Ace of Hearts

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    Silent film, animation, pre-code cinema

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    Top 10 Disney films of all-time (not pixar)

    10 The Emperor's New Groove 9 Aladdin 8 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 7 Sleeping Beauty 6 The Great Mouse Detective 5 Beauty and the Beast 4 Fantasia 3 Bambi 2 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1 Pinocchio
  2. Ghibli is fantastic. I would love for Only Yesterday to be shown on the channel too.
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    The Wind (1928)

    It's a glorious film, such raw emotional power. 1926-1928 really had silent cinema at its artistic peak, or at least as far as it was permitted to peak before talkies intruded.
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    Lon Chaney's While the City Sleeps

    Being a major Chaney fan, I really wanted to see the YouTube upload, but the quality was just too awful. I wish Warner Archive would release it or, even better, have TCM release a second Lon Chaney collection set with this title amongst others.
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    Silent Sundays - June 2015

    I know, right?! I have not cried so hard at a movie in a long time.
  6. Exactly what it says on the tin. What films would you like TCM to schedule for this program? I'd like some more foreign films, like the excellent French production of Michael Strogoff (1926). There's a film that definitely needs rediscovery, as it has all the elements of a crowd-pleaser.
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    2015 SCHEDULE

    In my circles, people always write her off as wooden due to only seeing her in Frankenstein, but that's unfair. After seeing her in Waterloo Bridge, my opinion of her 180-ed. She really was terrific.
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    Silent Stars SOTM November 2014

    I understand some silent actors don't have too many films that could make up a whole month of programming, thus no Theda Bara, Rudy Valentino, or the like. They had Buster Keaton as SOTM a few years ago and that was great. But what about Harold Lloyd, Marion Davies, Sessue Hayakawa (who also had an extensive career in talkies), Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, or Douglas Fairbanks?
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    Silent Sundays - June 2015

    Scaramouche is an excellent film, better than the sound remake in my opinion, though that movie is also good. I just prefer Ramon Novarro in the lead and think the romantic subplot and plot twist were handled much better in the silent version. I've never seen Greed, though I love von Stroheim as a director so I am looking forward to doing so. However, is it the shortened version they're playing? I know the most complete cut that exists is four hours long. Sherlock Holmes was, for me anyway, a disappointment. John Barrymore looks so bored in the title role, there's way too many intertitles, and Carol Dempster shares no chemistry with Barrymore. The Passion of Joan of Arc is a classic though, a haunting look at the saint. Essential viewing.
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    2015 SCHEDULE

    Ooh, I'm glad to see Mae Clarke on here!
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    Please include more silent films in the Essentials.

    Thanks! It's good to be here. I do hope that the programmers get more open-minded. I mean, I like Metropolis on an aesthetic level, but there are much better silent films they could pick.
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    Isn't it time for an animated film to be an Essential?

    Some of the Toei Doga films of the 50s and 60s should recieve more recognition as essential works as well, in particular Horus, Prince of the Sun (1968), a film which attempted to break the Disney mold by bringing in socio-political themes and psychological realism into its fairy tale world. It would be a shoo-in for an "essential." It would be nice if Disney would allow TCM to air their first features (Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi), which are the crown jewels for that studio in my opinion. But as others have said, to claim that only Disney's features should be considered "essential" is, to be frank, a bit insulting to the animation medium as a whole. There's more than just Disney. Another good choice would be Paul Grimault's The King and the Mockingbird (1952) or Ralph Bakshi's surreal and autobiographical Heavy Traffic (1973). Even Don Bluth's The Secret of NIMH (1982) deserves to be considered a classic.
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    Please include more silent films in the Essentials.

    The silent era was arguably the richest in cinematic history. All TCM ever seems to pay attention to are Chaplin and Metropolis. There's so much more though! Here are a few suggestions: The General The Passion of Joan of Arc Wings The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari The Unknown The Crowd Pandora's Box The Toll Gate (smashes the idea that morally ambiguous heroes in westerns were not a thing before the 50s and 60s) Show People The Gold Rush Flesh and the Devil Nosferatu The Penalty Scaramouche (in my opinion superior to the sound remake) Safety Last! Foolish Wives The Goddess The Oyster Princess Michael Strogoff Waxworks And more besides! Silent films are given the shaft way too often. TCM needs to give them more representation in the prime time, not just at the crack of dawn or Sunday nights (though I am grateful for SIlent Sunday nights, don't get me wrong).
  14. I agree that it does not feel too noirish. The first few minutes maybe, but when that triumphant music kicks in? Nah...

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