Natalie Webb

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    Silent films, Rudolph Valentino, TCM, Film Noir, sharing my love of classic films with others :)

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  1. Natalie Webb

    The Unholy Three (1925)

    The Unholy Three is actually one of my absolutely favorite Chaney films :) although the concept seems difficult to put across, it works very well (mostly due to Lon Chaney's skill and extraordinary acting). Lon's believable performance really made the film stand out to me. Looking back at many of the plots from his films, they sound ridiculous on paper- circus performers pretending to be armless, mob leaders who want to take over cities in straw hats and steal legs- it sounds crazy, but somehow Chaney's gripping performances pull the movie through and make it a masterpiece.
  2. Natalie Webb

    Recently Watched Romantic Comedies

    I adore this film. Ramon Navarro and Norma Shearer in one of their best performances. The chemistry of the two makes it seem that much more real. In a way it reminds me of a gender switched version of Roman Holiday- the idea of a royal going out of the closed atmosphere of the palace and into the world, falling in love with a non-royal, and of course that ending which is both touching and heartbreaking
  3. Natalie Webb

    The funniest Drama you have ever seen.

    Nomads of the North (1920) is hilarious. I love Lon Chaney, he is wonderful, but Nomads of the North just cracks me up. Unintentionally hilarious and not one a first time movie watcher should see but it is so funny.
  4. Natalie Webb

    LOVE AFFAIR (1939)

    A beautiful film I grew up watching the Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr version and was never a big fan of that version; for many years I was unaware that another version existed. I watched Love Affair not expecting much and was surprised to find it such a touching, warm film that really pulls at the heartstrings Well cast, beautifully done. Ouspenskaya and Boyer in particular left an impression. I think the scene at the end with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne is my favorite; I watched a comparison of that scene in both this version and the remake. In the Cary Grant remake it seemed a bit over the top because it didn’t seem as real to me, the emotion wasn’t believable so it seemed corny. In the Boyer/Dunne original, it seems so much more sincere. Boyer’s expressions as he goes about the apartment, confused over the situation and her behavior, slowly started to puzzle out what’s going on, superb acting. When he finally understands the reaction seems genuine. Wonderful movie.
  5. Natalie Webb

    Recently Watched Westerns

    Massacre (1934) is one of my all time favorites. The subject matter, one Hollywood often hesitated to touch on, was shown realistically, the suffering, the injustice, the conditions that Native Americans were forced to live in on the reservations. I'm not a fan of non-natives playing native Americans, but I didn't mind Richard playing that role in the film, because it was handled respectfully and I felt the film was really trying to point out the injustices and not be offensive. (I also just really like Richard so I'm a big fan no matter what he is in )
  6. Natalie Webb

    "The White Sister"

    Ronald Coleman was brilliant in The White Sister, as was Lillian Gish. My favorite scene was when he comes to see her when she's been kicked out of her home and he surprises her with a visit- wonderful emotion
  7. Natalie Webb

    Most Favorite Music Accompaniment To Silents

    I do the same thing. Lets me focus all my attention on what is on the screen, every slight motion, every expression- thats music enough for me
  8. Natalie Webb

    First silent film crush

    Rudolph Valentino
  9. Natalie Webb

    Gloria Swanson three

    The story behind Zaza and how Gloria got the part is very interesting. Looking forward to those films (Gloria is one of my very favorite actresses)!
  10. Natalie Webb

    What films would you like featured on Silent Sundays?

    I would like to see The Shock (1923) with Lon Chaney Sr. played, I saw it recently and loved it! It has some elements that are similar to his other films, and then some surprising pieces that I was not expecting! I would love for it to be shown on Silent Sunday.
  11. Natalie Webb

    The first actor/actress that comes to mind..

    Harold Lloyd (Grandma's Boy 1922) next: retired young
  12. Natalie Webb

    The Crowd (1928)

    It was interesting to see how the characters thought their lives would be like and how their lives ended up in reality; even though they have a different future than what they imagined, it does not become depressing, I liked how there was still hope for them even in the worst situations. Beautiful scenery and well designed sets really made the picture stand out.
  13. Natalie Webb

    Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

    We love you Robert and will miss you. Such a classy, intelligent, and friendly man. He did so much for classic film, I was always so excited to hear him talk about the films being shown, he made me want to watch more!
  14. Natalie Webb

    What films would you like featured on Silent Sundays?

    I would also like to see these films played. The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg is one of my very favorite Ramon Novarro films; in some ways, it reminds me of Roman Holiday (1953) but with a prince instead of a princess and the circumstances are different. Lon Chaney Sr. amazes me everytime I watch one of his movies, my top favorites of his are The Unholy Three (1925) and The Unknown (1927). One of my favorite scenes from The Unknown is the part where he has just made a great sacrifice for the one that he loves (trying not to give anything away!) and when he sees her again for the first time, he is so happy, and Lon Chaney Sr. was able to portray that emotion so well it really touches you! Even when he played villains, I was still hoping that he would win in the end, he was just so likeable.
  15. Natalie Webb

    The first actor/actress that comes to mind..

    Rudolph Valentino (his only voice recording where he sings 2 songs, he tried) next: remembered for one major role

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