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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cinderella (1912, 1914), Bogie Man (1908) Nero (1909), Jeanne d'Arc (1900), Snow White (1916) ... 14 film shorts 2 DVDs


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Reflections - 10 films shorts

Jeanne d'Arc (1900)
A short, silent, medieval film about Joan of Arc, written and directed by Georges Méliès. Released in 1900 it was one of the first color films.

In the Bogie Man's Cave (1907) Georges Méliès - La cuisine de l'ogre
Release Date: 18 January 1908 USA
A bogie man (or ogre, as the case may be) makes a meal out of a captured man. However, he falls asleep, and dreams that the men that he's eaten come back to seek revenge. (5 minutes)

The Electric Hotel (1908) El hotel eléctrico (Spanish: The Electric Hotel) is a 1908 silent Spanish comedy-Fantasy film directed by Segundo de Chomón

In summation, as baggage is checked in that baggage moves by itself to a room where it opens itself revealing lots of brushes that now move out. We next see a man and a woman sitting down before we see the man's boot get unbuckled by itself. With the boot off, a brush moves itself up and down on the front end. We next see the woman's coat come off by itself before her hair gets a thorough brushing-also by itself-before the hair ties itself into a bun. Then comes a scene of a man in front of a wall full of electrical switches. As he pulls one large switch down, we cut to a scene of various chairs and other furniture moving in chaotic ways as the short ends.
(8 minutes)

Nero or the Fall of Rome (1909) - Director: Luigi Maggi
Nero Burning Rome, Nero, or the Fall of Rome, Società Anonima Ambrosio

Poppea, covetous of the throne, seduces Nero into having his wife Octavia killed so that she might be the future empress. The public turns on Nero when they learn what he has done and his assassination seems eminent. To save himself, he orders Rome be burned to the ground. The mob is distracted, but Nero is unable to escape his own conscience. (12 minutes)

Cinderella (1912) Georges Méliès - Cendrillon ou La pantoufle merveilleuse (original title)
(24 minutes)

Suspense (1913)  Lois Weber

Silent drama film directed by Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber. The film features an early example of a split screen shot. A print of the film survives at the film archive of the British Film Institute.

A tramp stalks Mother and child while her husband is pursued by cops ...

Directed by Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Written by Lois Weber
Starring Lois Weber, Val Paul
Release date: July 6, 1913
Running time: 10 minutes
Country: United States

Phalkes ~ Raja Harishchandra (1913)

Raja Harishchandra (translation: King Harishchandra), is a 1913 silent Indian film directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, and is the first full-length Indian feature film. The film was based on the legend of King Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

The film revolves around the noble and righteous king, Harishchandra, who first sacrifices his kingdom, followed by his wife and eventually his children to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra. Though, in the end, pleased by his high morals, the Gods are pleased and restore his former glory, and further bestow him with divine blessings.

Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke
Produced by Dadasaheb Phalke for Phalke Films
Written by Dadasaheb Phalke
Story by Ranchhodbai Udayram
Starring D. D. Dabke, P. G. Sane
Cinematography, Trymbak B. Telang
Release date: 1913
Running time: 53 minutes 49 seconds
Country: India

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Gloria Swanson w/ Dick Cavett (1970)
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Lillian Gish w/ Joan Rivers (1983)
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Alice in Wonderland,‭ ‬Mary Pickford as Cinderella,‭ ‬Snow White‭ ...
‬Silent Fairy Tales‭ - 1‭ ‬DVD

Alice in Wonderland‭ ‬(1903‭) ‬British silent film directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow.‭ ‬It is the first movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The film is memorable for its use of special effects,‭ ‬including Alice's shrinking in the Hall of Many Doors,‭ ‬and in her large size,‭ ‬stuck inside of White Rabbit's home,‭ ‬reaching for help through a window.‭ ‬When it was first released in‭ ‬1903,‭ ‬it was a then astonishing‭ ‬12‭ ‬minutes long.‭ ‬Unfortunately,‭ ‬the film was not well preserved and only about‭ ‬8‭ ‬minutes of it remain‭ (‬somewhat‭) ‬intact.‭ ‬May Clark was Alice.

Alice in Wonderland‭ (‬1915‭) ‬silent film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic novel,‭ ‬Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,‭ ‬directed and written by W.W.‭ ‬Young and starring‭ ‬Viola Savoy as Alice.‭ (‬42min27sec‭)

Cinderella‭ (‬1914‭)‬ starring‭ ‬Mary Pickford‭ & ‬directed by James Kirkwood,‭ ‬Sr.,‭ ‬produced by Daniel Frohman,‭ ‬and released by Famous Players Film Company,‭ ‬later known as Paramount Pictures.‭ ‬The film is based upon the famous fairy tale with the same name.‭ (‬51min14sec‭)

Snow White‭ (‬1916‭) ‬Marguerite Clark‭
Snow White is a‭ ‬1916‭ ‬American silent film made by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and produced by Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman.‭ ‬Directed by J.‭ ‬Searle Dawley,‭ ‬from the Grimm brothers story,‭ ‬Winthrop Ames adapted it to the screen from his play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that he had written under the pseudonym‭ "‬Jessie Graham White‭" ‬and had produced in‭ ‬1912‭ ‬at his Little Theatre on Broadway.‭ (‬62min57sec‭)

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

1927 ~ 2 silent film masterpieces - Fritz Lang "Metropolis" & "Uncle Tom's Cabin"


Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang. The film was written by Lang and his wife Thea Von Harbou and starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel and Rudolf Klein-Rogge.

