running Time:413 Minutes (January 21, 2018)
Commentary by Richard M. Roberts
This 2-DVD collection of 18 hilarious comedy shorts are as timelessly funny today as when they were originally released and feature a great, but somewhat neglected comedian in some of his prime work. Charley Chase was one of the most popular comedy stars in both the silent and sound eras. His talkie shorts for Hal Roach have never been collected into a comprehensive collection before, and this first of a planned multi-volume collection is designed to reacquaint comedy fans to his wonderful short films. SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentaries on each short by noted film historian and Hal Roach authority, Richard M. Roberts - Bonus comedy: “La Señorita de Chicago” (Spanish version of “The Pip from Pittsburg”) - Poster and still gallery - Digitally mastered from Hal Roach print materials. THE SHORTS: The Real McCoy, Whispering Whoopee, All Teed Up, Fifty Million Husbands, Fast Work, Girl Shock, Dollar Dizzy, Looser Than Loose, High C's 1931 Thundering Tenors, The Pip from Pittsburg, Rough Seas, One of the Smiths, The Panic Is On, Skip the Maloo!, What a Bozo!, The Hasty Marriage
Marcel Perez-DVD Collection II & International Mirth-Maker
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:43 am
The Marcel Perez Collection
DVD 97 minutes – February 5, 2018
Musical Scores by Ben Model
Marcel Perez starred in comedy shorts from 1910-1923, but his films have been unknown, lost, or unavailable until recently. His screen character and comic/directorial sensibilities have won him a new reputation among classic film fans. Now, 8 more rare Marcel Perez comedies have been located and are presented here on this follow-up to the award-winning first Marcel Perez Collection DVD. The films are presented on this release in 2K scans from archival 35mm materials from the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art, with new musical scores by Ben Model.
The films on the DVD are: The Near-Sighted Cyclist (1907), Some Hero (1916), Lend Me Your Wife (1916), A Scrambled Honeymoon (1916), Oh! What a Day (1918), Chickens in Turkey (1919), Pinched (1921), Wild (1921), Friday the 13th (fragment) (1923). DVD is region-free.
The International Mirth-Maker
Paperback– December 24, 2014
by Steve Massa
“Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker examines the life and career of perhaps the best silent film comedian whom no one's ever heard of. One of the founding fathers of film comedy whose career spanned the silent era as a comic, director, and writer, Marcel Perez is a missing link between the early European and American cinemas, and in the book author Steve Massa follows his work, and also explores the very beginnings of film comedy. Tracking Perez's career through industry trade journals and film fragments from archives all over the world, Massa also includes a detailed filmography and lavishly illustrates with more that 50 rare photographs.’’
Krazy Kat - Dailies Nov. 1913 - Feb. 1914
Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:52 pm
Krazy Kat - Dailies Nov. 1913 - Feb. 1914
Dailies Nov. 1913 - Feb. 1914
Paperback 60 Pages– March 1, 2018
by George Herriman, Snorre Smári Mathieson (Intro)
Widely praised as the greatest comic strip of all time, the initial phase of George Herriman's KRAZY KAT as its own daily strip in newspapers has been all too often overlooked through the years. This book collects daily strips published between November 1913 and February 1914; the first few months of the strip's run. Edited and with an Introduction by cartoonist Snorre Smári Mathiesen, author of the book Max Linder: Father of Film Comedy"
BEBE DANIELS in “Ducks or Drakes” Blu-Ray or DVD
Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:56 pm
Ducks and Drakes (1921)
Blu-ray BD-R (region free) or DVD – February 9, 2018
Bebe Daniels stars in this romantic comedy as a wild young woman who is dissatisfied with the man her aunty has selected for her to marry. She'd rather be flirting on the phone than planning for her future so her would-be fiancé (Jack Holt) hatches a plan to cure her of her wayward behavior. Directed by Maurice Campbell. 57 minutes with a music score by David Drazin. Released in cooperation with Edward Lorusso.
