| Oct 9, 2012
| 12:25 PM
Frightful: A Silent Halloween
On Halloween, Indiana Landmarks screens two silent movies—one funny and one scary—accompanied by an award-winning organist. Buster Keaton stars in the 1921 short comedy, The Haunted House, followed by The Cabinet...
| May 31, 2012
| 6:01 AM
Silent films have never seemed like a dead art to me, even though pictures began talking in 1929 and I was born in 1960.
When I was a kid, silent films was what were shown at the public library to kids on Saturday afternoons, because Super8 projectors...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 9:00 AM
"Goodbye Cruel World"
The back story to Nikolai Erdman's 1928 play "The Suicide" is a real knee-slapper: the play was banned by Stalin's censors on the eve of its premiere, the author ended up spending time in Siberia, and its would-be director, the...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 3:26 PM
Silent films are never really silent.
They speak through literal communication, as when frames of dialogue or plot detail pop up on the screen, and, of course, through even the slightest changes on an actor's face. They also speak through music, a key...
| Jul 24, 2012
“The magazine’s called RedEye?” asks “Red Lights” star Cillian Murphy, who played the villain in the 2005 horror-on-an-airplane film “Red Eye.”
Yes, I tell him, and ask if he gets strange looks on planes. “...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 6:50 AM
The most towering figure in Hollywood history wore ill-fitting clothes, including shoes several sizes too big, and never said a word. Beginning Saturday, he'll be spending a year at Baltimore's Charles Theatre.
Charlie Chaplin, a British expatriate who...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 1:05 AM
The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony will open its program Sunday night with The Great Locomotive Chase, by Robert W. Smith.
The piece was inspired by a famous train chase that took place during the Civil War, on April 12, 1862, in northern Georgia....
| Aug 3, 2012
| 4:04 PM
This is the last time I will address you about issues related to the Aug. 14 primary, because the Courant does not allow us to write about the candidates on that final Sunday.
This is a sound principle. Let us imagine that I wrote next Sunday: "Chris...
| Mar 3, 2012
| 8:00 PM
In Hollywood, any success brings a lot of imitators. So we can imagine this scene taking place right now at one of the big movie studios:
The studio head summons his top flunky into his office. "Flunky," the studio head says, "suspend all our current...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 8:30 AM
Christina Dunigan heard the rave reviews from movie critics about the silent Buster Keaton film, "The General."
She had to see for herself.
Three years ago, Dunigan rented the classic movie on Netflix, and instantly became a fan of Keaton in...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 5:30 AM
Before "talkies," silent films were never truly silent. Talented musicians played along, using diminshed chords for extra tense moments and joyful major triads at happy endings. Head to Real Art Ways on April 29-30 and experience a modern-day twist on the...