Monthly Archives: March 2012

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Wowee – is my feets sore from doing the Charleston with Joan Crawford in Our Dancing Daughters! Last night was the opening night of the Toronto Silent Film Festival and fabulous it was. But despite sipping bathtub gin til the wee hours of the morn, this jazz baby is hard at work this morning to bring you the best of the interwebs. That’s dedication my friends! Stay tuned for my review of Our Dancing Daughters and in the meantime you can amuse yourself with these links. And of course, leave some time to get yourself tickets to tonight’s screening of F.W. Murnau’s Tabu! Happy reading and happy viewing! Read the rest of this entry

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Lotte Reiniger’s Cinderella

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If you’re a lucky gal like me, in mere hours you’ll be in Innis Town Hall in Toronto, enjoying the launch of the Toronto Silent Film Festival. If you’re not that lucky, I have a lone tear rolling down my cheek for you.

As excited as I am about dancing the shimmy with young, lovely Joan Crawford in tonight’s feature Our Dancing Daughters (and that’s very excited), I’m equally eager for the screening of Lotte Reiniger‘s Cinderella. Though I have seen pretty much all of Reiniger’s work, I have never been graced with the opportunity to see it screened before an audience.

If you’re not familiar with the haunting and amazing silhouette animation of Lotte Reiniger, get thee to the interwebs! You can find a lot of her work, mostly shorts, all over YouTube, and Vimeo, and Daily Motion. Even Pretty Clever Film Gal posted some right here in June. But if you’re in Toronto, be sure to come out tonight to see this really astounding work get the live cinema treatment.

Doors open at Innis Town Hall at 7:30 pm. I predict a mob scene so you should buy your tickets now.

In the meantime, amuse yourself with learning a little bit more about the remarkable Lotte Reiniger and her amazing work. But don’t cheat and watch Cinderella!

D.W. Griffith’s The Battle at Elder Bush Gulch

Guess what? Today is the release 98th anniversary of D.W. Griffith’s The Battle at Elder Bush Gulch. Here’s an easy five step plan to fully enjoying this Biograph short! Read the rest of this entry

Abel Gance’s Napoleon Just as Awesome as We Thought

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The interwebs are ablaze with eye-witness reports of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s presentation of Kevin Brownlow’s restorationof Abel Gance’s Napoleon. Who would have thought you could pack the house for a 5 plus hour silent epic. Well, silent films fans, that’s who! And all of the first hand accounts confirm – Napoleon is totally awesome!

Here’s a wee round up of what’s being said:

Avi Federgreen Launches Edmonton Based Film Production Company River Valley Films

Avi Federgreen, acclaimed Canadian film producer and founder of Federgreen Entertainment and IndieCan Entertainment, announced today the launch of River Valley Films, a new film production company based in Edmonton, Alberta. With River Valley Films, Federgreen both salutes his hometown of Edmonton and aims to provide Edmonton filmmakers with the tools and the means to contribute to Canadian independent cinema. Read the rest of this entry

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