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by myrnaloyisdope
February 21st, 2010, 1:16 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Ingeborg Holm is indeed a masterpiece. I think you could argue at the time of its completion is was the greatest film ever made. All the J'Accuse talk made me check it out, and although it took me 3 days, I finished it up yesterday afternoon. It's wildly uneven to be sure, but always compelling and...
by myrnaloyisdope
February 10th, 2010, 6:57 pm
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: The Italian Straw Hat on April 6th
Replies: 3
Views: 1490

Re: The Italian Straw Hat on April 6th

Great news. Flicker Alley is doing some wonderful things.
by myrnaloyisdope
February 6th, 2010, 5:43 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Broken Blossoms is quite tremendous. I think it's Griffith's best film, and certainly a marvellous showcase for Lillian Gish. I like Richard Barthelmess quite a bit, and his performance is quite good too, but I am always a bit wary of actors in yellow-face. I watched Benjamin Christensen's Sealed O...
by myrnaloyisdope
February 4th, 2010, 6:16 pm
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: The Warner Archive
Replies: 239
Views: 57401

Re: The Warner Archive

I think we all are sitting in stunned silence at the Vidors and Von Stroheim's being dumped into the archive. Maybe The Crowd is next!
by myrnaloyisdope
February 3rd, 2010, 11:42 pm
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: The Warner Archive
Replies: 239
Views: 57401

Re: The Warner Archive

I'd love to see Night Flight


Apparently Night Flight has a ton of rights issues similar to Letty Lynton, so t wion't see the light of day anytime soon.

If you meant The Last Flight, well the film is a masterpiece.
by myrnaloyisdope
February 3rd, 2010, 11:11 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I watched The Toll of the Sea (1922) last night. It's the first 2-strip technicolor feature, and it looks quite lovely. Anna May Wong is a Chinese girl who falls in love and "marries" an American traveller, Kenneth Harlan. When push comes to shove, Harlan leaves and travels back to America...
by myrnaloyisdope
February 2nd, 2010, 11:27 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Ooh, Possessed is a fine film. I really liked Clarence Brown's direction, that early sequence where Joan is out walking and comes across the train, is so ethereal and dreamlike that it can only be described as majestic. It's as if the train appears like a vivid fever dream from the mind of the divin...
by myrnaloyisdope
January 31st, 2010, 4:50 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I watched Maurice Elvey's Hindle Wakes last night and was very impressed. Just a brilliant film. It manages to really capture the hopes and dreams of the working class as well as films like Lonesome and The Crowd. In some ways it feels even more authentic than those films due to its British origins ...
by myrnaloyisdope
January 30th, 2010, 5:41 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Hmm, interesting, I've only seen Dorothy Gish in Gretchen the Greenhorn and Orphans of the Storm. I thought she was good in both, but don't recall her being standout. I'll have to check out some of her other work.
by myrnaloyisdope
January 30th, 2010, 3:58 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

There are 2 Borzage BFI discs - one has Seventh Heaven and Street Angel, and the other has Lucky Star, Liliom and the restoration of The River.They also come with very informative booklets featuring multiple essays. I believe all of the transfers are the same used in the Fox boxset. I was happy to g...
by myrnaloyisdope
January 30th, 2010, 2:45 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I've been working through the Silentera.com list of great silents. I finished the top 100 recently, and now working my way through the rest. Here's what I've watched in the past couple days: Street Angel (1928) - I just received the Borzage BFI DVDs, and they are a nice alternative to the Borzage/Mu...
by myrnaloyisdope
January 27th, 2010, 11:29 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

I was really fortunate to see The Crowd at Cinematheque Ontario in November, and I was also very impressed. It's been my favorite silent film for several years, and it was wonderful to see it in the cinema with live accompaniment. I agree with Christine though that the Carl Davis score is superior t...
by myrnaloyisdope
January 26th, 2010, 1:26 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Hate to say it but not a whole lot has changed. Realistically the only major Asian star in Hollywood is probably still Jackie Chan and he was poached from Hong Kong. Zhang Ziyi and Lucy Liu have had periods of stardom, but not particularly prolonged, ditto Chow Yun Fat. But it could be argued that t...
by myrnaloyisdope
January 25th, 2010, 11:19 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Still haven't watch Terje Vigen , but I have the Kino disc. I watched Raymond Griffith's Paths to Paradise last night and was pretty disappointed by it. I'd heard nothing but raves about it and I loved Hands Up! , so I was really excited about checking it out. But it just didn't really do much for m...
by myrnaloyisdope
January 24th, 2010, 4:18 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 294651

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Picture Snatcher is a fun one, blazingly fast, with Cagney going light speed in the way that only he can. I've been on a Victor Sjostrom kick lately, I'm really wishing more of his stuff was readily available, so so good. The Outlaw & His Wife - Sjostrom plays the lead, a man with a past who en...

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