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    Lost Silents by Ford, Clara Bow Found in New Zealand

    Well they wouldn't actually find Louise Brooks. Only 'the diary of a lost girl' ... Jeffrey I've been really struggling to stay online of late. It was like this yesterday too. And it's not a tcm sites problem, it's a router issue I have. I'll be sure to check out your files when I can. I'm also behind on replying to people so I'll be playing catch-up all the way into the weekend. I haven't even had the chance to read the "Blonde or Brunette" blog review yet ...
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    Lost Silents by Ford, Clara Bow Found in New Zealand

    I can see the headlines now. Film director John Ford found hard at work in New Zealand. Yes, he's been shooting a secret film this whole time featuring his new star ... Amelia Earhart ...
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    "Hula" (Paramount 1927)

    I'm noticing you mentioned Arlette Marchal. You must have edited that in. I liked her too and someday hope to see her elsewhere. "Blonde or Brunette" might be a good one ...
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    "Hula" (Paramount 1927)

    If you take a handful of steel wool, not the foily heavy stuff, but the extremely fine wool, and evenly go around the disc in gentle circles, it will do wonders for very old 78s. Don't dare try this on a vinyl record, but on very old shellac, like a 1924 disc called "Hula Lou", it really makes a difference. Then wipe with a diluted glass cleaner and soft chamois and play it again ... sam ...
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    "Hula" (Paramount 1927)

    Yea that's the music. I just checked. In the scene where she shows her father the bug bite she got. It has a really loud buzz that starts as the music does, and is very distracting. But that's the right song to use. That's perfect theme music for this movie with an appropriate title. I'm not suggesting you made a bad selection. It sounds much better on your mp3 ...
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    "Hula" (Paramount 1927)

    O it generally looks fine. Some heavy pixilation at the beginning but this went away and didn't return. It was a little foggy in spots and just looked like it needs professional restoration. There's one specific selection of music that has a loud buzz underneath it, and the record I thought was too damaged to be used. But I liked the flick it was fun. Clara Bow stunned me again. I'm not disappointed in anything ... Loved it ... thx ...
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    "Hula" (Paramount 1927)

    Clara Bow throws a temper tantrum ... ... in this fast and wild little silent comedy from Paramount about a naive girl who gets her first big crush. It's fiesty Clara Bow as 'Hula' an uneducated white girl living in tropical Hawaii with her father (Albert Gran) among the local natives. Hula is an impertinent brat, she's combative and behaves like a crybaby being without a proper ladylike upbringing. You should see her table manners when she eats. She's also terribly jealous of other women and will fight like a devil to get her way. Because she's so cute (after all its Clara Bow) she can get away with certain 'things' other women cannot (and this also applies to other actresses). Interesting though, Hula has also never been taught how to lie, so all along the way, I've closely noticed, she tells it exactly as it is, the truth every time, no matter who she addresses. When a handsome, but much older English engineer named Anthony (Clive Brook) arrives to construct an irrigation system, he instantly catches Hula's eye being a 'man' unlike anyone she has ever seen before. In a classic improvised Clara Bow moment, she stands close to him and looks him over without blinking. Up and down, side to side to get herself a real good eyeful of the tall and distinguished Clive Brook. She takes just as long as she needs, then decides she's in love starting like from right now. And boy is she in love. And how! But there's another woman (there always is). A rival played by Arlette Marchal who is cool and cosmopolitan, miss pomp and circumstance, and she too is vying for Anthony's commune affections. Her problem is, she uses the tired old fashioned approach which is quickly disposed of by the tarty, sexually aggressive methods of Hula who has a distinct advantage that can't exactly be overstated (did I mention it is, after all Clara Bow?). Hula soon learns that Anthony is already married. She learns the hard way. His English wife (Patricia Dupont) unexpectedly shows up to announce she won't divorce Anthony, and so Hula is faced with an even bigger challenge. Can Clara Bow get her man ? What about dynamite ? Clara Bow takes a naked bath in the lagoon, gets stung by a bug, and lifts her robe plenty high so we can see the bite ... and other stuff. She also steals a grass skirt, a flower collar and does a really crazy hawaiian luau dance in her barefeet that's way over the top, even for her. Slinky flick. The elements need some work but it generally looks fine. Looks like a 16mm transfer from a vhs. Needs a new score too.
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    Lost Silents by Ford, Clara Bow Found in New Zealand

    I'm dying to see something new from Corinne Griffith ... or Vilma Banky ... What ever came about with that 'hoard' from Argentina ? ... Has anyone seen a verified list ?
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    A STAR IS BORN!!!!

