Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thomas Gladysz Articles

Another new link added:

Thomas Gladysz, founder of the Louise Brooks Society, is also the SF Silent Movie Examiner for

On his page are links to the various articles he has written for the site. I'm including a link to the main page, A) because there's a lot of articles! B) it makes more sense and C) he links to this site for which I'm very grateful.

There's a lot to explore here, so grab some tea (or coffee), settle in, and enjoy!

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Link

Also added a new link to At the Movies, this one to The Silent Movie Blog, A blog with some great information, photos, and (most important) ways to donate to help preserve silent movies.

Learn to Dance the Charleston!

While doing some research today, I came upon a few references to the Charleston. It's one of those Twenties things that everyone who loves the era knows about, but...does anyone really know how to do it up, like Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters?

I didn't think so. To help you out, I've assembled some resources to help you get started.

: A PDF with the footwork outlined
: A very nice basic instructional video
: Another instructional video with a little more fancy moves (including switching the arms across the knees)
: The Charleston for two from era films
: A bit of history, a bit of instruction
: Information on the dance from Wikipedia

Have fun!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Metropolis Goes Back to the Future

A great article on the various versions of Metropolis throughout the years, and the recently released, restored version.

Information from Kino via Twitter.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Film at First Sight

I'm back, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and that your new year has started off with all good things.

I just found this, and thought it was interesting: Today's has an interesting blog posting talking about movie title cards and opening credits.

It also discusses a Web site, The Movie Title Stills Collection, devoted to the subject and includes information from the silent era. I haven't visited it yet but I plan to sit and really explore - it sounds interesting.

I'm always fascinated by what fascinates others, and this is a subject I never would have considered!