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I purchased a new HDTV recently, and my Brother made the comment as to why would I purchase a new TV when all I watch is black and white. It's true! I love black and white when watching a good Drama or Mystery. Other members of my family have made the comment that I was born 50 years too late. This I also cannot argue with.

 

One of my favorite nights is Sunday Silent Movie night. Robert Osborne made the comment that most of the movies from the silent era were destroyed because the studios didn't feel anyone would watch them since sound was invented. How sad, just think of all the history that was lost!

 

Robert if your listening, would you show a silent film shorty after the end of World War I...1918? Hopefully a story about soldiers coming home after the war ended if one is available.

 

Thank you,

 

Don

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eighthof8!,

 

King Vidor's THE BIG PARADE (MGM, 1925) is on TCM next month for the first time in 5 years. But it isn't airing on Silent Sunday Nights. It is running on Memorial Day, or actually really early the next morning so be sure to record it. One of the greatest movies ever made in my opinion, and belongs on every top 10 list! Still not on DVD, but Warner's is working on it again finally. This won't be the latest restoration that is airing completed in 2004, but it does have the Carl Davis score. Hopefully, we will see the new master before the end of the year.

 

TCM ran WINGS three times in 2008, but not the superior Kevin Brownlow Photoplay Productions Restoration with the Carl Davis score. It has never been broadcast in this country. Although hopefully TCM will obtain the rights sometime. Paramount is supposed to be working on a potential DVD, and a fresh new digital transfer, but I haven't heard anything new since last fall. And the chances of this givening us the Carl Davis score seem rather remote.

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gagman66,

 

Thanks for the heads up! I didn't look up the synopsis of "The Big Parade" before replying to your post, but I'll be sure not to miss it. I have this severe thirst for war movies and history, with my favorite time in history being around the World War I era. Makes me sick so much material was destroyed by the studios after the beginning of the talkies.

 

I have seen "Wings" several times. I was unaware there was another restoration in existence. Have you seen the Kevin Brownlow edition, or have you only heard of it? One other question, is the Kevin Brownlow edition an updated digital original, or is it a completely different version?

 

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route66,

 

What a great name you choose to use! Yes, I've seen "Wings" several times. What I'd really like to see is a film based on a soldier that's off to war leaving his family behind, the terror he encounters fighting in the trenches, and the hell he goes through trying to recover once he returns home. If this type of film was never made, it should've been on my opinion.

 

Thank you for the suggestion,

 

Don

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goldensilents,

 

What a great name...perfect! Thank you for answering my question about whether Robert reads these posts. Of course I don't need to tell you that I agree with black and white being a beautiful thing!

 

Are you familiar with silent dramas about families suffering through the effects of WW I? I'd like to search and find some if they are available somewhere on the net. Hard to believe but some do not care for silent movies! I know you and others are probably having a hard time believing it. But it's true! My wife does not care for silents, nor does she care for black and whites! Yes, shame on her!

 

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Aww, no, no "shame on her". It takes some people awhile. What would help is if you actually purchased some silent films on DVD and watched them on your tv, instead of watching them on the net. Because of compression the images are rarely as nice as they are on official, legit DVDs.

 

Watch a few really good ones and she might just come around.

 

*Four Sons* is a good silent about World War One and how it affected citizens. It's out on DVD. You can go to Amazon dot com and search for it. It has excellent visual quality and sound, too, and some beautiful performances.

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My wife and I always preferred movies from the 30's & 40's to anything else. But she never followed me back into pre-code or silent films and I haven't been able to convince her to sit and watch one.

 

The Big Parade is a must see. To top it off it's got Renee Adoree. I also agree with Four Sons and Wings. J'Accuse is also a good WW1 film where the dead soldiers come home to check on their families. Probably not what you had in mind and long Gance films don't appeal to everyone.

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eightof8,

 

Yes, I have seen the Photoplay Productions WINGS and have it on DVD-R. It was produced in 1993 for the Channel Four Silents series in England. Brownlow's team, restored most, (but not all), of the original tints, and assigned Carl Davis to compose his fabulous new score. They were not able to restore the battle sequences filmed in Technicolor, as they no longer exist. I will post links here in a little bit where you can see some clips, once I locate them.

 

The problem is Paramount still own's WINGS, even though Photoplay did all the restoring. TCM wanted the Brownlow version, but they were not able to obtain the rights last year.With any luck, they will be able to run it eventually.

 

John Ford's FOUR SONS is a great film. But Fox went and replaced the brilliant original 1928 Erno-Rapee,-Lew Pollack score, and severely lessened the impact of the film as a result. The new score by Chris Caliendo is actually quite good in it's own right, but it is just not the same. With the vintage Fox Movie-Tone track this is one of the best movies ever made. Without it I can't say that.

 

 

Ah here are the links to seven clips from the Photoplay edition of WINGS:

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/wings-1927-opening-sequences

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/wings-1927-the-departure

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/wings-1927-the-giant-gotha

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/wings-1927-giant-gotha-saga

 

 

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http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/wings-1927-in-gay-puree-part

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/wings-1927-in-gay-puree-part-3

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Say, I needed to put in a word for Raoul Walsh WHAT PRICE GLORY? (1926), as it is another of my favorites. Be sure to check out these links:

 

 

 

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http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/what-price-glory-1926-lack-of

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/what-price-glory-1926

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/what-price-glory-1926-the

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/what-price-glory-1926fresh

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/what-price-glory-1926quirt-and

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/what-price-glory-1926colossal

 

 

http://goldenageofhollywood.ning.com/video/2023331:Video:89252

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I've had TCM in my home since its inception... it is invaluable even though by now I've seen almost everything they have to offer.... Robert Osborne has never been anything but a class act. While I fear TCM's constant move toward showing certain films more than once a month (there seems no need) and it's march toward showing films of the 70s and 80s etc., there is still nothing to equal its commercial-free, unedited (one hopes) films.

 

So long as TCM never relents to "modernism" and continues to showcase films and stars of the 20s and 30s, we should be ok.

 

Oh yes, and I met Osborne in Albuquerque about 10 years ago when he was traveling with the great (and I mean GREAT) Ann Miller. What a privilege!!!

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Ed,

 

It is a Jacque Feyder film. Probably murdered that spelling TCM ran it a couple years ago, and it is out on DVD. FACES OF CHILDREN is the title translated to English. Just a wonderful movie! Infinitely better than the famed PANDORA'S BOX which I positively loathed with a purple passion! Yuck!

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LOL.... Jeff you should try Louise Brooks' French silent film *Prix de Beaute*.... You might like her better in that one. I never liked Brooks' other Pabst film *Diary of a Lost Girl.*

 

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Ed,

 

I haven't seen DIARY OF A LOST GIRL yet either. I have had the DVD for a long time. Hope it's better than PANDORA? It's got to be! The other one I have on the way, and it is 20 minutes longer than the American DVD version.

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