National Film Registry: A Sirk, Some Ghostbusters, and Zorro

Nooooo. I almost forgot to share the National Film Registries new titles. Each year they add 25 pictures  that are deemed historically, culturally or aesthetically important. Each year I suggest that ...

‘Imitation of Life,’ ‘Being There,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements ...

‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption’ Added to National Registry of Film

‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption’ Added to National Registry of Film “Ghostbusters,” “Top Gun” and “The Shawshank Redemption” were among the 25 movies added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced ...

Douglas Fairbanks in The Mark Of Zorro (1920) in 35mm with Live Music December 13th at Webster University

The Mark Of Zorro Screens Sunday, December 13th at Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63119) with Live piano by Ben Model, one of the nation’s leading ...

Cummings' Ten-Year Death Anniversary: From Minor Lloyd Leading Lady to Tony Award Winner (Revised and Expanded)

Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major London stage star. Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Actress ...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Thief of Bagdad'

★★★★☆In the early 1920s, Douglas Fairbanks was transformed from comedy star into swash-buckling heartthrob via The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921) and Robin Hood (1922). Arguably one ...

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Raoul Walsh's The Thief Of Bagdad

Douglas Fairbanks, "the first King of Hollywood", is today remembered as the star of numerous silent swashbuckling epics, including The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. However, he ...

Update: Batman v Superman Set Photo & Video Hint At The Waynes Death Scene

  In the comics, Dr. Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha take their son Bruce to go see The Mark of Zorro. This is most likely a reference to the 1920 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks and not the ...

The Academy & The Mary Pickford Foundation Launch Multi-year Partnership Promoting Silent Film Era – Begins Sept 11

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation have partnered on a multi-year initiative to promote the legacy of Mary Pickford and the silent film era, Academy CEO ...

Silents Soar In San Francisco

How many times can I learn the same lesson? I was going to skip a Sunday morning showing of Douglas Fairbanks’ The Mark of Zorro at this year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival. After all, I know ...

Jude Law Wanted For Douglas Fairbanks Role In Mary Pickford Biopic

Just a few weeks ago, we reported that producers Jennifer DeLia and Julie Pacino were working on the upcoming biopic of silent era movie star Mary Pickford. They’ve now secured a leading lady — Lily ...

Academy’s New “Film-To-Film” Preservation Includes The Lady Eve, The Princess Bride, Airplane!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has undertaken a unique expansion in film preservation. As the rise of digital technology drastically reduces the availability of film stock, the ...

Ten silent super-stars facing the advent of 'talkies'

The great movie pioneer D.W. Griffiths once said “we do not want now and we shall never want the human voice with our films.” Shame he failed to realise that film-making is a technical medium that ...

DVD Release: The Corsican Brothers

DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012 Price: DVD $19.95 Studio: Hen’s Tooth Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. let's his sword do the talking in The Corsican Brothers. The 1941 action-adventure film The Corsican ...

The Artist – review

More than a homage to the silent era, Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist is a dazzling tale of love and loss What better way could one year end and another start than with a pair of charming, funny, ...

Slackery News Tidbits, January 28

Here's the latest Austin movie news: Freestyle Releasing has announced that the SXSW 2010 movie Skateland will hit theaters in Austin, Houston and Dallas on April 1. The movie is set in a small Texas ...

[TV] Zorro: The Complete Series

Before DVDs, there was the VHS rental market, syndication, and the occasional art house or revival, but really, the industry was sitting on a whole lot of unmonetized content in their archives. Then ...

DVD Playhouse--January 2011

DVD Playhouse: January 2011 By Allen Gardner Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (20th Century Fox) Sequel to the seminal 1980s film catches up with a weathered, but still determined Gordon Gekko ...

How Diaghilev's Ballets Russes kept British cinema on its toes | Henry K Miller

The Russian impresario had a profound effect on 1920s film-making, yet he never made a movie himself Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes sparked a revolution in taste after the first world war, taking ...

Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille: The Birth of Hollywood on TCM

Mary Pickford in Maurice Tourneur's The Poor Little Rich Girl (top); Dustin Farnum in Cecil B. DeMille's The Squaw Man (bottom) The Birth of Hollywood, part II of the seven-part documentary Moguls & ...