A silent film it was produced in the Babelsberg Studios by UFA.

Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia, and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city's ruler, and Maria, whose background is not fully explained in the film, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classist nature of their city. Metropolis was filmed in 1925, at a cost of approximately four million Reichsmarks.

The film was met with a mixed response upon its initial release, with many critics praising its technical achievements while deriding its simplistic and naïve storyline. Due both to its long running-time and footage censors found questionable, Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere; large portions of the film were lost over the subsequent decades.

Numerous attempts have been made to restore the film since the 1970s-80s, and music producer Giorgio Moroder released a version with a soundtrack by rock artists such as Freddie Mercury and Adam Ant in 1984. A new reconstruction of Metropolis was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001, and the film was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in the same year.

In 2008, a print of Lang’s original cut of the film was found in a museum in Argentina. After a long restoration process, the restored film was shown on large screens in Berlin and Frankfurt simultaneously on 12 February 2010. 1hr 58min 38sec




Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

Silent film “epic" directed by Harry A. Pollard and released by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the eponymous novel written by Harriett Beecher Stowe and was the last silent film version. It was preserved in a copy at the Library of Congress.

In this version of the film, all of the major slave roles, with the exception of Uncle Tom himself, were portrayed by white actors. Actress Mona Ray played the slave Topsy in blackface, while the slaves Eliza, George, Cassie and Harry were all presented as having very light skin coloring because of mixed-race heritage.

This two-hour movie spent more than a year in production and was the third most expensive picture of the silent era (at a cost of $1.8 million). Black actor Charles Gilpin was originally cast in the title role, but was fired after the studio decided his "portrayal was too aggressive." James B. Lowe then took over the character of Tom. One difference in this film from the novel is that after Tom dies, he returns as a vengeful spirit and confronts Simon Legree before leading the slave owner to his death. Black media outlets of the time praised the film, but the studio—fearful of a backlash from Southern and white film audiences—ended up cutting out controversial scenes, including the film's opening at a slave auction (where a mother is torn away from her baby).

The story was adapted by Pollard, Harvey F. Thew and A.P. Younger, with titles by Walter Anthony. It starred James B. Lowe, Virginia Grey, George Siegmann, Margarita Fischer, Mona Ray and Madame Sul-Te-Wan

Universal, 1927. Directed by Harry A. Pollard. Camera: Jacob Kull, Charles Stumar. 1hour 48min



Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) was a depiction of life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom.

It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She wrote more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential both for her writings and her public stands on social issues of the day.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) James B. Lowe "Epic Silent Film Classic!"



Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)

Silent film “epic" directed by Harry A. Pollard and released by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the eponymous novel written by Harriett Beecher Stowe and was the last silent film version. It was preserved in a copy at the Library of Congress.

In this version of the film, all of the major slave roles, with the exception of Uncle Tom himself, were portrayed by white actors. Actress Mona Ray played the slave Topsy in blackface, while the slaves Eliza, George, Cassie and Harry were all presented as having very light skin coloring because of mixed-race heritage.

This two-hour movie spent more than a year in production and was the third most expensive picture of the silent era (at a cost of $1.8 million). Black actor Charles Gilpin was originally cast in the title role, but was fired after the studio decided his "portrayal was too aggressive." James B. Lowe then took over the character of Tom. One difference in this film from the novel is that after Tom dies, he returns as a vengeful spirit and confronts Simon Legree before leading the slave owner to his death. Black media outlets of the time praised the film, but the studio—fearful of a backlash from Southern and white film audiences—ended up cutting out controversial scenes, including the film's opening at a slave auction (where a mother is torn away from her baby).

The story was adapted by Pollard, Harvey F. Thew and A.P. Younger, with titles by Walter Anthony. It starred James B. Lowe, Virginia Grey, George Siegmann, Margarita Fischer, Mona Ray and Madame Sul-Te-Wan

Universal, 1927. Directed by Harry A. Pollard. Camera: Jacob Kull, Charles Stumar.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)
1 hour 48 minutes

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Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) was a depiction of life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom.

It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She wrote more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential both for her writings and her public stands on social issues of the day.

Topsy & Eva (1927) "Vaudeville Stars" the Duncan Sisters DVD


Topsy & Eva (1927) The Duncan Sisters
The Duncan Sisters—Vivian as Little Eva, and Rosetta as Topsy.

Rosetta and Vivian Duncan were well-known vaudeville stars in 1923 when they asked Catherine Chisholm Cushing to write a musical for them "Based on 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.'" Cushing used Stowe's characters, but drastically rewrote the story.

The plot depends mainly on the romantic relationship between George Shelby and an added character named Marietta, and on the misunderstandings between Mrs. Shelby and Augustine St. Clare, whom the script turns into her former beau. The (stage show) was essentially an occasion for singing, dancing and comic turns by the Sisters, especially Rosetta "in half-nudity and burnt-cork" as Topsy.

The play was very popular. After engagements in Los Angeles and San Francisco, it ran for 47 weeks in Chicago, played on Broadway for about four months, then went on the road for a national tour through 1926. In 1927 the Duncans combined the stage show with an 80-minute movie (on which D. W. Griffith did some of the directing). They "revived" the show twice in the 30s, with new songs, again in 1942, and apparently kept coming before America as Topsy and Eva well into the 1950s.

Both the film and stage show were internationally renowned and the two sisters toured the world and performed before sell-out crowds and Royalty. They were beloved worldwide via fans clubs until their passing ...

The Duncan Sisters as “Topsy and Eva” (1927)
Original Music Score, Brian Pinette
1 hour 48 minutes
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