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I'm hardly able to take friends with me to see a silent film when it's played at the cinema. it seems you need some special interest in them, why else do you want to watch some old 'outdated' way of filmmaking?

I noticed that a large part of the audience(which in itself is almost nihil) are ppl who have either lived as long as the film in question and have probably seen it when it came out ("let's go to the premiere of caligari tonight!") or some film academy students...and me, charlie brown.

I've seen alot of them over the years, they're beautiful, YES they can be funny (even if it's not meant, but that is in itself a question) or scary!

now what's your favourite? do you enjoy them?

or scary

erik, Friday, 6 December 2002 15:33 (sixteen years ago) link

murnau's faust

erik, Friday, 6 December 2002 15:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Problem with silent movies is the require a whole different form of film comprehension - which is hard to read for audiences used to sound. They seems often slitleted, over-acted and the amount of interpretation to what you get out of them can often seem like too much hard work.

That said, Eisenstein's stuff is always worth a view, and I can sit through any number of Lloyd or Keaton comedies (which still seem remarkably fresh). Plenty of British people have a very affectionate memory of Harold Lloyd from the clip shows they used to show in the eighties.

Pete (Pete), Friday, 6 December 2002 15:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Friday, 6 December 2002 15:50 (sixteen years ago) link

carl dreyer's vampyr
robert wiene's das kabinett des doktor caligari

...are my favourites. hypnotic.

michael wells (michael w.), Friday, 6 December 2002 15:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Herrold Lloyd, doodoo doodoo doodoo doodoo doo, Herrold Lloyd, a pair of glasses and a smile!

Madchen (Madchen), Friday, 6 December 2002 15:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Dovzhenko's "Earth"
Vertov's "Man With a Movie Camera"

Is it ever worth it to see stuff like this on video? I think audio/sound bears more of the aesthetic burden in a home setting than it does in the cinema. If there's an attention-getting soundtrack then the drop-off in picture quality that results from a video transfer - or even a DVD print - feels acceptable. Without this it's hard to lose yourself in the sensuality of the picture, broken up as it is, actively buzzing about on yr TV screen

The two films I mention above are totally stunning and I think landmarks of the silent flick. There's a trick, though - "Earth" is a sound movie. There's no dialogue, though, as I remember it at least. Dovzhenko's approach to sound was that of someone who'd worked within a silent medium for most of his life - its aesthetic is bound up in silent movie moods and conventions. Bells tolling. Cows, I think. Sound breaking in from total dead space - sound as an effect rather than the realistic glue that holds everything together. On the other hand, "Man With a Movie Camera" is the first ever music video - but it's silent.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 6 December 2002 16:15 (sixteen years ago) link

hahaha I've just looked for info about "Earth" and it's silent after all - i must have imagined all those sounds!!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 6 December 2002 16:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Favorite silent films: old - Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr..
new - Guy Maddin's The Heart of the World.

That Keaton DVD boxed set looks mighty tempting...but it's $180 (ouch). I am continually amazed that Keaton's stuff makes me laugh aloud, over and over again, often in sheer disbelief. I must point out that Turner Classic Movies is very silent film friendly, and I'm inclined to call it the best TV channel ever.

Ernest P. (ernestp), Friday, 6 December 2002 16:31 (sixteen years ago) link

er...silent films on video are a bit hard to some films are made for video these silent ones just need a theater, because film was like a theater experience in those days...accompanied with live music and sometimes even with an explicateur who filled in the gaps between the scenes...

therefor I couldn't finish fritz lang's siegfried on video (part of it is that I have a very petit television set)

buster doing von stroheim :-)

erik, Friday, 6 December 2002 17:19 (sixteen years ago) link

and at home the piano tingletangle that accompanies most "silent" video's gets on your nerves after a while...

erik, Friday, 6 December 2002 17:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Birth of a Nation
les vampires (the long silent films are great!)
el spectro rojo
L'age D'or (not quite silent, but an ace bunuel flick anyway. I think better than The Andulusian Dog)
Voyage to the Moon
Peter Pan
and many others I can't recall. Even If for some not for artistic but historic reasons, they were all great.
there are lots of other son my list of movies to see that I want to see if I get the chance. Sometime I want to go to the archives at the MOMA in NYC to see some of those.

