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Silent Films and Early Talkies

I'm currently working on a book describing silent films and early talkies that are currently available on DVD. This seems to be a good way to get started. I thought the number would be rather limited, but there are over 500 such films available.

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Comment by The Giant on August 30, 2016 at 5:34pm

Help Restore An Important Silent Film! Time is running out!

Historian and film preservationist Eric Grayson has been spearheading a massive Kickstarter campaign this month in an effort to restore, and score Colleen Moore's first Starring feature film. LITTLE ORPHANT' ANNIE (1918). Based on the famous James Whitcomb Riley poem, and the only film in which he himself actually appeared. Making it unnique in that respect.

 This film has only been available in incomplete poor quality dupes of dupes for decades with several scenes out of the proper order. Grayson has access to four prints from the LOC and it is like a jigsaw puzzle putting the best materials together, and in the proper sequence once again. Anyone who helps back this project with a donation of $25.00 or more will receive a free DVD and a postcard. For a $50.00 donation you will get a free DVD and Blu-ray edition once ready, providing the goal is met. If the project does not fund you lose nothing so there are no risks involved.

 Already over $8,000 has been pledged, but that leaves us well shy of the goal of $10,000 with just less then 5 full days remaining. If the specified goal is not reached no one's pledge will be charged. We could use your help. Time is running very short. If you are able to pledge and have not yet done so, please consider it. The film will be cleaned up frame by frame so this will be a top notch quality restoration with several professional involved in processing. It will be restored on both film and digital. Noted Silent film musician Ben Model has offered to score the picture. Colleen Moore Biographer Jeff Codori will provide an alternate commentary track on the DVD and Blu-ray editions.

 Eric Grayson has put together a fascinating video concerning the pending project. I have linked that here, as well as a fascinating thread from Nitraville.com discussing the project. Your donation would be greatly appreciated. With your considerate help, maybe we can enjoy seeing this film on TCM sometime in the future. Thank You!

 

 https://www.kickstar...nt-annie-silent

 

http://nitrateville....php?f=1&t=22661

 

 

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Comment by Dave Miller on February 5, 2016 at 9:43pm

On this day in 1919, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith announced they were forming United Arts. Photo from the L.A. Times files.

Comment by Philip C Binstead on February 1, 2016 at 2:41pm

Having a further look around I found a Weiss Bros Artcraft poster for The Air Pirate and The Mysterious Airman 1928.

Comment by Philip C Binstead on February 1, 2016 at 12:55pm

The is a very well produced site that has the history of Weiss Brothers Artcraft Pictures Corp, featuring posters of films produced at Artcraft from 1915 to 1939. As you say Dave this studio if heard of at all today is just a footnote, it as a fascinating history to be read at the link below:

https://kitparkerfilms.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/the-weiss-bros-artc...

Comment by Philip C Binstead on February 1, 2016 at 12:44pm

Does any footage of this serial exist today, the artwork for this poster is brilliant it would be nice to know who composed the sheet, sadly these posters and the featured stills are all that survives today of many a serial and movie.

Comment by Dave Miller on February 1, 2016 at 11:06am

The Weiss Brothers, a long forgotten low budget studio, produced "The Mysterious Airman," a silent serial from 1928.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 4, 2015 at 6:49pm

On the set of "The Wild Party" (1929). It was the first talkie for 24-year old movie veteran Clara Bow with 50 films to her credit... And as for Dorothy Arzner, she will always stay the first woman director of a “talkie” , not even this one, but already “Manhattan Cocktail” in 1928...

Comment by Dave Miller on November 25, 2015 at 11:37am

Today marks the birthday of actress Priscilla Dean (November 25, 1896 - December 27, 1987). She is perhaps best known today for her role in the 1920 Lon Chaney film "Outside The Law." She is pictured here on one of the clever advertising posters for that film.

Comment by Dave Miller on November 13, 2015 at 9:50pm

Douglas Fairbanks in "The Nut"- 1921-Love and romance-A rare silent film comedy-Full movie

Comment by Dave Miller on October 7, 2015 at 8:00pm

Buster ballyhoo....

 

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