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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. 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. 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. 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. 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 to
  5. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  9. Harold Lloyd (Grandma's Boy 1922) next: retired young
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. Rudolph Valentino (his only voice recording where he sings 2 songs, he tried) next: remembered for one major role
  14. I just loved this movie, Stella Maris thinks there is only peace and happiness in the world, she has never heard of war or hunger and thinks everyone is happy because she was told this ever since she was a child; her friend John comes to see her and tell stories of his wonderful castle and happy life. In reality, there was war and hunger, and John's real life was miserable, the world that Stella knew did not exist. It would be so difficult to one day find out your world was nothing like you thought and to adjust to a scary new place you didn't even know existed. It makes you wonder if Stella's
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