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 6 December 2002 19:58 (sixteen years ago) link

I haven't really seen too many of the Chaplin or Keaton ones. I've got to see those sometime too.

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 6 December 2002 20:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Everything by Keaton, Battleship Potemkin, Metropolis by Lang, anything by Murnau.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 6 December 2002 20:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Un Chien Andalou by Buñuel is fun

Honda (Honda), Friday, 6 December 2002 20:20 (sixteen years ago) link

The Passion of Joan of Arc is captivating. Falconetti = w0ah!

Leee (Leee), Friday, 6 December 2002 23:07 (sixteen years ago) link

German silent films get shown the most here, consequently they are the ones I am most familiar with. Nosferatu is perhaps my favourite film ever, after Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is one of the most striking films ever made, with its defiantly unrealistic costumes and sets.

I'm not as familiar with American silents.

a failed thread about WF Murnau: FW Murnau

DV (dirtyvicar), Saturday, 7 December 2002 00:46 (sixteen years ago) link


Mooro (Mooro), Saturday, 7 December 2002 12:20 (sixteen years ago) link

a nairn is there a silent peter pan????????????

erik, Saturday, 7 December 2002 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

murnau, Sunrise

abel gance, Napoleon

jean renoir, the little match-stick girl

Tad (llamasfur), Saturday, 7 December 2002 12:31 (sixteen years ago) link! it's from 1924 with betty bronson (rings no tinkerbells though) did you see it?

wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys:-)

erik, Saturday, 7 December 2002 12:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah that's it! There is a giant dog in it (a man in a dog costume) that jumps around. Its great.

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 7 December 2002 18:10 (sixteen years ago) link

there's probably a man hiding somewhere in this cute animal too...

erik, Saturday, 7 December 2002 19:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I think Sunrise is overrated. For real Murnau action, check out Nosferatu, Tabu, or the Last Gasp.

DV (dirtyvicar), Saturday, 7 December 2002 22:54 (sixteen years ago) link

i'll concede Nosferatu, and the other 2 Murnau films I've not seen. Sunrise will always have a special place in my heart, though -- it's genuinely touching (even the corny "the hicks show the city slickers how to boogie" scene).

and the little match-stick girl is worth checking out if you get the opportunity ... very over-the-top visuals and un-Renoiresque -- almost a parody of contemporary German expressionist films -- and also quite touching (yet ironic -- this is Jean Renoir, after all).

Tad (llamasfur), Saturday, 7 December 2002 23:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I really need to investigate this area of film a bit more. I did love the restored Thief of Baghdad with Douglas Fairbanks, screened on PBS in the late eighties. Sumptuous and wonderful looking throughout -- why didn't I tape it?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 8 December 2002 03:24 (sixteen years ago) link

douglas fairly belted

do silents get regular viewings in the US?

erik, Monday, 9 December 2002 09:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I really don't see the point of "Sunrise".

you know the way in Murnau films he makes a big deal about Doors and Doorways? is there loads of door-action in Sunrise?

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 9 December 2002 11:07 (sixteen years ago) link

what about "An Outrageous Poaching Escapade"? I remember seeing it in the MOMI when I was in a rather relaxed frame of mind and thinking it was the funniest film ever made.

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 9 December 2002 11:08 (sixteen years ago) link

sorry, it's "A Desperate Poaching Affray", my mistake. A classic from 1903.

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 9 December 2002 11:09 (sixteen years ago) link

DV it's on this DV...D

william haggar made one of hte first chase movies

erik, Monday, 9 December 2002 13:18 (sixteen years ago) link

in nosferatu check how the count ALWAYS emerges into the frame from an unexpected place

mark s (mark s), Monday, 9 December 2002 13:25 (sixteen years ago) link

the one I really want to see is Melie's 1890s one about the Dreyfus case. as this was before Dreyfus was cleared, I'm imagining it will feature lots of top secrets passing action, and people running around a lot in a frantic manner.

