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Til We Meet Again, Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,
King Kong, old and new versions, Xanadu, In Person 1935, Storm Warning 1951,Mandalay, The Prestige, Safe In Hell[Wellman],Golddiggers of 1933, Blondie Johnson, Libeled Lady, Midnight Mary, Robert Youngson comedy compilations, The Last of Sheila,
Invasion of the Body Snatchers(original),Once Upon A Time in America, Millenium Trilogy [EU original], Inception.
Who are your favorite stars?
In my eyes, the most beautiful woman EVER: Fay Wray, then, Maureen O'Sullivan, Genevieve Tobin, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, JoanBlondell, Ginger Rogers, Kay Francis. Margaret Lindsay, Dorothy Mackaill. Male stars: George Brent, Ricardo Cortez, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Ladd, Warren William, Karloff, Bela, Peter Lorre, Errol Flynn, Dennis Farina, Michael Caine,Sean Connery,Gene Hackman, George Raft, Lee Marvin, Jack LaRue
Who are your favorite directors?
Haven't studied directors but most films I like are directed by:
Robert Florey, Chas Brackett, Michael Curtiz, William Wellman,
Samuel Fuller, Edmund Goulding, Jack Conway
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
Baby boomer. Became film buff watching GOLD CUP MATINEE,
and MOVIETIME USA, on Dayton, Ohio TV as a kid. Bought many books regarding cinema, 8mm 2-reelers, movie stills, film magazines. Fell in love with film women who were old enough to be my great grandmother in real life. I've had a few careers:
Keyline artist, copywriter, field photographer, graphics business partner, color separations sales rep, over-the-road truck driver. Hobbies are limited these days
to reading, collecting internet images, and producing a few
PhotoShop colorizations to share on GAOH. Army Reserves 1965-1971, Photography and Photo Lab.
Retired. Widowed 2010.
I liked LOVES OF CARMEN better than THE RED DANCE, but the print is in beautiful condition except for a missing reel after the attack on the palace, This new version debuted on Arte TV in France last July. While CARMEN is about as rare as it gets. I was able to get ahold of a recording of the 1978 Lost and Found PBS Broadcast. Very good Orchestra score. The print itself is really quite good, but a transfer from Beta to DVD-R. So it basically has not been shown on Television in 35 years. I was bowled over by the movie. Definitely deserves some attention. I'll get both of these to you eventually. Oh by the way, Happy Easter!
I have a very poor copy of NELL GWYNN (1926), but I have never watched it beyond the first 5 minutes. The print isn't bad, but it looks like a copy of a copy from VHS, recorded on the slowest speed. This title might be released by Grapevine at some point in a decent transfer. You'd probably enjoy seeing Dolores Del Rio in LOVES OF CARMEN (1927) allot more.
Well I'm certainly not happy about it. But as long as LILAC TIME is copied to Safety hopefully Polyester stock, it's not so bad. Trouble is, I'm not so certain this particular print was copied to Safety, and it contains footage not seen in the domestic release. Longer arial battles, and alternate scenes. Actually, what is shown in those stills is footage from the opening two reels, of the picture, not just the first reel. Did you hear the news about the two Colleen Moore movies being restored, and possibly 3 or 4 of Clara Bow's lost Silents being found?
What did you think of GLORIOUS BETSY? The missing dialogue in the two talking sequences is a bit of a problem. Maybe there is an all Silent print someplace, or new title-cards could be made up to cover those sequences?
I have finished scoring GLORIOUS BETSY, and it is pretty spectacular. It was not as easy to complete as with allot of films, because I usually use vintage recordings from the 20's. But here I started with move recent orchestral recordings of more classical type music. So I was a little bit limited in selections. But it still turned out well for the most part. I tried to adjust tracks that were lower volume, with so. so results. But overall, it's pretty consistent. Still allot of work to do. I am extracting the files. After that is done, I will need to convert and join them together. In the past I have mostly scored the entire film all at once. Since I already had 3 scenes dubbed. I instead went back and added music to the remaining sections that were still scoreless. Hope to have this done by the afternoon.
I don't have the score finished yet. I will work on it over the weekend. I have another person asking about it as well. Both of you yesterday. I only added music to the three clips so far. I can send you something else in the meantime to try out Dropbox. Make sure that it works. Let me figure out what? All you need to do is send me the shared link to your video folder in Dropbox, Label it Mike's Video folder, so I know which one it is. I have a dozen folders in there called simply video. It is very confusing. Or I can send you the shared link to one of my folders. Then you just accept and it's ready to use. Each time you invite someone to join dropbox and they do, you gain extra storage space.
When I was in the film program at Northwestern University in Chicago, my peers and I were required to read the works of Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Michel Foucault and even Freud, Jung and Marx. The idea was to apply their theories to the cinema to better understand how film worked, or how it related […]
To view The Private Life of Don Juan click here. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. made his last movie in 1934. The Private Life of Don Juan was, quite accidentally, a fitting farewell to one of the first megastars of the movie industry. It wasn’t clear while filming it that it would be Fairbanks’ last movie but […]
To view Lured click here. Writer and director Douglas Sirk is mainly known today for his exquisite technicolor melodramas, such as Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), Written on the Wind (1956) and Imitation of Life (1959), his last feature-length film. His work throughout the 1950s, and specifically these four films, are not […]