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Friday, April 7th, 2017
8:02 am - UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT: Community Moved to Dreamwidth

Hello all. I'm currently the only active moderator on this community. Due to LiveJournal's newest Terms of Service, I will be leaving LiveJournal soon.

I have moved the community over to Dreamwidth, and it can be found here at silent_films (As of 3:00PM Central time on 7 April 2017, it's in the process of being transferred over to DW; please allow a day or so for all the posts and comments in the community archive to show up.)

While the community will remain up here on LiveJournal, it won't be active and I may not be around to moderate. Please contact me if you'd like to be a moderator, or if there are any issues here on silent_films now or in the future. You can find me at agent-mimi over on Dreamwidth.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
1:16 pm - Silent Film Scene Suggestions?
snooker11 Hi,

I was wondering if anyone on this board might be able to make suggestions of silent films/particular scenes that might illustrate these concepts:

Creating suspense
Shocking the viewer
Teasing the viewer
Showing not telling

Many thanks in advance!

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013
11:00 am - Piccadilly (1929)

Has anyone seen this great Anna May Wong film? It's a British silent (which must explain the bizarre billed Charles Laughton cameo...can someone explain to me why having Laugton play a grumpy customer would attract audiences? He's there for five minutes! At least he distracts us form Gilda Gray's horrible dancing) made at the end of the era. There's some great dramatic camera shots and editing. It's plot is on the meladramtic side, but it's all in good fun. Anna May completely steals the picture and rightly so. I wish more of her films were around to see (at least more that I can get access too).

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Friday, July 26th, 2013
10:43 am - Please check out my friend, Matías Bombal's Facebook and Youtube page for his program, Hollywood

Originally posted by irigaraysw at Please check out my friend, Matías Bombal's Facebook and Youtube page for his program, Hollywood
"Matías Bombal’s Hollywood" presents movie reviews of new films currently playing or coming soon at a theatre near you. This page takes you behind the scenes and allows you to interact with the show's host, Matías Bombal.

Matías is an old friend and one of the people who got me interested in older films. He is a silent film, early film, and early recording aficionado.


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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
11:41 pm - Please see also my page all about early recording, silent film, and talkies

Dear silent film community,

Also see my page about these early technologies and media for recording and film if you are interested.

Thank you!



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11:22 am - Calling ALL "old technology" technophiles AND FANS of STRONG FEMALE LEADS in silent cinema

I'm currently working on a dissertation that involves the development of mechanical, electric, and eventually digital technologies in the United States and STRONG FEMALE LEADS. So far, it's been a wild ride and an amazing endeavor to start on my own. TO START, I'd love to communicate with a community of people who share my interests of silent film of the early 20th century. If you want to discuss a little on how these films were made and to what desired effect, that is an added bonus!

I've been watching silent films mostly from early opera singers and other women actresses who worked in Hollywood such as Geraldine Farrar and Mary Garden. I'm also looking into early talkies of figures, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. So far I'm intrigued with how early cinema developed with some of these great films as a young Cecil B. DeMille's Carmen, and Von Sternberg's films of Dietrich.

I plan to watch a series of films (out of sequence in year) and comment on them here. Please feel free to watch them alongside me. I can provide clips for the pivotal scenes if I can find them on Youtube. The one I'm starting with is Carmen by Cecil B. Demille. Released 1915, starring the most famous woman of the stage at the time, the Met's favorite prima donna Geraldine Farrar. There is an especially riveting scene with Farrar in this film in the "fight scene" where she attacks the writer Jeannie Macpherson, who was left bloody, shaken, and crying after the scene. This was quite a shift from the "prima donna" style of acting that was typically much more controlled and refined than this style of realism. It was considered one of the most important accomplishments for cinema to date, because of a young Cecil B. DeMille's skills as a director, and the star appeal of Geraldine Farrar. But also because film was not considered reputable for public consumption yet in the United States. This film helped convince the public and the critics...Stay tuned.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013
10:23 am - "The Butler" (1916) causes drama after almost 100 years

"The Butler" is a 1916 short film that Warner Brothers' currently owns. It stars Davy Don and Florence Williams. I'm assuming it's still around (I haven't seen it yet) because I doubt WB would cause such a fuss over a lost film. WB has sued TWC for using the title of "The Butler" for their new film starring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah. A judge recently reversed the appeal by TWC (according to EW.com and imdb.com) so unless they want to pay $25,000 every day to promote the film, they'll have to change the title.

I think it's funny that even a little short silent film can still be important enough in this day and age. I read somewhere else that WB mainly made the fuss because they want the rights to "The Hobbit", but whatever. They won anyway. TWC will probably change the title to "Butler" or something instead.

Anyway, go silent films for still counting in this day and age - even if it's just to cause trouble. It just goes to show those big studios that you can't forget about any film - even if it's almost 100 years old!

