quiet_curiosity: (Steady)
Summary: Two families in Argentina - one with a German parent and the other with a French parent - return to the fathers' homelands after the death of the patriarch. One succeeds in the interim and one bumbles along on caprice. But World War I forces the families to take sides.

Starring: Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolph Valentino, Virginia Warwick, Alice Terry, Alan Hale, Mabel Van Buren, Stuart Holmes, John St. Polis, Derek Ghent, Nigel de Brulier, Wallace Beery
Directed by: Rex Ingram

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

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It's a good looking film with fine performances. But don't be surprised when you can't buy into the much praised anti-war themes.

Master List of Posts on Silent Films
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Here, in all their "glory", are most of my posts on silent films. I've stuck to posts that center on the films instead of any posts that more vaguely talk about silent films. I tend not to make those.

Anyway, what should one expect before going in to these?

1) These are less structured reviews and more my first impressions/scattered thoughts on the movie at hand. Some posts are more coherent than others. I will also be struck by the strangest things.

2) These also suffer more from my general writing tics than other pieces. These are often written on the fly and it shows. That said, I am trying to be more careful with these pieces.

3) Since my viewing is tied to that which I can access, you will note that most of these are MGM/Warner pictures. In regards to national origin, these films are mostly American with the occasional German, British, French, Japanese, or Chinese films thrown in. Again, this is tied to my sources and I would love to branch out and experience greater varieties of cinema.

Without further ado, here's the list. It is broken down by decade. My decade spans are 01-10. Therefore, the 10s are 1911-1920.

The 1910s )

The 1920s )

The 1930s )

You would find my Silent Films Rec Post here if it were ready. Most of the films discussed in the post are not referenced in any of the previously listed links.
quiet_curiosity: (Frosty)
Summary: Two young brothers move into a new neighborhood and must learn to deal with their new classmates. Along the way, the face disappointment from their father for the way they handle their apprehensions and eventual disappointment in their father because of the way he submits to his boss.

Stars: Tatsuo Saito, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara, Takeshi Sakamoto, Teruyo Hayami, Seiichi Kato, Shoichi Kofujita, Seiji Nishimura
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availablity: Eclipse Series 10: Silent Ozu - Three Family Comedies (Criterion R1)

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It's at once a funny and charming comedy and a pointed take on strict class structures and innocence lost. You will be quite entertained by it. I just don't do it justice.
quiet_curiosity: (Well Well)
Summary:Cock Robin, barker and performer for the travelling show, holds his menacing sway over crowds and women alike. Salome, one time love and current co-worker, still carries the torch. The Greek is hot for Salome in all the wrong ways and wants Cock Robin out of the picture. So when a murder goes down, the cops suspect Robin and he turns to Salome for help.

Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Connelly, Gertrude Short, Andy MacLennan
Directed by: Tod Browning

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR (it was the only film I had been able to watch from John Gilbert day (in August) before my DVR reset - I'm not bitter)
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

Today's write up was brought to you by the word asshole )

Overall: performances are ok, particularly Gilbert, but the film starts to fall apart after it loses track of the original story.
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Summary: A law student becomes an outlaw French revolutionary when he decides to avenge the unjust killing of his friend (swiped from the IMDB write-up).

Starring: Ramon Novarro, Alice Terry, Lewis Stone, Julia Swayne Gordon, Lloyd Ingraham, William Humphrey, Otto Matieson, George Siegmann, James A. Marcus, Edith Allen
Directed by: Rex Ingram

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVD-R Program

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Overall, I really loved it. It looked good and it was well acted.
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Summary: A spoiled rich girl chooses to side with her father over her grandfather on a whim and must learn to survive in the less gilded world her father chooses to live in.

Stars: Mary Pickford, Ralph Lewis, Kenneth Harlan, Melvin Messenger, T.D. Crittenden, Aggie Herring,
Directed by: Sidney Franklin

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Unavailable

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The film has a few funny moments, particularly with Pickford, but it pinged too many of my sore points. The restoration is lovely but I was a bit disappointed.
quiet_curiosity: (Default)
Summary: Young Gwen feels neglected by her wealthy parents and constrained by her unfeeling supervisors. When disaster strikes, everyone must decide what does and doesn't matter in their lives.

Stars: Mary Pickford, Madlaine Traverse, Charles Wellesley, Gladys Fairbanks, Frank McGlynn, Sr.
Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current commercial Availability: Currently unavailable

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I had my issues with the film but I still enjoyed it. If you can get over one little detail, you might as well.
quiet_curiosity: (Frosty)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Greetings! I hope the season is treating you well. Thank you in advance for your effort. I can only hope that I’m not too demanding of your time.

This will be my first Yuletide. I'm kind of skittish about the whole process but I'm also really excited by the possibilities. It has always looked like so much fun from afar.

