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  1. [Here|http://i386.photobucket.com/albums/oo305/rogerchristianskarsten/CIMG1147.jpg] is a photo I took of Barbara La Marr's grave at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles (summer '08).
  2. Actually it's just the trailer to STRONG BOY, not the whole film. At least that's what the slideshow says.
  3. "Bachelor Brides" is held at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. You can make a viewing appointment to see it.
  4. Wow, THE MONKEY TALKS is a film I've read about and have wanted to see for a long time! Thanks for posting the advertising material and the screen captures. Would be great to have a chance to see it some time.
  5. Maybe even the powers-that-be of TCM haven't seen the film yet! Hopefully they'll re-air it sometime within the next few years (!), since I'm in Europe at the moment, and won't get to see the premiere! :-(
  6. So, who else is over the moon (as I am) that this William Haines flick is going to be shown on Sunday? Too bad, though, that the TCM website doesn't yet have an article posted in their "Silent Sunday Nights" feature page for December. Especially since it's the first showing of the month, by the time they get an article written, the movie will already have aired!
  7. As far as I know, anyone can make a viewing appointment. They'll have you fill out a form and ask you what the purpose of your visit is, but you can just say you're doing "personal research." You don't need to have academic credentials to be a researcher. At UCLA, they do charge a small fee for watching films that are on 35mm. If the film is on 16mm, however, they'll transfer it to a video tape and you can watch it in their media room for free of charge.
  8. The UCLA restoration of THE BARKER has been shown at the university's biannual Festival of Preservation, as well as at the Cinecon festival in Los Angeles. I wasn't able to attend either screening, but it may still be making the rounds. And you can always schedule an individual viewing appointment through UCLA, if you happen to be in Los Angeles.
  9. I was just jotting down a list to this effect the other night... BEGGARS OF LIFE (1928) w/ Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen and Louise Brooks This is probably my favorite silent film. Love the scene in the haystack! OUR MODERN MAIDENS (1929) w/ Joan Crawford, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., et al This is probably one of two silent films I've seen more than three times, and I never get tired of it. NOSFERATU (1922) -- yes, Murnau's classic is the other film that holds up for me, even after repeated viewings. In fact, each time I notice something that I hadn't seen before.
  10. Well, all right, VAMPYR isn't exactly a silent film, but it does display a silent film aesthetic (emphasizing the visual instead of the dialogue). I watched this a few days ago, having only seen parts of it when it has aired on TCM in the past. The opening is absolutely mesmerizing. The camera work is so skillful, you would be forgiven for wondering whether the film was shot in the 1930s or the 1960s! What struck me was the way the camera moves so fluidly through the house (obviously a real house, not a movie set -- notice how the camera shows the ceilings of rooms), how everything look
  11. I was just thinking the other day, after having watched the trailer to the new film BEOWULF (which features the likenesses and voices of live actors, but is 100% computer-generated animation), that this may be an interesting way to "resurrect" lost films like LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT. Of course, nothing can replace the original, but just think of the possibilites... Especially in the case of LAM, people's expectations of how the film looked probably exceed the reality. Some creative filmmaker with a strong enough interest in the film could in fact create a life-like version, all with comput
  12. The Alloy Orchestra has created a great score for THE UNKNOWN, and also for THE BLACK PIRATE, which I experienced live in Minneapolis five years ago.
  13. SLIDE, KELLY, SLIDE is a great film. I've got a brief review posted on the IMDB. Seems like an appropriate film for TCM to program for baseball's opening weekend, don't you think? :-)
  14. I've seen THE RED DANCE, and remember enjoying it. Of course, I'm a Charles Farrell fan, and as such am inclined to be more sympathetic to anything he's in. The photography is quite good, though, I can especially remember a romantic scene with Farrell and Dolores Del Rio by the fireplace. There's a Fox Movietone score, too, with a "theme song": "Someday, Somewhere We'll Meet Again". I have a copy of the sheet music! By the way, the director of the film is Raoul Walsh.
  15. When I saw this film on TCM's schedule, I had to pick myself up off the floor and manually close my jaw! Ah, the chance to see a "new" William Haines film -- I mean, has anyone actually seen this one since the late 1920s? -- what a treat! Hope the score will be a good one. If it's true that SPRING FEVER will also turn up on TCM next year, I'll be over the moon.
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