Welcome to the Day 1 recap of the Classic Movie History Project! Today, we’re focusing on the studio system and its publicity machine. Fabulous stuff!
Welcome back to Silent Movie School! We are trying to learn how to make a silent film from contemporary texts. We are continuing are analysis of the Palmer Plan and are also going to branch out into some elective courses. Enjoy, kids!
Welcome to the first day of Silent Movie School! We are going to be examining various aspects of silent film production using only books that were available during the silent era. We will start with screenwriting before moving on to acting, directing, camera work and even making posters.
It’s almost a cliche now but it’s worth repeating. Silent films were never silent. Music remains an essential component of the silent film experience and that is our topic of discussion today. We are going to salute the talented men and women who create the music of the silent movies.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook (recipes of the stars!) and you are invited to tag along. (I have listed all the recipes I have tested on this dedicated page. Check back often.) Today, we will be testing a recipe from one of the most sparkling personalities of the silent era.
The House of Mystery is one of the most exciting silent film releases to come along in ages. This serial has been knocking ’em dead on the film festival circuit for a while but this is the first time it has been available to the general public since its release over ninety years ago. And don’t let the word “serial” put you off. Instead, think of The House of Mystery as a very fine miniseries, the kind that sweeps award shows.
I am very excited about this.
For many years, I have been collecting vintage books on silent movie making. How-to manuals and correspondence courses were incredibly popular during the silent era and there were volumes that discussed acting, directing, makeup, cinematography, and screenwriting.
Squirrels. You can’t trust ’em. One minute they’re looking as cute as anything and the next thing you know, “CHOMP!” and look who has bubonic plague.
William S. Hart gets dark (well, darker than usual) in this western revenge yarn.
Welcome to After the Silents, in which I explore the careers of silent film performers and crew after the talkies took over. Put on your rain gear, kids, because it’s going to be a dark and stormy night.
On January 3, 1897, two baby girls were born an ocean apart. Apolonia Chalupec, the daughter of a Slovakian immigrant living in Lipno, Poland. Marion Douras was born in Brooklyn, New York. Both women adopted more glamorous surnames (Apolonia shortened her given name for good measure) and became famous as Pola Negri and Marion Davies.
In order to love silent films, all you need is an open mind and the right movie. But what is the right movie? Which titles are the best for winning people over to the silent side?
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook (recipes of the stars!) and you are invited to tag along. (I have listed all the recipes that I have tested on this dedicated page. Check back often.) This time, we will be testing a recipe from a very controversial actress.
A young lady with skin and hair on opposite ends of the melanin spectrum. A poisoned apple. A handsome prince with a not-at-all-weird thing for kissing corpses. Yup, it’s Snow White!
Greetings! I am happy to announce something light and fun and guaranteed to brighten your day. Most fans of classic movies enjoy the occasional short film and this blogathon is all about these movies in miniature. I hope you will join me on May 2-4 to celebrate these delightful pictures.