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by Jack Theakston
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Edge sprockets cut out @ parts.
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Edge sprockets cut out @ parts.

Notches on prints like this were used to temporarily stop the film in the gate on certain projectors. On titles, this saved extra expense of footage for still action.
by Jack Theakston
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Talkie Screenings
Topic: Capitolfest 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 635

Re: Capitolfest 2018

The featured star(s) for 2019 will be Joel McCrea and Frances Dee. My quick impressions on everything I saw: KISS IN THE DARK (1925) Two reels that exist. Quite tantalizing, considering I've never been a huge fan of Frank Tuttle's films. Nice location work. Menjou was charming, and considering the s...
by Jack Theakston
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Unknown (1927)
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: The Unknown (1927)

I wouldn't count on anything Riley or Ackerman said as accurate. They were not the pinnacle of film history and were apt to make up "facts" as fan service.
by Jack Theakston
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: Lodgings at Capitolfest?
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Lodgings at Capitolfest?

For future reference, the Capitol offers a sheet that has all the information about lodging in the area. If you're on foot, you're stuck with the few motels in the immediate area, but if you are driving, it is worth going to one of the hotels that are on the north side of town. They're admittedly a ...
by Jack Theakston
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Film Forum's New Screen: Dump Alert?
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: Film Forum's New Screen: Dump Alert?

Also, caveat emptor from a real professional showman: Loew's Jersey "may" be a nice place to see films, but hardly the acme of presentation in 35mm from this showman of many years. If the jokers who run that booth could start a single reel in-frame, I would personally clean all of their un-flushed t...
by Jack Theakston
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Film Forum's New Screen: Dump Alert?
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: Film Forum's New Screen: Dump Alert?

As someone who has had a few words about Film Forum's presentation self-proclaimed monopoly over the New York City rep scene, let me say this: if their dump isn't the dump you want to be in to see a film, don't go. I can't even begin to describe how much competition they have at this point, but real...
by Jack Theakston
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Unknown (1927)
Replies: 16
Views: 2152

Re: The Unknown (1927)

I would write to whomever put the show on and inquire about what they're running. As far as I know, what is missing is a few minutes of a prelude, where an old gypsy corrals an audience around and tells the story of "The Unknown." This is where the opening title on the WB copy comes from: "This is a...
by Jack Theakston
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: MGM 1928 Records, Reels 4 and 7 While The City Sleeps
Replies: 2
Views: 1625

Re: MGM 1928 Records, Reels 4 and 7 While The City Sleeps

They're music and effects tracks that was synchronized with the film when it came out. Ron Hutchinson can tell more, but I don't think the complete soundtrack exists on this.
by Jack Theakston
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Yet another Phantom Question!
Replies: 4
Views: 654

Re: Yet another Phantom Question!

The reiussue titles (the one of the Phantom sweeping up) are a double. Everything else that exists of Chaney in shadow is undeniably Chaney.
by Jack Theakston
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Nickelodeon Theatres??????
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: Nickelodeon Theatres??????

The short answer is that the marker of the nickelodeon was being used even into the 'teens by smaller outfits, especially in more rural areas where they could mail-order it, but that the established "movie palace" as we know it starts about 1913 and has its origins steeped in legit houses as well as...
by Jack Theakston
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Nickelodeon Theatres??????
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: Nickelodeon Theatres??????

Nickelodeons were a step up because they were purpose built for movies. They also tended to position themselves as better and more wholesome than those sordid little storefront theaters. Ah, here we have a conundrum in definition. Most nickelodeons WERE pre-existing storefronts, augmented by the ca...
by Jack Theakston
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Music For Silents
Topic: cue sheets for download here. Keaton, Chaney, Valentino....
Replies: 21
Views: 12577

Re: cue sheets for download here. Keaton, Chaney, Valentino

In other cue sheets I've seen, it's a place where the orchestra can rest and let the organist play, because the scenes "aren't that important." (Not my value judgement, of course; cue sheets were generally made by orchestra people). I think you nailed it in the first point, as this applies to orche...
by Jack Theakston
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Home Theaters in Stars' Homes
Replies: 11
Views: 3263

Re: Home Theaters in Stars' Homes

I've seen pictures, and in once case, an existing setup of a home theater during the silent days. Most seemed to have been 35mm, and in some cases, scaled down theater organs were installed, but in other cases, no musical accompaniment looked to have been present, so in those cases, I assume either ...
by Jack Theakston
Tue May 29, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run
Replies: 22
Views: 4745

Re: 2001: A Space Odyssey gets 50th anniversary 70mm run

I was unfortunately quite disappointed by the print I saw in New York. Some of the problems I expected, such as the gratuitous dupe shots that are all over the camera negative from years of crack-ups, I could let slide, but the amount of baked-in negative dirt, tears, scratches and general negative ...
by Jack Theakston
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Reports of Era Music Using Classical Standards?
Replies: 9
Views: 1993

Re: Reports of Era Music Using Classical Standards?

