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August 2008 Blog Posts (41)

Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra at Capitol Theatre

For those of you in the northeastern US who would like the opportunity to hear the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra provide the score to a classic slient film in a gorgeous period movie theater, here's your chance! On Friday, September 12, 2008 at 7 pm Mont Alto will provide live accompaniment for Harold Lloyd's silent comedy, The Kid Brother (1927) at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Rome, NY. For more… Continue

Added by Joanne C on August 30, 2008 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 43 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 14 minutes 40 seconds, 32.2 Mb



Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.



Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.



Classic Movies News

New Classic Movie DVDs

TCM USA Highlights



Main feature : Virgins, Vamps, Flappers and others



Derek and Maria discuss… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on August 28, 2008 at 1:20pm — 1 Comment

My Classic Movies Diary : Features 311-315



Judith of Bethulia (1913) 5/10 - D.W. Griffith's first epic to rival the Italians, still quite impressive in its battle scenes.



Sleeper (1973) 5/10 - Woody Allen is frozen for centuries, some good gags but never really gets going.



Viridiana (1961) 6/10 - Typical Bunuel attack on the church or at least interpreted that way by the Vatican who banned the film.



The Big Chance (1933) 5/10 - Early feature appearance of… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on August 28, 2008 at 10:38am — No Comments

My Classic Movies Diary : Features 306-310



Three Colours White (1993) 6/10 - Most comedic of the Three Colours Trilogy though touching in its way too.



Braveheart (1995) 6/10 - Historically its nonsense though suitably epic with great performance from Mel Gibson.



Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers (2002) 6/10 - Battle of Helm's Deep is very impressive.



Mean Streets (1973) 6/10 - Scorsese's first big film is growing on me.



Fantasia 2000 - 6/10 -… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on August 28, 2008 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Warner Bros. Gangsters Collection, vol 4.

from classicfilmshow.com





Warner Bros. continue their exceptional series of gangster box sets with the…

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Added by Christian Hayes on August 27, 2008 at 3:34pm — 8 Comments

Frame of the Week: 25th August 2008

from classicfilmshow.com

Following on from last week's frame which came from Bambi here is one that is perhaps a little harder.

What is the name of the film? Leave a comment and let me know... Good luck!

Added by Christian Hayes on August 25, 2008 at 4:10pm — 4 Comments

Buster Keaton in London

from classicfilmshow.com



This Summer I went to see a Buster Keaton film outdoors at The Scoop, a kind of amphitheater alongside the Thames by Tower Bridge.



Anyone passing by could have stopped and watched The General which continued to play during the chilly night. I took these photos of the film which in some ways is quite a surreal sight: a silent playing to the city itself, and to a curious, appreciative and bewildered stream of… Continue

Added by Christian Hayes on August 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Apartment for Peggy (1948)

This movie stars the gorgeous Jeanne Crain along with William Holden and Edmund Gwen. It is very much a period story since it deals with the returning GI attending college after the war and the shortage of accomodations that existed then.



It is a comedy and also a bit of a drama but the thing that impressed me was Jeanne Crain's role. She was not only perfect for it, but she did an excellent job of acting. The role called for a fast talking young woman and Jeanne did it seemingly… Continue

Added by Bill on August 24, 2008 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

US Stamps Commemorating Classic Cinema

This summer the Unites States Postal Service issued two sets of stamps commemorating classic American cinema. The first set honors Vintage Black Cinema, and consists of five movie poster reproductions, including Princess Tan Tan and Hallelujah.

The second issued on August 7,… Continue

Added by Joanne C on August 24, 2008 at 5:58pm — No Comments

He Never Did: Gary Cooper

It's interesting: At one point in their careers, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Randolph Scott, William Powell . . All leading men who are known for being the 'good guy' as it may be, played a baddie. As the phrase goes, "You could look it up." Cary Grant came within a hair of doing so in Suspicion, and when they changed it at the end, they hurt the film.



But Gary Cooper never did.



Why? This is no aspursion on… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on August 23, 2008 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

My Classic Movies Diary : Features 301-305



State Fair (1945) 6/10 - Rodgers and Hammerstein's first and one of their few musicals written especially for the screen. Fine songs.



The Lost World (1925) 6/10 - Willis O'Brien had a bit of a trial run for this fantasy classic, a bit careworn now but spectacular in its day.



