In 2010 I spent 3 months working on this slideshow honoring silent film stars and put it on the main page of my web site I created for years called goldensilents.com
When the cardiac doctors told me I would die in 2013 I sold my baby to a member of my message board named Joe who PROMISED to leave all the web pages I created intact and not change them.
I just checked back there today and he removed my embedded video from the main page of Golden Silents, and of course the message board that I started in 2005 which had over 244,000 posts on it when I handed it over to Joe in 2013 is now down to 0 and has been abandoned for years because everyone cleared out when he started posting a slutty video against the family run nature of the board, then started to delete the accounts of anyone who protested, including me, the person who had started it all!
Anyway, it's all water under the bridge now, and I learned a hard lesson, but thankfully I remembered the name of the account I had the video on and was able to find it on YouTube. It's still there.
Btw, the music is by Yiruma, the South Korean composer who wrote a lot of the Spring Waltz soundtrack.
"If you're really in love, appearances aren't important. The best house is the one you build in each other's hearts." ~ Winter Sonata
Post by RMichaelPyle on May 21, 2018 13:37:51 GMT -4
I watched the relatively recent restoration (2013) of "The Half-Breed" (1916) with Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Jewel Carmen, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, Frank Brownlee, Tom Wilson, and George Beranger. Elmo Lincoln has a small part in the film as a doctor, and one of the spectators in the film as an extra is Wyatt Earp. This has just been released through Kino Lorber on Blu-Ray, and it is spectacular, to say the least. It is a compositely restored film from three different sources, and two of the sources are 35mm and one 16mm. In the past only 2 reels and fragments were available, but this restoration is 72 minutes, and the story seems quite complete with excellent continuity. Put together by Cinémathètique and San Francisco Silent Films, the Blu-Ray captures a wonderful element of the spectacular photography of Victor Fleming (!) and the scenery itself, of which much is gorgeous, but otherwise interestingly of its time - and that is supposed to be the 1870's, though frankly the street scenery reminded me of 1916 when the picture was made.
The story is one of social intolerance of the white culture opposed to the American Indian. In the case of Fairbanks, Sr., who plays Lo Dorman (Sleeping Water), he's a "half-breed", his father white, his mother Amerind. Evidently the mother was raped by the father. We find out who the father is, of course, who finds out he IS the father, though he's been disparaging Lo Dorman from being so close emotionally and physically to Jewel Carmen's character, Nellie. This is the main-line story, along with complications between Carmen and Fairbanks' two characters, but a secondary story emerges with Alma Rubens. These, plus tertiary tolerance/intolerance stories thrown in - not just for good measure, but to really make the story rich - and we have a serious film for 1916 that interestingly plays against D. W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" the year before. I say this because Griffith oversaw the making of "The Half-Breed" and produced it. In "The Half-Breed" we see black people portrayed as equals in the gambling hall and tavern scenes, while the Indians are not. Interesting. We also have to realize that this is the same year that Griffith produced and directed the film "Intolerance".
"The Half-Breed" is also famous for the scene of Fairbanks just coming out of the water after bathing in basically the buff, only a small piece of cloth just barely covering his front. His buttocks are almost wholly exposed. It was considered very controversial in its day. It was put in at Fairbanks' request because his [then] wife Beth thought American Indians were not very clean!, and the fact that he was going to play one in a film was...
Alan Dwan directed the film, and does a fine job, although it must also be remembered that the story, though based on a Bret Harte story, was as much written by Anita Loos and Fairbanks, Sr., and was probably directed as much by Fairbanks, too.
Music composed, arranged, and played by Donald Sosin. Good score!
Post by RMichaelPyle on Jun 5, 2018 8:32:46 GMT -4
Last night I watched the new Blu-Ray release from Kino Lorber of "The Covered Wagon" (1923), directed by James Cruze, with J. M. Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Alan Hale, Sr., Ernest Torrence, Tully Marshall, and many more. I really like this old Western epic of the first Oregon trail crossing by covered wagon trains. It has a bit of everything that Westerns came to have over the years, so many may find the film clichéd in some parts, but this was pretty much the seminal film for many of these so-called clichés. Of course there's a love interest, too, and it occurs between Kerrigan and Wilson, although she's already "promised" to Hale, Sr. He's so nasty as to be unloveable by the audience nearly from frame one, but Hale's great at being so! We can't wait for his demise: will it ever come? The many extreme hardships experienced in the crossing are shown very well, and they never seem to end, but the photography of the enormous line of wagons in the Western land crossings is supreme! The filmography as a whole is superlative in all respects. All this thanks to famous silent cameraman Karl Brown. He was assisted here by director/photographer Irwin Willat and his brother Edwin. For the record, the editor on this film was Dorothy Arzner and the props person was Delmer Daves. Lots of future major talent involved in this production. They did an admirable job. The print is fine. It obviously comes from more than one copy of the film. It's what it is, and there's no major deterioration showing.
Last week I also watched the second film on a recently released Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Blu-Ray. The main attraction was "The Half-Breed" (1916), but also on the disc is the Western "The Good Bad Man" (1916) with Fairbanks, Sr., Sam de Grasse, Pomeroy Cannon, Bessie Love, Joseph Singleton, Mary Alden, and others. Sam de Grasse is particularly memorable as the baddie, but Fairbanks matches him every single step of the way with his typical swagger and athletic chutzpah. Really enjoyed this outing. One can easily see why it led just four years later to the swashbucklers. Fairbanks, Sr. could do it all, as they say.
For the first time in many years, a friend of ours traveled from his rural town to the city to attend a movie.
After buying his ticket he stopped at the concession stand to purchase some popcorn. Handing the attendant $5.00, my friend couldn't help but comment, "The last time I came to the movie, popcorn was only 15 cents."
"Well, sir," the attendant replied with a grin, "You're really going to enjoy yourself. We have sound now."