The Artist on stage at Theatre Royal Plymouth
Silent London Blog
by PH
3w ago
Devon. I’m in Devon. And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak. This evening, at the Plymouth Arts Cinema I had the honours of introducing a screening of the modern silent that made a big noise, The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius, 2011). You remember? The one that won FIVE Oscars? With the dashing Jean ..read more
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Napoléon vu par Netflix: What next for Abel Gance’s 1927 epic?
Silent London Blog
by PH
1M ago
“Sixty years later I am still bringing people to see Napoléon, that’s quite true. And also bringing people back to the cinema because this is the age where they watch Lawrence of Arabia on their mobile phones, for God’s sake. The cinema was designed for sharing, and that is sharing the reactions to the film. It’s not just ..read more
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Clara Bow: Taylor Swift’s It Girl era
Silent London Blog
by PH
1M ago
“It’s hell on earth to be heavenly.” How to break the silent-movie internet? Get Taylor Swift to write about one of the greatest stars of the cinematic jazz age. Better yet, get her to tease the track title ahead of time so that the web can be filled with clickbait speculation and “Everything you need ..read more
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San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2024: exposure to the shadows of the past
Silent London Blog
by PH
1M ago
I was looking for Yoda when I bumped into Eadweard Muybridge. These are the circles film history moves in. This year’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the 27th, took place in the grandeur of the theatre of the Palace of Fine Arts, an elegant neo-classical folly of gigantic proportions, built as a temporary attraction for ..read more
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Hippfest 2024: seduced by silents
Silent London Blog
by PH
2M ago
The fashionable set is always the first to name a trend. So if you know you know, but if you don’t know you need to know that 2024 is the year of Coquette Core, a prettified aesthetic that can be boiled down to: put a bow on it. That’s technically a beribboned bow with a ..read more
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Your silent cinema Valentine
Silent London Blog
by PH
3M ago
If you truly love something, let he, she, they or it know. Now, in this instance, I am talking about silent film, and it is the season for wearing your heart on your sleeve, so here’s an opportunity to do just that. Coincidentally, if you are the sort of person who has considered giving up ..read more
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The Silent London Poll of 2023: And the winners are …
Silent London Blog
by PH
4M ago
I may be a humble blogger typing at my desk, but just imagine I am a glamorous celebrity cracking first-rate jokes while wearing a designer ballgown. I have counted the votes, and I am ready to announce the winners of the Silent London Poll of 2023! Congratulations to all the people mentioned below – as ..read more
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Frances Marion for Hippfest at Home
Silent London Blog
by PH
4M ago
Hippfest approaches! But before the IRL festival in Bo’ness, 20-24 March, the Hippfest at Home programme promises online treats for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. And the first event is coming up very soon indeed! Next Friday evening, 26 January, I will be delivering a lecture called Frances Marion: Hollywood’s ..read more
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Season’s greetings, Silent Londoners
Silent London Blog
by PH
5M ago
I am just about to sign off for the year, so I wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading, and supporting, this blog in 2023. This year has been another very challenging one, on the world stage, and in the arts, but I continue to be impressed by the resilience, energy and ..read more
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The Silent London Poll of 2023: vote for your winners now
Silent London Blog
by PH
5M ago
Season’s greetings Silent Londoners. It’s that time of year when we like to look back at the year, and especially at all the great silent movies we watched. 2023 was a busy year. We had in-person and online film festivals, seasons, screenings and conferences, some fabulous new restorations, discs and some big anniversaries. We had ..read more
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