Fragile Art Old Hollywood:Resurrecting 20-30s Glass Slides
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:11 pm
The Fragile Art of Old Hollywood:
Resurrecting Glass Slides of the 1920s and 1930s
Kindle and Paperback– March 15, 2013
by Robert M Fells
“ This unique volume explores the fragile and almost forgotten art of the glass slide. These antique artworks in miniature can command hundreds of dollars when found in mint condition, but many surviving slides are cracked, their images disfigured by Time, and shunned by many collectors. Yet through the wonders of 21st century software, these precious souvenirs of Old Hollywood can be restored to their original glory. The chapters survey glass slides from the 1910s, the 1920s, and the 1930s. In addition, there is a bonus chapter focusing on Life Masks of the stars of Old Hollywood, which serve to bring us as close as possible today to meeting them face-to-face."
Tol'able David 1921 + Greenstream-Blue Grass, Virginia 2018
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:14 pm
TOL'ABLE DAVID 1921 GREENSTREAM - Blue Grass, Virginia 2018
DVD 115 Minutes– March 2, 2018
TOL'ABLE DAVID (1921)
and GREENSTREAM (Blue Grass, Virginia)(2018)
TOL'ABLE DAVID starring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Ernest Torrence and Marion Abbott. Directed by Henry King. Shot largely on location in Blue Grass, Virginia, "Tol'able David" is one of the most famous and best-loved films of the entire silent era. Originally intended to be directed by D.W. Griffith (who decided against it), the director's job eventually went to Henry King who went on to create a true masterpiece. Telling the story of David and Goliath against a rural American setting, young David Kinemon must overcome the crippling of his brother and the death of his father to gain the strength and understanding of what it means to be a man.
Richard Barthelmess and (the adorable) Gladys Hulette are pitch perfect as the young romantic couple. The true standout performance, however, is delivered by Ernest Torrence as the brutal, mindless murderer, Luke Hatburn. Even after nearly a century, his portrayal in this film is a frightening experience. An absolute classic of the silent cinema, Tol'able David is an unforgettable motion picture!
Original music score composed and performed by John Mucci!
GREENSTREAM (Blue Grass, Virginia) Over two lovely summer days, the intrepid Reelclassicdvd crew (consisting of one) visited the beautiful town of Blue Grass, Virginia - the site of many of the locations immortalized in "Tol'able David". Using the stills and video captured, we've assembled this mini-documentary which captures the rural atmosphere and rugged beauty of Blue Grass in Virginia's Western Highlands. Several scenes from "Tol'able David" are featured along with comparison shots showing the locations as they appear today. There's even a video tour of The Hotel Monterey (later The Highland Inn) at which several of the cast and crew lived during filming. The scene of mystery, tragedy and scandal, the hotel has long had the reputation of being haunted.
Silent Lives- 100 Biographies of the Silent Film Era
Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:07 pm
420 Pages Hardbound / Paperback– February 28, 2008
by Lon Davis (Kevin Brownlow-Foreword)
”Silent Lives contains 100 biographical sketches of the great--and near great--of the silent film era. Each vividly written profile is illustrated by exquisite photographs, many of which have not been seen in decades. Kevin Brownlow (who provides the foreword) says: "If you ever wondered who created the movies, this fascinating book will provide the answer." "A truly delightful, interesting and informative volume - with a nice (and very mixed) choice of subjects." Anthony Slide“
When the Cock Crows: A History of the Pathé Exchange
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:31 am
When the Cock Crows: A History of the Pathé Exchange
248 Pages Paperback/Kindle– June 1, 2016
by Richard Lewis Ward
“Influential during Hollywood’s silent-film era, the Pathé Exchange was a multinational film company with a production and distribution model very different from the self-contained units of most major studios. When the Cock Crows: A History of the Pathé Exchange, by Richard Lewis Ward, tells the unconventional story of this unique company, examining its triumphs and failures on the margins of the Hollywood system and its legacy in the movie business.
Ward traces the company’s turbulent evolution from its roots as an American distributor for Pathé Frères, its French parent studio, through its many subsequent changes in ownership, to its final years under the controversial leadership of Joseph P. Kennedy and the eventual merger of the company’s production department with RKO. Included are the stories of the unlikely survival of Pathé’s nonproduction assets, such as Pathé Industries, Inc., Pathé-America Distributing Co., Inc., and Pathé Communications Corporation, which continued to operate as part of the industry long after the Exchange had ceased to exist. Ward also provides a fascinating glimpse into the silent movie era and the business and creative decisions that led the Exchange to fail.