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
3:08 pm - Entertainment Weekly's top 100 films issue

EW released what they consider the top 100 films. Of course, not a lot of silents were on the list. "Sunrise", "The Gold Rush" and "Intolerance" might have been it (I'll have to check it out again. I'd post a link, but I'm crunched for time here. I'm sure someone can find it online).

What upset me the most though, was no Buster Keaton. I mean, I know Chaplin's number one, but where's the Keaton love? Keaton's films are so sweet, funny, full of great stunts and usually cleverly done. "Sherlock jr" would have been my pick, but most critics choose "The General". What does everyone else think?

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
7:33 pm - Recommendations?

I started watching silent films a couple years ago and have since seen all of Mary Pickford's films that are available on DVD or VHS, as well as Ben-Hur and Wings. I'd like to watch other silent films, too, but aren't sure where to start. Could someone please recommend some to me? I prefer drama to comedy, or a film with a mix of the two. Many thanks for any ideas!

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5:45 pm - tcm's summer under the stars 2013

I've heard through the grapevine that the only silent star represented this year is Ramon Novarro and it's on August 8th (my birthday!). Guess that means we'll see "Ben-Hur" at least. Wallace Beery (aug 17th) also started in some shorts, so maybe we'll see some of his - though doubtful.

I'm starting to really get into silent films, so I'll def have to check this out!

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Monday, April 8th, 2013
10:50 pm - The General with live music on April 14th at MoMI

The Museum of the Moving Image will be screening Buster Keaton’s The General with live music by the Australian ensemble Viola Dana on Sunday, April 14, at 4:00 p.m. Ticket prices and info plus more details of the event can be found here.


Viola Dana (pictured above during a showing of The General) is an Australian ensemble who create and perform music for film. Their new soundtrack for The General premiered in 2009, and they are currently on a North American tour. More about the band can be found on their website here.

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Friday, August 3rd, 2012
3:16 pm - Dear Diary // Diary of a Lost Girl Fanmix

Originally posted by duckiboos at Dear Diary // Diary of a Lost Girl Fanmix

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012
8:30 pm - Harold Lloyd Birthday Celebration

For folks in the Los Angeles area, The Cinefamily (formerly The Silent Movie Theater) are holding a special Harold Lloyd birthday celebration on April 4.

Information can be found here.

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Sunday, October 30th, 2011
11:24 pm - Back again

Sorry I haven't posted in a long while. Here's the schedule for November 2011. Lots of Laurel & Hardy silents and talkies to be seen! Please remember all times are EASTERN! Enjoy.

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
10:28 am - Abel Gance's Napoleon

This is from the newsletter I get in the mail from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. It's a ways off, but it will most likely sell out early.












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Saturday, July 16th, 2011
6:36 pm - Paradise For Buster

I have seen Paradise for Buster twice in my life now; first in 1995 or 1996 at the Keaton Festival in Iola, Kansas and just today at home via a VHS tape.

Have you seen it? If you have seen it on anything other than the official John Deere Home Video tape, maybe you can tell me if I remember it correctly or not.

I believe, from the showing I saw in Iola, that mid-way through the film Buster just happens upon a fence post which is topped by a toy. Buster looks directly at the camera (breaks down "the 4th wall") and goes on. To me this was one of the best moments of the film (doesn't sound all that funny, but on purpose I did not provide all of the details).

The question is, do I remember this correctly or not?

Because, if I did remember it correctly, that moment was CUT from the John Deere Home Video tape (which came out in 1987).

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Thursday, July 14th, 2011
6:45 pm - TCM's October Star of the Month

Part of the October schedule has been released and BUSTER KEATON will be Star of the Month

See Here

I am beyond ecstatic!

current mood: ecstatic

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Friday, July 8th, 2011
4:21 pm - Introducing...

Hello fellow silent film aficionados!

I'm pleased to announce a new silent film festival coming to the Rocky Mountain region! The Denver Silent Film Festival will kick off this September 23, 24, & 25 near downtown Denver, Colorado.

This is exciting as very few silent film events take place annually and/or globally. Thus, this new festival celebrating the beautiful art of silent cinema will present yet another great opportunity to see films that may not be available elsewhere. All films will be shown in 35mm with live musical accompaniment.

We just launched our website so please visit us. We hope to see you there!

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
3:37 pm - Is this Briggitte or Theda? Thank you for helping me. Now I know whot this is.


Is this Briggitte or Theda? I’ve just seen this picture all over Tumblr and people are saying this is Briggitte Helm and this is Theda Bara. So can you please help me out.

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
11:25 am - LA Silents Under the Stars for this Summer!


Sunday, July 17, 8:00 pm
Safety Last
(1923) Directed by
Fred Newmeyer
Starring Harold Lloyd
and Mildred Davis

Sunday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
The Great K & A Train Robbery
(1926) Directed by
Lewis Seiler
Starring Tom Mix, Dorothy Dwan, and Tony, The Wonder Horse

I cannot wait!

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