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About VilmaBanky

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  1. Oh wow! I got to see Sunrise for the very first time this summer and it just confirmed my love of Murnau! I'm learning so much on this web site. All this just in time for Christmas! I agree about saving all of these movies and getting them ready for sale on DVD. Actually I think there should be a Silent Film Channel. I'm sure I'm not the first one to come up with that.....
  2. VilmaBanky

    Lip Reading

    Well apparently, I've become a pretty good lip reader by watching all of these silents! I didn't realize how much cussing went on in these movies! Also I've noticed that if the action is in France then the actors are speaking French (in the Four Horsemen anyway). Pretty cool. I also like the fact that their lines almost exactly match the Inter Titles. It just makes them much more interesting to me. I guess that's a given, but I didn't realize how closely the scripts are followed even though the film doesn't have any dialogue we can hear. I would have loved to be on the set while th
  3. Hey you never know, stranger things have happened. Did I ever mention how much I like THE COSSACKS? It's so much fun. Love to watch it! Thanks Jeffrey for introducing it to me!
  4. Hey! I can't see the picture of Vilma and I really want to. I love the name Vilma it sounds like a German trying to say "Wilma" or something.
  5. I agree. People were so reckless (not just these film stars but pretty much almost everybody) and with the "health care" back then...yikes! I hope these films get show on TCM too.
  6. Very cool. I wonder how come so many of these silent stars died so young? What gives?
  7. +Do not grieve at the passing of mortality,for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you,and the saints all stand and applaud you. So faraway,so faraway and yet so close. Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close" -Anonymous+ I can't believe that you quoted Nick Cave!!! He is a fantastic song writer and singer. WOW! He never gets any credit for all of the great stuff he has done. I'm a fan.
  8. Actually, thanks for reminding me. I have had a lot to see recently. Guess I'm just getting really greedy....I just want more and more.....
  9. Garbo is truly great! I liked (in the documentary) how they tried to bill her as more likable for "Ninotchka" ..."she doesn't want to be alone any more".....it was clear that the studios were as puzzled by her as some of her fans. What a brilliant woman.
  10. You know I thought it was my imagination that the pre-code films and older films (silents in particular) were being neglected for more films from later eras and now I see where I was correct. I'm checking and rechecking the schedules but I do think that the older films were shown more in past years. Some of these can't been seen anywhere else. It's why I became such a fan of TCM. They were paying attention now I'm not so sure.
  11. Oh those lobby cards are fantastic!!!!! THANK YOU!!! I love seeing these pictures!
  12. I am so glad I got to see Marie in "Prosperity". She was wonderful!!!! She had me laughing out loud when they were both talking terribly about the two ministers. The pickle in the mouth was priceless.
  13. Yes and that was a hit song if I'm not mistaken. When I watched the Chaplin documentary they mentioned that Charlie had a very extensive background in music. He really could do it all. I had a box of tissues right next to me for the end of City Lights. We have a Doberman and she gets really upset when I cry so she was howling too (which made me laugh). What an excellent film. It gets me every time.
  14. Here is the link to Donna Hill's fantastic Valentino web site. There are several interior shots of Falcon Lair. I saw a tapestry on the wall of his living room but I'm not 100% sure that it's the same one. Check it out.... [img=http://www.rudolph-valentino.com/fl-12a.htm/post.gif] http://www.rudolph-valentino.com Message was edited by: VilmaBanky
  15. I'll have to check on that particular picture. He did have a lot of Moroccan AND Spanish things around because he collected them on his travels to Europe. Also this was very much his taste. He liked things from the "Old World" in his home even though he was a modern man. If you have any interest in Falcon Lair from the Valentino years vs. the Doris Duke years the Valentino Collection DVD has a complete tour of Falcon Lair showing (with still photos) both eras and a great interior tour done by Tracy Terhun. It's so great because everything that he got with his video camera is now gone. The
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