It’s no longer news that the most acclaimed movie of the past year, well on its way to earning an Oscar or two, is a modern-day French silent picture called The Artist. But it’s not the only silent film making news. USA Today’s Susan Wloszczyna found other aspects of silence in contemporary cinema for a piece that ran in Friday’s paper, which you can read HERE. She even quoted yours truly.
Another piece was posted yesterday by the Associated Press regarding the mystery of Charlie Chaplin’s birth. That in itself isn’t “new,” but some facets of the story are. Read it HERE.
Meanwhile, silent-film location sleuth John Bengston has posted a number of fascinating stories on his BLOG (silentlocations.wordpress.com/) about Los Angeles locations used in The Artist, including streets and buildings employed by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd some ninety years ago! No one else has drawn these connections, to my knowledge.
And no, I haven’t forgotten the upcoming showing of Abel Gance’s Napoleon in Oakland, California. I’ll have more news about this landmark presentation very soon. If you’re unaware of it, or want to purchase tickets now—which you should—click HERE.