Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The New York Times has a review of this digitally restored masterpiece now playing at the Film Forum in New York.
It took some 500 years for the Roman Catholic Church to declare Joan a saint. “The Passion of Joan of Arc” was canonized more or less instantly. If novels like “Madame Bovary” or “Crime and Punishment” are must-reads, then “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is a cinematic must-see.
Read the review

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Secrets of Silent-Film Footage Found Buried in the Earth

I love when silent films are found, as they tend to be found in the most interesting places: Attics, yard sales...and now in the frozen tundra of the Yukon.

From the New Yorker's Facebook page:

In 1978, a construction worker in Dawson City was excavating the site of a new recreation center when he discovered reels of film poking out from the hard-packed terrain.

The result is a film from Bill Morrison, "Dawson City: Frozen Time," that looks at the surviving films and reconstructs the extraordinary arcs of political and cultural history that are latent in them.

Myself, I'd love to know what films were found and if they're available, but nonetheless the film sounds interesting.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Help the Library of Congress

I received an email from the Library of Congress. Every week they post movie stills that they ask the public for help in identifying. This week it's silent films. If you know any of these, they'd love to hear!

"This week, in our ongoing series of unknown movie stills, we go way back to the silent days of filmmaking. We hope you can help us identify these performers or the productions they are in. As always, “clicking” on the images below will increase their size. Please put any suggestions you have in the “comments” section below. As the images are positively ID’ed, we’ll update this blog. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

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.