Nenagh Silent Film Festival Update

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Nenagh Silent Film Festival is now cancelled for the prearranged dates during February and will be deferred to a later date during the year. A post announcing the new date will appear HERE when that decision is made, so keep following our posts. I will still continue to post on the Nenagh Silent Film Festival Blog Website!

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Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

 

A Basketball Diary

Matthieu Kassowitz cut himself a niche in world cinema with the explosive urban drama L’Haine in 1998. Eight years before, he had explored some of the same racial issues in this charming silent short called Fierrot Le Pou. The influence of Godard is apparent in the title, but the lightness of touch is the director’s own.

A youthful Kassowitz takes the lead. Add some grit and a decade or so and you will recognise him from The Fifth Element and Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, which was partly shot in Ireland. It seems his amiable co-star, Solange Labonne, never made another film.

Come the Revolution

One of the largest ever audiences for a silent film assembled in London on September 12th 2004. It is estimated that 25,000 people attended to see Eisenstein’s Communist masterpiece The Battleship Potemkin. The attraction? A new score by the Pet Shop Boys. 

“Writing a silent film soundtrack is great because you’ve got 73 minutes of clear space,” said front-man Neil Tennant. “It’s not like writing a soundtrack to a talkie, where you have to fit the music around the dialogue. You have a completely clean slate.”

How they filled that slate you can judge for yourself. The film is now available here with the full Pet Shop Boys score. You’ll want to turn your speakers up. 

 

Fun Size Review: The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)

I’m Baaaacccckkkk!!!! Get ready to be flooded with posts over the coming days as I try to catch up with the last two weeks, but first of all have a butchers of this post from Movies Silently of the Rex Ingram production: The Prisoner of Zenda!!! Follow Link below and Enjoy:

The Prisoner of Zenda

Fun Size Review: The Prisoner of Zenda (1922).

 

Celebrating Richard Harris

One of the main motives behind the Nenagh Silent Film Festival was to celebrate a local film-maker who had succeeded on a global scale. The same urge is behind another boutique festival which launched its programme today. The Richard Harris Film Festival takes place in Limerick, of course, from December 6th to 8th this year.

It would please the great man immensely. Not only does it feature possibly his greatest performance, in This Sporting Life, but it also offers a platform to emerging film-makers in its shorts programme – and includes a rugby match.

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You can find the full programme online here. It’s well worth supporting:

http://richardharrisfilmfestival.com

Undead Again

Since YouTube lifted their restrictions on the length of a clip, many full movies have found their way onto the sight. Because silent films have often fallen out of copyright, they tend to stay up longer than the latest bootleg Thor. It’s worth exploring if you have a few hours to spare.

If you’re in the Halloween mood, or nostalgic for last year’s Festival, you could start off with our long-fingered friend Nosferatu.

Silent Movie Time Capsule: 105 years ago, Buffalo Bill Cody appeared in a movie

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Buffalo Bill Cody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have a look at this actual footage of Buffalo Bill Cody as was posted by Fritzl Kramer on Movies Silently. Just click on the link below the next image of Buffalo Bill:

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Buffao Bill Cody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silent Movie Time Capsule: 105 years ago, Buffalo Bill Cody appeared in a movie.

Chien Andalou Remixed

It’s easy to think of silent films as somehow innocuous. It is the comedies which have held our attention, while many of the darker works are out of circulation. One exception is the strange and disturbing collaboration between Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, which has been horrifying and confusing audiences for almost a century.

Here are some highlights, set to a song inspired by the film. Be warned. This is disturbing stuff, and not for the young or squeamish.

The Wizard of Oz (1925) A Silent Movie Review

The Wizard of Oz

Did you know that The Wizard of Oz was a Silent Movie in 1925 before it was a talkie and a musical in 1939. Plus it apparently was full of animal cruelty, sexual harassment and racial stereotypes. There’s a review of it at the  link below from Fritzl Kramer of Movies Silently:

The Wizard of Oz (1925) A Silent Movie Review.

Of course, as most people know The Wizard of Oz was created in the late 1800s to signify the control the central banks have over the world economies, including the US economy. The Tin Man signified the working man, the Scarecrow signified the ordinary people and the cowardly lion signified their leaders who in the end are terrified to confront the Wizard who controls the Gold Standard. The Yellow Brick Road then signifies the gold standard. In fact practicially everything in The Wizard of Oz signifies something or another connected to the controlling influence of the Central Banks including the wicked witches and the good witch, the munchins and whatever else. You see, if you didn’t know that already, you learn something new every day! (There’s a great documentary on this story here.

Short Film: Dirty Money

Here’s a short silent film with Nenagh SIlent Film Festival Friend and Fair City actor Bryan Murray, which was directed by Kevin McGee. Let’s see if we can get it up to a thousand views.