Thursday, August 25, 2016

Film Preservation 2016

It's me, and oh my goodness, it's been almost a year since I posted - eek!

I got married last year...that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it. In the meantime: GREAT article on preserving films from NYTimes.com. Definitely read!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Restoring Buster Keaton

Had I known about this sooner, I would have posted sooner:

Help fund a Kickstarter campaign that is looking to raise funds to restore ALL of Buster Keaton's short films - all 32 of them.

As of right now, they are soooo close to raising the money - help push them over the edge! Go! Now!

Buster himself would want you to.

Kickstarter: Buster Keaton Restoration

It's official: They met their goal! Really looking forward to seeing these when they're available.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Garbo and Gilbert: A Great Love, or a Great Lie?

Slate recently posted a story on the fabled romance between Garbo and Gilbert.

It's based on a podcast, "You Must Remember This..." and reviews some of the research that went into the cast.

So what do you think: A true love affair, or a publicist's trick?

Listen and then judge for yourself.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The End of an Era...

It is with sadness that I post that Jean Darling, of the "Our Gang" comedies beginning in the silent era, has passed:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Love Letters

I never thought in a million years I'd be linking to the Daily Mail, but...here we are.

The article recounts Douglas Fairbanks' years in Hollywood, in honor of a new book being published with love letters to Mary Pickford.

You can read more about the tumultuous affair between the two on The Daily Mail (U.K.) website.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The (Pie) Fight of the Century

From NYTimes.com:

"Ah, the thrown pie. Among the sweetest delights in life is the sight of an airborne cream-and-crust concoction finding purchase. It is the great leveler, a puncturing of pretension, and those who find pie throwing beneath their refined comic sensibility deserve nothing more than a lemon meringue treat, smack in the kisser.

So it is with unrestrained glee that we share the news of the recovery of a long-missing portion of the greatest pie-throwing fight ever recorded, far superior to the pastry melee of “In the Sweet Pie and Pie,” a 1941 Three Stooges short, or the baked-goods battle in “The Great Race,” a 1965 comedy with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

That, of course, would be the epic custard conflagration in “The Battle of the Century,” a 1927 Laurel and Hardy short that dispensed with 3,000 pies, thrown not with abandon but with slow-burn precision, heightening the comedic effect.

For several decades, the 20-minute, two-reel classic has been missing its second reel, which provided most of the logic for why dozens of people were pelting one another with pastries. Film historians have puttied the gaps in “Battle” with explanatory title cards, but these could never replicate Laurel’s look of thought-free innocence, Hardy’s frown of eternal exasperation.

Read more...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lumiere Exhibition

Time to head to Paris; from the New York Times:

"Timed to the 120th anniversary of the first film screening shown to a paying audience, a new exhibition at the Grand Palais here celebrates the aptly named Lumière brothers, Louis and Auguste, whose last name means light and who helped invent cinema as we know it — as well as color photography and 3-D technology.

"On view through June 14, the exhibition “Lumière! Inventing Cinema” showcases early films by the brothers, restored by the Institut Lumière in Lyon, a film history and restoration center; along with examples of early cinema technology — kinetoscopes, zoetropes — and documentation about the rapid spread of the medium at the turn of the 20th century."