1242Re: [The New Coven of Louise Brooks] Re: Lulu in The Guardian
- Jan 24, 2009Bristol, 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!
----- Original Message -----
From: "ioracara" <ioracara@...>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
>> --- In email@example.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
>> > market and do so because there are buyers for them.
>> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)
>> > > silent film. Shame on the U.S.A.!
>> > >
>> > > -Dario.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > --- In email@example.com, olive_e_thomas
>> > > <no_reply@> wrote:
>> > > >
>> > > > http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jan/21/female-icons-
>> > > cinema/print
>> > > >
>> > >
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