Film Friday Weekly Roundup: The Come Up and See Me Sometime Edition
It’s been like Christmas and a birthday rolled into one for silent film fans this week. TCM featured Lillian Gish and set the interwebs ablaze with talk about the finest Griffith-Gish collaborations. The Speechless Blogathon sponsored by Eternity of Dream kicks off today, bringing us first viewing impressions of silent film classics. Could it get any better? I mean, it could get better if Buster Keaton came back from the dead and started making movies again, but in lieu of that, I’ll take what we have today. My own contribution to the Speechless Blogathon on Pastrone’s Cabiria is coming, so get all wiggly with anticipation. Until then, here’s the best the interwebs had to offer this week. Happy reading and happy viewing!
Only the Cinema watches Tartuffe.
Does it get better than Kiss Me Deadly? 24 Frames watches and answers.
Film Rebellion reviews one of my very personal favs, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (or Der Speiler in German, which is just more fun to say).
The Hollywood Revue reviews Lillian Gish in The Wind.
You can’t talk film fashion without talking Edith Head. The TFS does that and posts a gallery of sketches to boot!
Noir & Chick Flicks watches Broken Blossoms. This is D.W. Griffith’s finest, n’est pas?
Caftan Woman tackles Chaney, Huston, and Kongo.
The Movie Morlocks set adrift with Griffith and Gish.
True Classics reviews Lillian Gish in The Scarlett Letter.
Criterion Cast makes the case for Hitchcock’s The Lodger.
Do you want to see the only known film footage of Mark Twain, shot by Thomas Edison? Sure you do.
When you see a short film described as “like watching David Lynch direct a school play,” do you know what you do? You drop everything and watch it. Check out Duck Children.
Finally, today is Mae West’s birthday. Yep, here it is: