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Dear Movies Silently, Why do silent films have such poor picture quality?

Dear Movies Silently, Why do silent films have such poor picture quality?

When people think of silent movies, they often think of jittery, scratched images flickering across their screen. But why does the image quality of silent films tend to be so poor? We are going to briefly discuss the topic in this video.

Of course, the topic of film preservation is vast so please excuse me if I oversimplify. I try to keep these videos under 5 minutes.

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UPDATE: The Snoopathon and Unclaimed Films

UPDATE: The Snoopathon and Unclaimed Films

I thought you might appreciate an update on the Snoopathon.

I am quite thrilled with both the quantity and quality of participants who have signed on. I am also thrilled at the diverse selection of films that everyone chose. We will truly be looking at classic spy films and television from every angle! You can read the roster here.

And, just as a reminder, I will not be assigning days to the…

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Warner Archive at Wondercon!

From the folks that bring you San Diego Comic-con, comes Wondercon April 18-20 in the Anaheim Convention Center - and we’re not only going to be sitting around Booth #1113 chatting all day, but hosting four different panels (see below) Note: Badges still available online!

The talent on these four panels covers the entertainment gamut, highlighted by the appearance of renowned screenwriter Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 HRS.) discussing his 1987 cult classic TV movie, “The Spirit”; beloved animation creators Alan BurnettKelly Ward, Giancarlo Volpe and James Tucker; popular voice actor Josh Keaton; and making his first-ever Con appearance, the heralded voice of the GoBots’ Leader-1, Lou Richards. Also notable amongst the panel presentations will be the exhibition of unaired, never-before-seen footage from the animated series, “Beware the Batman” during the “Popular TV Super Heroes Look Better in Blu” panel on Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm in Room 300DE. And immediately following the Sunday afternoon panel, the Warner Archive booth will host an autograph signing with Steven E. de Souza starting at approximately 1:15pm.

Saturday, 4/19/14
11:30am–12:30pm Popular TV Super Heroes Look Better in Blu – Warner Archive Collection continues to thrill fans with Blu-ray presentations of some of the popular, recent DC-based animated TV series. Revisit Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman with producers, directors, writers and voice talent, and discuss WAC’s potential future offerings. WAC podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson lead a panel that features GL:TAS producer Giancarlo Volpe and actor Josh Keaton, BTBATB producer James Tucker, and other surprise guests – not to mention unaired, never-before-seen footage of Beware the Batman! Room 300DE

Saturday, 4/19/14
7:00–8:00pm Toonstock with Warner Archive Collection – There’s no better way to start WonderCon’s Saturday night than with a spotlight on toe-tapping, music-themed animated TV series from the past 50 years, including Josie and Pussycats in Outer Space, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Jabberjaw and more. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti – and a few surprises – offer a fun look/listen to great themes songs from 1960-1990s. Room 300AB

Sunday, 4/20/14
Noon–1:00pm From Chuck Norris to Mr. T: Real-Life Toons and Back Again! – Not only have a bevy of live-action stars like Chuck Norris, Mr. T and the Globetrotters played huge roles in nearly forgotten cartoons, but many popular ‘toon heroes – like The Spirit, Captain Marvel and Steel – have made the journey from four-color panels to live-action film. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts DW Ferranti and Matthew Patterson – and a few surprise guests, like renowned screenwriter Steve E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 HRS.) – celebrate these luminaries and more in their favorite, sometimes-forgotten adaptations in an undoubtedly hilarious hour-long panel. Room 300AB

Sunday, 4/20/14
3:00–4:00pm GoBots, Warner Archive Collection and beyond! – There are morphing robots and then there’s the GoBots! Warner Archive Collection puts a spotlight on the ultimate transforming robots with a release of the entire series on DVD, and a panel that features the voice of Leader1 himself, Lou Richards; story editor/writer Alan Burnett; writer Kelly Ward; and all-knowing WAC podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti. Come for the GoBots, stay for all kinds of fun WAC information, including a hearty shout-out to Jonny Quest on his 50th Anniversary. Room 300AB

Hope to see you all there!

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Kittyinva: 1921 Otis Skinner and Miss Cornelia Otis Skinner, his daughter. Mr. Skinner was an actor and his daughter became a famous actress and author. Not sure about that hat!

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Kittyinva: 1921 Otis Skinner and Miss Cornelia Otis Skinner, his daughter. Mr. Skinner was an actor and his daughter became a famous actress and author. Not sure about that hat!

Fun Size Review: Her Night of Romance (1924)

Fun Size Review: Her Night of Romance (1924)

her night of romanceConstance Talmadge is an heiress who means to evade fortune hunters. Ronald Colman is a penniless aristocrat in need of a rich marriage. I think we all know where there is going. They end up having to fake being married. Now we really know where this is going. Colman is charming, if hampered by not being able to employ his famous velvet voice. Talmadge mugs a bit but does all right. A romantic…

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The Silent Life in 1922: How to write crazy letters

I fully admit that I am a devotee of the small town newspaper’s crazy person letter department.

The Silent Life in 1922: How to write crazy letters

I fully admit that I am a devotee of the small town newspaper’s crazy person letter department.

Okay, don’t panic… Just put the shoe on her foot and… RUN!!! Animated GIF

Okay, don’t panic… Just put the shoe on her foot and… RUN!!! Animated GIF

adams-rib-cinderalla-it-aintPoor Elliott Dexter! It’s Cecil B. DeMille’s Adam’s Rib and Dexter finds himself having to return a lady’s shoe to its proper place. A frightening prospects for a neurotic paleontologist. (This sequence was clearly one of the inspirations for the famous screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby.) Let’s just say that he ain’t no Prince Charming to her Cinderella. Good thing she likes him anyway.

Of…

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