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.

 

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Midweek Matinee

Louise BrooksLouise Brooks

3EPKANO & LOUISE

Everyone who attended last year’s Nenagh Silent Film Festival remembers the band 3epkano. They provided the music for Murnau’s Nosferatu. It was a hell of a noise for four people to make. I think I saw someone afterwards counting the drummer’s hands.

Pandora's BoxPandora’s Box (1929)

They’ve expanded their silent-film repertoire to include another German masterpiece. This time it’s Pabst’s Pandora’s Box, a late silent movie starring the scandalous, and scandalously beautiful, Louise Brooks.

NosferatuNosferatu

Brooks is one of not many silent stars who could walk into a producer’s office today and emerge with a starring role. She also wrote one of the indispensable acting memoirs, Lulu In Hollywood. Marvel here at her looks, her art, and her ridiculously influential hairdo. And turn up your speakers: that’s 3epkano bringing the noise:

 

Posted by Kevin McGee

 

A Quote on Thursday

Louis LumiereLouis Lumiere

Louis Lumiere:

The cinema is an invention without a future.”

 

Tom HanksTom Hanks (Castaway)

Tom Hanks (Regarding Castaway):

There was nothing to react to except wind and trees. It was like making a silent movie.

 

W. C. Fields with Mae WestW. C. Fields with Mae West

W. C. Fields:

The movie people would have nothing to do with me until they heard me speak in a Broadway play; then they all wanted to sign me for the silent movies.”

 

Walter MurchWalter Murch

Walter Murch:

When I’m actually assembling a scene, I assemble it as a silent movie. Even if it’s a dialog scene, I lip read what people are saying.”

 

George Sidney (MGM Director)George Sidney (MGM Director)

George Sidney:

I’ve had 79 to 80 years of show business. I started when I was 5 with a man called Tom Mix. I didn’t have time to go to school because I was in silent movies; I was in radio; I was in burlesque; I worked with the circus. I’m all show.”

 

John DoyleSilent Film Scene

John Doyle:

Imagine a silent movie studio.”

 

Slavoj ZizekSlavoj Zizek

Slavoj Zizek:

Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn’t give you what you desire – it tells you how to desire.”

 

Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese:

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.”

 

Werner HerzogWerner Herzog

Werner Herzog:

Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read…if you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.”

 

Cecil B. DeMilleCecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille:

I might have remembered what my father once wrote to Henry George, “I never do anything by halves, and am half-hearted in no cause that I embrace.”

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

A Quote on Thursday

babes01Laurel & Hardy in Babes in Toyland

Laurel & Hardy in Babes in Toyland:

Stan: “You better come up dead or alive!”

Ollie: “Now how can he come up dead if he’s alive?”

Stan: “Let’s drop a rock on him. Then we’ll make him dead when he’s alive.”

 

Rudolph Valentino FuneralRudolph Valentino Funeral

Rudolph Valentino (Last Words):

Don’t pull down the blinds. I feel fine. I want the sunlight to greet me!”

 

Erich von StroicheimErich von Stroicheim

Erich von Stroheim:

I was reared in an atmosphere where a great deal of attention was paid to women’s hairdressing.”

 

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci:

When you see a silent movie, you understand everything that’s going in from the images because the images are so strong.”

 

Bettie DavisBettie Davis

Bettie Davis:

I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn’t make an enemy should get out of the business.”

 

W. C. FieldsW. C. Fields

W. C. Fields:

Now don’t say you can’t swear off drinking; it’s easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.

 

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Allow Mr. Valentino to serenade you! (Yes, quite literally, his vocal recordings survive!) Animated GIF

Movies, Silently have a gem on their site to mark the 87th anniversary of Rudolph Valentino’s death. If you follow the link below you’ll have an opportunity to hear Valentino serenading Agnes Ayres in The Sheik. Enjoy!

Allow Mr. Valentino to serenade you! (Yes, quite literally, his vocal recordings survive!) Animated GIF.

Silent Take: “True Grit” circa 1917

I’ve another post here from those good people at Movies, Silently. I love these ones whereby they look at contemporary or near modern films and apply them to what it is they would have looked like if they were released in the silent era. This week they are looking at True Grit. Brilliant!

 

Silent Take: “True Grit” circa 1917.