If I had to trace the genesis of my love for the film medium, it would have to have started with Polte (Flame). Anyone into distortions of filmstock would be amiss to skip this short, which uses parts from the Finnish film Silja (Fallen Asleep While Young) based on a book by Nobel Literature Prize winner, Frans Sillanpaa. The perfect title for a film which is lost to this day, existing only as one damaged reel found in 2015. Awakened…
Queen Christina 1933
We are inevitable. Don't you feel it?
Last of the four John Gilbert and Greta Garbo films and it's such a tearjerker despite containing a shattered fragment of their silent film chemistry. Oomph. The pain. Greta Garbo knocking it out of the park.
I have been memorizing this room. In the future, in my memory, I shall live a great deal in this room.
But since I'm on a John Gilbert marathon, you'll have to indulge me in focusing on…
Rediscovering John Gilbert 2010
Lovely interview with John Gilbert's daughter, Leatrice Gilbert Fountain, where she tries to dispel the rumors about her father's voice and goes into the demise of his career come talkies (available on youtube). She said as much as biographer Kevin Brownlow did:
When Gilbert, as an employee, tried to seize control of the future of Gilbert the star, the studios decided to save their investment from falling into the hands of rivals, [so] they had to wreck their property. Other…
The Jane Austen Book Club 2007
Hugh Dancy: I'm going to be adorably awkward for the next 1.5 hours
me: *incoherent screaming noises*
Let's play Godard bingo, y'all!
a man narrating about deep philosophical things
people smoking in cars
a man hitting a woman
repetitive sudden dramatic music
a male protagonist who is demure and never laughs
a fedora and trenchcoat
a quote for the entire film (I shall fight so that failure is possible)
a man lecturing a woman on very important things (tm)
a bird's eye point of view of walking around traffic
a naked or near naked woman