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Silent Comedy Scholarship

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 25, 2013 12:00 AM
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I pored over every page of this book with great interest, from his intricate historical notes to his detailed filmographies. And just when you think you’ve reached the end of this massive volume, he offers a bonus:

New And Notable Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 16, 2013 1:42 AM
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Roman Polanski once said, “You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, that’s immoral and harmful."

BLANCANIEVES

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 28, 2013 5:48 PM
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It’s almost impossible to write about this black & white silent film without mentioning last year’s sleeper "The Artist." Some critics have chosen to praise the Spanish import at the expense of its Oscar-winning predecessor—perhaps because it was drummed into the front ranks by Harvey Weinstein’s aggressive campaigning.

SEEING DOUBLE: RARE FILMS IN ALTERNATE VERSIONS

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 18, 2013 1:00 AM
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UCLA Film and Television Archive is giving film buffs in Los Angeles an unprecedented opportunity to view six pictures from the transitional period from silence to sound in dual versions, back to back.

Denver's 2nd Silent Film Festival Celebrates Early Cinema

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • September 17, 2012 4:17 PM
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It’s official: The Denver Silent Film Festival is now an annual event! An opening gala—at the Seawell Ballroom on September 21st—heralds the start of its second year.

The True King Of Comedy

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 3, 2012 1:00 AM
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The first movie book I ever read was Mack Sennett’s autobiography 'King of Comedy', borrowed from my local library. I’ve bristled ever since when other people have claimed that title, but Turner Classic Movies is setting things right by devoting four Thursdays in September to Sennett films.

Napoleon, Triumphant

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 26, 2012 4:03 AM
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“Thrilling” is the only word to describe the experience of watching Abel Gance’s 5½ hour epic 'Napoleon', at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California this weekend, accompanied by Carl Davis and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. There are two more performances next weekend, and if you don’t make an effort to be there you’ll miss one of the great moviegoing events of your life.

More Cinefest Adventures…

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 21, 2012 8:31 PM
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Cinefest is a feast of rare silent and early-talkie pictures, with three rotating pianists (all of them gifted) providing accompaniment. If the only surviving print of a film is incomplete, like the appealing Clara Bow-Buddy Rogers romantic comedy Get Your Man (1927), directed by Dorothy Arzner, we’re happy to see what remains. If the only way to watch an early silent feature from theatrical producers Klaw and Erlanger is in a 16mm version copied from a paper print (originally deposited at the Library of Congress for copyright purposes), we’re curious. That particular film, Classmates (1914), turned out to be an interesting one, too, featuring Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Marshall Neilan, and Lionel Barrymore.

Buried Treasure Unearthed at Cinefest—Part One

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 20, 2012 7:23 PM
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The weather was unseasonably warm, but it scarcely mattered to the hundreds of diehard film buffs who gathered just outside Syracuse, New York last weekend for the 38th annual Cinefest. Inside the Holiday Inn in Liverpool there were rare short subjects and features, including two “re-premieres” of movies unseen in their original form since 1929 and 1930, 'His Captive Woman' and 'Mamba'.

Alexander Payne, Silent Film Aficionado

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • January 30, 2012 1:00 AM
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Alexander Payne is once again an Oscar-nominated director, for his wonderful film 'The Descendants' (still my favorite picture of 2011), but you may not be aware that his love of cinema runs deep. When he agreed to introduce Lon Chaney in 'He Who Gets Slapped' at last year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival, he talked about his lifelong passion, and his love of silent film, with such eloquence that I later asked if he would allow me to reprint his speech. This seems as good a time as any.

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