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  1. 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.
  2. I am currently trying to watch "Mabuse the Gambler" which is appearing on TCM for the first time. This movie has been on my list of movies I've wanted to see for years. However, it has been made very difficult to watch. It is a silent movie with subtitles. However, the subtitles are superimposed over the ornate German title cards. The English subtitles are therefore almost impossible to make out. I have to pause the film and then try to separate one language from another. There is no border or background to make them stand out. I can't believe this is good for any watchers, including anyone who can read German. Why has this not been taken into consideration? This is also similar to a showing of Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" which was in Japanese with English subtitles which were in white lettering, even when there was a white background. Another complaint involves the movies "Metropolis" and "Lost Horizon". Both are constantly being altered with "found footage" and even "found audio". In one case, "Lost Horizon" is shown with audio playing over STILL PHOTOS of the actor speaking. Metropolis has been altered with new title cards from found notes so we can read what is not being shown. In no case did I feel they made a significant difference. They only ruined the viewing experience. I'm sorry, but unless they are being shown to a college class or a special meeting of film buffs, they are ruined. These are supposed to be films, not cobbled together bits and pieces. Try to imagine some commercial films with these alterations. Why should movies on TCM be less entertaining than new mainstream films?
  3. Halloween/Scary Silent Movies!

    Halloween is coming up and one of my favorite things to do around this holiday is watch scary movies! There are so many wonderful films to watch around Halloween, however, some of the best scary movies often get overlooked. There are many frightening silent films that are absolutely perfect for this time of year! The silence almost makes creepy scenes even more terrifying! Here are two of my personal favorite scary/thriller/suspense silent movies! 1. The Lodger: A Story of The London Fog (1927) This early Alfred Hitchcock movie is full of suspense and keeps you guessing. The plot focuses on a string of "Jack the Ripper" type murders happening in London. A mysterious lodger (Ivor Novello) arouses suspicion and people begin wondering if he could be the killer! 2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) John Barrymore's convincing acting along with some very eerie special effects combine to make this classic tale thoroughly chilling and a perfect Halloween movie. This film contains an early performance by Nita Naldi; this is the film that helped her gain some recognition. What are some of your favorite "scary" silent movies (this can be anything you'd watch around Halloween: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror etc.) ?
  4. Silent Movies on TCM

    It looks like TCM will be showing some silent films in the following days! Tonight a Lillian Gish movie will be on, so if you're interested, be sure to check it out; some Charlie Chaplin movies will be on, a 1917 film with Buster Keaton and "Fatty" Arbuckle is being shown, lots of neat sounding movies are scheduled! Thank you TCM!
  5. I have to admit my silent film knowledge is low. Any help would be appreciated.

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