    Awesome post ... there's hope for this generation yet ... You won't believe this, but I just found the original Columbia Records (CL 1101) soundtrack LP to this movie today. Brought it home for a dollar. I love finding a bargain. I snag these old soundtrack albums when I see them for the valuable information in the liner notes printed on the backside sleeve; oftimes snippets of goody info about the production not found elsewhere. Mostly they focus on the approach to the music and the philosophy regarding it. And sometimes we hear from the star ... . . . "It is difficult to be objective about one's performance. You simply cannot, no matter how hard you try, see yourself as others see you. This is especially true in making a motion picture. There is no audience to play to, only a large crowd of technicians behind a very candid camera. But perhaps this professional "audience" is a surer guide to achievement than any other. After all, this is a group that is paid to do a job. They are not there primarily to be entertained. So, when after I sang a song on the set of "A Star Is Born," some of these veterans applauded I knew that it was a spontaneous reaction and that I had made contact with their emotions. This is how I gauged myself for the singing you will hear in the Transcona Enterprises motion picture for Warner Bros. and on this Columbia Record. When we were shooting "A Star Is Born," at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, I would try to make the electricians and the cameramen and the others react to the song. If it was a humorous number, I would try to make them laugh, if it was a blues, I would try to make them feel in the spirit of the song, Only when they had shown the emotion the particular song was supposed to evoke did I feel that my job was properly done. This technique was something I had worked out in my recent personal appearance tours. I used to think of audiences as something important but remote. But after I got out on the stage at the Palace in New York and the Palladium in London, and could feel the warmth sweeping up at me from the rows of people who had come to see me, I realized in a very real way that people were on my side. This is a relaxing thing for an artist, and is the only measure of human contact, which is to say, a successful performance. When people react openly the way you feel inside, you know you are reaching them. In singing these songs from "A Star Is Born," I have tried to make each of them an emotional experience, Each song mirrors a different mood, a different phase of the picture. Each should give you the pleasure of enjoying fine entertainment." ~ Judy Garland . . . I'm excited about listening to this. The vinyl looks excellent. Sometimes these old soundtracks give ya slightly different versions than what he hear in the movie. Sometimes not. Don't always know what your gonna get till ya listen. Plus it's fun ...
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    Lost Silents by Ford, Clara Bow Found in New Zealand

    Ouch that's another detail I guess I missed. The list is looking less and less appealing with each correction that comes along. Well anyway, they said 75 films, so who knows what else they got ...
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    Lost Silents by Ford, Clara Bow Found in New Zealand

    Bloop I made a mistake. I apologize and I guess Jeffrey won't be happy but the title is actually "Kick Me Again" 1925 instead. Stars Charles Puffy wearing women's clothes (?) ...
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    Lost Silents by Ford, Clara Bow Found in New Zealand

    Treasure is buried all over the planet. Things are being dug up all the time. Isn't it fun? Ya know, for silent movie lovers, this seems to be a pretty good last few years for new discoveries. The article reads like Brian Meacham has the situation pretty much well in hand as far as what can be done to preserve what's been found here. They are saying the material is original nitrate so there will be issues with warpage, shrinkage and fracturing. This stuff has been known to literally disintigrate right in the fingertips. But this looks like a happy little treasure trove of silent gems; let's hope they don't lose much. They come right out and say it's 75 films so that's pretty good. Didn't we recently hear about thirty plus Norma Talmadge titles existing? Stuff is slowly coming back. From everything I'm seeing here, including the slideshow they featured, it looks like what we have is a short list that includes: "The Woman Hater" 1910; A Pearl White romance short (I think (?)) "Little Brother" 1913; a short romance film with William Russell and Florence La Badie. "The Girl Stage Driver" 1914; a short western drama with Norbert A Myles and Edna Payne. "Won in the Cupboard" 1914; the short comedy title directed by Mabel Normand. "The Active Life of Dolly and the Daisies" 1914; something tells me this is a serial. Can't really tell. "Why Husbands Flirt" 1918; Bobby Vernon comedy short from Al Christie. Also has Dorothy Dane. "Maytime" 1923 ... the Clara feature they call a period drama. "Mary of the Movies" 1923; Columbia from John McDermott and Marion Mack. Huge cast of girls. "Kiss Me Again" 1925; stars Marie Prevost, Monte Blue and Clara Bow. from Ernst Lubitsch. "The Big Show" 1926; a number of silents had this title. This is John Lowell and Evangeline Russell. "Upstream" 1927; the FW Murnau influence on early John Ford. "Strong Boy" 1929; with Victor McLaglen, Leatrice Joy and J Farrell McDonald. From John Ford. Can you tell I'm excited ?
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    mauritz stiller

    thx for the info Jeffrey ... I know I've beaten this dead horse to oblivion but the thing that most confused me about "The Joyless Street" was the inexplicable fact that kino who first issued the film on VHS, never followed it up with a dvd release, even in what was it's most current state of restoration. They must've have known a newer project was in the works. It's really about the only VHS silent kino issued back then that they didn't upgrade on the market with a dvd and so that puzzled me. I have the VHS so I've seen what exists. It was expensive too but was the only way for me to see it finally. It runs 96 minutes. I've just always wondered about what new pieces have been found because it's such in interesting film ... I hope the long delays are worth the wait ...
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    mauritz stiller

    I wasn't aware that "The Joyless Street" got what you say is a 'full length restoration' dvd release in Europe. That's interesting and encouraging news to me. Last I heard, albiet several years ago, was that more and more tiny snippets of footage kept surfacing so restorative projects were delayed until a script could be found. But if the new issue is full-length, that's awesome. Hopefully we'll get to see that come out region 1 really soon. It's not exactly the Garbo we're used to, but it's Garbo nonetheless, and that will always count for something in my eyes ...
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    mauritz stiller

    Hi Jeffrey, how's life ? I have "Hotel Imperial" on dvd in my silent film collection. A very good friend of mine sent me a copy of this ... uh remember? I don't recall the circumstances, but I was either extremely sleepy or terribly bored, but I only made it through about ten minutes of this, and turned it off. I'll haveto watch this again just for Pola Negri ... *edit* once again I had to log out and log back in to post this. When I have guests come visit me, I don't throw them out after nine minutes. Apparently guests are treated differently here ...

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