Category Archives: Silent Film

UPDATE: Rare Buster Keaton Footage Resurfaces – And You Can Help Bring It To Audiences

UPDATE 12/19/13 10 PM (ET) at end of post In 1964, 68-year-old Buster Keaton began production on FILM, a two-reel (mostly) silent short written by Samuel Beckett, the Irish playwright and author of Waiting for Godot. Things did not go … Continue reading

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Screening Report: THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927) at Nitehawk Cinema

There were no electric guitars or digital loop stations in the 1920s. But that didn’t stop musicians Clifton Hyde and Zach Eichenhorn from using them to accompany a 1927 horror film at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn yesterday. “I have no … Continue reading

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Screening Report: Clara Bow in IT (1927) at Nitehawk Cinema

Talking is never okay at the movies. But what about singing? Vocalist Mary Alouette and the djangOrchestra accompanied Clarence G. Badger’s IT (1927) today during a brunch screening at the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, and the result was surprisingly effective. … Continue reading

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Silent Film Evangelist Kickstarts Restorations of Classics

Spike Lee, Zach Braff, and Ben Model? Like some elite entertainment industry players whose names may be better known, Model, the Manhattan-based musician and composer, is using the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to finance a film release. But there are a … Continue reading

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Screening Report: The Hitchcock 9 at BAM

What director’s trademarks include nail-biting setpieces on historic precipices, the “wrong man” accused of a crime, the dangerous (usually icy blonde) female, murder with an outsized carving knife, and creative cameo appearances in his owns films? Even the greenest film … Continue reading

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Make Friends with Baby Peggy – Tonight on TCM

1924 was a busy year for Peggy-Jean Montgomery: she starred in four feature films; headlined seven comedy short subjects; served as on-stage mascot for the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden; and became one of the first merchandized celebrities, … Continue reading

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Screening Report: Harold Lloyd in THE KID BROTHER (1927) at Film Forum – Hurricane Sandy Special!

“Pretty good audience for Hurricane Sandy,” Repertory Director Bruce Goldstein said before Sunday’s screening of Harold Lloyd’s THE KID BROTHER (1927) at Film Forum – a theater on the outskirts of a New York City neighborhood about to be evacuated. … Continue reading

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Screening Report: THE LOVES OF PHARAOH (1922) at Brooklyn Academy of Music

I saw the German silent epic THE LOVES OF PHARAOH (1922) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater on Saturday night with extremely high expectations. Unfortunately, while the film itself was stunning, the overall experience was not. Directed by Ernst … Continue reading

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Screening Report: SPEEDY (1928) at Film Forum with John Bengtson, Pierre Etaix and a Sing-along!

Today’s screening of SPEEDY (1928) at Film Forum was delightful, with a sold out house, lots of enthusiastic kids and some special guests. The program began with LOOK PLEASANT PLEASE (1918), a one-reel short recently “rediscovered” and restored by the The … Continue reading

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A Modern Day Buster Keaton – Pierre Etaix at Film Forum

When asked why he was making his first visit to New York City, Pierre Étaix smiled broadly. “It’s never too late,” the 83-year-old actor/director said, as the capacity crowd at Film Forum signaled their enthusiastic agreement. Still vibrant and playful, the … Continue reading

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