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Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Hey there friends and neighbors… It’s me, Pretty Clever Film Gal. Did you think I had run off to Mexico with a pool boy named Pablo? While that is a tempting proposition, I’ve been here in sunny Toronto, locked away in the blogging garret working on the new and improved Pretty Clever Films. Which is a lot of work, oh boy! Even aside from the design and what not, there’s a lot of frustratingly cryptic stuff about domains, and transfers, and transferring domains, and every step takes 2-200 days. Since when does the interwebs need days to do anything? But I digress… suffice it to say, big stuff is going down and in the meantime it’s a really bad call to update here because then I also have to update on the new site and blah blah blah. I promise – it will be worth the wait!

All that said – there is NO WAY I would not scour the interwebs so you, my dear reader, don’t have to. Hopefully by this time next week we’ll be rocking and rolling on the new Pretty Clever Films, but in the meantime I bring you the best the web had to offer this week and I’m going all out – now with 50% more links! Happy reading and happy viewing!

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TSFF Preview: 1000 Laffs – Playmates

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You do not have a silent film fest until you bring in the clowns and Toronto Silent Film Festival will be delivering the goods on April 1 with 1000 Laffs – Playmates, a program of silent shorts. Silent comedy is, of course, dominated by the holy auteur trinity of Buster Keaton – Charline Chaplin – Harold Lloyd. The feature films of those clowns are the apotheosis of silent comedy, arguably of silent cinema in general. Ah, but silent shorts! Shorts are like little bite sized bits of comedy nirvana, and of course you can’t have just one.

This year Toronto Silent Film Festival focuses on comedy duos, or trios as the case maybe. We’ve got Buster and Fatty Arbuckle in Backstage. We’ve got Chaplin, Edna Purviance, and Eric Campbell in The Cure. We’ve got Harry Langdon and Vernon Dent is Saturday Afternoon. We’ve got Stan Laurel and Larry Semon in Frauds and Frenzies. And last, but by no means least, we’ve got comedy’s most dynamic duo, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Can you think of  a better way to while away a Sunday afternoon?

If you’re a hardcore silent film fanatic and you’re trying to lure a newbie into the medium, comedies are always a great route in. If you’re silent-curious, you won’t find a better introduction than this program of yucks and chucks. When you see a silent comedy, especially one with a very large man paired with a very small man, in a theater with a howling audience, you’ll be hooked for life. But first, you gotta show up. Get over to Toronto Silent Film Festival to secure your tickets.

Screening details:

1000 Laffs: Playmates

Musical Interpretation: Bill O’Meara

Sunday April 1, 2012
The Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East. Toronto
(Queen East between Beech and Willow)
Tickets $12.00/$10.00 Seniors and members

The Toronto Silent Film Festival Program

March 29 – Our Dancing Daughters

March 30 – Tabu: A Tale of the South Seas

March 31: Blood and Sand

April 2: The Italian Straw Hat

April 3: Variety

An Award for Little Old Me? 7X7 Link Award

First I would like to thank the awesome Shadows and Satin who bestowed this honor (on February 19 and I missed it!), and of course, I want to thank the Academy, and everyone who believed in me even though it flew in the face of all reason… (music swells) AND I must thank Classic Movie Puppy, my little Norma Desmond, who inspires me everyday with her (mic goes dead).

Okay, I’m being a tad silly. But really, thank you for including my humble little blog Shadows and Satin, and I’m game to play. Here’s the deal-i-o:

  • Tell everyone something that no one else knows about;
  • Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-worthy Piece; and
  • Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.

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Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

What a very exciting week it has been for silent movies and the people who blog about them. Suddenly, everyone wants to know more. It’s seems that an Best Picture Oscar win for the The Artist has confirmed this whole silent movie thing isn’t just a flash in the pan for the public. Everyone wants in on the action, up to and including the Winnipeg public library. Today is a great day for the newly initiated to dip a toe into the wild world of silent movies, since we have both a grave robbing and marriage scandal to look back on. See it’s way more interesting than you may have thought, huh? At any rate, here’s the silent movies doings and shakings. Happy reading and happy viewing! Read the rest of this entry

Silent Films/Live Guitars

1. It continue to gall me that this happens in Brooklyn only after I move away from Brooklyn. Seriously, it’s giving me ulcers.

2. “I’m embarrassed to admit, but until recently, I had mistakenly had the impression that Buster Keaton was perhaps a second-rate Charlie Chaplin.” – David Spelman, festival co-founder. Say what now?!? Do people really think this?

At any rate, you can find festival info at You can also read about how David Spelman corrected the error of his very misguided thoughts in “Fretboard Superheroes strut their stuff” at

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