Film historians have largely ignored the Pathé Exchange, despite its having produced some of the most famous early serials (including the series that began with The Perils of Pauline) and distributed the first films of comedy legends Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, Laurel and Hardy, and Our Gang. When the Cock Crows reveals the promise and peril of early Hollywood and establishes the company’s vital place in film history, creating a more vivid picture of this era."
Risky Business (1926)-Blu-Ray / DVD Vera Reynolds Zasu Pitts
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:34 am
"Grapevinevideo" Joined Nitrateville: Oct 09, 2012
Risky Business (1926)
Blu-Ray or DVD-R Runtime: 74 minutes with a David Knutson score
Director: Alan Hale
"Widowed Mrs. Stoughton (Ethel Clayton) wants a good match for her only daughter, Cecily (Vera Reynolds), and she has chosen the rich and debonair Richard Coults-Browne (Ward Crane). Cecily however only has eyes for the handsome and compassionate country doctor Ted Pyncheon (Kenneth Thomson). When Cecily announces her engagement to the doctor her mother still believes she knows best and decides a taste of country life is just the medicine to bring her little girl back around to her way of thinking. 74 minutes with a music score by David Knutson."
A History Of The Hal Roach Studios
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:36 am
A History Of The Hal Roach Studios
248 Pages Hardback/Paperback/Kindle– August 15, 2006
by Richard Lewis Ward
“Once labeled the “ lot that laugher built,” the Hal Roach Studios launched the comedic careers of such screen icons as Harold Lloyd, Our Gang, and Laurel and Hardy. With this stable of stars, the Roach enterprise operated for forty-six years on the fringes of the Hollywood studio system during a golden age of cinema and gained notoriety as a producer of short comedies, independent features, and weekly television series. Many of its productions are better remembered today than those by its larger contemporaries. In A History of the Hal Roach Studios, Richard Lewis Ward meticulously follows the timeline of the company’ s existence from its humble inception in 1914 to its close in 1960 and, through both its obscure and famous productions, traces its resilience to larger trends in the entertainment business.
In the first few decades of the twentieth century, the motion picture industry was controlled by an elite handful of powerful firms that allowed very little room for new competition outside of their established cartel. The few independents that garnered some measure of success despite their outsider status usually did so by specializing in underserved or ignored niche markets. Here, Ward chronicles how the Roach Studios, at the mercy of exclusive distribution practices, managed to repeatedly redefine itself in order to survive for nearly a half-century in a cutthroat environment.
Hal Roach’ s tactic was to nurture talent rather than exhaust it, and his star players spent the prime of their careers shooting productions on his lot. Even during periods of decline or misdirection, the Roach Studios turned out genuinely original material, such as the screwball classic Topper (1937), the brutally frank Of Mice and Men (1940), and the silent experiment One Million B.C. (1940). Ward’ s exploration yields insight into the production and marketing strategies of an organization on the periphery of the theatrical film industry and calls attention to the interconnected nature of the studio system during the classic era. The volume also looks to the early days of television when the prolific Roach Studios embraced the new medium to become, for a time, the premier telefilm producer.
Aided by a comprehensive filmography and twenty-seven illustrations, A History of the Hal Roach Studios recounts an overlooked chapter in American cinema, not only detailing the business operations of Roach’ s productions but also exposing the intricate workings of Hollywood’ s rivalrous moviemaking establishment."
