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by Lokke Heiss
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: R.I.P silver bullet.
Replies: 8
Views: 940

Re: R.I.P silver bullet.

Forget about silver bullets, when I meet people today with names like Cary Grant, Clark Gable - if I bring up the connection with their name and a famous screen star, they have NO IDEA what I'm talking about. That goes for about anyone under the age of 50. Used to under 30, but these days, you almos...
by Lokke Heiss
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Murphy Beds
Replies: 289
Views: 137285

Re: Murphy Beds

Agree, it's become a class marker...however Murphy beds are inherently funny, and when he pulls down the bed, in this case it's more for the laugh than a demarcation. In other words, we're in more More the Merrier territory than Place in the Sun.
by Lokke Heiss
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 2017 Pordenone Review up at Silent Era
Replies: 0
Views: 313

2017 Pordenone Review up at Silent Era

I'm not sure where to post this, but I finally did finish my review of the 2017 festival, posted at Silent Era.

Here's the link:

http://www.silentera.com/articles/heiss ... e2017.html
by Lokke Heiss
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Pordenone 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 787

Re: Pordenone 2018

Not exactly topical to 2018, but my 2017 report is up at Silent Era. I'll also post this as a separate heading.

http://www.silentera.com/articles/heiss ... e2017.html
by Lokke Heiss
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Murphy Beds
Replies: 289
Views: 137285

Re: Murphy Beds

Walk Softly, Stranger (1950), a newpaper/pulp magazine reporter noses her way into the apartment of the detective on the case of a serial killer. After seeing that he's not going to get rid of her (she's trying to get a lead out of him) and not wanting to throw her out, he puts on his pajamas, pulls...
by Lokke Heiss
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: NitrateVille Radio Podcast
Topic: Ep. 31: David J. Skal on Monster Shows • Pordenone 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 540

Re: Ep. 31: David J. Skal on Monster Shows • Pordenone 2018

On the same show with David Skal? - I'm honored!
by Lokke Heiss
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Missing footage for Hat Check Girl?
Replies: 7
Views: 1846

Re: Missing footage for Hat Check Girl?

How does someone go about checking the cutting continuity? Where would those records be? If in NYC, I volunteer. I think the only thing left is to wait until some of you see this film, and see if everyone agrees there is at least a few minutes of the (most important part) of the film missing, possib...
by Lokke Heiss
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Missing footage for Hat Check Girl?
Replies: 7
Views: 1846

Missing footage for Hat Check Girl?

The group mind can be very helpful for a mystery that occurred last night at the Museum of Modern Art. They screened Hat Check Girl. 1932. Directed by Sidney Lanfield. Screenplay by Barry Conners, Philip Klein, based on the novel by Rian James. With Sally Eilers, Ben Lyon, Ginger Rogers. 35mm. 75 mi...
by Lokke Heiss
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silents to sound - academic research
Replies: 34
Views: 5147

Re: Silents to sound - academic research

Thanks, everyone for their incredibly helpful answers!
by Lokke Heiss
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Film Locations - Castles used in Silent Films
Replies: 17
Views: 1534

Re: Film Locations - Castles used in Silent Films

Gary Newman wrote:The outdoor scenes of Count Orlak’s castle in Nosferatu were filmed at Orava Castle in Slovakia.
Quite true, and it really gives the film an 'authenticity' that no other Dracula films that I know have, except perhaps for the 1970 Spanish Dracula with Lee.
by Lokke Heiss
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silents to sound - academic research
Replies: 34
Views: 5147

Silents to sound - academic research

We've all seen and read the many discussions of the issues faced by actors going from silents to sound from say, 1927 to 1931. The traditional story was that many actors dropped out because they had squeaky voices, or voices unsuited to their screen persona, and the rebuttal to this urban myth was t...
by Lokke Heiss
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up
Replies: 12
Views: 1564

Re: Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up

Yes, Kickstarter-like funds WOULD work. Great idea. The drawback I'd guess is shortage of availability of prints. I know MoMA has some of his, no idea about LoC.

If anyone wants to check LoC availability of prints (or other sources) that would be the place to start.
by Lokke Heiss
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up
Replies: 12
Views: 1564

Re: Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up

I think the program notes brought this up, saying something to the sort of: 'Hey, we had a program of this guy way back about 20 years ago, and nothing happened, what's going on with you guys?' The answers are multiple, but in short: Collins just died too young - so young that he missed 'the cut' of...
by Lokke Heiss
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up
Replies: 12
Views: 1564

Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up

It's up, folks - my review of last year's Pordenone festival! I focus on the relatively obscure career of John Collins, and the truly obscure (but wonderful) series Who's Guilty? Also of course, there is the Rin Tin Tin Awards for the best animal actor of the week...and you won't BELIEVE who won thi...
by Lokke Heiss
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

With all this confusion, I channeled the spirit of Rinty to ask this question, figuring him to be the final authority. His response was brief: "Am I the name above the title?" "You sure are." "Am I the star?" "Of course, Rinty. You are THE star." "Then they can put dashes or daffodils, or whatever t...
by Lokke Heiss
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cantor Midnight Folic
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

Re: Cantor Midnight Folic

This short has great sound, and with its 'documentary' like shooting, I can almost smell the cigar and cigarette smoke wafting in the air.. On the topic of blackface shorts, does anyone know the name of a blackface routine that was on youtube about five years ago that looks like it was shot in the 5...
by Lokke Heiss
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cinecon 2017?
Replies: 54
Views: 12074

Re: Cinecon 2017?

