LUCREZIA BORGIA (1922) German Silent Film Lobby Card Liane Haid In Church Scene
Saturday, June 15, 2019
LUCREZIA BORGIA (1922) German Silent Film Lobby Card Liane Haid In Church Scene
Monday, July 14, 2014
Offered here are many photographs from The Rudolph Valentino Collection plus other Valentino items for your viewing enjoyment and consideration from SilentCinema.com
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Santa Barbara International Film Festival to screen classic silent films WINGS and THE THIEF OF BAGDAD on Superbowl Sunday
The Arlington Theatre is located at 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 and the Box Office can be reached at the number above between 10-6, Monday through Saturday and 10-4 on Sundays.
The image of the "Wings" herald and the photograph of Douglas Fairbanks as the thief of Bagdad are courteously provided from the archives of SilentCinema.com
Following is the section of the "2014 Lineup Announced! by ADMIN on January 7, 2014" article pertaining to the silent film screenings of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival website:
"Super Silent Sunday - On Super Bowl Sunday, SBIFF will present - FOR FREE - two classic silent films at the Arlington Theatre:
-Wings, directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clara Bow, about two young men - one rich and one middle class - who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War 1. They remain friends, but the relation to the girl threatens their friendship. This film has the distinction of winning the first Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as for Best Effects.
-The Thief of Bagdad, directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Douglas Fairbanks, about a thief who falls in love with the Caliph of Bagdad's daughter. The Caliph will give her hand to the suitor that brings back the rarest treasure after seven moons. The thief sets off on a magical journey while, unbeknownst to him, another suitor, the Prince of Mongols, is not playing by the rules. Fairbanks brings grace and poetry to physical action, essentially inventing the action/adventure movie genre, known in his day as swashbucklers.
Live accompaniment will be provided by Adam Aceto on the theatre's Wonder Morton pipe organ, which is one of only five in existence."
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be held from January 30 through February 9, 2014 and for more information, you can visit their website at sbiff.org.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This rare lobby card from the 1917 silent film POPPY, starring Norma Talmadge, represents an early depiction of African American actors in a motion picture lobby card from a major studio release.
It wasn't until 1920 that the Norman Studios was founded in the Arlington district of Jacksonville, Florida by Richard Norman who, between 1920 and 1928, made six feature films and scores of shorts starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles, contrasting the derogatory roles offered by the era’s mainstream filmmakers.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The Cohen Film Collection is proud to announce the upcoming release of its 2K restoration of the D.W. Griffith masterwork INTOLERANCE (1916). Completed at Modern Videofilm in Los Angeles and utilizing three 35mm negatives, this restoration replicates the director's last cut of the film as well as the tinting found in that version. The restoration also features the magnificent orchestral score (in 5.1 surround sound) composed by Carl Davis conducting the Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra.
INTOLERANCE has already had a wildly successful run at New York's Film Forum, having had its initial 7-day run in early August extended by 11 additional days (link here). The screening received a feature article in The New York Times (link here) and was also covered by The New Yorker and The Village Voice.
Upcoming screenings include: The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL - October 16, 18, 26, 28.
On November 5, 2013, the Cohen Film Collection will release a deluxe home video set which will include the new restoration of INTOLERANCE along with bonus features of the Griffith films THE MOTHER AND THE LAW (1919) and THE FALL OF BABYLON (1919). These features are accompanied by newly-commissioned scores from The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and will be presented in HD. In addition, a new featurette about the film with historian Kevin Brownlow as well as new essays will be included.
The trailer for INTOLERANCE can be seen here: INTOLERANCE silent film trailer.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
BALBOA STUDIOS Collection of images from www.SilentCinema.com
Friday, September 14, 2012
Historic 1911 Silent Film David Copperfield
Released on DVD Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Dickens
Friday, March 16, 2012
Featured here is a vintage original 41 x 81 in. (104.1 x 205.7 cm.) U.S. three-sheet poster from Harold Lloyd's feature length silent film comedy, Grandma's Boy (1922). This rare three-sheet poster, which is offered by SilentCinema.com, is a beautiful stone lithograph and is in it's original unrestored condition (in two sections and folded as originally issued).
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Here is a vintage original 3.5 x 5.25 in. U.S. postcard from the early feature-length silent film drama IN THE BISHOP'S CARRIAGE, released in 1913 by Famous Players Film Corp., starring Mary Pickford.
The beautiful color-tinted image features a dramatic scene from the film as Nancy Olden (Pickford) hides behind a door as a policeman tries to protect her from the two men that are gesturing wildly. The caption in the bottom white border reads, NANCY OLDEN'S FATE IN THE BALANCE. On the verso are three short paragraphs describing the production with the Famous Players Film Co. logo beneath them. Also features a rubber stamp in purple ink (AT THE PORTOLA MONDAY), which indicates that this postcard was given out to film patrons as they left the theatre as a "coming attraction" advertisement (similar to a "herald"). This vintage original postcard is uncirculated and in very fine+ condition.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage Paying Tribute to Great Silent Film Actresses with an All-Day Silent Film Event
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be held on July 14-17, 2011 at the beautiful Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The festival opens with the silent film UPSTREAM, directed by John Ford and ends with HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, directed by Victor Sjostrom. This year's event features eighteen wonderful programs of new discoveries and restorations, with extraordinary live musical accompaniment by top musicians in the field, including the Alloy Orchestra, Stephen Horne, Dennis James, the Matti Bye Ensemble, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and Donald Sosin.