Reels & Rivals: Sisters in Silent Film
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:39 am
REELS & RIVALS:
Sisters in Silent Films
Hardbound Paperback Kindle– May 9, 2016
Jennifer Ann Redmond
"Female silent film stars possessed beauty, persistence, flair, and probably a sister in the business. You may have seen Mae Marsh in The Birth of a Nation (1915), Constance Talmadge in Intolerance (1916), or Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms (1919), but their sisters also starred in major motion pictures, such as Marguerite Marsh in The Master Mystery (1919), Norma Talmadge in The Battle Cry of Peace (1915), and Dorothy Gish in Orphans of the Storm (1921). These six appeared in countless movies. Most of their films are lost, but their legends remain. Few knew at the time that these extraordinary women were more than just faces on a screen; they were complex and human, with sometimes strange parents, body image issues, and relationship struggles. Their mistakes and triumphs often mirrored our own, though they were miles away in Hollywood. Their stories of violent marriages, heartbreaking tragedies, drastic surgeries, and secret identities are finally revealed in a candid exposé of the truth behind the tinsel. Sister stars in Reels and Rivals that are profiled include: Norma and Constance Talmadge; Lillian and Dorothy Gish; Edna Flugrath and sisters Shirley Mason and Viola Dana; Helene and Dolores Costello; Poly Ann and Loretta Young with sister Sally Blane; Constance and Faire Binney; Priscilla and Marjorie Bonner; Grace and Mina Cunard; Alice and Marceline Day; Marion and Madeline Fairbanks; Laura and Violet La Plante; Mae and Marguerite Marsh; Ella, Ida Mae, and Fay McKenzie; Beatriz and Vera Michelena; Mary and Florence Nash; Sally O'Neil and sister Molly O'Day; Mabel and Edith Taliaferro; Olive and Alma Tell; and famous Vaudevillians The Duncan Sisters and The Dolly Sisters. Illustrated with 94 studio portraits, film stills, and candid photos that capture the glamour and excitement of Hollywood's Golden Era. Indexed.
Roscoe Arbuckle-The Round Up - Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:43 am
The Round Up (1920)
(Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)
BLU-RAY/DVD – April 1, 2018
Blu-Ray / DVD Combo-Pack
Silent screen legend Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, master of short subject comedies, made his debut as the star of feature length films in George Melford’s production of THE ROUND UP (1920). In this action-packed drama, Arbuckle portrays Sheriff Slim Hoover, a “legitimate” role which not only offers a perfect vehicle for Arbuckle’s clever brand of humor, but also reveals him to be a dramatic actor of the first order! This first class western has everything, including silent film mega-star Buster Keaton in an uncredited cameo as an Apache Indian!
Cast: Roscoe Arbuckle, Tom Forman, Irving Cummings, Mabel Julienne Scott, Jean Acker, Guy Oliver, Lucien Littlefield, Fred Huntley, Wallace Beery, Jane Wolf, George Kuwa, Edward Sutherland, and Buster Keaton (uncredited]
Pulled from distribution in 1921, this historic film has been unavailable to the general public for over 95 years – until now.
This dual format release includes one DVD and one Blu-Ray disc
New 4K digital transfer and restoration of the 35mm archival master preserved by Paramount Archives and the Library of Congress - Packard Campus of Audiovisual Conservation
New score composed and performed by Donald Sosin
Audio commentary featuring author and film historian Richard M. Roberts
Two new restorations of Arbuckle’s earliest Keystone comedy shorts:
A BANDIT and PEEPING PETE (both 1913), featuring new organ scores composed and performed by Dennis Scott
Gallery of original theatrical posters, lobby cards, glass slides, stills, programs, and memorabilia
PLUS: Full color booklet featuring production information, restoration notes, and more!
Digital restorations directed and curated by Paul E. Gierucki
Executive Producers: Brittany Valente, Paul Gierucki, Lisa E. Tatge & Kirk Miller
Cover art and menu design: Steve Czapiewski
Booklet design and layout: David B. Pearson
Produced for video by CineMuseum, LLC.
Louise Brooks' Now We’re in the Air
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:44 am
Now We're in the Air
by Thomas Gladysz - Robert Byrne (Foreword)
Paperback (November 9, 2017)
"This companion to the once "lost" 1927 Louise Brooks' film, "Now We’re in the Air," tells the story of the film’s making, its reception, and its discovery by film preservationist Robert Byrne. Also considered is the surprising impact this otherwise little known film has had on Brooks’ life and career. With two rare fictionalizations of the movie story, more than 75 little seen images, detailed credits, trivia, and a foreword by Byrne.”
