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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 · 6 Comments

Lost Film: London After Midnight (1927)

US 65m, B&W, Silent Director: Tod Browning; Cast: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Conrad Nagel, Henry B. Walthall, Polly Moran, Claude King As one of the most sought after lost films … Continue reading

03/26/2017 · Leave a comment

Moving Pictures: In Canada, eh?

It was not until 1968, with the formation of the CRTC, that the Canadian government legislated Canadian content. However, it seems that such concerns had an early start in the … Continue reading

10/13/2016 · Leave a comment

Moving Pictures: on the Campaign Trail

The October 1916 edition of The Moving Picture World, p.53, contains a report by Edward Weitzel on the use of the screen for campaign purposes by the Democratic and Republican … Continue reading

10/03/2016 · Leave a comment

Lost Film: The Eternal Sapho (1916)

US 50m, B&W, silent Director: Bertram Bracken; Cast: Theda Bara, James Cooley, Walter Lewis, Hattie Delaro, Einar Linden, Mary Martin, Kittens Reichert, George MacQuarrie, Warner Oland, Frank Norcross, Caroline Harris … Continue reading

06/16/2016 · 2 Comments

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