Archive for October 5, 2020

Streets Behind

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2020 by dcairns

In Pordeone Silent Film Fest’s first shorts collection, we saw travel films of foreign parts, including Krakow. And now locations wizard John Bengston has matched three of the views to their contemporary equivalents.

Hmm, Poland needs more trees. Well, we all do.

Yes, 1929 versus 2020, it’s all about the trees.

John’s current project deserves your attention: there’s an alleyway in LA with a curious and romantic history. This alleyway deserves a name to match its incredible cinematic heritage. I’ll let John explain:

John writes more about silent movie locations here.

Also enjoyed at Pordenone: the amazing 65mm Bioscope films, whose large-format clarity astonishes. I hope these will become more widely available, they are the closest thing to time travel you can have without a tachyon drive.

Silent Pictures

Posted in FILM on October 5, 2020 by dcairns

Yesterday I was able to bring you screenshots from Pordenone. Today — well, it’s almost like they saw me doing it, because when I hit ctrl and prt sc, all I get is the above: the closed caption subtitles come through clear as a bell, but the image is a perfect and absolute blank. Silent movies just got silenter.

The subtitle is a tragic one, for GUOFENG (1935) is the last movie of Ruan Lingyu, who killed herself before it came out. Of course this is one of very few Chinese silent films currently extant. Hope to write more on it later, but first — teaching. And I have multiple students in self-isolation or quarantined with the coronavirus. Everyone be careful out there! People are fragile things.