Well, this is certainly a joy, or, Funtime Adventures with the Medical System Before the Holidays

Just a quick note to let you know that my usual Sunday review is delayed. If you may recall, I have been dealing with a rather stubborn kidney infection. I thought it was gone but, like the killer in a bad slasher film, it has returned for a jump scare.

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“You’re Doing it Wrong!” Moviegoer Complaints About Cliches, Mistakes and Inconsistencies from December of 1919

It’s no secret that silent era filmgoers were enthusiastic, smart consumers of their modern pop culture. And this meant that they detected patterns, ferreted out cliches and were generally literate and observant audiences.

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Silent Movie Bookshelf: Motion Picture Directing by Peter Milne

So far the 1922 motion picture correspondence course has covered acting and screenwriting. But what about that man (or woman!) with the megaphone? Directing movies also has its own volume in the series and it by far my favorite. The writing is smart and wisecracking, just the sort of prose to make you feel very 1920-ish indeed.

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These Were the Mistakes, Cliches and Technical Mistakes that Annoyed Moviegoers in October of 1919

We all know that pointing out errors in films has kind of gone too far lately. (If I never hear the phrase “plot hole” again it will be too soon.) However, some good-natured ribbing at the expense of cinematic silliness has always been in style and Photoplay even had a regular feature on the topic.

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