Are people with access to theatrical silent film screenings better fans than those who rely on home video? It’s an issue that has cropped up periodically over the years and since I just attended a screening of Metropolis, I thought it would be fun to chew over this topic.
I recently watched a William S. Hart movie in which his character is named Robert Evans, which is a huge departure from his usual movie monikers. He’s usually called Wolf or Blue Blazes or Buckskin or something. In light of that, I thought I would dust off the William S. Hart name generator.
Exactly one century ago, Photoplay magazine published a two page spread of movie actors they deemed particularly dishy. Let’s have some fun and examine the cuties of yesteryear.
I’m still a bit annoyed about people still spreading the myth that silent movies were full of damsels. Well, I found this spiffy 1918 Photoplay article about the ladies of silent cinema packing iron. Neener neener.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and you’re invited to come along. This time, we’ll be trying a recipe with an unusual ingredient from a performer on the stage and screen.
Let me continue the tour of the process of creating a cover for a silent movie on DVD. I shared my inspirations for the cover design and then discussed color and typefaces. This time, we’re going to look at the process of distressing and generally making the thing look like a real antique.
Welcome back! I am taking a little detour from my mission to cook every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay cookbook in order to bring you this little recipe from 1915. The author, Robert Cain, is all but forgotten but I have to tell you that it’s no exaggeration to say that this recipe has taken over my life.
Let me continue the tour of the process of creating a cover for a silent movie on DVD. Last time, I shared my inspirations for the cover design. This time, we’re getting down to brass tacks and discussing color and typefaces.
Sooo, in case you haven’t heard, I am working on releasing a silent film on DVD. Any good DVD needs a cover and since this is not a topic that gets heavily covered, I thought I would share the process.
It’s grand fun to look back and see what was happening in the movie a century ago. What were they wearing? Who were the biggest stars? Which pictures were the biggest hits.
And what content would make our collective grandparents collapse with the vapors?
Silent movies often featured sweeping romances but today, we’re going to be looking at different kinds of love: friendships and the family dynamic. Tolstoy wrote that “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” We’ll be looking at a variety of families to see if this is true for silent films but let’s start with friendships.
Movies have a way of infuriating audiences these days, especially if there are perceived errors to pick at (and forcing filmmakers to respond). But movie audiences were perfectly capable of publicly kvetching even before the internet or sound movies. Today, we’re going to be airing some grievances from the January 1918 edition of Photoplay Magazine.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I sometimes take detours along the way. I’m going to be dusting off a recipe that I made a year ago but was so bad that I decided to bury it. But then I realized that my most popular recipes are really gross, so here we go!
Collective nouns are fun. We all love to hear about a murder of crows, a glaring of cats, etc. A few of these have made it into our everyday language (a flock of sheep, a pride of lions) while a romp of otters has never quite caught on.
Silent film is an art like no other but it also has a few complications that can snare unwary newcomers. I’ve shared some of these difficulties before but it never hurts to review.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and today’s recipe comes from one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s golden age.
We’re back! I’m attempting to cook every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you’re invited to come along for the ride. Today, we’re going to be trying a somewhat frightening fruit salad from a popular leading lady.
What if I told you that I could predict the state of motion pictures in the year 2100? That seems a bit bold, doesn’t it? Prognosticators have always been popular and comparing predictions to reality has provided hours of amusement over the years.
You know a movie geek and you know that “normal” movie-related items just aren’t going to do the trick. Never fear, I’m here with a curated selection of nerdy items to please the pickiest silent movie geek.
We’re back with another silent era taste test! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay Magazine’s 1929 cookbook of the stars but today, we’re taking a little ice cream detour to 1917.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay’s 1929 cookbook but I sometimes take detours. Today, I’ll be sampling a variation on a popular dip credited to one of Hollywood’s most charming leading men published in a Beverly Hills cookbook.
Whether it’s motivated by snark or genuine curiosity, silent movie fans are often called upon to explain why they enjoy these films. I’ve discussed the whys a few times already but this time we’re going to dig a little deeper into the pleasures that silent films offer.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but sometimes I take detours. This time, I’m using a recipe from a 1930s booklet for a jellied fruit salad. The star is a delightful supporting player from the silents and talkies.
One of the great pleasures of silent cinema is that there are always hidden corners to explore, new flavors to discover. About a year ago, I realized how many silent movies were made in Latin America and how little English-speaking fans know about them, myself included.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and I’m inviting you to tag along. This time, we’ll be testing out a fruit salad from one of the silent era’s pricklier leading ladies.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and this week, I’m preparing a recipe from a star who has fallen pretty deeply into obscurity.
Welcome back! I’m cooking may way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook but today, we’re taking a detour back to 1916 in order to have a taste of the Moreno Dream Salad.
Celebrity cookbooks have been created for a number of reasons: publicity, charitable fundraising, etc. Well, I am proud to say that my collection contains two cookbooks that were created for spite.
I have been poking around the cooking section of the internet, as I tend to do, and have noticed that everyone is gearing up with back to school lunch ideas. Well, I intend to make your kid the trendiest retro geek in the whole district with this lunch menu!
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook but today, we’re taking a little detour to 1915. Lillian Blackstone carved out a curious niche for herself inventing recipes inspired by various stars of the period. Today, we’ll be trying the Violet Mersereau Sandwich.