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WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

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

Postby Gagman 66 » February 8th, 2010, 10:37 pm

Fernando,

:cry: Wanted to be sure to point out that as great as HOLLYWOOD is, the documentary is misleading regarding Harold Lloyd and SAFETY LAST. Fortunately, this is all cleared up in Brownlow's HAROLD LLOYD THE THIRD GENIUS documentary. The only time Harold has ever doubled in SAFETY LAST (and my Bill strothers, not Harvey Perry), was in the long shots on the real buildings. Harold did indeed to all the rest of the climb himself.

Everyone,

:D Incidentally, I've been meaning to mention this here. Kevin Brownlow and Patrick Stanbury's Photoplay Productions celebrating it's 20th Anniversary, has a newly updated website for 2010. Here is the link.

http://www.photoplay.co.uk
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Postby feaito » February 9th, 2010, 10:06 am

Thanks for that piece of information Jeffrey. Hollywood is indeed great to the nth degree. Nothing can top it.

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Postby drednm » February 9th, 2010, 11:35 am

If you liked HOLLYWOOD, you need to seek out Brownlow and Gill's DW GRIFFITH: THE FATHER OF FILM...... also superb.

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Postby charliechaplinfan » February 9th, 2010, 1:10 pm

I think all Photoplay's documentaries are really good.
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Postby Gagman 66 » February 9th, 2010, 1:25 pm

Alison,

:( Alas, HOLLYWOOD is not owned by Photoplay Productions. That is one of the numerous complications with getting this out on DVD. Notice that it is not even listed among the documentaries on the Photoplay web site? I don't remember what the story is exactly, but Brownlow and David Gill produced the series for Thames Television, and have never had the rights to the series. Even though Thames has been gone for a long time.

Ed,

:) Yes the Griffith documentary of course features allot of interview footage that was not used in Thames HOLLLYWOOD. And Carl Davis Main-title theme for FATHER OF FILM is amazing. Just as memorable as the main-title music for HOLLYWOOD. if not more so. Just fabulous. Unlike Hollywood, this is on DVD from Kino; and probably Eureka in the UK as well.

Fernando,

:| I neglected to mention. Harvey Perry doubled Harold in the long shots of FEET FIRST, but not SAFETY LAST. And only in the long shots on the real buildings. Perry himself wanted this to be understood later on. Lloyd did everything else himself, even withjust the three fingers on this right hand.
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Postby drednm » February 9th, 2010, 2:00 pm

The whole opening sequence to FATHER OF FILM is excellent.... clever graphics and great Carl Davis music.....

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Postby MichiganJ » February 9th, 2010, 4:35 pm

Has anyone seen Photoplay's documentary Universal Horror? Was it ever available on home video? Since Kevin Brownlow and his team produce the very best documentaries on early cinema, this is one I'd love to see.
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Postby feaito » February 9th, 2010, 4:46 pm

Again folks, thanks for all the info and recommendations. I'll look for the documentary you mentioned Drednm.

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Postby Ollie » February 9th, 2010, 8:26 pm

MichJ, I think the UNIVERSAL HORROR is being included on all of the recent Universal Monster Anniversary or Special Edition BONUS disks. DRAC, FRANK & MUMMY all have 75th Anniv versions which I picked up, and the Bonus Disk of each is mostly the Universal Horror documentary, plus a 10-20 min specific about each 'host' film. Also, the "special edition" THE WOLF MAN (1941) has it on that Bonus Disk, too.

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Postby MichiganJ » February 10th, 2010, 9:56 am

Ollie wrote:MichJ, I think the UNIVERSAL HORROR is being included on all of the recent Universal Monster Anniversary or Special Edition BONUS disks. DRAC, FRANK & MUMMY all have 75th Anniv versions which I picked up, and the Bonus Disk of each is mostly the Universal Horror documentary, plus a 10-20 min specific about each 'host' film. Also, the "special edition" THE WOLF MAN (1941) has it on that Bonus Disk, too.


Ollie!

Many thanks! I passed on these originally, because I already had the films on DVD...some of them twice! But I'm in for one more go-round for the documentary.
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Postby charliechaplinfan » February 14th, 2010, 1:17 pm

I watched the fascinating American Madness last night, it could be updated for modern times. I work in a bank, for my sins and believe me, not much has changed in locking the money away at night. I don't know whether I should be worried about that? The film flowed well, picking up it's pace after the first 15 minutes, it was a bit predictable but that didn't detract from it the viewing. I was caught by the sights of all the people crushing into the bank, I was waiting for a George Bailey to start handing out his savings but that wasn't going to happen.
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Postby feaito » February 14th, 2010, 5:43 pm

charliechaplinfan wrote:I watched the fascinating American Madness last night, it could be updated for modern times. I work in a bank, for my sins and believe me, not much has changed in locking the money away at night. I don't know whether I should be worried about that? The film flowed well, picking up it's pace after the first 15 minutes, it was a bit predictable but that didn't detract from it the viewing. I was caught by the sights of all the people crushing into the bank, I was waiting for a George Bailey to start handing out his savings but that wasn't going to happen.


Great Movie!

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Postby charliechaplinfan » February 15th, 2010, 7:50 am

It was a lovely clear copy, it's amazing to think it's 80 years old.
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Postby feaito » February 15th, 2010, 8:03 am

charliechaplinfan wrote:It was a lovely clear copy, it's amazing to think it's 80 years old.


Yes indeed.

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Postby Birdy » February 15th, 2010, 11:48 am

How are all of you seeing Hollywood - buying it? I can't find it on World Cat thru the library.
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