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by Brooksie
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Sentimental Bloke turns 100
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: The Sentimental Bloke turns 100

Almost as odd is the discovery of the American version of the film, which sat in obscurity in American archive where it was filed under an incorrect name, 'The Sentimental Blonde'. I've often heard that the Australian intertitles on this version were 'translated' into American slang for a planned US...
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Washington Post's 31 Best Dance Scenes in Movies
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Washington Post's 31 Best Dance Scenes in Movies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/entertainment/best-movie-dance-scenes/?fbclid=IwAR1ptCG7LeQ75MSMYtKB2y-DELHu_sAW9ckc5yB0f12Dwz_3b7IyiaapYfw&noredirect=on&utm_term=.e6d70cbb0db8 Here's another of those Best-Of lists for everyone to debate. I was satisfied that it was a pretty good list ...
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: William Goldman, 1931-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 100

William Goldman, 1931-2018

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/nov/16/butch-cassidy-and-princess-bride-scriptwriter-william-goldman-dies-aged-87 He sits outside the nitrate era, of course, but I'm sure I'm not the only Nitratevillean who enjoyed Goldman's films and books, both fiction and non-fiction. If The Princess Bride...
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: The Perfect Specimen (1937)

I know I've seen this ... I feel like TCM played it not all that long ago. Can anyone else confirm, or am I thinking of another film?
by Brooksie
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Sentimental Bloke turns 100
Replies: 2
Views: 200

The Sentimental Bloke turns 100

From https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/nov/15/the-sentimental-bloke-turns-100-australian-silent-films-enduring-masterpiece . Caution: mild plot spoilers abound. The Sentimental Bloke turns 100: Australian silent film's enduring masterpiece This month marks 100 years since the movie first...
by Brooksie
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber
Replies: 50
Views: 553

Re: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber

I'm slowly going through what TCM has run from this set and SUSPENSE just blew me away. It may be an edwardian silent melodrama, but it's shot like it's HALLOWEEN. It's a knockout, isn't it? One of those ones where I turned around to my husband after watching it and said "Now, that 's a filmmaker."
by Brooksie
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 782
Views: 86369

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

Myself and another Nitratevillean celebrated Nita Naldi's 124th birthday by attending a screening of Blood and Sand (1922) this evening, starring La Naldi and some guy named Valentino. Aspiring young toreador Juan (Rudolph Valentino) is torn between his ambitions in the bullfighting ring, his childh...
by Brooksie
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Lon Chaney log cabin threatened by fire?
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Lon Chaney log cabin threatened by fire?

It's many hours away from either of the major fires currently burning, very unlikely to be in danger.
by Brooksie
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: GoFundMe for Sue Kane, Friend of Cinecon
Replies: 1
Views: 168

GoFundMe for Sue Kane, Friend of Cinecon

Many members of Nitrateville who regularly attend Cinecon will be familiar with Sue Kane - film historian, longtime volunteer co-ordinator, and all-round friendly face. Tragically, Sue and her husband are amongst those who lost everything in the wildfire that destroyed Paradise, California. For thos...
by Brooksie
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber
Replies: 50
Views: 553

Re: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber

I've already spoken a lot about Australia's McDonagh sisters in other threads - director Paulette, production manager Phyllis, and actress Isobel (aka Marie Lorraine). While I'm grateful for the recent restoration of The Cheaters (1929) - though sorry that it has not turned up on a DVD collection li...
by Brooksie
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Questions about exactly who played Salome in the 1923 film?
Replies: 6
Views: 302

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.
by Brooksie
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 145
Views: 4844

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

The Sight and Sound review is especially interesting, touching specifically on the controversy over the use of archival material: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/reviews-recommendations/they-shall-not-grow-old-peter-jackson-imperial-war-museum-world-war-one-archive-footage-r...
by Brooksie
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Playing 100 years ago today
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: Playing 100 years ago today

I can't read the Lockwood obit. Could someone please isolate and enlarge it for me? Thanks. Jim I believe this is the one Mike is referring to: http://i67.tinypic.com/2jfx4hy.jpg Given that Lockwood had been dead for under a month, it's clear that the graphic, at least, was prepared before his pass...
by Brooksie
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Playing 100 years ago today
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: Playing 100 years ago today

2) Look for the astonishingly flip copy about Harold Lockwood's death, center right. Jeez. :shock: With copy like that, Wallace Reid should be glad that he didn't pass while The Man of Funeral Range was still playing ... Surveying Sydney newspapers (remembering that it was already 12 November by th...
by Brooksie
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: At Brooksie's Collection in 2014: The 1916 Film Diary
Replies: 12
Views: 1544

Re: At Brooksie's Collection in 2014: The 1916 Film Diary

With the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at hand, I thought some readers might be interested in revisiting the 1916 Film Diary which is, as they say, 'newly revised and enlarged'. How? The version of the diary that I was initially working from was a transcript done by a late, elderly great uncle,...
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: LA Park Silent Film Locations
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: LA Park Silent Film Locations

