Posts filed under "News & Notes"

Buster Keaton Laughs

Posted by Brandy Dean September 6, 2011 0 Comment 1748 views

Buster Keaton is famous for the deadest of dead pans and we all love him for it. But in Fatty Arbuckle’s 1917 “Coney Island” the script calls for Buster to deliver a big slapstick laugh and he does. He gets a bonk on the head for his trouble, perhaps explaining why he laughs so rarely. […]

Book Charlie Chaplin for Your Next Party

Posted by Brandy Dean September 1, 2011 2 Comments 2548 views

So apparently, if you’re a kid growing up in Kolkata, West Bengal, you won’t have a clown and balloon animals at your next birthday bash – you’ll have Charlie Chaplin! Chaplin is like the Elvis of West Bengal, with many many impersonators spawning a cottage industry. Personally, I can’t wait til Vegas is overtaken by […]

Today on TCM: Rancho Notorious (1952)

Posted by Brandy Dean August 31, 2011 0 Comment 1955 views

Western wear, Fritz Lang direction, (campy?) Dietrich, and George Reeves, later to play TV’s Superman and die in an enduring and intriguing Hollywood scandal – really, what more could you ask for in movie? TCM is airing Fritz Lang’s 1952 Technicolor western Rancho Notorious today at 3:15 pm EST.Is it straight-up schlock or one of […]

Rock Opera Metropolis Set to Hit 20 Cities

Posted by Brandy Dean August 30, 2011 0 Comment 2272 views

Hmm… I tend to get pretty persnickety about overtly modern soundtracks for silent movies. However, there’s no reason not to see Metropolis 1 billion times, so bring it! Girogio Moroder’s 1984 rock opera soundtrack isn’t my favorite Metropolis score, but it’s not the worst either and seeing a silent in a movie theater is always […]

School Field Named After Buster Keaton

Posted by Brandy Dean August 30, 2011 0 Comment 1024 views

Perhaps I would have enjoyed elementary school dodge ball more if I had been playing on Buster Keaton Field. It was very slap-sticky anyway. Muskegon’s Bluffton Elementary is all set to christen the ball field Buster Keaton Field.

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean August 26, 2011 1 Comment 1565 views

Pretty Clever Film Gal has been busier than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! But not so busy that she didn’t scour the interwebs for you! Before you read on, I need to send up an SOS. Do any of you dear readers use TIVO desktop to transfer and convert […]

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean August 19, 2011 2 Comments 1798 views

It’s been a busy week at Pretty Clever Films Headquarters thanks to TCM’s Summer Under the Stars. First we’re treated with Lon Chaney day and then Humphrey Bogart day. At night, I hear TIVO softly crying to himself in the other room. Even though I have roughly a gagillion movies to watch, I still took […]

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd Locations (and more)

Posted by Brandy Dean August 17, 2011 0 Comment 1842 views

John Bengtson is the author of three books about the triumverate of silent comedians, Silent Echoes, Silent Traces, and Silent Visions. These books track the real world settings used as background in the films of Keaton, Chaplin, and Lloyd and document them in a then and now fashion. For lovers of silent films, these books […]

Lon Chaney, “The Man of a Thousand Faces”

Posted by Brandy Dean August 15, 2011 3 Comments 3320 views

To celebrate the amazing Lon Chaney and TCM’s airing of 16 Chaney classics, I’ve put together a slideshow of a few of his most famous characters. Consider these images a teaser, because still images do not do justice to Lon Chaney’s tranformative performances. For example, in Mr. Wu, Chaney appears physically smaller, well beyond the […]

16 Lon Chaney Movies on TCM

Posted by Brandy Dean August 15, 2011 1 Comment 3220 views

Thanks to TCM’s August series “Summer Under the Stars” we’re being treated to 16 Lon Chaney movies today. Sixteen! If you’re not familiar with Lon Chaney, “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” this schedule is beyond an excellent primer. If you are familiar, then kick back and enjoy not only Chaney’s amazing performances, but some […]

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