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by pvitari
February 7th, 2010, 8:28 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Ben Johnson
Replies: 3483
Views: 464332

Re: Ben Johnson

Greetings, I don't have much to add -- just wanted to wave hello and say, "I'm a Ben Johnson fan too!" He was such a wonderful presence onscreen, a fine actor, and one of the most natural and unpretentious performers ever. My introduction to him many years ago was Wagon Master. A nice way ...
by pvitari
February 7th, 2010, 8:21 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX
Replies: 83
Views: 14474

Re: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX

This is embarrassing. Mention here of the Dumont book inspired me to take it off the shelf and leaf through it -- of course I ended up at the Lucky Star chapter, and there I found the very reference I'd made above to Caligari! Except that was observed in print by Mr. Dumont back in 1993. I've read t...
by pvitari
February 5th, 2010, 7:22 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 390802

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

Hi, Wendy! Love your icon. :) Ben Johnson is so adorable. :) (That is Ben Johnson... yes?) Michigan, I didn't find anything idiotic about Susie or Bill or Bettina. D.W. Griffith may have wanted to satirize his characters a little, but really, he's all on their side. The idyllic little town and the c...
by pvitari
February 5th, 2010, 4:25 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX
Replies: 83
Views: 14474

Re: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX

Thanks charliechaplinfan, I already have the Dumont book -- and the Lamster book too (Souls Made Great Through Love and Adversity: The Film Work of Frank Borzage), though Lamster is now superseded by Dumont IMHO. I'm a big opera/classical music fan -- have been for 35 years -- so listening to John M...
by pvitari
February 5th, 2010, 1:46 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 390802

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

I watched True Heart Susie yesterday. What a sweet movie.

True Heart Susie goes onto the list of "movies in which people cough -- significantly."

Coughs, and guns hanging over the mantlepiece or tucked in a drawer, are harbingers of things to come in the movies. :)
by pvitari
February 4th, 2010, 10:41 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX
Replies: 83
Views: 14474

Re: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX

I really liked Song o' My Heart though John McCormack's acting comes through only in his beautiful singing. :) But that Borzagean collapse of space uniting the two thwarted lovers during his concert is the kind of thing that really gets to me. *sniffle* By the way -- I know Borzage was influenced by...
by pvitari
February 2nd, 2010, 12:48 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX
Replies: 83
Views: 14474

Re: MURNAU, BORZAGE AND FORD AT FOX

Charliechaplin fan, make that a two-woman Charles Farrell fan club, OK? I think he was a wonderful actor... http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/9915/ls3769.jpg ...who just was not served well by the talkie era. I saw Tail Spin on Fox Movie Channel the other day and Farrell had a generic supporting role...
by pvitari
January 31st, 2010, 11:27 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: "The Merry Widow" (1925)...
Replies: 16
Views: 4237

Re: "The Merry Widow" (1925)...

Hi Nancy and Charliechaplin fan -- I worship Charlie by the way. (As well as Keaton, Lloyd and the other Charley -- Chase that is.) Y'all can call me Paula. Off for more exploring... so many movies, so many threads! Unfortunately there is not much in the way of silents here in Atlanta anymore. Our S...
by pvitari
January 31st, 2010, 1:13 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: "The Merry Widow" (1925)...
Replies: 16
Views: 4237

Re: "The Merry Widow" (1925)...

Hello, this is my first post to the Silver Screen Oasis board. I have no idea what took me so long to find you all, I've been a big classic film buff (including silents) for many years. :) Ah... The Merry Widow. I LOVE this movie, no doubt partly because the first time I saw it was a 35mm print proj...