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 9 December 2002 15:21 (sixteen years ago) link

'Pandora's Box' and 'A Girl In Every Port', both w/ Louise Brooks, are gd.

And 'Silent Movie' by Mel Brooks, obv.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Monday, 9 December 2002 16:31 (sixteen years ago) link

What other good DVD box sets of silent films are there?
(I think I know what to ask for for Christmas)

A Nairn (moretap), Monday, 9 December 2002 17:49 (sixteen years ago) link

UK version apparently poo, rubly substituting shite talkie Abraham Lincoln for fantastic Orphans Of The Storm, which contains the best car* chase ever.

(* OK, so its really a carriage chase. Still nearly gave me a heart attack.)

Mooro (Mooro), Monday, 9 December 2002 18:00 (sixteen years ago) link

the early hitchcock DVD set is grebt: tho they are mostly not silent

mark s (mark s), Monday, 9 December 2002 18:30 (sixteen years ago) link

silent hitchcoct it had ivor novello

erik, Monday, 9 December 2002 21:26 (sixteen years ago) link

PAH to crits who think the '20s were the peak of film art because they didn't have any of those messy words to get in the way - they wouldn't know genius if their asses got dropped in Duck Soup. YAY to all the individual films mentioned here that I've seen.

Not mentioned yet: von Stroheim's Greed (saw the 4hr reconstructed version in one of its very few theatrical screenings, es war InSaNe) and Lillian Gish's performance in The Wind.

B.Rad (Brad), Monday, 9 December 2002 23:07 (sixteen years ago) link

I taped Greed from TCM, they show it regularly

erik, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 12:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Charley Chase's "Mighty Like a Moose" is seriously like the funniest movie I've ever seen in my life. Up there with _Airplane!_ and _I'm the One That I Want_.

Douglas, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 13:14 (sixteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
I just wrote a long message which my computer promptly gobbled up. Damn.

In any event, a precis: Search: VICTOR SJÖSTRÖM, the greatest director of silents there was. He made films in Sweden from 1912 to 1922 and in the U.S. from 1922 to 1928. If you can find them: Ingeborg Holm, Terje Vigen, The Girl from the Marsh Croft, The Outlaw and His Wife (available on NTSC VHS), Sons of Ingmar, The Monastery of Sendomir (available on PAL VHS), The Phantom Chariot aka The Phantom Carriage aka The Stroke of Midnight aka Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness (available on PAL VHS), Mortal Clay, He Who Gets Slapped, The Wind (easily available).

Search also: Fritz Lang (Destiny/The Three Lights, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, The Nibelungen, Spies), Louis Feuillade (Les Vampires, Fantômas), Carl Dreyer (The Pardon's Widow, Michael, Thou Shalt Honor Thy Wife, The Passion of Joan of Arc), and anything you can find by Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu. Those of you in London, keep your eyes peeled, it is a good town for silents.

Many American cities have silent film festivals. New York is of course one of the world's great film towns (Paris being an uncontested no. 1). Chicago is OK, there is a summer silent festival but the Film Center of the Art Institute passed up a recent Mauritz Stiller retrospective (he's another good Swedish filmmaker and the guy who discovered Garbo).

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 31 December 2002 20:09 (sixteen years ago) link

P.S. Vampyr is not a silent, but one could make the case it is not quite a talkie either.

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 31 December 2002 20:12 (sixteen years ago) link

is this amateur interest or professional knowledge? you don't have to answer this off course (if you wish to remain "silent") i'm just curious. thanx anyway.

so, right then, who do you fancy then?

erik, Wednesday, 1 January 2003 00:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Just an amateur's interest. As I mentioned on another thread, I am a shamefaced dilettante.

I still have a backlog of world-conquering ambition (from my childhood you understand) to work past (to once and finally convince myself I have neither the tenacity nor the self-confidence to actually see through a film on my own), but once that's done I think I might be suited to the fields of film preservation and programming.

