Pearls of wisdom from Buster Keaton. This is a clip posted by CBC on YouTube. I think the entire interview is on the CBC Archives, but I have plug-in problems so I can see it. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLhCOZlYnpk&w=425&h=349]
Rare Charlie Chaplin animation to go under the hammer – Film – Lifestyle from @walesonline.
Proof that funny cat vids have been with us for a long, long time. I was reading some high-minded discussions of the tension between profit motives and scientific idealism in early silent films, and then I remembered this little gem. The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton’s), an Edison Motion Pictures production from 1894. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qre61opE_g&w=425&h=349]
TV tropes takes a look at the tropes deployed (and subverted) in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. But… “The film was made to metaphorically express the dangers of hospitals in World War I when “malingering” soldiers were confined in hospitals under their manipulative doctors.” Really now?
Here’s some more interesting notes on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, from www.filmmonthly.com. Jon Sebastien is maybe a little too harsh on American filmmakers of 1920 (no deeper than a puddle?), but he more distinctly draws the direct line to from Caligari to Tim Burton, specifically Edward Scissorhands.
My introduction to Jimmy Stewart came via the Rich Little impersonation featured in commercials for Little Debbie snack cakes. Those are some tasty snack cakes, but that’s a very sorry way to be introduced to Jimmy Stewart. It took me years to make the connection, and I wish I hadn’t. Here’s a much more fitting […]
I came across this interesting piece on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, titled “Expression and Character in the Movements of Cesare.” If you agree with Nancy Thuleen’s basic thesis, you have to rethink the level of sophistication inherent in this film. To denote character by differing styles of movement is a big leap for 1920, […]