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The Life and Death of Willam Taylor Desmond

Today is the birthday of William Taylor Desmond, silent film actor and director. Though he acted in or directed over 80 silent films (most considered lost), Desmond is most famous for being rather mysteriously murdered. The investigation of his murde…

Coming Up in Toronto: A Silent Cinema Dilemma


This weekend in Toronto is either a silent film fan’s greatest fantasy or her worst nightmare? Why? There’s not one, but two silent film screenings – on the same day!
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Timelapse Drawing of Charlie Chaplin


Thanks to The Cinementals, I found this charming little time-lapse video of someone drawing Charlie Chaplin. Really, it brightened my day and hopefully it will brighten yours, too. Now I’m…

Hot Docs: China Heavyweight

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