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watch MY video? (not so silent) [Feb. 5th, 2006|06:56 am]
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hihuy

trailer to a Buster Keaton short "One Week" 1920
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Slapstick Festival in Seattle [Aug. 9th, 2005|07:25 pm]
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twistjusty
So I've been attending some offerings of a mostly slapstick program at The Grand Illusion Cinema. It's been a learning experience! Saw some Our Gang, Bobbie Vernon (Sennett Comedian) films, Billy Franey, Snub Pollard (this man was the only one so far who made my four year old laugh), Mack Swain, and the Gump family's "A Total Loss." The latter is a very rare print with French title cards.

The tot walked out of "A Movie Star" and I had to break it to the presenter Dennis Nyback that the tot didn't think Mack Swain could carry a film by himself.

I learn so much from this program: it's much more varied than many slapstick festivals (Keaton, Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, there, we're done!): lesser-known Hal Roach stuff, Christie and Lubin produced films, Harry Langdon, late Sennett comedies starring Daphne Pollard and Carole Lombard, and more.
Article about typical Dennis Nyback offerings.
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Book! [May. 21st, 2005|01:47 pm]
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eagil
I just received the 1965 book The Films of Charlie Chaplin (Gerald D. McDonald, Michael Conway, Mark Ricci). It also has great photos of Fatty, Mabel, Edna, Ben Turpin, Chester Conklin, Keystone (heh...NERD!), etc. along with synopsis' of the shows and such. Quite a nice thing to have.

Cheers,
Tani
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Buster colorization [May. 11th, 2005|08:43 pm]
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wildwoody04
[Current Mood |creativecreative]
[Current Music |Guster-Careful]

Buster in TechnicolorCollapse )
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Charley Bowers [Apr. 17th, 2005|05:04 pm]
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kixxa
My introductory screencap is the wonderful Charley Bowers. My Buster friends will notice a similarity here, I'm sure. But, Buster's 'The General' and Charley's film 'Now You Tell One' were both made in 1926. It's just a case of comic minds thinking alike to different effect...after all, Charley is trying to kill himself...*g*

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How would you feel if the majority of your life's work, your wonderful films, the stop-motion animation techniques you pioneered and toiled endless hours over, that you sweated blood to perfect, that were critically acclaimed, ended up being totally forgotten in the on-rush of sound? And, if that precious art, a few remaining decomposing reels, ended up a flickering side-attraction as part of a gypsy's travelling tent show?

In the 1960's Raymond Borde of the Toulouse Cinematique offered 5 francs for every kilo of old film that was brought to him. One day, a gypsy brought in some battered cannisters, and Raymond opened them, ran the film, and was amazed. He'd never heard of 'Bricolo'. And yet, the films had a high production value, boasted a large cast of actors, and were obviously the work of a talented and singular mind. They were delightfully surreal, combining stop-motion puppetry and animation with live action. And doing it seamlessly. It took years before the link from the French 'Bricolo', to the American, 'Charley Bowers' was made. Today, hardly anyone knows anything about him, either professionally or personally, and that's such a shame.

ETA: This is a site I found with more Charley Bowers information and a few more images of his work. It's very well written, albeit sketchy. He was a very enigmatic character. More info on Charley.

some screencaps taken from 'Now You Tell Me', from the DVD, 'Charley Bowers: The Rediscovery of an American Comic Genius' (the DVD contains seven comedies and eight animated short films)Collapse )
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And we've another one... [Apr. 16th, 2005|05:12 am]
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eagil
Happy Birthday to Charlie Chaplin, indeed.

Art is to be Celebrated in Life and Art gives Beauty and Meaning to Life.

All I know is that I am an artist, and I must have one million dollars.

~Tani
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Another event... [Mar. 24th, 2005|06:54 am]
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eagil
Happy Birthday to Roscoe Arbuckle!
I don't have a banner this time. Wow. Then again, I just found out a couple days back. Silly uninfomed me.

~Tani
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UK Editions? [Feb. 23rd, 2005|09:42 pm]
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laughingrat
I've been wanting to get a friend in England a Buster Keaton DVD--probably one with "Sherlock, Jr." on it, but not necessarily--but am not really sure if there's a restored edition of his movies out overseas, or what edition(s) are considered to be the highest quality. Can anyone help me out with suggestions? I'm in the US, but I would be using Amazon.co.uk to actually make the purchase.

Any help is very much appreciated, as I am frankly stumped on this one. :)


Crossposted--apologies if it hits your friendspage more than once.
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Mabel's death... [Feb. 23rd, 2005|11:00 am]
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eagil
from Will Rogers' syndicated column, February 24, 1930

Poor little wind-tossed Mabel Normand died. She has given
the world much laughter, and strangers and friends much
financial aid. I hope no one writes of her -- only the ones that
had met and known her. Her last press notices would be beautiful.


She died 75 years ago...1930 doesn't seem that long ago. Or I'm just deranged. *was born in wrong century* *should've been born in the 90's* *ponders* *maybe not* *ah, screw it*

I won’t be able to go the cemetery tomorrow but in 1930 February 22 Mabel was dying at the Pottingers Sanitarium in Monrovia California. In the wee hours of Sunday morning February 23 Mabel Normand passed away. Tonight in Los Angeles the sky is crying. -Marilyn


Tani's little devoted corner...

Don't know what else to say on the matter. I still love my Mabel, yo. S'pose I'll stop acting like an idiot now and mourn/obsess properly. Sigh.

~Tani

x-posted to mabel_normand
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Screencaps from 'The Cameraman' [Feb. 19th, 2005|09:15 pm]
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kixxa

A monkey cranking a machine gun. Now that's something you don't see everyday. (The monkey's name is Josephine.)

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