The Andy Clyde Columbia Comedies. Book
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:47 am
The Andy Clyde Columbia Comedies
By James L. Neibaur
Paperback: 275 pages (July 31, 2018)
"Andy Clyde starred in the second-longest series of shorts at Columbia Pictures (after the Three Stooges), with nearly 80 productions from 1934-1956. This film-by-film analysis of Clyde's short-subject films discusses his early life, stage work, silent films and early talkies, as well as his appearances in feature films--including several Hopalong Cassidy westerns--and his television roles on such shows as Lassie and The Real McCoys. Rare photos and graphics are included.”
King of Jazz: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:49 am
King of Jazz: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray
Blu-Ray– March 27, 2018
98 Minutes Plus Bonus Extras/Films
"Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows of the time to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers overseen by Whiteman himself (including a larger-than-life rendition of George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue') all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson and beautifully shot in early Technicolor. Long available only in incomplete form, KING OF JAZZ appears here newly restored to its original glory, offering a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- New audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano
- New introduction by Giddins
- New interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein
- Four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of KING OF JAZZ
- Deleted scenes and alternate opening-title sequence
- ALL AMERICANS, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the 'Melting Pot' number that was restaged for the finale of King of Jazz
- I KNOW EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY'S RACKET, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
- Two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from KING OF JAZZ
Charles Urban: Pioneering Non-Fiction Film UK/USA 1897-1925
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:53 am
Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897-1925
Hardbound Paperback Kindle– August 15, 2013
"Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897-1925 is the 2014 winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award.
Charles Urban examines the career and legacy of the eponymous Anglo-American film producer. Urban is a well-known and crucial figure in early film history for his development of Kinemacolor, the world’s first successful natural color moving picture system. But Urban’s influence was even more far-reaching, according to Luke McKernan. As McKernan reveals, Urban’s deep belief in film as an educational tool led him to become an innovator of wartime propaganda. Drawing on material found in Urban’s own papers and a deep knowledge of early film, Luke McKernan has put together an accessible, exciting, and informative biography.”
“It has taken Urban’s champion the better part of a century to arrive. The wait would seem to have been worth it. . . . McKernan shows himself to be a diligent and impartial scholar. . . . [Urban’s ] accomplishments and his philosophy have found an excellent channel in McKernan.”
(Eric J. Iannelli Times Literary Supplement)
"This is a fine and much needed book, and deserves to have a wide readership. It tells the story of Charles Urban, an important pioneer of both non-fiction and colour films, and also has much to say about the silent cinema and documentary film in general. . . . McKernan steers us through with a sure hand, writing concisely and engagingly. . . . Exeter have done their usual quality job, so this is built to last. Undoubtedly, the volume deserves to be on the shelves of every cinémathèque and research library in the world."
(Stephen Bottomore Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television)
CAGED: THE DARK SIDE OF MAX STEINER 3-CD Box Set
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:56 am
CAGED: THE DARK SIDE OF MAX STEINER
3-CD Box Set– May 1, 2018
"BYU-FMA, Screen Archives Entertainment and Chelsea Rialto Studios are proud to announce the new 3-CD box set CAGED: THE DARK SIDE OF MAX STEINER. This historic album features music from seven films noir composed by Steiner during his Warner Bros. post-war period.
In addition to CAGED, other classic Steiner scores included are KEY LARGO, THE UNFAITHFUL, FLAMINGO ROAD, BACKFIRE, THE BREAKING POINT, and LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE. These works represent Steiner underscoring psychological drama with alternatingly intense and introspective accompaniment. The CD’s include all of the surviving music from the scores represented, including music not used in the films and alternate tracks featuring Max working the orchestra.
CAGED has become a cult classic and features Oscar-nominated performances by Eleanor Parker and Hope Emerson, as well as an Oscar-nominated screenplay. Max Steiner’s score brilliantly reflects the harrowing ordeal of a young girl sent to prison. KEY LARGO is John Huston’s film version of the Maxwell Anderson play. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson and Lionel Barrymore, the brilliant characterizations are sensitively given further depth by Steiner’s compositions. THE UNFAITHFUL was Warner Bros.’ reworking of their 1940 classic THE LETTER, with Ann Sheridan playing the role originally done by Bette Davis. Max Steiner had written an exotic score for the original and for the updated version he presents a far more urban musical setting. FLAMINGO ROAD is a film noir soap opera and Steiner provides a blowsy score that perfectly fits Joan Crawford’s social-climbing carnival girl. BACKFIRE and THE BREAKING POINT both feature minimal contributions by Max Steiner but LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE is an all-out penny-dreadful musical murder-go-round. Starring Ruth Roman, Richard Todd and Mercedes McCambridge, the film was directed by King Vidor with an acute eye for psychological terror and Steiner does his part admirably to aid in establishing the mood.
