Book Reviews

Funny Women of the Silents

There is no delicate way to put this: We’ve been ripped off. We, meaning all of us movie-watching folk. Now, before we continue, we realize countless people in the world have been ripped off in much bigger ways, such as famine, war, injustice, etc. What we’re talking about is a rip-off in film history, an epic… Continue reading Funny Women of the Silents

Book Reviews

Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel

You know you’re in for a treat when a book begins with a definition of the word heel: “A contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person.”¹ A “heel” is the type of character perfected by Hollywood actor Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977), for which he received critical acclaim. Example: “Mr Cortez is one of the screen’s best menaces”². Or: “Ricardo Cortez… Continue reading Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel

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Want to be a Film Noir Aficionado? Start Here.

Dear Reader, we believe all humans have certain universal and inalienable rights; among them, the Right to be a Know-It-All. If, for example, you’ve always wanted to know more about film noir – and who doesn’t? – you’ve come to the right place. (Wait – we’re not suggesting we’re an authority on film noir. Good heavens! But,… Continue reading Want to be a Film Noir Aficionado? Start Here.

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Day 6: Classic Movie History Project – Family Business and A Foreign Affair

Originally posted on Once upon a screen…:
The last day of this year’s Classic Movie History Project is upon us and to end things we circle back to The People with a focus on The Family Business and A Foreign Affair.  Here are our general descriptions of these topics: The Family Business Some of the most interesting…

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Classic Movie History Project: Day 5 – The Films

We’re having a barrels o’ fun with Day 5 of the Classic Movie History Project. Today’s essays show a real passion for film history. Enjoy! Movie Disasters Sometimes making movies is difficult, whether it’s the bickering between the director and lead actor, or the harsh conditions while filming on location. Then there are the box-office… Continue reading Classic Movie History Project: Day 5 – The Films

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Classic Movie History Project: Day 2 – The Films

It’s been an incredible Day 2 here at the Classic Movie History Project, with remarkable essays on animation history and the production code. No kidding: If you aspire to be a film history geek, read these entries. You’re welcome. The Wizardry of Animation F for Films: The Animated Films of Winsor McCay Winsor McCay created… Continue reading Classic Movie History Project: Day 2 – The Films

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Big Announcement! The Classic Movie History Project 2016

It’s Back, Bigger Than Ever! We’re thrilled to announce the Classic Movie History Project 2016! Fritzi of Movies, Silently, Aurora of Once Upon a Screen and yours truly are exploring the history of classic film. The past two years of this project have been incredible. Participants have shared research, provided thoughtful commentary, and written amazing… Continue reading Big Announcement! The Classic Movie History Project 2016

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The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon Launches in a Few Days!

We’re so excited for this blogathon we can hardly contain ourselves! The post below is from the fabulous Fritzi at Movies, Silently, who is the brains behind this outfit. I’m excited. Boy, am I excited! Just a few days remain until the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon gets underway. My co-hosts are Ruth of Silver Screenings and Aurora… Continue reading The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon Launches in a Few Days!