Anyway, let's get on with the show.

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quiet_curiosity: (Nothing Like Bad Behavior)
This Moment >>>>> Almost Everything Else




Oh Flesh and the Devil: it's frustrating on multiple levels.
quiet_curiosity: (Better than thou)
Snagged from the Louise Brooks Society blog:

George Eastman House unveils Louise Brooks' private journals. I would be lying if I said I wasn't curious.
quiet_curiosity: (Better than thou)
Summary: Two look-alike young women, separated by class and opportunity, fall in love with the same man.

Stars: Norma Shearer, Malcolm McGregor, Dale Fuller, George K. Arthur, Fred Esmelton, Lew Harvey, Gwen Lee
Director: Monta Bell

Viewed Via: TCM/DVR
Current Commercial Availability: Warner Archive DVD-R Program

spoilers )

Overall, it was fine.  It is Norma Shearer's performance that holds the whole thing together.
quiet_curiosity: (Bah Bah Bah)
The Ghost Hunt manga will end in Japan this month. It's perhaps alittle sad but they were running out of light novels to adapt stories from. And, as a NA manga buying fan, it looked as if Del Rey - even with their suddenly erratic behavior - might have been able to finish out the series. Volume 11 comes out in November and the last volume could come out next year. Right?

WHATWHATWHAT!. Final volume you say? Fuck! Perhaps there is a real explanation for this. But after cancelling volumes 17 and 18 of Nodame without warning, I'm expecting that explanation to be kind of crappy.

Tokyopop gets their shit together - niche series are being put out again (more Suppli in February after two volumes in June, Aria comes out again in December) and the paper supply has greatly improved - and Del Rey starts to fall apart. Can we only rely on -shudder- Viz*?*

*Not to discount Yen Press but they are quite young in the scheme of things
quiet_curiosity: (Framed)
I'm reading comments on the latest episode of Mad Men and I'm struck by one thing:

spoilers for 4x06 )
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Some days ago, TCM had Norma Shearer day as part of their "Summer under the Stars" programming. "Great," I thought, "I'll be able to record Marie Antoinette on the DVR and not have to deal with the VCR/human malfunction that screwed me out of seeing it last time". I THOUGHT WRONG. I made it past the first intermission and to the affair of the necklace before the damned timer skipped to the end of the line and refused to let me go any further. No, it didn't skip to the end of the movie. It lied to me and told me that I was already at the end even when it had previously said that I was only at the 1:30-something mark. What the hell?! I tried a number of things but it was to no avail. I'm just going to toss it on to the Netflix pile...if it is available. I must remember to check.

I did manage to record two Shearer silents: Lady of the Night and A Lady of Chance. Or, at least, I know I recorded the former and I hope I recorded the latter. I've plugged through one already and, problems with the film not withstanding, I liked Shearer in it. I may try to say more about it later tonight/tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow is John Gilbert day. If you fuck me over this time DVR...grrrr. I'm recording for nearly the whole work day. I'll probably watch Downstairs (he's such a wicked bastard in this) and Bardelys the Magnificent (it's often cheeky fun) live.
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Title: You Won't Realize I'm Gone
Fandom: Mad Men
Characters: Allison
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 223
Disclaimer: Mad Men was created by Matthew Weiner.
Summary: Season 3 fic: She picks up the picked-over remains of his office and comes to a conclusion.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days. The theme is "one day here and the next day gone".

Notes: The title comes from a line in St. Vincent's song "Marry Me". It perhaps makes more sense when paired with the line that immediately precedes it: I'll be so good to you.

This is set sometime during the final episode of season 3. As we've already seen in season 4, fate had something entirely different (and even more uncomfortable) in store for Allison.

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quiet_curiosity: (jubilation)
Title: The Unbroken Path
Fandom: Bleach
Characters: Hinamori Momo
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 480
Disclaimer: Bleach is by Kubo Tite.
Summary: Her first solitary trip was fraught with more dangers than she had imagined.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days. The theme was "in empty places".

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quiet_curiosity: (Somewhere Out There)
Title: Amongst the Ruins
Fandom: Suppli (manga)
Characters: Fujii Minami
Rating: All Ages
Content Labels: house cleaning, hidden objects, the dregs of a relationship
Word Count: 589
Disclaimer: Suppli is by Okazaki Mari.
Summary: Even though they were over, she could still find his things slipped in amongst her own.

Notes: I follow Suppli through Tokyopop's release and I am, therefore, only up to volume five. I have no knowledge of the J-drama. This deals with events from volume one (particularly chapters one and four).

The line from the card is shortened from the card's translation in the Tokyopop release. The translation is by Angela Liu and the English adaptation by Liz Forbes.

Written for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days. The theme is "over the world and under the world". This plays very fast and loose with the theme.

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