To veer back on-topic:

My favorite moments in Buster Keaton films, and perhaps in all silent films put together, are when Buster submits dutifully and without complaint to what he perceives to be the natural order of things. For instance in Steamboat Bill Jr. when after a succession of folllies involving people being hurled from a steamboat when someone steps in front of them, Buster simply leaps into the water when he sees that someone is approaching. Or in College, when after having knocked over a long succession of hurdles, Buster finally makes the last, he turns around, does a double take, and then with a faint sigh tips over the final hurdle and walks off.

The greatest silent comic though was Jacques Tati who never made a silent film. He was the center of his films, always silent or nearly so, with the madness of the modern world buzzing and creaking and crashing and whirring and dripping around him.

Amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 1 January 2003 12:58 (sixteen years ago) link

That is until Playtime a film which has no center and which is thus quite possibly the greatest film ever made, at least a strong contender.

Amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 1 January 2003 13:00 (sixteen years ago) link

What was that hyberbolic nonsense about? I am far too tired to be subjecting you to my thoughts if they can be called that. Ignore ignore ignore.

Amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 1 January 2003 13:17 (sixteen years ago) link

three months pass...
God I'm embarrassed to perhaps draw any more attention to my posts above, but anyways, I recently received a DVD called Mad Love which includes three roughly 50-minute films (Twilight of a Woman's Soul, After Death, and The Dying Swan) by Evgenii Bauer.

Bauer was a major director of the pre-Soviet era in Russian film, an era which was basically completely ignored until glasnost allowed some such films to seep out of the archives where they had been surprsingly well-preserved (those that survived, anyway--I think about 10-20%). He only made films for a few years (1913-17) before an early death but on the evidence of this DVD they were extraordinary. Bauer excelled at complex lighting effects, carefully coordinated tracking shots (very unusual for the time), deep staging, and really astonishingly vivid and terrifying dream sequences. He began as a stage designer and his sets are perhaps the most remarkable aspect of his cinema--they are often quite elaborate and frequently macabre in keeping with the morbid plots of the movies. (He really was Russian.)

The notes to the DVD assert that Bauer was the superior of contemporaries like Sjöström and Griffith. I don't buy that, esp. not in the case of Sjöström, but he's a great find nonetheless. The DVD also includes a 30-minute lesson in Bauer's style from Yuri Tsivian, a Russian film scholar who teaches at the University of Chicago. It's put out by the BFI and is Region 2. All of you in Europe might take a look at this.

Amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 02:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Today I watched my favorite silent film so far. It was Herbier's L'Inhumaine. the tinting of the different scenes made almost color, and the sets were great. Moving machine parts, duck filled moats around dinner tables, etc. A really wonderful movie.

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 03:03 (sixteen years ago) link

"I'm embarrassed to perhaps draw any more attention to my posts above"

don't be, your information is very valuable

A Nairn (moretap), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 03:16 (sixteen years ago) link

there's a dvd that contains all of her released short films. meshes is great, at land is pretty good, everything else is minor.

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Monday, 6 February 2017 22:07 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

RIP Stuart Oderman, longtime accompanist at NYC MoMA and elsewhere

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:01 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

The Vortex (Brunel, 1928): A coherent and competently made drama (I'm not familiar with the original play; I gather that it was somewhat watered down in the adaptation).

Canned Harmony (Guy, 1911): A rewatch to try to figure out if the phone call sequence is true split-screen (I don't think so, but it would help if I knew more than the basics of film composition and theory).

Algie the Miner (Guy, 1912): Question to anyone who is familiar with The Celluloid Closet: does it attempt to assess how contemporary audiences perceived material that viewers who have been conditioned to look for subtext now read as gay? This dirty-minded fangirl smirked her way through the bits with Algie's tiny gun, and when Algie kissed the men he met upon arriving in the west, we know anything about how the original audiences received these images?

Diana Fire (, Saturday, 9 September 2017 02:21 (one year ago) link

i've been thinking of watching every available movie from exactly 100 years ago. is this a crazy idea?

