Friday, February 20, 2015

Rudolph Valentino Blogathon - March 15, 2015

A Rudolph Valentino Blogathon, you say?  Pending the host approval of me doing a contribution, I am so there! 

You can check out the current list of posts here.

If you my fellow bloggers want to contribute, I'd say contact them! 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Joys of Kickstarter

I'm a Backer! 

I've backed several projects (film and non film) related via Kickstarter.  From electronic cat toys Get Shru, MiniMuseums, Tower Records Documentary, Bronies! The Musical Soundtrack and Alice Guy-Blance, I am a big fan of crowdfunding.  Not only does it help people do cool and fabulous things, you get cool and fabulous things in return for your kickstarter bucks!

Case in point, Ben Model has done several kickstarters and his latest bringing back to life the artistry of Marcel Perez (yes, I backed it) is just one of the cool things. You can buy the very cool Marcel Perez dvd (including the fabulous book by comedy author and all around good guy know it all, Steve Massa) here at amazon.  Go on, do it now! (How many times can I say cool, btw?)

I HOPE that Ben's next project will allow me to help back the work of the unjustly forgotten and always hilarious Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew.  HOPE HOPE HOPE!

There is another really fabulous project needing funding, KINO/LORBER is producing Pioneers of African American Cinema.  To view the video please visit their kickstarter page.  I'm a backer!  Wouldn't you like to be a backer too?

For any of these worthy crowdfunded projects, it does not take major bucks out of your pocket to help them do wonderful things.  Even $5 is money to do good!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rudolph Valentino and His Films

In a bit of shameless self-promotion, I wanted to formally announce the launch of my next book I am referring to as Rudolph Valentino 2.0.  The working title is the oh-so-exciting The Films of Rudolph Valentino: A Chronological History.  I have no doubt that is likely to change as the publication date gets closer.

This book will be the first examination of Rudolph Valentino's career, his films and his impact during the silent era.  He was one of the most magnetic stars of his time.  Given the present fanbase, I'd sad interest in Valentino has hardly waned with the passage of time!

 If you want to keep on top of the progress, please head on over to Facebook and "like" the page for the book updates.  Hopefully, when the time comes, you will be intrigued enough to want to buy it, too!

I won't be posting much about the process and research here as I want to save this spot for other things, like Alfred Hitchcock and films I am seeing outside of all the Rudolph Valentino research. So, consider this an FYI!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

William Gillette Sherlock Holmes - A First Video Glimpse!

Just linking to the BBC article, video is embedded there and it looks fabulous!

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Yes, it looks fabulous and yes I am beyond excited for the May screening!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Vive la France!

Like everyone else, #Je Suis Charlie #weeping

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 A Year With Alfred Hitchcock

Lovely thing I received for Christmas in 2014
There are numerous books, blogs, articles and examinations of the films of Sir Alfred Hitchcock.  2015 will be the year I dedicate myself to viewing each one of his extant films.  I would not dare to presume I would have the least bit of original thought on Hitch or his films.  For me, this will be a real pleasure as I will have the chance to see some films new to me (silents) and old familiar friends.  I do not know if I will view them in chronological order or not.  I can say, this is a project I am looking very much forward to completing over the course of the next twelve months.

Along with directors such as Michael Curtiz and George Steven, for entirely different reasons, Hitchcock is a director whose work almost never ceases to delight me.  More so with repeated viewings as there are so many delightful little surprises that, well, surprise you.

Ivor Novello as The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

I will likely also be reading a few of the books on Hitch I've not picked up in years, or those which have escaped me during this project.

1922      No. 13 (lost)
1925      The Pleasure Garden       
1926      The Mountain Eagle  (lost)           
1927      The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog    
1927      The Ring
1927      Downhill
1928      The Farmer's Wife
1928      Easy Virtue         
1928      Champagne       
1929      The Manxman   
1929      Blackmail
1930      Murder!
1931      Rich and Strange
1932      Number Seventeen
1933      Waltzes from Vienna
1934      The Man Who Knew Too Much
1935      The 39 Steps
1936      Secret Agent
1936      Sabotage
1937      Young and Innocent
1938      The Lady Vanishes
1939      Jamaica Inn
1940      Rebecca
1940      Foreign Correspondent
1941      Mr. & Mrs. Smith
1941      Suspicion
1942      Saboteur
1943      Shadow of a Doubt
1944      Lifeboat
1945      Spellbound
1946      Notorious
1947      The Paradine Case           
1948      Rope
1949      Under Capricorn
1950      Stage Fright
1951      Strangers on a Train
1953      I Confess
1954      Dial M for Murder
1954      Rear Window
1955      To Catch a Thief
1955      The Trouble with Harry
1956      The Man Who Knew Too Much
1956      The Wrong Man
1958      Vertigo
1959      North by Northwest
1960      Psycho
1963      The Birds
1964      Marnie
1966      Torn Curtain
1969      Topaz
1972      Frenzy  
1976      Family Plot

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rudolph Valentino 2015 edition calendar is now available

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.
Shameless, I know, but it is that time of the year.  If you like Valentino or know someone who does, this is an ideal gift!

The 2015 edition of the Rudolph Valentino calendar celebrates Valentino's cinema career through some of the "lobby art" used to promote the films in theaters.
The calendar is coil bound, full color 8x11 and there is a full preview right here:

Never, never, never forget to google for a coupon code for lulu as you can usually get a discount!
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