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Moving Pictures: For Modern Audiences

In a poll that I conducted with 20 of my “middle-aged” friends, I found that about half had seen fewer than five silent films in their lifetime, and one had … Continue reading

04/20/2017 · 4 Comments

Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)

US 85m, Colour/B&W Director: Kevin Brownlow; Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Forrest J. Ackerman, Michael F. Blake, Teresa Blake, Ray Bradbury, Ron Chaney, Arthur Gardner, Mary Hunt, Sara Karloff, Patsy Ruth Miller, … Continue reading

04/16/2017 · Leave a comment

Moving Pictures: Go to War

I recently attended a lecture by film historian Dr. Seth Feldman on how the movies have portrayed the First World War over the last 100 years. During that evening, I was … Continue reading

05/14/2016 · Leave a comment

Moving Pictures: At a Constant Speed

In March of this year I watched a fascinating special feature on the new Criterion blu-ray of The Kid (1921) by Ben Model who showed how silent comedy filmmakers would vary … Continue reading

05/12/2016 · 2 Comments

Moving Pictures: The Valentino Medal

As reported in the January 1925 edition of Moving Picture World, Rudolph Valentino would present “a handsome gold medal to the motion picture actor or actress who gives the best … Continue reading

04/06/2016 · Leave a comment

Moving Pictures: Get Wise Charlie!

One of the most interesting features of the early trade magazines are the “reviews” of new silent films. In Moving Picture World these took the form of reports from theater … Continue reading

04/05/2016 · Leave a comment

First World War Speakers (Film) Series

Another interesting opportunity to learn about film and WWI is coming to St. John’s, Newfoundland in early April. The Room continues its program of commemoration activities with a lecture by Dr. Seth … Continue reading

04/01/2016 · 1 Comment