Posts tagged with "Hugo"

Georges Méliès and the Birth of Filmmaking

Posted by Brandy Dean December 8, 2012 2 Comments 24803 views

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, […]

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean March 9, 2012 2 Comments 1768 views

Let’s see, this week I hung out with animators, tried to burnish the image of death-by-suicide Joseph McDermott, whoever he may be, and I told the world how terrible John Carter is. Perhaps I should change my name to Pretty Busy Gal. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “With so much on your plate, […]

The Artist Won Best Picture and I Partied Like It’s 1928

Posted by Brandy Dean February 27, 2012 7 Comments 5599 views

Hello! If you watched the Oscars last night and decided to check out this whole silent movie rigamarole, welcome! Bien venue! If you’re a loyal reader and you’re just dying to know how the Pretty Clever Film Gal is celebrating… suffice it to say champagne gives her headache but she has struggled through to put […]

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Posted by Brandy Dean February 24, 2012 2 Comments 2042 views

Now here we are, almost at the big moment. The Oscars air this Sunday and the question on every silent film fans lips is “Will it or won’t it?” This year is such a silent film bonanza, we have the silent related Hugo as a back up to the actually silent The Artist. Just a […]

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Posted by Brandy Dean February 10, 2012 2 Comments 2087 views

Whoa, yet another week down. Tick tick tick. The confusing Toronto weather (Hello there Spring!) doesn’t help matters at all. Did I just not leave the house for four months? No, no – it’s just global warming. And still I dream of a 7 foot snow which apparently isn’t going to fall. Oh well. Despite […]

Silence was Golden in Cinema from The Telegraph

Posted by Brandy Dean December 15, 2011 1 Comment 1387 views

Ye gods, people! There’s a lot of silent cinema interest and nostalgia floating around these days, thanks to Hugo and The Artists. Some of I agree with, some of it is silly, some of it is blatant coat-tail riding. But this piece from The Telegraph, “Too late, we realise that silence was golden in the […]

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Posted by Brandy Dean December 2, 2011 2 Comments 1853 views

Pretty Clever Film Gal is still struggling with the plague but crawling along the road to recovery. Thankfully, there was much to entertain and divert this week, what with the return of Bobby O. to TCM and the silent film bonanza sparked by Hugo and The Artists. It feels like a fine time to care […]

The Reviews are Rolling in for Scorsese’s Hugo

Posted by Brandy Dean November 23, 2011 0 Comment 1008 views

So I really didn’t want to get excited about Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. (I have Scorcese issues, don’t ask.) But the more I think about a film that features Georges Melies as a character, the more pumped I get. All other issues aside, I suppose one can always trust Scorsese to be sweet and lovely when […]

The Return of Silent Cinema from Slate Magazine

Posted by Brandy Dean November 22, 2011 3 Comments 4348 views

Yesterday Slate magazine ran a piece by Tom Shone titled “The Return of Silent Cinema.” As some one who cares, deeply, about silent cinema it certainly snagged my eye and heartened me. But the article is a bit deeper (and interesting) than noting that we’re in a culturally nostalgic moment based on The Artist and […]

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