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12:47pm 01/11/2005

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"A Fool There Was" 
11:02pm 06/06/2004
mood: nostalgic

If you forget the The Silents Majority almost cost me my marriage on many occasions (if I had known...), we lost our domain, the thief of our domain sold it for $3,000, and, due to someone's burning of every bridge she could find, we can't attend public screenings anymore (thanks, hon), etc., etc., we accomplished an incredible amount of really great work. At different points in our 6.5 years, we had various people from the community contribute to our on-line journal. These included photo and memorabilia collectors (Crit Davis), published writers (Bruce Long, George Katchmer, and John DiBartolo), famous historians (Tony Slide, Rudy Behlmer, and Bob Birchard), and rabid fans. One of people who wrote for us was Eve Golden.

Ms. Golden wrote reviews of films on VHS for the monthly Classic Images. This magazine focused on films and the stars of Hollywood's golden age of the 1930s and '40s. They used to also cover silent films. Ms. Golden also has written books on some of Hollywood's greatest actresses. One of them, which was published in 1996, the year The Silents Majority was founded, was Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara (Emprise Publishing).

Theda Bara was one of Hollywood's first sex symbols and made her living playing vamps. Her first role, and the one that made her a star, was the 1915 Fox production A Fool There Was. I remember this was one of the first silent films I watched on video (I had made quite a few appearances at the Silent Movie Theatre during the the previous six years). It was brutal. The character played by Theda was merciless. One scene showed a paramour blowing his head off. In the next scene, she moves her lounge chair to cover the stain on her patio made by his blood.

Now don't get me wrong. This isn't the best silent film I've seen, but it left quite an impression on me. It was the one of the first silents I saw that dealt with a serious issue, and not a Mack Sennett vehicle with Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand romping around in some park, or on some beach, or in some... (not that's there is anything wrong with some Sennett silliness, plus seeing Mabel in anything is worth it!). There were other silents that left an impression on me, such as HE Who Gets Slapped (M-G-M, 1924), starring Lon Chaney, and the Tod Browning film The Show (M-G-M, 1926), but I'll leave those for another day...

Without further ado, here is Eve Golden's review of A Fool There Was. (This reveiw was only edited to fit into an html format due to respect for its author. Also, every link in the review is now dead.)
The Iron Mask 
03:20pm 14/04/2004
mood: amused
Just thought I would share a shameless plug with you all!

The 17th Annual Silent Film Benefit on Catalina Island will be showing The Iron Mask, starring Douglas Fairbanks. It will be shown on the 1929 art deco theater of the Catalina Casino. Accompaniment by Robert Salisbury playing one of the only four working page organs in the world. $15

If you would like more information check under the LJ cut, thanks!

Silent Film Benefit
DVD set 
01:12pm 09/03/2004
mood: cheerful
I was just wondering if anyone has the DF DVD set. I got it recently for my birthday but haven't had much time to watch it. It looks great, but being done by KINO I guess you can count on that.
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Learn to Fight Like Fairbanks 
07:12pm 19/02/2004
  To anyone who may be interested, there is a nifty stage combat workshop going on in Cincinnati, OH in March. It is called "March Madness". There will be teachers there from the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), Wing Chun and Tae Kwon Do instructors, and a fencing instructor. This kind of stuff is used in renfaires all over. There are several well known acts that are trained by and even teachers in the SAFD. If you are interested in participating in human chessgames or anything else that involves sworfighting this is the place to get the skills to look GREAT! There will be classes in Quarterstaff, Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, Single Sword, Smallsword, Sword & Sheild, Knife and more. Multiple attackers, swashbuckling 101, advanced takedowns, classic film fights are just some of the classes that may be offered.You can choose to take 6 of the 18 classes being offered over a 2 day span. It should be a blast. There are people traveling from all over, Texax, Virginia, DC, and even Florida for this experience. It is open to everyone, all levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited. Go to www.clearstagecincinnati.com for more info on it.  
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"hop" and other fun substances 
08:59pm 27/11/2003
mood: amused

greetings. i'm a big fan of "the king of hollywood" and dead star theater.

tonight i had the pleasure of watching doug's portrayal of the scientific detective "Coke Ennyday" in The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Fine Arts Komedy Production, for Triangle, 1916). of course, doug was a hoot. an added bonus was Bessie Love's performance as the "Little Fish Blower." shameless, shameless fun.

does anyone know the history of this film? it seems quite odd that it came from d.w. griffith's division at triangle.
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