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WINGS, DR. STRANGELOVE Film Preservation: Into the Digital Frontier SFSFF

WINGS, DR. STRANGELOVE: Film preservation and 'Amazing Tales from the Archives' (image: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen in William A. Wellman's Wings) The 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival's edition of “Amazing Tales from the Archives” was perhaps the weakest of the series to date. In the past, they have done a wonderful job demonstrating the excitement of finding lost films and footage, assembling them together, preserving and restoring them. This installment revolved around the “Digital Age,” and did not concentrate only on silent film. The reconstruction of William A. Wellman's Wings (1927), the first Best Picture (or “Best Production”) Academy Award winner, was a familiar story of how an old film print could be dusted off and […]


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WINGS, DR. STRANGELOVE Film Preservation: Into the Digital Frontier SFSFF



Clara Bow, Andrei Tarkovsky & Audrey Hepburn: Packard Movies

Clara Bow, Mantrap What do Andrei Tarkovsky, Edward G. Robinson, Clara Bow, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Audrey Hepburn have in common? Easy. They'll all be featured in some form or other at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, in May. Andrei Tarkovsky will be represented by the classic sci-fier Solaris (1971), billed as the Soviet Union's answer to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and by the classic period drama Andrei Rublev (1969), a meditation on art, religion, spirituality, and human brutality and stupidity. A technicality: Solaris will actually be screened on April 27. Edward G. Robinson stars in The Little Giant (1933), a pre-Code crime comedy featuring Mary Astor. The (at the time) energetic Roy Del […]


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Clara Bow, Andrei Tarkovsky & Audrey Hepburn: Packard Movies



Rex Bell Jr Dead at 76: Son of Clara Bow and Rex Bell

Rex Bell Jr, son of silent film superstar Clara Bow (right) and cowboy actor Rex Bell, died of cancer on Saturday, July 9. He was 76. A former Republican Lieutenant Governor and Clark County (Las Vegas and surrounding areas) district attorney who believed in long sentences and more and bigger prisons, Bell Jr didn't have much of a career in films. He appeared in only a couple of run-of-the-mill A. C. Lyles Westerns in the mid-'60s, Stage to Thunder Rock (1964) and Young Fury (1965). At that time, Paramount producer Lyles used faded stars – and children of faded stars – in his series of B Westerns: Stage to Thunder Rock features Barry Sullivan, Marilyn Maxwell, Lon Chaney Jr, Wanda […]


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Rex Bell Jr Dead at 76: Son of Clara Bow and Rex Bell



Marion Davies & Clara Bow on TCM

Clara Bow, known as the “It” Girl, stars in the appropriately titled It Part III of Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood, “The Dream Merchants,” narrated by Christopher Plummer, continues today (a rerun of Monday's presentation) on Turner Classic Movies. Accompanying features and shorts focus on 1920s comedies. Charles Chaplin's The Pilgrim is on right now. Following “The Dream Merchants,” TCM will show two Buster Keaton comedies: the short One Week and the feature Steamboat Bill Jr.; Harold Lloyd's best-remembered effort, Safety Last!; the Marion Davies vehicle Show People; the Clara Bow vehicle It (in which Gary Cooper has a bit part); and the Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle short Fools' Luck. I'm usually not a silent-comedy fan. I've seen […]


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Marion Davies & Clara Bow on TCM



Frank Lloyd: Two-Time Best Director Oscar Winner Q&A

Frank Lloyd. Like many other Hollywood filmmakers of the studio era, Frank Lloyd (1886-1960) is hardly remembered today despite his numerous box office successes – e.g., The Sea Hawk (1924), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Wells Fargo (1937) – and no less than two Best Director Academy Awards, for The Divine Lady (1929) and Cavalcade (1933). With Frank Lloyd: Master of Screen Melodrama (BearManor Media, 2009), author and film historian Anthony Slide rectifies that matter. In his book, which focuses on Lloyd's most important screen efforts, Tony (we've been friends for years) makes it clear that by disregarding Frank Lloyd's body of work film historians are doing a disservice to Hollywood's past. In addition to his two Best Director wins, […]


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Frank Lloyd: Two-Time Best Director Oscar Winner Q&A



'Paramount on Parade': All-Star Musical Extravaganza

Paramount on Parade all-star early musical. (Image: Clara Bow and [apparently] Mitzi Green.) Paramount on Parade, a 1930 all-star musical extravaganza produced by none other than Paramount, was directed by about a dozen men (Edmund Goulding, Ernst Lubitsch, Victor Schertzinger, and Frank Tuttle among them) and one woman (Dorothy Arzner). Written by future Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives, All About Eve), Paramount on Parade consists of a series of musical numbers and comedy sketches featuring just about every one of Paramount's top players at the dawn of the sound era. Among those were Clara Bow, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, Nancy Carroll, Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Ruth Chatterton, George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Kay Francis, William Powell, […]


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'Paramount on Parade': All-Star Musical Extravaganza





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Rex Bell Jr Dead at 76: Son of Clara Bow and Rex Bell
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