Getting Sentimental: Things My Granddad Told Me

So I’ve decided to do what I’ve wanted to do for years: document the stories my granddad and grandma raised me on. The stories that were, and still are, pivotal to the person I am. (For better or worse.) At the moment there isn’t structure to this– it is simply a late Sunday evening whim […]

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Harold Lloyd's Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and the Triumph of Silent Film

Wow. So the best cinematic experiences I’ve had in recent memory tend to have the same thing in common: silence. First with the TCM Festival’s triumphant screening of Buster Keaton‘s The Cameraman in April. And now two months later, with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s closing night film of their 25th Annual “Last Remaining Seats” series, […]

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Pendersleigh and Sons… and the Lost Art of Cartography

The art of cartography is about as extinct as the art of the written letter. What need is there for a hand-drawn community renderings in the age of instant information, when most people have GPS maps on their cellphones? No need at all. But Los Angeles based writer Eric Brightwell doesn’t care. Hence this blog […]

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Call for Entries: The 2012 Laugh and Live Silent Film Festival

Next year, an entirely new kind of silent film festival is coming to Hollywood. The Laugh and Live Film Festival, presented by Los Angeles-based film historian Sparrow Morgan, will be the first festival of its kind: focusing on reviving, not just interest in silent film, but the very medium of silent film itself. The Pictorial […]

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His Way: William Haines

The first openly gay actor to have worked in Hollywood was silent film superstar William Haines.  Haines’ staunch refusal to hide his homosexuality, or to deny his relationship with his life partner, set a true precedent still felt today and in conjunction with today’s Queer Film Blogathon hosted by Garbo Laughs, it felt right to […]

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Summer of Silents at The Academy

Attention Los Angeles-based Pictorial readers: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a summer long celebration of silent film with their new screening series Summer of Silents.The focus here is quite intriguing: Photoplay magazine, once the undisputed king of movie fan rags, bestowed upon America’s most popular films an award called the […]

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Mirrors of Silent Hollywood

Those countless hours spent mining through antique shops are well worth the effort, even when you leave empty handed. And since I do normally leave empty handed, this morning I was rapturous to have discovered an antique slim volume from 1925. The salesman let me have it for a fiver. I would have paid ten […]

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Magic at the TCM Film Festival: The Cameraman

From the very beginning, motion pictures were… magic.  Of course, the medium has evolved to become one of the most important means of artistic expression that we’ve ever had– complex, subjective and ever-evolving. But sometimes all we want– indeed, all we need– is a little magic. Perhaps the magic of cinema is found, in its […]

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The Charlie Chaplin Time-Traveler

There’s no one who’d love to believe this is real more than I would. Film blogger George Clark recently posted this curious little clip taken from the special features footage on the MK2 release of Charlie Chaplin‘s 1928 silent classic The Circus. The footage was taken on the day of the film’s premiere, outside of […]

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