When someone asks me why they should care about Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin or Harold Llyod or silent film in general, I point them to this statement from the great James Agee. All these people zipped and caromed about the pristine world of the screen as jazzily as a convention of water bugs. Words [...]
The other day I came across the awesome Hello, Harold Lloyd website and I’ve been poking around it ever since. It’s a wealth of riches, including this amazing piece by Thom Taylor detailing the influences and references to Lloyd’s work in the superb Singin’ in the Rain. It’s not news that Singin’ in the Rain [...]
I just finished reading Buster Keaton: Interviews by Kevin Sweeney. Hearing what Buster has to say about Buster is not only informative but also entertaining. Last week I ordered a copy of The Silent Clowns by Walter Kerr and I have been patiently awaiting its arrival on my doorstep. Then I remembered that Canada Post [...]
While poking about the interwebs, I found this excellent 2006 review of Conflict from Noir of the Week. Sadly, as the review notes, Conflict is still not available on dvd. It does appear to be available from Amazon on something called Vee Aych Ess, whatever that is. Spoilers ahoy.
The Film Experience website has a regular feature called “Distant Relatives” where a classic film and a modern film are compared and contrasted. Last month, it was the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Shutter Island. It’s an interesting read, and provides a lot of food for thought. Then check out some of the other entries [...]
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?