Silent film lovers of the Tumblrverse—I NEED YOUR HELP!
I’m just a girl with a humble blog, but sometimes I get lucky. My friend over at film review site FilmFracture (plug!) managed to hook me up with a press pass (me, press? !!) to the 46th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. The festival takes place over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-6th in Hollywood. The line-up is mostly silent films, most of which I’ve never heard of and all except one I’ve never seen. The tentpole screening is the “west coast re-premiere” (whatever that means) of the lost Keystone Chaplin film A Thief Catcher that was rediscovered earlier this year.
That’s where Tumblr comes in. I’m doing my best to prepare notes on all the films screened, but almost all of them are hopelessly obscure to me (I only recognize a handful of directors and stars—William Wellman, Harold Lloyd, Jean Harlow, Frank Capra, a few others). Here is the list of scheduled screenings. And here is my proposition:
If you see a film on the list that you love and would recommend, tell me! Why do you love it? What should I look out for?
If you see a film you haven’t seen but really want to, tell me! I’ll be sure to write up a detailed review (at this point, I’m planning on doing a festival overview piece and a couple write-ups on standout individual films). If you have specific things I should look out for, I’ll make sure to note those, too.
I know there are a lot of silent film fans on Tumblr and I love you guys and your quality posts. I’ve never been to a film festival before, so I’m a little nervous and want to do my best. Please reblog, retweet, rewhatever this at your pleasure and if anyone else is going to Cinecon, don’t be shy!
I’ve had just about enough of the idiot ads for modern romantic comedy flicks—so much so that I felt the need to make a post especially to convince my followers that silent films NEED to make a comeback.
Guy and girl have a cute fling, guy either does something bad or girl doubts herself/her…
Just finished season 3, episode 3 of Mad Men, so I'd just like to shout out a couple things, since I've got nobody to share it with.
Paul was kicked out of glee club for being "too tall". Perfect.
Joan plays a pretty mean accordion. Her voice is pretty good too!
Pete Campbell certainly knows how to cut a rug.
Roger in black make up? Very uncomfortable.
Overall I think it's been the best episode so far. The season premiere seeed a little lackluster to me, but who am I to question Matthew Weiner?
Yes, that is a great episode. Especially the Campbells’ prodigious dance moves. The season only gets better from there, trust me. And Christina Hendricks actually can play the accordian, which is why it was written into the show. Such a weird, magical moment.
Hey, I just got on the Men Men train today. With the constant hype and your great stills it's been a losing fight to deny the genius that is Matthew Weiner, we're 5 episodes in and it's pretty wonderful.
Heck yes! Enjoy the rest of the ride. The quality is that show is overwhelming and given your love of film fashion, I can’t even imagine how much you’re loving the look. Production and costume design HEAVEN.
Martin Scorsese Attends Free iMovie Demonstration At Apple Store
NEW YORK—Filmmaker Martin Scorsese went to a free iMovie demonstration at the Apple Store Wednesday, attentively watching the tutorial for the video-editing software from a front-row seat, sources reported.
Scorsese, who won the 2006 Academy Award for best director, reportedly interrupted the presentation more than a dozen times to ask questions about importing footage, creating on-screen titles, and adding sound effects. According to Apple Store employees, the 67-year-old film legend regularly jotted down notes on a yellow legal pad while the moderator demonstrated the step-by-step process for creating movies on a Macintosh.
"Importing, editing, post-production—they got it all on the computer," said Scorsese, who arrived 20 minutes early for the in-store workshop. "I like it. You can make your pictures right on there, it’s tremendous."
"And it’s so intuitive, my gosh," Scorsese added. "You just take your shots and you drag and drop them—drag, drop, drag, drop, wherever you want them to go. It’s going to make things so much easier for me and [longtime editor] Thelma [Schoonmaker]."
Scorsese, who is widely regarded as one of the most important artists in the history of American cinema, was reportedly fascinated that iMovie was capable of making footage slow down, speed up, or play backward. The living legend said he was also impressed that, by clicking a single button, a complex tracking shot could be instantly changed into black-and-white to fully emphasize the repugnance of masculine insecurities.
"I haven’t been this enamored of a title screen since my mother took me to see Duel In The Sun when I was 6,” said Scorsese, standing up to address the iMovie demonstrator and the audience. “So just to clarify, all I have to do is go to the title menu, type a word, and that will be superimposed over the screen? That’s just an extraordinary feature. Look at that, you can make words scroll like credits at the end of a movie. Wait until I tell Brian De Palma about this.”
Scorsese reportedly approached the Apple employee after the demonstration and obtained his e-mail address so he could send him any additional questions he might have.
"He was very enthusiastic about how quickly a Hollywood-style movie could be made," said Jared Brunner, 26, who gave the presentation. "He kept talking about how it was going to change the nature of filmmaking, because iMovie allows for effortless self- expression, and then he started listing all these obscure directors."
"Every time I do one of these things there’s a guy like him," Brunner added.
While viewing the sample movie Day At The Beach, Scorsese inquired about adding a soundtrack to the clip to fully capture the emotional impact of Jenny falling in the sand as she dives for the volleyball.
"You can get Derek and the Dominos, the Rolling Stones, the Ronettes, anybody you want," Scorsese said. "You just take the song you want from your iTunes program and then you can line it up so the music starts playing right when everyone gathers around the bonfire. Boy, that’s really something."
After learning that the Apple music application GarageBand could be used to compose original scores for iMovie, Scorsese reportedly contacted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robbie Robertson, guitarist for The Band, and urged him to attend a tutorial for the software. Eyewitnesses reported overhearing Scorsese repeatedly yell “You can record your own songs, Robbie!” into a pay phone outside the Apple Store.
Scorsese announced that he’s currently developing a $70 million remake of the iMovie classic The Dog Wash. (via)
Oh, my. God bless The Onion. Duel in the Sun…Brian de Palma…I can’t even. This is so beautiful, like Robert De Niro dancing to “Gimme Shelter” forever and ever.
“O’Toole and myself had a ball when we were roistering. I remember once in London we both admired a beautiful Canadian girl. Anyway, the two of us spent all night drinking in a pub and her name wasn’t mentioned once before we said elaborate goodbyes, only to bump into each other 20 minutes later at said maiden’s block of flats. The game was up, we struck a deal. Peter would try and smoothtalk his way into her bedroom using the intercom and his abundant charm. I would climb up the drainpipe to her sixth floor room and try to attract her attention that way. First come, first served, as it were. I nearly killed myself with my mountaineering efforts but eventually reached her balcony and peered in. Peter had literally, that moment, walked into the room to claim his prize. As they headed to the bedroom he looked back and saw my dishevelled figure and winked. I nearly fell down just from laughing.”—Sean Connery, on his raucous exploits with Peter O’Toole