Unboxing the Silents: “Beggars of Life” with Louise Brooks on Bluray

This new restoration of Beggars of Life, a 1928 drama starring Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery and directed by William Wellman, has been making the festival rounds but this is you chance to own it. I’ll be going through the contents of this disc and showcasing what it has to offer.

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In which there is darkness and then light; or, Changing internet service providers is not for wimps

The good news: After years of putting up with terrible pricing and customer service, as well as speeds so slow that my dial-up modem was laughing, I will be dumping my old service and slipping over to (hopefully) better speeds and reliability.

The bad news: It must be installed and I don’t know how long it will take.

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Obscure Even for Us: Which off-the-wall silent films do you unreservedly recommend?

There are maybe five or six silent films that are famous enough to be mentioned by Jane Q. Public. Metropolis, Battleship Potemkin, things like that. The list of “essential” silents– the films most silent film fans have heard about– is longer but there is still a long tail of obscure pictures that need advocates to get the word out.

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