Of particular interest are two films by major directors: UPSTREAM (1927, US), director John Ford's splendid comedy which was thought lost for many years but was recently discovered in the vaults of the New Zealand Film Archive and preserved. Director F.W. Murnau's masterpiece
The festival continues with HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1927, US), directed by William Desmond Taylor; I WAS BORN, BUT... (1932, Japan); THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE (1924, UK); IL FUOCO (1915, Italy), directed by Giovanni Pastrone; THE BLIZZARD (1923, Sweden), directed by Mauritz Stiller; THE GOOSE WOMAN (1925, US), directed by Clarence Brown and starring Louise Dresser and Jack Pickford; THE WOMAN MEN YEARN FOR (1929, Germany), starring Marlene Dietrich in her first leading role; SHOES (1916, US), directed by Lois Weber; THE NAIL IN THE BOOT (1931, USSR), directed by Mikhail Kalatozov; and HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (1924, US), directed by Victor Sjostrom and starring Lon Chaney.
This year's festival also includes interesting panel discussions including AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE ARCHIVIST AS DETECTIVE, hosted by Jan-Christopher Horak of the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Melissa Levesque of the Academy Film Archive; a selection of WALT DISNEY'S LAUGH-O-GRAMS, hosted by Disney author and historian J.B. Kaufman; VARIATIONS ON A THEME: MUSICIANS ON THE CRAFT OF COMPOSING FOR SILENT FILM, featuring all of the musicians performing at this year's festival and hosted by composer/musician/performer Jill Tracy; and AMAZING TALES FROM THE ARCHIVES: KEVIN BROWNLOW ON 50 YEARS OF RESTORATION, featuring Academy Award Recipient and one of the world's foremost authority on silent film, Mr. Kevin Brownlow.
For more information on this year's exciting event, please visit the San Francisco Silent Film Society's website at www.silentfilm.org.
Monday, May 16, 2011
On the evening of Wednesday, May 11, 2011 a celebration in commemoration of the birthday of silent film legend Rudolph Valentino was held at the Hollywood Heritage Museum in Hollywood, CA. The Museum was filled to capacity as silent film enthusiasts came to hear noted author and Valentino historian Donna Hill gave an entertaining presentation in connection to her book, "Rudolph Valentino, the Silent Idol: His Life in Photographs".
Ms. Hill delighted the audience by showcasing various rare photographs of Valentino which were not able to be included in her book. We enjoyed seeing some never-before-seen candid photos of the handsome silent star as well as beautiful scene stills and on-set publicity stills from his many films. Ms. Hill's presentation was augmented by a condensed presentation of "Blood and Sand" as well as several contemporary and older newsreels and documentaries on Rudolph Valentino.
The event was complimented by a truly amazing display of just a portion of noted Valentino collector (and author of "Valentino the Unforgotten"), Tracy Ryan Terhune. We were treated to view in person original movie posters from "Blood and Sand," "The Young Rajah," "The Eagle," " The Conquering Power" as well as a superb selection of original lobby cards from these films as well as some rare "pre-star" titles. Even more impressive was Mr. Terhune's beautifully arranged display of ultra-rare personal items that belonged to Valentino (including a pair of binoculars with the original case, a silk top hat and various decorative silver pieces) as well as equally rare trophies from a dance contest, an original poster from Valentino's famed "Mineralava" dance tour with his wife, Natacha Rambova, and numerous other amazing pieces.
Hollywood Heritage Board member Mary Mallory produced the event which was initially introduced by Hollywood Heritage's President, Richard Adkins. This was a very special and enjoyable evening that played to a sell-out crowd and is yet another sign of the enduring popularity of the silent cinema and one of it's greatest stars... Rudolph Valentino.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Monday, August 23, 2010
To my best guess, there were about 150 attendees at this annual gathering, some of which were dressed in 1920's era attire. Author, Allan Ellenberger presented and discussed the history of the Valentino "Aspiration" statue which included a slide show of the statue, it's history and the park it's located in (Delongpre Park, in Hollywood, CA).
Frank Labrador sang two pieces of Valentino related music that were never before heard at the memorial service until today (Candlelight, The Angels Above Needed Someone To Love), musical accompaniment was provided by Garrett Bryan.
Karie Bible gave us a history of "Ditra Flame: The Original Lady in Black" and presented a video, which has not been shown since it first aired on television in the 1950's, showing Ditra being interviewed and explaining that the reason she always showed up to Valentino's memorial service with a rose was that at the age of 14, she met Valentino before he became a star and at the age of 15, she came down with a disease that almost took her life. While she was hospitalized, Valentino visited her and told her that if she died he would always take her some roses He calmed her by telling her that he didn't believe she would die. He also asked and made her promise that if he should die before her, to always bring him roses, so she did. She said that she kept it up for many hears until she got tired of all the people who were attending the memorial service for other reasons other than paying their respects, such as publicity stunts and dramas.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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In addition to offering a unique and diverse selection of original movie memorabilia, our website, SilentCinema.com, will be a resource for Silent Film aficionados. We will soon offer regular blogs regarding various aspects of movie memorabilia collecting, the history of Silent Film, recaps of various Silent Film-related events and other items of interest. We will also offer our own on-camera interviews with some of the world’s foremost dealers and collectors of movie memorabilia which will be archived on SilentCinema.com. In addition, we will provide information on past, present and upcoming silent film festivals, events and collector shows, as well as resources about Silent Film memorabilia, preserving and displaying your movie posters and memorabilia and other related resources.
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