All scores were recorded at Warner Bros. with orchestrations by Murray Cutter and conducted by Max Steiner.
In addition to the soundtracks, the box set features a 36 page full-color booklet with essays by James V. D’Arc and Ray Faiola, as well as a generous amount of original photographs and publicity material. Disc mastering by Ray Faiola, Chelsea Rialto Studios. Package design by Jim Titus.
Please visit Screen Archives for track timings, audio samples, and full ordering information."
The Charlie Chan Films
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:59 am
The Charlie Chan Films
Paperback– May 1, 2018
by James L. Neibaur
“The Charlie Chan film series from 1931-1949 went through three lead actors and two studios over 44 films while still maintaining consistent popularity with moviegoers. This book looks at all of the films in the series, including early ones that are now lost, and examines each movie in context. Common themes, critical assessments, discussion of the director and the actors, period reviews, production information, and recollections from those who appeared in the films are all included. From its literary origins to its modern day controversies, The Charlie Chan Films continue to resonate as late as the 21st century."
MISADVENTURES OF BIFFLE & SHOOSTER-COLLECTED SHORTS
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:06 am
The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster
The Madcap Morons On A Mission Of Mayhem !
The Collected Short Films
DVD– May 22, 2018
Director: Michael Schlesinger
"Remember when the Golden Age of Hollywood was full of great comedy duos like Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Olsen & Johnson and Biffle & Shooster? Wait, what? WHO? Okay, so they weren’t really from the 1930s, but these astoundingly authentic and hilarious shorts have actually made audiences believe that those Merry Madcaps of Mayhem worked their screwball magic back then. Award-winning filmmaker Michael Schlesinger and his enormously talented cast and crew throw themselves into the zaniness with gleeful abandon, stars Will Ryan and Nick Santa Maria are as versatile as they are uproarious, and you’ll spot some familiar faces popping up here and there. Packed with extras, The Misadventures of Biffle and Shooster brilliantly recreates the era when comedy was actually funny. So relax, everyone: Biffle & Shooster will Make America Laugh Again!
Special Features: Hilarious Commentary On All Five Shorts By Filmmaker Michael Schlesinger And Stars Nick Santa Maria And Will Ryan | 1928 Vitaphone Short FIRST THINGS LAST | Spanish Outtake From IMITATION OF WIFE • MAD MAD WORLD outtake | 1962 Interview With The Team | Will Rogers PSA | “Turn Off Your Phone” And Other Bumpers | Deleted Scenes | Alternate Takes and Extended Musical Numbers | Behind the Scenes Footage | Trailers | Plus Nearly One Full Hour of Bloopers and Outtakes!
Living with Grace: Life Lessons from America's Princess
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:08 am
Living with Grace:
Life Lessons from America's Princess
Hardbound 224 Pages - June 30, 2018
by Mary Mallory
“Poised, cultured, and unforgettable, Grace Kelly had the aura of a princess, even before she was crowned. She exuded grace, polish, flair, and serenity as a fashion icon, actor, and humanitarian. Living with Grace is a captivating look at this elegant woman who has been an inspiration for many and whose legacy enlightens a new generation of fans. Seldom seen photos and outtakes are complemented by inspiring quotes from and about Grace and the famous roles she played. These words and images highlight what made her so iconic on film and in life."
LLOYD HAMILTON:SILENT COMEDIAN-DVD -Charley Chase+John Wayne
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:12 am
Lloyd Hamilton :
DVD June 15, 2018
Music by Meg Morley
”Lloyd Hamilton was a comedian's comedian. Hugely admired by Chaplin & Keaton and a huge success with the public, he's now largely forgotten, due to the unavailability of his films. This collection gathers together six of his shorts - all digitally scanned, remastered and restored from rare archive prints.