Actual music for the stage was quite crude, and you can read about it in the preface chapters to Rick Altman's Silent Film Sound. I recommend that book in general. The roster of Broadway conductors at the time were the best musicians in the country, most of them European imports. The dean of these w...
by Jack Theakston
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: History of Film Production
Replies: 3
Views: 1112

Re: History of Film Production

Since call sheets were a holdover from the stage days, I'd wager fairly early. However, as far as actual documentation of it goes, a regular mention of it in trades starts in the late 'teens.
by Jack Theakston
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Room 237
Replies: 26
Views: 2181

Re: Room 237

I recommend tracking down THE 'S' FROM HELL, also directed by Rodney Ascher. As a point of comparison, you'll see the tone of satire they were going for in ROOM 237—to wit, they're not really siding with any of the people who have these theories, but they're conforming THE SHINING through editing an...
by Jack Theakston
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Need Help with Swank and Accompaniment
Replies: 12
Views: 2193

Re: Need Help with Swank and Accompaniment

I've literally never heard of this happening before. Your first mistake was telling them anything about what you were doing.
Just run the disc without the sound and pay Swank their $50. No one is going to care.
by Jack Theakston
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Carbon arc projectors
Replies: 10
Views: 2457

Re: Carbon arc projectors

Having run both extensively, the difference between the two is negligible (maybe +1 for Xenon because the arc is generally more stable). But running carbon is fun, to say the least.
by Jack Theakston
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: 3D glasses
Replies: 5
Views: 907

Re: 3D glasses

Would glasses like these https://www.amazon.com/Pairs-Cyan-Cardboard-3D-Glasses/dp/B0039GGZ3I/ref=sr_1_5?s=audio-video-accessories&ie=UTF8&qid=1512054180&sr=1-5&keywords=3d+glasses" target="_blank" target="_blank work watching a 3D movie on a regular TV? Yes, assuming the thing being run has been c...
by Jack Theakston
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor vs. DVD
Replies: 9
Views: 2538

Re: Technicolor vs. DVD

It's not the archival end of the company that's responsible for it, it's the home video department that is continuously scrubbing these films clean to fit aesthetically in with today's flat, colorful computer animation. Technicolor's prints did vary from printing to printing, but on print runs that ...
by Jack Theakston
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE DEATH KISS (1932)
Replies: 7
Views: 1577

Re: THE DEATH KISS (1932)

The same guy who did the hand-coloring on THE DEATH KISS was Gustav Brock, a Dutch miniature watercolorist who figured out how to apply the skill to films in the late '10s. In the silent era, he did work on pictures such as FOOLISH WIVES, THE NAVIGATOR, WHAT PRICE GLORY?, and KING OF KINGS. In the s...
by Jack Theakston
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor vs. DVD
Replies: 9
Views: 2538

Re: Technicolor vs. DVD

Disney is notorious for doing this. The early Technicolor shorts they made have more of an amber, storybook color to them, and the new transfers are skewed towards blue, presumably to juice other colors up. Another example: https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/184714_1909008607689_7940992_n...
by Jack Theakston
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: transfering fire hazard to digital
Replies: 13
Views: 2483

Re: transfering fire hazard to digital

Where do you live?
by Jack Theakston
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1427

Re: Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) Question

There are enough prints of WAX MUSEUM out there at this point to mount a proper restoration, but no one is interested.
by Jack Theakston
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: How movie houses projected 2-reel comedies?
Replies: 28
Views: 13717

Re: How movie houses projected 2-reel comedies?

Jack, You are right about changeovers on silent films being, for the most part, over dialog titles. Not always, however. When they were using the titles for both outgoing and incoming reels the changeover was often pretty obvious. This was because the projectors were not perfectly aligned, and ligh...
by Jack Theakston
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 3-D film and Ziegfeld
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: 3-D film and Ziegfeld

I guarantee that had it been in 3D, it would have made the review. I'm quite convinced that Davies was confusing that show with the later Shadowgraphs.
by Jack Theakston
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 3-D film and Ziegfeld
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

Re: 3-D film and Ziegfeld

Davies is misremembering all points. Ziegfeld presented his "Shadowgraphs" presentation in 1924, and they weren't films, but an elaborate process in which shadows in red and green were rear-projected onto a screen. Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond Organ, was doing 3D work at the time (includ...
by Jack Theakston
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Getting Technicolor Effect
Replies: 8
Views: 1904

Re: Getting Technicolor Effect

A cheap way of doing this is to overlight the scene, but also have a spot that has a magenta filter on it focused at whatever it is that you want to reflect.
by Jack Theakston
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: RIO RITA (1929)
Replies: 2
Views: 1194

Re: RIO RITA (1929)

I suspect that the 140-minute running time is a preview cut. Motion Picture News' August review with that run-time is obviously from the preview, but by the September release, Variety and the always-reliable Harrison's Reports list it as 125 minutes.