This n That
This n That is my monthly posting on old news, new news and various tidbits that strike my fancy.
In the 1920s, Diana Serra Cary was known as "Baby Peggy." Signed to a million dollar contract at age five, this child actress was once one of the biggest little film stars in the world. At this special event, Cary will speak about her remarkable life in Hollywood more than 80 years ago, her recent work as a writer and film historian, and her lifelong love of books and reading.
Diana Serra Cary will be in conversation with arts journalist Thomas Gladysz. A short Baby Peggy film will also be shown. More info at the SFPL website.
This special event will take place in Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library. A book signing with Diana Serra Cary will follow.
Soviet Film Posters (many from the silent era) have been on display in New York at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. The exhibition ends July 30th, but you can view the posters by clicking the link on this page marked "images." Some wild poster art, including several Soviet posters for Harold Lloyd films like Safety Last and Buster Keaton. Fabulous exhibit that I wish I could have seen in person.
Have you purchased a DVD and absolutely loathe the score? What do you do? Do you watch the film in silence? Do you grit your teeth and watch it anyway with a score that neither fits the film or your taste? I admit, I'm rather traditional in my silent film score taste. Well, you have another option to remedy a silent film headache. Ben Model, acclaimed historian and performer has created altscore.com with modestly priced and wonderful alternate scores for many films on DVD. The scores can be downloaded to your iPod, PC or burned on a CD to synch with the film. Check it out!
Ronald Colman will be the star of the day during TCM's Summer Under the Stars on August 4th. Scheduled are three silent films with the divine Ronnie. The White Sister (1923) with Lillian Gish, Kiki with Norma Talmadge (directed by Clarence Brown) and Her Night of Romance with Constance Talmadge. Don't miss them!
The Silent Treatment is a quarterly newsletter that relates to silent film. TST is also the presenter/promoter for the monthly silent film screenings with Cinefamily and The Silent Movie Theater mentioned above. Brandy and Steve do great work and if you want to keep yourself in the loop, the newsletter is free and delievered to your email inbox. Back issues are downloadable at the TSTNews website. Always free and always worth a read!
my eBay auctions here or search for the seller ID rudyfan. More good movie stuff and decorative pieces and some vintage jewelery (including bakelite) will be posted soon.