Hot Water (1924) 6/10 - Harold Lloyd has trouble with his mother in law : two classic, hilarious sequences, the Turkey on the streetcar and the new car… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on August 22, 2008 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 42 : Weekly Podcast



55 minutes 3 seconds, 25.2 Mb



Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.



Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.

Classic Movies News

New Classic Movie DVDs

TCM USA Highlights



Main feature : Babes In Hollywood



Derek and Maria discuss child stars through the… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on August 22, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

My Classic Movies Diary : Features 296-300



The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) 6/10 - Conventional romantic triangle with Flynn, DeHavilland and Knowles but the charge itself is great.



Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 7/10 - Wondrous fantasy but first in the trilogy is inevitably a bit of the info dump.



The Set Up (1949) 6/10 - Robert Ryan in good boxing noir.



The Narrow Margin (1952) 6/10 - Another good low budget noir though its… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on August 19, 2008 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Stars in the City

from classicfilmshow.com



Movie stars are defined by a combination of what we observe of them on-screen and our perception of them outside of the cinema. This would include photographs, articles, interviews, books, posters and merchandise. Film stars and their star images often become far removed from the films themselves. Here are three examples of movie stars as part of the contemporary city. In this case, Charlie selling a shoemaker's, Jimmy… Continue

Added by Christian Hayes on August 17, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Best of the British Silent Film Festival

from classicfilmshow.com







Alongside the marvelous Chaplin restorations now playing at the BFI Southbank in London there is yet another exciting season coming up next month.



Playing over 3 days (and therefore mimicking the festival itself)… Continue

Added by Christian Hayes on August 16, 2008 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Tomorrow begins a new week!



Thank God that tomorrow begins a new week! This just has been a terrible week for me!



Friday 8th is when it all started.



8th - Clothes get soaked at work and cellphone in pocket gets too much water in it and dies.



9th - find out that my phone plan still has 8 months to go and even though I had insurance on the phone I buy new phone because I need a working phone over the weekend. Cost $300.00 for new phone plus… Continue

Added by Ktrek on August 16, 2008 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Frame of the Week: 18th August 2008

from classicfilmshow.com



Today I am starting up a new series. Every week I will post a frame from a film and hopefully this will encourage readers to take a closer look at an image that would usually pass us by without us thinking. Also I would like all you brainy readers to tell me which film the frame came from. Maybe in the future there will be a prize to whoever guesses first, but for now it's just a case of entering into the spirit of… Continue

Added by Christian Hayes on August 15, 2008 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 41 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 16 minutes 37 seconds, 35 MB



Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.



Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.



Classic Movies News

New Classic Movie DVDs

TCM USA Highlights



Main feature : Frank Capra



Derek and Maria discuss the career of one of the… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on August 15, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Cameo Theatre

In 1934 a neighbourhood theatre was built near my home.



Once I was old enough to attend school, I walked by the Cameo 4 times a day. As a result I became very familiar with the names of the pictures being shown on the display cards. The playbill usually had two features and it changed twice a week, so every week

four films were shown not including the shorts etc. and not including the Saturday afternoon shows which were targeted at the young audience. The Cameo owners would have… Continue

Added by Bill on August 15, 2008 at 12:40pm — 5 Comments

Guest Posting on Out of the Past

Last Sunday I attended Capitolfest, a classic film festival held at the Capitol Theatre in Rome, N.Y. You can read my guest posting on Out of the Past: A Classic Flim Blog.

Added by Joanne C on August 15, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

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Affairs of the Heart: The Wedding Night (1935)

To view The Wedding Night click here. The Wedding Night was doomed from the start. It was producer Samuel Goldwyn’s final attempt at making the Ukrainian actress Anna Sten into a Garbo-level star, and his persistence had become something of a Hollywood joke. The Wedding Night became known around town as “Goldwyn’s Last Sten,” but […]

Murnau and the Phantoms of Germany

To view Phantom click here. It’s that time of year when Nosferatu (1922), F.W. Murnau’s interpretation of Dracula, appears on lists of recommended horror films. The oldest, existing film version of Bram Stoker’s novel, Nosferatu is likely Murnau’s most watched title. It’s eerie Expressionist style was a major influence on the American horror genre, but […]

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