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
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
I love silent movies, I’m forever pestering friends about making a toy silent movie, sooner or later – and I’m good at pestering, so perhaps one day…
Meanwhile, I thought I’d share the link to one of my favourite websites on the subject, the wonderful Movies, Silently, a real trove of information about movies, actors, directors, with plenty of reviews, images, articles and bios, a section about lost movies, slightly bizarre and highly fun things like themed months, challenges, animated gifs, lots of links, and a healthy sense of humour.
My predilection goes perhaps to the double reviews of silent and talkie versions of the same title, but there is a wealth of wonders. If you want just one site about the silents, this is the right place to go.
- Hitchmania: The First British Talkies of Alfred Hitchcock (canadiancinephile.com)