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    Cecil Hepworth

    Thanks for the link DREDNM, The article doesn't mention it by title but one of Hepworth's biggest contributions to cinematic language occurred in 1905 in a short subject called RESCUED BY ROVER (1905). It is a delightful little "dog to the rescue" movie and was one of the very first and most influential movies to establish geographic continuity. He sets up a pattern of shots which allows the viewer to anticipate what is coming next. This led indirectly to the development of the cross. The cross-cut is often erroneously described as D. W. Griffith's invention but actually appears in a well developed form 3 years before THE LONELY VILLA (1909) in a short subject by an unknown director called THE 100 TO 1 SHOT; OR A RUN OF LUCK (1906). Its an exciting little melodrama about an evil landlord, the imperiled heroine and her elderly father and the stalwart hero to the rescue. It has an amazing number of interesting shots for such an early film. There is a pristine copy still held by the Museum of Modern Art. Roy A. Sites
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    Hitchcock's THE LODGER (1928)

    Hi Roverrocks, I read your post with interest. Last year my second book based on silent films, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, was published. Shortly after I completed another silent film book I had been working on for a while about The Lodger which is now available through Amazon and other on-line booksellers. If you are familiar with the old Photoplay books from the teens, twenties and thirties it is based around that idea but in an expanded and amplified way. The text of the original novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes is interspersed with scenes from Hitchcock's movie. Sections of the film which are independent of the novel are presented in story board fashion, such as the opening scene of the murder and the fashion show, as well as the ending which is entirely Hitchcock's creation. I won't give any spoilers here. Needless to say, both the film and the novel arrive at different conclusions about the Mr. Sleuth, the lodger. I've also included the original short story by Lowndes which served as the basis for the novel. I'm not sure if you are aware but the novel was the first fictionalized account of the Jack The Ripper Whitechapel murders. The book is in a large 8" x 10" format with almost 150 images from and about the film. The ISBN is: 978-1508463474 Here is an image of the cover from Amazon: Sincerely, Roy A. Sites
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    A book about Nosferatu

    Hi Roverrocks, I agree with your assessment about the 1979 Nosferatu. I prefer the subtitled German language version as opposed to the dubbed English language version. Kinski's version is an excellent adaption and expansion of the story. Many fascinating insights, somber and tragic in tone.... I would also recommend Shadow of the Vampire if you have not seen it. It is based on an old rumor about Max Schreck, the actor who played Nosferatu.. I won't give any spoilers for those who have not seen it. It is scary and funny. Willem Dafoe plays the Count to a tee. It is a loving homage to Murnau. ps: I hope you enjoy the book....
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    A book about Nosferatu

    Hi Everyone, I haven't posted here in a while but thought you might be interested to know that I have completed a lengthy book about F. W. Murnau's silent masterpiece, NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR. It is now available through Amazon and other booksellers. NOSFERATU was the second silent film I ever saw as a child (in a 30 minute condensation called THE TERROR OF DRACULA). It was also the first 8mm silent film I ever purchased. I have loved the film literally my entire life, have viewed it countless times, and I finally decided to write a book about it. It is heavily illustrated and a little over 300 pages long. It is a nice large size as well and contains many pieces about several aspects of the film. Sincerely, Roy A. Sites, M.L.A. Here's peek at the cover:
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    Silent Film Violence

    Animated cartoons were still in their infancy in the teens and twenties. Slapstick comedy filled the need that later Warner Bros cartoons filled. The human actors were extraordinary stunt men. Road Runner and Wily E. Coyote are animated versions of the same humor. My personal belief is to first view a film in its historical context, which would include the audience it was made for, the progress of film evolution to that point in time, (acting styles, cinematography, special effects and so on), etc. Animated cartoons couldn't fill the need yet. Humans did it better.... Plus it is difficult to apply modern standards of humor to an audience of a hundred years ago who do not share the same view of the world that we have. I have a feeling that most things were still pretty primitive and raw for the majority of Americans living outside of major urban centers. Edited by: RoySites on Feb 25, 2014 12:19 PM
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    silent film crushes

    Hi everyone, I'm sorry to use this post this way. Please forgive me. This is a message for gagman. Please get in touch with me through my email. I have tried to contact you but it doesn't appear my messages are being forwarded to you. I have a piece of authentic memorabilia I would like to send you. I am sure you will appreciate it. It relates to Colleen Moore... Your friend, Roy
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    The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

    Falconetti's acting is so perfect and so intense that it is difficult to watch her suffering and shame.... This is probably the finest acting performance of the silent era.
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    New Sternberg DVD's

    Hi Everyone, It's been a while since i last posted. Hi Jeffrey. Has anyone noticed or commented on the fact that Criterion is about to release UNDERWORLD, THE LAST COMMAND, and DOCKS OF NEW YORK. For those of you not in the know, Criterion puts out particularly fine editions of all of their films, often from the studio negative. This should be a particularly fine set of films to get. Roy ps: Release date is August 24th. Edited by: RoySites on May 31, 2010 5:37 PM
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    2 films for "known" list

    Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.... Actually, after my heart thing I was in a bad car accident. A big truck hit me, seriously. It's been a rough year, hahaha..... Roy
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    2 films for "known" list

    Hi Jeffrey, I'm still around. It's been awhile since we emailed. Just so you know, the issue of LAM is urban legend. A while back someone took an old Blackhawk Films catalog from that time period and faked a listing that Blackhawk had it for sale circa 1971. It was a joke and if you go to the website you can see the faked listing. Follow it all the way through.... Roy
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    Thames Silents Presentations

    So, I guess that was his birthday suit? :-) Roy
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    Last 2 Colleen Moore silents?

    Hi drednm, I'm not sure. I've not seen Flaming Youth and don't immediately recall seeing any stills from it. But you may be right. I was just glad to get the autograph. Roy
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    Hi Everyone, Let me say authoritatively that White Shadows was filmed in Black & White. There are straight B&W prints and tinted and toned prints in circulation with certain scenes that have a techicolor-esque quality due to the tinting and toning process. But it won the Academy Award in 1930 for B&W Cinematography, not color cinematography. It has always been regarded as one of the most beautiful Black & White movies ever filmed, and 35mm nitrate prints glisten on the screen. Roy
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    Hi Miss Gulch, You can get this public domain title through Grapevine. If you don't have any success let Jeffrey know and we can work out something. Roy
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    Film Title???

    Hi Jeffrey, The new NOSFERATU is a delight. It is the clearest print I have ever seen. It is rock-steady. It has the fullest aperture, the best lights, darks and gray-tones. It has the orignal score impeccable performed by a full-orchestra in 5.1 surround and runs at the correct speed. It has lovely tinting. It has excellent extra features. And, most importantly, it has more footage (not just longer running time) than any edition of the film released since its premiere in 1922. Murnau-Stiftung outdid themselves on this one. Roy

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