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by phil noir
May 20th, 2010, 9:53 am
Forum: Classic Film on DVD
Topic: Chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 10860

Re: Chicago

This is really exciting news. I can't wait. I've only ever seen Phyllis Haver in a Buster Keaton short (is it The Balloonatic ? I can't remember) and as Rod La Rocque's leading lady in The Fighting Eagle . Apparently she's supposed to be very sexy and funny in D. W. Griffith's Battle of the Sexes in...
by phil noir
May 18th, 2010, 5:03 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: 'Modern' silent films
Replies: 10
Views: 2865

Re: 'Modern' silent films

Of course there's also Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976), where Marcel Marceau has his famous line. 'Non'? I've just remembered another: not a whole silent film; but in Pedro Almodovar's fanatastic Talk to Her , one of the main characters is a silent movie buff, and at one point in the film, he has a...
by phil noir
May 17th, 2010, 11:36 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: 'Modern' silent films
Replies: 10
Views: 2865

'Modern' silent films

Recently I watched an Argentinean ‘silent film’, La Antena , made about three or four years ago, I think. It was a kind of allegorical fantasy, set in a city whose population has been deprived of the power of speech and is tyrannized over by the man who runs the local television station. It was film...
by phil noir
May 10th, 2010, 11:14 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421771

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

... all of the "action" happens off screen. Basically the movie is a bunch of people in rooms talking to each other. Yes, it was very much a filmed play, silent style, which is even duller than a filmed play from the sound era. The source material needed to be much more radically adapted, I think, ...
by phil noir
May 10th, 2010, 6:53 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421771

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

I also watched Norma Talmadge's Within the Law , and all I can say is, if this was representative of the kinds of films Norma was known for, it's curious that she was known at all. The plot is nonsensical, the direction is abysmal, and the performances are one-note at best. For her part Norma had t...
by phil noir
March 31st, 2010, 5:33 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Joan Collins on Hollywood
Replies: 5
Views: 984

Re: Joan Collins on Hollywood

On the subject of Ms. Collins' veracity, let us not forget the occasion on which, appearing as a guest on " The Arsenio Hall Show " (either '92 or '93), she remarked to her host that she was tired of the press quipping her about her age, as after all, she'd been born in 1949 , and anyone who doubte...
by phil noir
March 30th, 2010, 1:41 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Joan Collins on Hollywood
Replies: 5
Views: 984

Re: Joan Collins on Hollywood

Stuart, I only saw brief parts of this programme, and much as I have a bit of a soft spot for Joan Collins (a real old trouper and an old-fashioned glamourpuss), it strikes me as a bit convenient that the reason she might have lost out on the role of Cleopatra was because she rejected Zanuck's passe...
by phil noir
March 26th, 2010, 10:23 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Channel 4 names 50 top Brit actresses
Replies: 7
Views: 1185

Re: Channel 4 names 50 top Brit actresses

This will probably sound undemocratic, but the general public aren't really um.. qualified to vote on the greatest British actresses - unless a discrete time period, e.g.: of the last twenty years, is specified. If so, then this list is fair enough. I'm surprised that Kathy Burke figured so highly, ...
by phil noir
March 12th, 2010, 7:24 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421771

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

Erik Rhodes is just brilliant in Top Hat and The Gay Divorcee ('Your wife is safe with Tonetti/ He prefers spaghetti'), but of course the Astaire-Rogers films are bursting with loveable character actors: Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore ('you igneous intrusion!'), Helen Westley et al. It's Top Hat ...
by phil noir
March 2nd, 2010, 11:34 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Fav Noir Support Player
Replies: 10
Views: 2178

Re: Fav Noir Support Player

Three off the top of my head: Paul Kelly in Crossfire . Glenn Anders in The Lady from Shanghai . Paul Valentine in Out of the Past (what happened to his career afterwards?) Plus: I'm not sure whether she really counts as a supporting player, but just in case she does: the wonderful Gloria Grahame!
by phil noir
March 2nd, 2010, 11:31 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: BFI's restoration of Alice in Wonderland (1903)
Replies: 7
Views: 1995

Re: BFI's restoration of Alice in Wonderland (1903)

That was charming, and somehow so poignant - all those ghosts capering through the park, and the film itself on the very edge of destruction. Reading the extra information posted by the BFI on youtube, I see it was co-directed by Cecil Hepworth: 'In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later,...
by phil noir
February 27th, 2010, 11:45 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 421771

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

This week I watched two silents: one classic and one not so classic. I don't know what I can say about The Crowd (1928) that the readers of this board won't already have thought for themselves. I found it really moving; James Murray's acting brought a tear to my eye. In view of what happened to him ...
by phil noir
February 27th, 2010, 7:51 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Contemporary equivalents of silent stars - or not
Replies: 24
Views: 4485

Re: Contemporary equivalents of silent stars - or not

Echoing both the previous posts a little, I think that the studio system makes a great difference to our perceptions of the classic and modern eras. In the twenties, thirties, forties and on into the fifties, actors were signed to long-term contracts, and carefully groomed and trained and assigned r...
by phil noir
February 26th, 2010, 9:59 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Contemporary equivalents of silent stars - or not
Replies: 24
Views: 4485

Re: Contemporary equivalents of silent stars - or not

why would a website devoted to silents (whether peddling them or writing about them) promote a simple-minded-sounding book like this? Sunrise Silents sells various silent titles on DVDs, and they produced the DVD of excerpts which comes with the book - so I suppose you'd say it was a bit of a cross...
by phil noir
February 24th, 2010, 10:31 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Contemporary equivalents of silent stars - or not
Replies: 24
Views: 4485

Contemporary equivalents of silent stars - or not

I was in the library yesterday, and started glancing through a book called Silent Cinema by Brian J. Robb. I've seen it advertised on the Sunrise Silents website - it comes with a DVD of excerpts from films. I didn't have long to look through it but it didn't seem that great (the entry on Marion Dav...