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1242Re: [The New Coven of Louise Brooks] Re: Lulu in The Guardian

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  • KarenUK
    Jan 24, 2009
      Bristol, England (where I live) is doing a Silent Film Festival at the
      moment. About two years ago, they had another where I saw Pandora's Box in a
      theatre on a big screen with a live orchestra doing the music!

      Karen (UK).


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "ioracara" <ioracara@...>
      To: <thenewcovenoflouisebrooks@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 7:02 PM
      Subject: [The New Coven of Louise Brooks] Re: Lulu in The Guardian


      > Like das impersonator, I have to disagree with this. I have traveled
      > extensively in Europe, and there does not seem to be any greater
      > popular appreciation for silent films than here in the U.S. The only
      > country I've seen that has an appreciation for those films is possibly
      > France, and they also seem to be the only one with any organized
      > groups trying to preserve silents . . . but only a couple, and they
      > are government sponsored.
      >
      > Here, however, we have a great number of groups dedicated to
      > preserving old films, and most are publicly and corporately sponsored,
      > as well as by the government. We have the LOC, but also the Eastman
      > House, the AFI, Turner Classics, Kino, Criterion, UCLA, and on and on.
      > I have no concrete info to make this next statement, but via
      > observation I firmly believe more silent films have been preserved
      > through American efforts than the rest of the world combined.
      >
      > Germany has no such groups, nor does Britain. Italy has enough trouble
      > just being Italy. And Eastern Europe? Not at all.
      >
      > Furthermore, I know of theaters in at least three U.S. different
      > cities that regularly show silent films, including one in Los Angeles
      > that shows nothing BUT silent films. Even France cannot claim that.
      >
      > Grass is often greener on the other side, but in this case I think the
      > original statement was incorrect in its assumption. Even though it's
      > easy to make such claims, not everything in Europe is better than in
      > the U.S.
      >
      > --- In thenewcovenoflouisebrooks@yahoogroups.com, nutsaboutclara
      > <no_reply@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> True, but I was talking about the movie-going public of today, not
      >> specifically the silent film fan base here in America. The silent
      >> film fan base already appreciates Brooksie very much, but not the
      >> general movie-going public; anything that's not made for today's
      >> taste is held in high regard. Europeans on the other hand, not only
      >> view today's films, but enjoy the classics of the past, including
      >> silent films. That's why I posted the comment; Europeans appreciate
      >> silent films more than the average American does. It's a reflection
      >> of our times, really.
      >>
      >> -Dario.
      >>
      >>
      >> --- In thenewcovenoflouisebrooks@yahoogroups.com, "das_imperator"
      >> <dasimperator@> wrote:
      >> >
      >> > To be fair you might want to check the member list of this and your
      >> > Clara Bow group before making such a blanket statement. I'm sure the
      >> > good old USA is fairly well represented in silent movie fandom. Most
      >> > of the books and DVDs that cover the silent period come out of the
      >> US
      >> > market and do so because there are buyers for them.
      >> >
      >> > --- In thenewcovenoflouisebrooks@yahoogroups.com, nutsaboutclara
      >> > <no_reply@> wrote:
      >> > >
      >> > > Nice to see Brooksie get a mention from the Guardian. At least
      >> > > Europeans like the British appreciate silent film performers like
      >> > > Louise, not like the rest of America, who could give a (blank)
      >> about
      >> > > silent film. Shame on the U.S.A.!
      >> > >
      >> > > -Dario.
      >> > >
      >> > >
      >> > > --- In thenewcovenoflouisebrooks@yahoogroups.com, olive_e_thomas
      >> > > <no_reply@> wrote:
      >> > > >
      >> > > > http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jan/21/female-icons-
      >> > > cinema/print
      >> > > >
      >> > >
      >> >
      >>
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