Titles are: HIS MUSICAL SNEEZE (1919) (courtesy of Danish Film Institute); DYNAMITE; THE SIMP; APRIL FOOL and MOONSHINE (all 1920); A HOME MADE MAN (1928).
Film historians will be interested to know that some of these shorts include appearances by Charley Chase, Virginia Rappe, Stan Laurel's brother Ted Jefferson and a very young John Wayne!
Each film has a new musical score, composed & performed on piano by Meg Morley.
Produced by Dave Glass, this DVD shows the development of Lloyd's unique on-screen character and, we hope, will push him a little further into the silent comedian spotlight.
Further information about this DVD, (in the form of a 'making of' video, titled 'Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter'), can be found on You Tube. Produced by D&D DVD, when sold by Amazon.com, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.“
SPECTERS OF SLAPSTICK AND SILENT FILM COMEDIENNES
Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:24 am
SPECTERS OF SLAPSTICK AND SILENT FILM COMEDIENNES
By Maggie Hennefeld
Hardbound, Paperback, or Kindle 384 Pages (March 27, 2018)
"Women explode out of chimneys and melt when sprayed with soda water. Feminist activists play practical jokes to lobby for voting rights, while overworked kitchen maids dismember their limbs to finish their chores on time. In early slapstick films with titles such as Saucy Sue, Mary Jane’s Mishap, Jane on Strike, and The Consequences of Feminism, comediennes exhibit the tensions between joyful laughter and gendered violence. Slapstick comedy often celebrates the exaggeration of make-believe injury. Unlike male clowns, however, these comic actresses use slapstick antics as forms of feminist protest. They spontaneously combust while doing housework, disappear and reappear when sexually assaulted, or transform into men by eating magic seeds―and their absurd metamorphoses evoke the real-life predicaments of female identity in a changing modern world.
Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes reveals the gender politics of comedy and the comedic potentials of feminism through close consideration of hundreds of silent films. As Maggie Hennefeld argues, comedienne catastrophes provide disturbing but suggestive images for comprehending gendered social upheavals in the early twentieth century. At the same time, slapstick comediennes were crucial to the emergence of film language. Women’s flexible physicality offered filmmakers blank slates for experimenting with the visual and social potentials of cinema. Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes poses major challenges to the foundations of our ideas about slapstick comedy and film history, showing how this combustible genre blows open age-old debates about laughter, society, and gender politics."
List of Illustrations
Part I. Early Film Combustion
1. Early Cinema and the Comedy of Female Catastrophe
2. Female Combustion and Feminist Film Historiography
Part II. Transitional Film Metamorphosis
3. Slapstick Comediennes in Transitional Cinema: Between Body and Medium
4. The Geopolitics of Transitional Film Comedy: American Vitagraph Versus French Pathé-Freres
5. D. W. Griffith’s Slapstick Comediennes: Female Corporeality and Narrative Film Storytelling
Part III. Feminist Slapstick Politics
6. Film Comedy Aesthetics and Suffragette Social Politics
7. Radical Militancy and Slapstick Political Violence
Postscript: Haunted Laughter at Late Comediennes
Simultaneously hilarious and seriously incisive, Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes is a dazzling demonstration of the way in which the female body in early film comedy is the privileged site for the display of the cinema’s defamiliarization of the world. Hennefeld skillfully links the centrality of women in comic films of mobility and catastrophe to anxieties surrounding their rapidly changing social position. This is a marvelous analysis. (Mary Ann Doane, University of California, Berkeley)
Hennefeld does a remarkable job of framing the politics of early film comedy in relation to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century philosophies of laughter. This is a far-reaching study that will change our understanding of the history of early film slapstick and gender. (Robert J. King, Columbia University)
Hennefeld draws on hundreds of films to reveal the radical interest and specificity of the silent film comediennes who humorously ruptured themselves while negotiating the shifting place of women’s bodies in cinema’s early years. Forging a rigorous third way between “killjoy refusal” and “unruly disruption” using a “Laughing Methodology” to counter misogynist violence, this brilliant book illuminates the vital link between feminist laughter and the slow-burn pleasure of feminist thought. (Karen Redrobe, University of Pennsylvania)