A Chaotic Day So… I Had Fun With Fine Art

Greetings! Today has been a little nuts (I went out of town yesterday and got some pictures of silent film locations and I started my new job) so I am just going to share a few oldie but goodie articles and some silliness I have been engaged in online.

Someone mentioned that I have quite a backlog of older content, so I am going to share a few vintage Movies Silently articles that I think you might enjoy.

Tinted and Toned Nitrate: Taste the Rainbow (Actually, don’t. I’m pretty sure it’s toxic.)

Silent Movie Costumes: How to dress like the real heroes, heroines & villains of silent films

Alfred Hitchcock’s Top 10 Films (9 of them silent!)

Party Like it’s 1908! The Cubs won the World Series! Here’s what was going on in movies the last time that happened.

Home Video in the Jazz Age: How the French Cracked the Code

And I had a bit of fun with fine art on Twitter.

More writing tomorrow, I promise!


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6 Replies to “A Chaotic Day So… I Had Fun With Fine Art”

  1. Certainly interesting vintage posts!

    Is several later interviews, Hitch praised German silents, especially The Last Laugh.

    It was surprising that he likes so many Jannings’ films, because he so clearly avoided that kind of acting in his own works.

    I just read some Dreyer’s old comments about acting. He divided actors in two categories: Some are like sculptors who first cover themselves with clay and then reveal the character. So the character was like a mask, and Jannings was used as an example. Other actors create the character from the inside, which is what Dreyer wanted with Falconetti.

    Jannings’ technique fits to some films, especially The Last Laugh, but his Henry VIII or Tartuffe…

    1. Yes, Jannings was very much the nuclear option and didn’t work well when a lighter touch was needed. I have to confess there are times when I wish Jannings films didn’t have quite so much Jannings.

      What’s interesting is how much Hitch like the DeMille-style society dramedy and even tried them himself on a few occasions. Then again, Murnau took a stab at a Lubitsch-esque love-among-the-aristocrats comedy with The Finances of the Grand Duke. We all want what we can’t have, it seems…

  2. I never before noticed the expression on that waiter in the background of the Manet. Thanks! The Beraud couple is also perfectly captioned — and that angry guy is still around….

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