Category Archives: Film history

Ten Minutes With Hal Roach

  On October 16, 1986, I had the good luck to attend a lecture by renowned silent film producer Hal Roach. The event was held at the National Film Theater in London, and was moderated by David Robinson. Robinson reviewed … Continue reading

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Too Much Johnson Is Never Enough Orson: The ‘Lost Film’ of Orson Welles

  One of the highlights of last fall’s silent film festival in Pordenone, Italy was the premier of Orson Welles’s ‘lost’ 1938 film, ‘Too Much Johnson.’ A lost silent film made by Orson Welles shot three years before Citizen Kane? … Continue reading

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Roger and Me: An Almost Perfect London Walk

Roger and Me: An Almost Perfect London Walk Roger Ebert’s death on April 4, 2013 has produced—for his vocation—a degree of sympathy and support that is perhaps unprecedented (since when have so many people been emotionally affected by the death … Continue reading

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Wonderful Life: Exploring the Vienna Trades

In my last blog, I detailed my trips to Hungary in my attempt to learn more about the The Death of Drakula, the first film in which Dracula was used as a character. My time in that country convinced me … Continue reading

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Graven Images: The Search for Drakula (part 2)

Graven Images: The Search for Drakula No one in reading this sentence is old enough (or undead enough) to have seen this film, which uses the following quote: “I am Drakula, the immortal one. I have been around a thousand … Continue reading

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Graven Images: Commies, Counts and the Erasure of Memory

3 May. Bistritz.–Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it … Continue reading

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4 Devils…Found!

For many years, 4 Devils was thought to be a lost film. But…after looking in a closet, it has been found…and here it is after many decades of being lost….4 Devils!

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