Georges Méliès was born on December 8, 1861. I says hats off (or heads off if you’re as talented as Monsieur Méliès) to the man who first recognized cinema’s potential for magic. To honor the bday of one of cinema’s greatest pioneers, here’s a repost of a Méliès primer that I wrote for the Toronto Film Scene, [...]
Here’s some hand-colored original clips from a Trip to the Moon. This is just a little tease of what you’ll be watching if you win A Trip to the Moon! How unbelievably gorgeous is this?
Silent films weren’t always black and white, ya know. It’s a fact that modern viewers sometimes lose sight of. Sometimes silent films were brought to glorious life by pain staking hand coloring. Each tiny little frame is a master piece. The color restoration of Georges Melies’ A Trip to Moon was one of the [...]
So seriously, I made a little online tour of the rep cinema’s last night to see what’s on offer this weekend, and felt very disappointed that I can’t go out to a silent film screening this week. The Toronto Silent Film Festival spoiled me! It might just be me and the dvds this weekend, folks. [...]
Wowee – is my feets sore from doing the Charleston with Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters! Last night was the opening night of the Toronto Silent Film Festival and fabulous it was. But despite sipping bathtub gin til the wee hours of the morn, this jazz baby is hard at work this morning to [...]
It’s time again for the Film Friday Weekly Roundup… Ssshh! It’s the (almost) completely silent edition. As Hugo storms the screens and The Artist continues to pile up the critical nods, silent films are all over the place. Now let’s all put on our thrift store cardigans and lace up our Converse and say we [...]
Pretty Clever Film Gal tried to visit her favorite pool hall last night (yeah, so what?) and found it full of people dressed in business casual, wearing name tags and eating chicken on a stick. What in the ?!?… oh right, it must be holiday office party season. Nothing says office party like chicken on [...]
The marvelous feature “Short Film of the Day” over at filmschoolrejects offers up a tasty morsel of film everyday. I always look forward to watching the selection, but I was delighted today when they featured Georges Méliès‘ “A Trip to the Moon.” If you care for silent film at all, you’ve probably seen this one, [...]