I heard that this year they brought back a dual-program, where they had a second venue for screening video rarities. This is what they did back in the 90s when I lived in LA, and I campaigned (vainly) to keep it going. The point was that this was a great venue to show tv/video that just made a lot m...
by Lokke Heiss
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Sounds good, but from what I can see, some films use the hyphens and some don't.

The one film where I can find a photo of the title credits shows his name hyphenated, so I'm going with that unless someone comes up with a better answer.
by Lokke Heiss
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Rin Tin Tin or Rin-Tin-Tin?

Well, which is it? The books about the amazing Rinty leave the dashes out, but the movies themselves seem to often put them in, at least in the advertising. Does anyone have an official ruling on this, or is it just personal preference? I'd like to say 'I don't have a dog in this fight,' but that's ...
by Lokke Heiss
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Do these early Griffith films still exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 2052

Re: Do these early Griffith films still exist?

Pordenone ran a program of surviving Griffith films in chronological order from his first to his last silent film. It's one of the biggest programs they ever did. It was a huge, mammoth undertaking. I don't have all their catalogs from those years, and now it was around 10 years ago, so their may be...
by Lokke Heiss
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What was first City Symphony film?
Replies: 6
Views: 1279

Re: What was first City Symphony film?

What I was trying to say was that a location/city had to be a character in a story, which means there had to be a narrative with a beginning/middle/end. Many symphony films have used the morning/noon/night 'a day in the life of' a city to achieve this, with other themes woven into the story that mak...
by Lokke Heiss
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What was first City Symphony film?
Replies: 6
Views: 1279

Re: What was first City Symphony film?

How do you define a "city symphony" film?

My answer is that every film I've cited is a City Symphony film, so there you have examples, but to be specific: It's a film where the main character is a city/village/town, rather than an actual person or character.
by Lokke Heiss
Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What was first City Symphony film?
Replies: 6
Views: 1279

What was first City Symphony film?

From wiki: City Symphony films include Manhatta (dir. Paul Strand, 1921), Paris Nothing but the Hours (dir. Alberto Cavalcanti, 1926), Twenty Four Dollar Island (dir. Robert Flaherty, 1927), Études sur Paris (dir. André Sauvage, 1928), The Bridge (1928), and Rain (1929), both by Joris Ivens. And the...
by Lokke Heiss
Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Animal actors in last year's Pordenone festival
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Re: Animal actors in last year's Pordenone festival

Thank you, that was very helpful. I'll put it in my list.
by Lokke Heiss
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Animal actors in last year's Pordenone festival
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Animal actors in last year's Pordenone festival

Help, it's Rin Tin Tin time - can anyone remember any animal actor who went to last year's festival? Any animal except the snake? And the name of the film? Thanks in advance.
by Lokke Heiss
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Questions about two Collins shorts
Replies: 0
Views: 689

Questions about two Collins shorts

Okay, Pordenone peeps (or Collins experts), two questions: 1) In The Man in the Dark, do we actually see the Old Man breath his last, and die in front of the camera, or is that just implied? 2) In the Everlasting Triangle, Kate marries Santley, then runs off with Philbin, with dire consequences. Wha...
by Lokke Heiss
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Beginning and end of John H. Collin's career
Replies: 0
Views: 669

Beginning and end of John H. Collin's career

The endpoint of Collin's career is straight forward: You can use either his date of death, which was 10/23/1918, or the release date of the film he was working on when he died, Satan Junior, 3 March 1919. But his starting point is not so simple - the IMDB lists his first film as a director as Making...
by Lokke Heiss
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 'The Story of David Lloyd George' review
Replies: 2
Views: 765

'The Story of David Lloyd George' review

I've been asked to post my review of a Maurice Elvey film, The Story of David Lloyd George Elvey's most interesting film at the 1997 Pordenone festival was a real curio, The Story of David Lloyd George (Ideal Film, 1918). Clocking in at a very long 172 minutes, the movie recounts the life and times ...
by Lokke Heiss
Thu May 11, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Sensation Seekers - a review
Replies: 1
Views: 603

Sensation Seekers - a review

This week at MoMA I saw Lois Weber's Sensation Seekers (1927). This is a wonderful film, and has so much going on, it's easier just to talk about one topic at a time- First, the director - I've been a big fan of Lois Weber ever since I saw The Blot, and Sensation Seekers confirms my earlier opinion ...
by Lokke Heiss
Thu May 11, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Son of Universal: More Rediscovered Gems at MoMA
Replies: 17
Views: 6512

Re: Son of Universal: More Rediscovered Gems at MoMA

Enjoyed reading this thread - for clarity, will post my review of Sensation Seekers in new thread.