Words and images
Looking into those rare moments in silent 1920s cinema when written words appear on a moving image.
1. the parrot talks back, in Harold Lloyd’s Just Neighbours
2. the race is on in The Plastic Age (1925)
3. ehtnography, sort of, in James Cruze’s Terror Island
4. the mother-load ! Words of dialogue flashed, comic-like, on the image as characters speak in a fiction film ! The Chamber Mystery (1920)
5. Another race, and another use of onscreen titles, in German-director Wilhem Prager’s documentary on the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928.
…and click on the “intertitles” tag in the “What’s On” section below for other posts dealing with this topic !
Film Cartoons from the 1920s
Reprints from US film magazines of the 1920s, having fun with cinema
- Battle Music, 1916
- The old Hokum Bucket, 1921
- Shadow Drama in the South Seas, Olive Butter, 1922
- Ideas for censors, 1923
- More Hokum ! (1923)
- News ? (1924)
- What if ? More hokum ! (1927)
Shot by shot
Silent films, shot by shot breakdown, for your analytical needs
1. Naked Hands (1918)
2. Cobra (1925)
3. The Forbidden City (1918)
4. Merry Go Round (1923)
5. The Trey o’ Hearts (1914)
6. The Show Off (1926)
I started trying the Google Notebook feature a while ago. Never really got into it consistently, though, partly because it wasn’t Safari compatible. Now it is. So I’ll be posting tidbits read as I browse the web. UPDATE: I’ve now moved all links to Evernote, a cool piece of software I’m playing around with now that allows for note-taking and information gathering across platforms, and on the web. Many softwares do that, I know, but Evernote is free, as in free.
So far, the following notebooks are opened for your browsing:
- Film conferences (or subscribe to RSS feed)
- Silent Cinema
- North Pole Truth
- Film Stills
- Reseearch Notes (ADDED 23/07/2009)
And then there’s VoodooPad…the wiki-like platform allows thoughts and tidbits to mesh into more or less coherent wholes. This is a series of projects I’m currently working on under VP, and updating regularly as I fill the gaps in information:
- The W.C. Fields Project: “W.C. Fields sound and silent”
- The Heart o’ the Hills project: “realism, tableaux, re-fiction”
UPDATE Dec.8, 2008: Now if you’re really into wikis, and want an example of how research leads to utter chaos when coupled with the freedom of wikis to link and jump back and forth, you can always spend valuable time on my first effort at research tidbit web publishing, at C I N E B u D S. This used a tiddlywiki format (Ah, the days of the tiddly…), and I think I let it go because the whole thing was becoming just a mess. But now I’m not so sure….I’ve imported a few articles from that site into flycz,and flycz also is becoming a bit of a mess…Maybe research is just messy.
Well, look around, and let me know…
Livres et articles (souvent en anglais) lus et résumés sur ce site (en français). Pour diffuser l’information sur la bibliographie (notamment de langue anglaise) portant sur le cinéma muet anglo-américain à un public francophone.
- ANDERSON Mark Lynn. “Taking liberties: The Payne Fund Studies and the Creation of the Media Expert”, in GRIEVESON Lee, et WASSON Haidee éds. Inventing Film Studies. Durham, Londres : Duke University Press, 2008, p. 38-66
- BARTHES Roland: “Le problème de la signification au cinéma.” Revue Internationale de Filmologie. 32/33, janvier-juin 1960: 83-89.
- HAGGITH Toby: “Reconstructing the Musical Arrangement for “The Battle of the Somme” (1916).” Film History. 14, no. 1, 2002: 11-24.
- McNAMARA Brooks: “Scene Design, 1875-1965: Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg”, Drama Reviewvol. 13 no.2, hiver 1968, pp. 77-91
- MULVEY Laura, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” Screen. 16, No. 3, automne 1975: 6-18.
- REEVES Nicholas: “Cinema, spectatorship and propaganda: ‘Battle of the Somme’ (1916) and its contemporary audience.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 17, No. 1, 1997: 5-28.
- SMITHER Roger: “‘A wonderful idea of the fighting’: the question of fakes in ‘The Battle of the Somme'”, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 13, 1993: 149-168.
- KOBEL Peter: Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and The Triumph of Movie Culture. New York, Boston, Londres, Little, Brown and Company, 2007
- CREEL George: How we advertised America; the first telling of the amazing story of the Commitee on Public Information that carried the gospel of Americanization to every corner of the globe. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1920
- Larry LANGMAN, American Film Cycles: The Silent Era. Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport (CT), 1998, 400 pages