Christmas Eve… We can’t very well go without some Dickens now, can we?
So… What about the 1910 Edison silent version?
Happy Christmas Eve, o Readers!
Do you remember when we discussed Kidnapped films for the Swashaton? Do you remember how Fritzi Kramer of Movies Silently shared with me her research about the 1917 silent version – with Robert Cain wearing the silver buttons?
What I didn’t tell you back then, because it was a secret, is that there was a project behind Fritzi’s research… and now the moment has come to reveal it: Fritzi is crowdfunding a DVD release of the 1917 Kidnapped! Continue reading
I’m sure you won’t be shocked to find out I chose a movie about… theatre folks – and the movie is John Ford‘s once lost silent “Upstream.”
Upstream had been on my Treasure Hunt List for some time – actually, since I heard about its European début at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto di Pordenone, back in 2010. I must say I’m not a Ford fan, but I find it hard to resist the appeal of things lost and found – and, more significantly, this was a tale about theatre… Continue reading
And just what is the Backstage Blogathon, you may wonder? Well, as Janet over at Sister Celluloid says, it’s an exploration of what happens “behind the scenes of just about every kind of performing art, as seen through the eyes of filmmakers across the decades.
The entertainment industry has always loved looking in the mirror, and these movies give us a glimpse of what they see, running the gamut from love letters to scathing indictments and everything in between.”
You can find Day One’s entries here. I’ll be covering John Ford’s 1927 silent film Upstream – and see you tomorrow.
I must have been truly good, this year – because Saint Lucia, the gift-bringer, has outdone herself.
Together with the prettiest Christmas mug ever, an adorable velveteen elephant, a box of twelve old glass ornaments for the tree, and a sinful plate of candy, she brought me books & movies.
First of all, D. K. Broster‘s Jacobite Trilogy, already stashed away in view of my Three Day Christmas Reading Spree. And because I have a soft spot for Jacobites – thanks to Stevenson’s Alan Breck Stewart – I can’t wait. Saint Lucia seems determined to make me discover a vintage historical novelist each year. It was Rosemary Sutcliffe last year, and now Broster… Continue reading
There is something about these very early Biograph silent movies… Stories compressed in ten or twenty minutes, the transition in progress from stage to screen, an endearing amount of unreality and naïvety…
Take for instance The Hessian Renegades, from 1909 – with a very young Mary Pickford already showing much promise in one of D.W. Griffith’s earliest efforts: Continue reading