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Douglas Fairbanks: 'The Half-Breed' Lost and Found

Douglas Fairbanks The Half-Breed in 'The Amazing Tales from the Archives': 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival At the 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, “The Amazing Tales from the Archives” began with film preservationist Rob Byrne's documentation of how the 1916 movie The Half-Breed was found and restored to its present condition. Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Alma Rubens, and directed by Allan Dwan, this tale of the American West was thought to be lost until various versions and excerpts cropped up in some very unlikely places. For instance, one surviving – but fast-decomposing – The Half-Breed print was found in 1978, buried in a swimming pool in the Canadian Yukon. Other prints were from later (and incomplete) releases, with […]


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Douglas Fairbanks: 'The Half-Breed' Lost and Found



Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino

Gabriel Garko (photo) will play Rudolph Valentino (a.k.a. Rodolfo Valentino in places like Italy and Brazil) in a two-part Italian TV movie. To be directed by Alessio Inturri for Mediaset, the Valentino project is reportedly to be filmed this year in both Italy and the United States. Gabriel Garko, who'll turn 38 next July 12, has worked steadily on Italian television. His feature-film appearances, however, have been sporadic. Most notable among those were supporting roles in Ferzan Ozpetek's gay/bisexual drama Le fate ignoranti / The Ignorant Fairies (2001) and Franco Zeffirelli's Callas Forever (2002). In terms of movie fandom, the Italian-born Rudolph Valentino was the George Clooney / Robert Pattinson / Johnny Depp / Zac Efron of the early-to-mid-1920s. One […]


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Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino



Pickford-Fairbanks Studios' Mary Pickford Building Destroyed

Mary Pickford Building: The Lot a.k.a. Pickford-Fairbanks Studios Los Angeles just got uglier. Despite protests, the Mary Pickford Building on West Hollywood's The Lot has been destroyed by its current owner, the CIM Group. (See video below.) The Lot, as previously reported on this site, was built in the 1910s, when it was known as The Hampton Studios. Silent-era superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks purchased the place, which they renamed the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios. That's where Pickford's and Fairbanks' 1920s blockbusters – Robin Hood, Rosita, Sparrows, and The Thief of Bagdad among them – were shot. Renamed the United Artists Studios, it also became the workplace for the likes of Charles Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, […]


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Pickford-Fairbanks Studios' Mary Pickford Building Destroyed