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Saturday, 9 September 2017 03:00 (one year ago) link

well, imdb lists 5,498 titles from 1917. assume that 90% of them are lost (the standard estimate), and you've only got about 550 to watch. actually tracking down copies of all those films, however, is, yes, probably very crazy.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Saturday, 9 September 2017 03:06 (one year ago) link

is this a project you would continue indefinitely? seems like it would become impossible after a certain point, maybe around like the mid-30s. might be cool for 1920 and before.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Saturday, 9 September 2017 03:06 (one year ago) link

RIP Stuart Oderman, longtime accompanist at NYC MoMA and elsewhere🕸

I missed this m. Loved that guy. RIP.

When I Get To The Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 September 2017 12:36 (one year ago) link

I'd probably continue it until I finished one full year. I haven't done any planning for it yet, just one of those big hobby project ideas I throw around in my head. like watching every Best Picture winner or everything Hitchcock did.

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Saturday, 9 September 2017 13:15 (one year ago) link

i've seen Algie,, but i don't know the answer to your second question and i don't have my copy of the Russo book handy. But in every era surely there'd be different responses by different sectors of the audience.

abanana, on a more manageable level, the film-log site Letterboxd lists 392 films for 1917, around 300 of which have been logged as 'seen' by at least one person. I doubt you could get your eyes on more than 150-200 if you tried exhaustively.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 September 2017 14:01 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

mostly silent, anyway:

You can watch the entire out-of-print TREASURES FROM AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES set legally & for free here:

— Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) October 2, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 20:26 (one year ago) link

Saw Pandora's Box restoration w/ a new orchestral score at NYFF last night. Janus/Criterion was thanked, so BR from them shortly?

That Pabst was somethin' else.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:33 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Kristin Thompson's best of 1927

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 29 December 2017 15:08 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

A hell of a program! If you have any interest in silent comedy, do not miss "Seven Years Bad Luck" or "Battle of the Century." There's nothing quite like a good comedy as seen with an appreciative audience.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Saturday, 10 February 2018 13:01 (one year ago) link

some nice 110-year-old animation

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 February 2018 04:27 (one year ago) link

oh wow, thanks for the heads-up! And Kevin Brownlow will be there.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:18 (one year ago) link

Steven Spielberg came into my curator/librarian friend's workplace the other day to watch something, and they had a chat about silent comedy. :o

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 26 February 2018 21:23 (one year ago) link

Only got to catch one session of that festival mentioned above. As a silent cinema neophyte I was particularly impressed by the previously unknown to me Lupino Lane!

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:10 (one year ago) link

The Holy Mountain (Arnold Fanck) - I loved this. The Skiing, dancing, views of the moutains, the dream images and even Leni Riefenstahl. She's an unusual leading actress, her posture is often bent over and I've never seen anyone quite like her.
Eureka disc came with documentary The Wonderful Horrible life Of Leni Riefenstahl (3 hours long) which is great too. Kind of incredible to see her filming underwater at 90 and stroking the backs of stingrays. Really want to see Blue Light, Tiefland and maybe Olympia. What could have been if she hadn't got involved with Nazis.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:49 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Going to see Pandora's Box tomorrow, which I've never seen. Any good?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 20 July 2018 18:23 (one year ago) link

amazing acting by louise brooks, imo the best screen performance of the era

adam the (abanana), Friday, 20 July 2018 19:00 (one year ago) link

Morbs is my favourite critic tbh

No angel came (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 19:24 (one year ago) link

Brooks looks all kinds of chic in the pics I've seen.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 20 July 2018 20:05 (one year ago) link

thank you Ross, but i really am not one

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 20 July 2018 20:07 (one year ago) link

That was really good! And surprisingly busy. The ‘dad’ villain was really good, though the heavy villain reminded me of bill ponderosa from always sunny...

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 21 July 2018 16:14 (one year ago) link

The whole film relies on Louise Brooks though - if she wasn't as charismtic/photogenic etc. I'm not sure it would have worked. A lot of gay women at the showing too - I guess the countess is a notable gay figure?

