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.
“I like everything but westerns” is a pretty common remark to hear when discussing classic film. Look, I get it. I’m not the biggest fan of some the must-see films in the genre but I do enjoy a nice dose of people in spurs shooting one another.
Prince Tonio decides that he’s sick of princing, so he runs away to San Francisco, poses as a sailor and falls in love with a singer named Fluffy, as one does.
An intense and controversial picture that deals with racism, lynching, crime and melodrama, this is the earliest surviving feature film from pioneering director Oscar Micheaux. Not an easy film to watch but a necessary one.
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.
Silent stars were pretty darn elegant so what’s wrong with them admiring themselves just a little? I see no issues.
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?
Who were the biggest movie stars a century ago? Today, we’re going on a whirlwind tour of a movie magazine popularity contest. We’ll be discussing the biggest stars of 1918 with research, films and GIFs. Ready?
I’m working on updating my list of my most-disliked silent films and if I have to suffer then you do too. Spill your guts! Which silent movies do you absolutely despise?
This low-budget action film still manages to be a ton of fun thanks to a talented cast and smart use of the movie’s Jacksonville location. It’s a rare surviving Norman film with an all-black cast, which is an added bonus.
A melancholy woman departs by train but the journey is anything but morose. This silent short animated film uses archetypes and symbols to take us along on the Madame’s excursion.
Welcome back to Eating the Silents, the cooking series in which I attempt to recreate the dishes and meals consumed on the silent screen. This time, we’re going to be preparing the hot dog that Clara Bow ordered for Antonio Moreno in IT.
Sometimes, the best way to deal with a situation is to deliver a good, swift kick. That’s exactly what these silent stars do.
I am so excited to be revisiting this topic! Last February, I dug into the Pioneers of African American Cinema box set released by Kino and had a wonderful, educational time.
The Pink Panther dreams of becoming a toreador but lacks the necessary red cape. When he swipes one from a magician, his dream comes true but he has to deal with strange happenings and a grumpy bunny rabbit.
Douglas Fairbanks plays a fellow whose life has gone so wrong that he decides to end it all. Lacking the courage to do the job himself, he hires a hitman to do it for him. But then he gets his girlfriend back and money and success are his! And the hitman can’t be contacted for a cancellation. Oops.
Lon Chaney and Leatrice Joy are members of a secret society that likes to blow people to tiny little pieces. It’s all well and good until she gets married to another member and discovers that she’d rather give peace a chance. Yes, Lon’s heart gets broken. Yes, again.
Vintage recipes always provide a sense of adventure. Will you find a forgotten treasure or something that is better left buried? However, it’s not all fun and games, much research is required. (I lied, research is half the fun.) Today, I’m going to discuss how I plan and shop for my vintage recipe taste tests.
I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection, this time we’re diving into box sets, my absolute downfall. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so these films are quite possibly region 1 or region-free. Readers living outside the region will need to check their equipment before purchasing. Also, some of these boxes have been released in other regions, so check that out as well.
Since we’re almost through January, I thought this would be a good time to discuss your silent movie plans for the year. In short, which silent films are you finally going to see this year?
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.
Lately, there has been a minor online debate as to whether a woman in a floor-length gown can command a fleet. This is particularly silly when you consider exactly how much silent movie women accomplished in fluffy dresses, corsets and high heels.
The American Revolution is the backdrop of this romance starring Robert Warwick and Gail Kane. It purports to tell the tale of Nathan Hale, schoolteacher-turned-spy whose quotable quote is still quoted wherever quoters quote. (Even if he may not have actually said it.)
Ostensibly designed to protect innocents from falling victim to traffickers, this film caused scandal and invited lawsuits and arrests wherever it was shown. The innocent days of classic film? Not so much.
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!
I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection, this time we’re diving into slapstick comedy. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so these films are quite possibly region 1 or region-free. Readers living outside the region will need to check their equipment before purchasing.
Why do we love swashbucklers so much? Well, most of all, they are a ton of fun. Adventure, romance, a dash of humor and gorgeous costumes. What more could you wish for a night at the movies?
Luigi Maggi takes on the decline and fall of Emperor Nero, famed for his inappropriate love of music and his propensity to play with matches. This film was made in 1909 and looks it but it has what the Italians call oomph.
Famed cartoonist Winsor McCay wagers that he will be able to create drawings that move. And what do you know, he succeeds! This film is a mixture of live action, animated sequences and drawing demonstrations.