The Sunday Intertitle: Laugh and Smile

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Masters of Cinema have announced some upcoming releases I’m mixed up in.

Firstly, for Paul Leni’s THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, Fiona and I wrote and voiced a substantial video essay, The Face Deceives, edited by Stephen C. Horne. It being lockdown, we had to communicate with Stephen remotely, but he’s something of a genius and the results are… dazzling. We also got Steven McNicoll, who did voice work on my OLD DARK HOUSE piece, Meet The Femms, and Fran Dymond, to voice extracts from Victor Hugo’s source novel and interviews with the filmmakers, and the result possibly extends the video essay form a wee bit…

Secondly, the third volume in MoC’s Buster Keaton series is coming, so Stephen and I get to vid-essay OUR HOSPITALITY, GO WEST and COLLEGE in a piece called A Window on Keaton. And I invited the magnificent Miranda Gower-Qian along for an interview about Keaton’s work with his family, and the role of The Girl in his pictures.

Here’s a tiny but lovely preview ~

Incidentally, I have assembled all the discs I’ve worked on in a stack in the hall. I was hoping by now it would be as tall as I am (somewhere under six foot, I’m not sure) but it’s still straining towards shoulder-height. But then I got the idea of toting up the running times of all my video essays, in an approximate way, and it came to more than ten hours, longer than the first series of Lodge 49, a beautiful TV show you should check out. So that was heartening — maybe height of product is the wrong way to assess one’s accomplishments? I mean, where would F. Scott Fitzgerald be if he’d used that method? And where, in fact, is he?

4 Responses to “The Sunday Intertitle: Laugh and Smile”

  1. Simon Kane Says:

    Aw, ym brother-in-law music supervised Lodge 49, and my sister’s the muse in Series 2! All of this looks amazing.

  2. The music choices are superb!

    Fiona’s strange memory bank has deleted the time we were pals with yr sister when she was in Comedy of Errors in Edinburgh, but I’m 99% sure it happened…

  3. Update: Fiona remembers now, and says she crashed at Susy’s place in London one time.

  4. Simon Kane Says:

    Oh wow! I will ask. (I never saw her Comedy of Errors)

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