Raymond Rohauer Presents "The Sneeze"

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Raymond Rohauer Presents "The Sneeze"

Unread post by Redbeard » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:51 am

Imagine, if you will, if Raymond Rohauer had aquired the Edison Kinetescopes. Perhaps they'd look like this.


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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:32 am

Thanks, I'd always heard of this edition of this classic, but never seen it.

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Unread post by Jim Reid » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:37 am

David Shepard ran this at the Kansas Silent Film Festival a couple of years ago. He explained who RR was for those who didn't know. It got a great reception. He said that he actually ran it for RR, who also thought it was funny.


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Unread post by Hal Erickson » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:10 pm

This fellow Rohauer seems to be the whole show...

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Unread post by FrankFay » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:08 pm

It looks as if Rohauer released it through Blackhawk
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Unread post by Jim Reid » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:12 pm

FrankFay wrote:It looks as if Rohauer released it through Blackhawk
Rohauer didn't release it. It was made by David Shepard.

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:45 pm

But yeah, the Futura type, cross-dissolves between the screens and the "substantially as it was released on such and such date" are totally Blackhawk.
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Unread post by Jim Reid » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:07 pm

Well, since he was running what was left of Blackhawk, that makes sense.

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Unread post by Christopher Jacobs » Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:10 am

I first saw it on 8mm when Thunderbird films included it as a free bonus movie with any order you made one year. I suppose Tom Dunnahoo just duped it and sent it out for fun, as he was Blackhawk's biggest rival for several years during the 1970s. Even as a teenage college kid I thought it was hysterical. I'd heard vaguely of Raymond Rohauer by that time and much more about his attitudes and shenanigans soon afterwards, but I also recognized instantly the Blackhawk style of introductory program notes (and the typefont), and like Castle films the occasional addition of intertitles rather than superimposed subtitles to silent editions of talking pictures (though in this case silent to begin with ... "Ahh..." "...Choo!"). Maybe it's something David would want to add or let Dennis or Jeff include as a hidden "Easter Egg" to upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases, especially if they're from the Rohauer collection!

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Unread post by DShepFilm » Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:31 pm

It's nice to see people still enjoying this. I made it in 1970 and sent 16mm copies as a sort of Christmas card to my film friends, while Howard Kolodny, whom many of you know from Cinefest, and who was my valued attorney, did the same except in 8mm.

Pity it looks so terrible on YouTube, it was made in 35mm and looked excellent in original prints.

Yes, Raymond Rohauer, who was actually a most affable rascal, thought it very funny indeed; while Kent Eastin actually fell out of his chair laughing when he saw it at Cinecon. It was meant to parody not only Raymond and Blackhawk but also The Museum of Modern Art, which used to put long introductory titles set in Futura on its rental prints but which I believe they mostly cut off in later years.

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Unread post by Scoundrel » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:43 pm

Yet another reason to appreciate your good work.

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Unread post by precode » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:18 pm

Like many of us, I first saw it ages ago at Cinevent, where it was slipped in unannounced in a program of Keaton shorts. Naturally, for the first couple of title cards, nobody thought anything was amiss, but gradually, it began to dawn on us that we were being had, and the gales of laughter toward the end practically dwarfed the laughs for the Keatons (which, to be fair, most of us had already seen before). The reaction was so electric that afterwards, Shepard was deluged with requests for prints, and he agreed to take orders and run off a bunch--and he received quite a few, including from me.

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Unread post by Ed Watz » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:52 pm

Rohauer himself told me the story of "Raymond Rohauer Presents 'The Sneeze'" back in the late 1970s, before I had even heard about David's parody. The first time he described it, Rohauer was chuckling and seemed to enjoy having been made part of the joke. I thought then that he wasn't quite as bad as other collectors described him...at least he could laugh at himself.

Then a few weeks later we were talking about Blackhawk's tendency to provide those long introductory titles and I made the mistake of remarking to Rohauer, "that special version of 'The Sneeze' must be very funny" -- but I got no further. Rohauer immediately became indignant and snapped back at me angrily, "Funny! David Shepard used restoration money to make that gag, that money could've gone towards preserving some rare piece of nitrate!" His demeanor was suddenly that of a self-righteous crusader.

I eventually saw enough flip-flopping on issues and erratic mood swings to realize that besides being a tenacious film litigator, Raymond was also a first-class nut-job.

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Unread post by boblipton » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:17 pm

Not like anyone here.

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:19 pm

boblipton wrote:Not like anyone here.

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Re: Raymond Rohauer Presents "The Sneeze"

Unread post by William D. Ferry » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:45 am

This is really wonderful...surpassed only the levity of the comments you've all made. Good show, everyone! :lol:
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Re: Raymond Rohauer Presents "The Sneeze"

Unread post by Robert Moulton » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:25 am

Was this converted from PAL? The interlacing artifacts I see when freeze framing completely ruined any enjoyment I might have had with this!

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:16 pm

Robert Moulton wrote:Was this converted from PAL? The interlacing artifacts I see when freeze framing completely ruined any enjoyment I might have had with this!
And who did that awful music?! Where's Carmine Coppola when we really need him, dammit!

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