Talking Pictures: Episode 2 – Silent Films

I talk to blogger and silent movie expert Fritzi Kramer about the filmmaking style, the variety of topics it covered, its immersive quality, pre-feature cinema, mainstream Hollywood dramas, the best way for people to get into silent movies, silent actress Pola Negri, and much, much more. You can find Fritzi Kramer at moviessilently.com and on Twitter @MoviesSilently.

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Looking Back: Cavalcade

I’ve finally done it. All my backlog reviews (the reviews I wrote before I started doing video reviews) for my And the Oscar Goes to series have been finished. I present to you my video review of Cavalcade. It’s a 1933 film directed by two time Academy Award winner Frank Lloyd, who also directed the 1935 Best Picture winner Mutiny on the Bounty. Cavalcade is based on the hit Noel Coward play of the same name. It stars Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook as a wife and husband who, along with their children (played by John Warburton and Frank Lawton) and their servants (played by Una O’Connor and Herbert Mundin), experience the tragedies and wars that occur between 1899 and 1933. Continue reading

A Waste of a Good Design

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I’ve made it no secret that I don’t like Frank Llyod’s 1933 adaption of Noel Coward’s famous play Cavalcade. It won Best Picture at the Oscars, and I reviewed it last year as part of my Best Picture series. With my video review of the movie coming soon, I thought I’d take a quick look at the Blu-ray, DVD combo release that came out last year for its 80th anniversary.

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