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 21 July 2018 20:33 (one year ago) link

The interview with Brooks in The Parades Gobe By is very good.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Sunday, 22 July 2018 10:55 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

The movie that made Mary Pickford a star, The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) is one of the more visually inventive silents I've seen. The character design in the fantasy sequences is quite remarkable, and the entire film (despite some expected sap) is very playful and fun.

Engles in the Outfield (cryptosicko), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:43 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Your friend will be presenting an Alice Howell program as part of AFI's 2018 Silent Cinema Showcase. I ordered my series pass last night; is anyone else going?

Accattony! Accattoni! Accattoné! (, Friday, 19 October 2018 15:56 (ten months ago) link

Right after Thanksgiving, NY MoMA will be doing ten days of Silent Comedy International:

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 26 October 2018 15:01 (nine months ago) link

Yay Max Linder!

Accattony! Accattoni! Accattoné! (, Friday, 26 October 2018 15:49 (nine months ago) link

Outstanding article on a director I've never heard of until now:

The Lost Apocalypse of Romaine Fielding -

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:20 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Big international comedy retro at NYC MoMA beginning Friday

Looking forward to my first Charles Puffy film.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:51 (nine months ago) link

Will you be seeing Le petit café? I was urging the AFI Silver programmer to keep these films in mind when planning the 2019 Silent Cinema Showcase, but he sidetracked into that recently rediscovered Oswald the Rabbit cartoon.

I Feel Bad About My Butt (, Wednesday, 21 November 2018 18:36 (nine months ago) link

I haven't had time to look up individual titles... I'd likely be seeing the whole series if it wasn't for, y'know, effing Thanksgiving.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 18:39 (nine months ago) link

Me, watching: oh hell fuckin yea here we go.

— 𝕿𝖗𝖔𝖚𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕰𝖛𝖊𝖗𝖞 𝕯𝖆𝖞 (@NickPinkerton) November 29, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 30 November 2018 17:35 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

Finally got the Griffith Biograph shorts disc (Kino) out of the library... may not have seen any of em before. Musketeers of Pig Alley still works as a crime film, and Those Awful Hats still delivers as a fantasy about bad filmgoers.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:24 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

seeing tomorrow

On Benjamin Chapin/ John M. Stahl's The Lincoln Cycle (1918), playing @FilmLinc as part of @FilmComment Selects, for @reverse_shot:

— 𝕿𝖗𝖔𝖚𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕰𝖛𝖊𝖗𝖞 𝕯𝖆𝖞 (@NickPinkerton) February 8, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 February 2019 23:30 (six months ago) link

Enoch Arden (1911) is one of the more formally intriguing Griffith shorts... first two-reeler? (It was shown in two parts due to exhibitors refusal to run it all for one admission.)

More closeups, particularly when the departing seafarer's lips can be read telling his wife "I'll come back."

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 February 2019 15:56 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

Coeur fidèle (Epstein, 1923) is playing this weekend at the National Gallery of Art, with accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra. Is anyone else going?

Anne Hedonia (, Thursday, 2 May 2019 10:10 (three months ago) link

no, but same show tnite at Lincoln Center

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 May 2019 10:58 (three months ago) link

good performance -- not sure it's a *great* film but an absorbing and stylish one

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 May 2019 04:03 (three months ago) link

A standard melodrama, told through breakneck cutting and editing. And I still haven't heard an Alloy Orchestra accompaniment I didn't like.

Anne Hedonia (, Saturday, 4 May 2019 22:24 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

You know you're watching Laurel & Hardy's Bacon Grabbers with a specialized audience when Edgar Kennedy gets a hand on his entrance. (In other shorts, so did James Finlayson and Jean Harlow.)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 8 June 2019 23:23 (two months ago) link


circa1916, Saturday, 8 June 2019 23:33 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

watched Griffith's True Heart Susie yesterday -- only Lillian Gish can convincingly pour her secrets out to her cow.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 15:13 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I'm midway through watching Intolerance right now and wow is it confusing, even more than was expected, was DW Griffith on a coke bender or something?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:47 (one week ago) link

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