I would recommend a side trip to Culver City to see the former MGM (now Sony) studios. The old gate dating back to the Triangle days is still there, as seen in Show People (1928), etc etc. The former Ince/RKO/DeMille/Selznick/Desilu studios are not far away. Although there are no plans to touch the ...
by Brooksie
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Lina - DeMille's Godless Girl
Replies: 14
Views: 1763

Re: Lina - DeMille's Godless Girl

I picked up my copy for $35, but I had to wait good and long for one to turn up at that price. I think the issue is that this is one of those books that is impossible to find UN-autographed. Book dealers price accordingly. I would not brand it a must-read, but it is an eye-opener. As oldposterho say...
by Brooksie
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Trip Down Market Street 1906 (new scan)
Replies: 10
Views: 598

Re: A Trip Down Market Street 1906 (new scan)

Hmm...maybe with the increased resolution and extra exposure area I'll be able to spot my grandfather... (My uncle says he claimed he was there for the earthquake, I'm skeptical, but everybody's gotta be somewhere.) Much like everyone was at Woodstock. The population of San Francisco must have been...
by Brooksie
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 782
Views: 86369

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

I just wish Lois Weber hal given her title writing tasks to someone else. In THE BLOT her directing technique approaches the level of Stroheim- the scene where Claire Windsor's rival watches her in an auto mirror is a tour de force of composition & focus - but when the moralizing titles come up I'm...
by Brooksie
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 782
Views: 86369

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

Lois Weber's one-reel Suspense (1913) should be required viewing for any serious student of early film, along with such landmarks as The Great Train Robbery (1903). Not just for its early, immensely effective use of split screen to represent a prowler, a frightened woman protecting her infant, and t...
by Brooksie
Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Lady From Hell 1926 LOC Fragments
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Re: The Lady From Hell 1926 LOC Fragments

This was one of the titles that was listed for restoration by the NFPF back when New Zealand repatriated a number of previously lost silents. New Zealand definitely had extra footage, which was 'expected' to complete the film along with the LoC's holdings. Most of these restorations have since been ...
by Brooksie
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Countless New Galleries and a Tagging System
Replies: 10
Views: 797

Re: Countless New Galleries and a Tagging System

Very nice! One thing Nitrateville has taught me over the years is the power of the hive mind. 8)
by Brooksie
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck
Replies: 85
Views: 4475

Re: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck

One of the problems with Netflix is that their criteria for a 'flop' is unclear. They do not release viewership figures, and nor do they seem to make strategic decisions based on them. As some of the Filmstruck articles have pointed out, they have renewed a number of poorly reviewed series, while ca...
by Brooksie
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Chance Shot (1911)... Does it still exist?
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: A Chance Shot (1911)... Does it still exist?

This was a one-reel short, which may account for it not being listed in the Library of Congress database or AFI Catalogue.

It was Ruth Roland's first screen appearance (she was later a high-profile star), so my feeling is that if this still existed, we would probably know about it.
by Brooksie
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Mystery Hollywood/'Zelda Fitzgerald' Footage
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: Mystery Hollywood/'Zelda Fitzgerald' Footage

I've just found my copy of Crazy Sundays , Aaron Latham's record of Fitzgerald's Hollywood adventures, and come across this: "The Fitzgeralds moved into the fashionable Ambassador Hotel, where they shared a four-apartment bungalow with John Barrymore, author Carl Van Vechten, and their old friend Ca...
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck
Replies: 85
Views: 4475

Re: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck

Which makes Stranger Things the Runaway Train of our time. Deep cut, Mike! :lol: The latest think-piece worth reading comes from the Los Angeles Times , which makes a case that AT&T were directly dishonest in their justification for swallowing up Time Warner. The fact that the whole thing has spark...
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 1019
Views: 382066

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Yes, that's the one. Even though it's the last in the series, my advice is to skip ahead and read it anyway - it's a fine standalone book and does not really require knowledge of the earlier books which, because they were published out of chronological order, contain some foreshadowing that acts as ...
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Rough RIders 1927 fragment Loc
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: The Rough RIders 1927 fragment Loc

The Library of Congress database lists these fragments as the only surviving material. Too bad, this is high on my list of lost films I'd love to rediscover.
by Brooksie
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Mystery Hollywood/'Zelda Fitzgerald' Footage
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: Mystery Hollywood/'Zelda Fitzgerald' Footage

The Ambassador Hotel is also suggested by a visitor to the page that hosts the video ( https://www.instagram.com/p/BokI0SjBjuQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again ). The Fitzgeralds are known to have visited it during 1927, so it seems like a safe bet. The same visitor asserts ...
by Brooksie
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 1019
Views: 382066

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Hearts of the World has the distinction - possibly unique - of being mentioned in a novel about the war written well within living memory of it, Rilla of Ingleside (1921). To tie things in with last month's theme, the book was dedicated to a friend of the author who had died of the Spanish Flu.