Jan. 8th, 2017

rydra_wong: From the film "The Last Flight": Nikki sits at the bar, smoking and looking ethereal. (last flight -- nikki)
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(Crossposting from my DW; apologies to anyone seeing this post twice.)

Kevin Brownlow’s legendary 13-part series on silent Hollywood (first broadcast in 1980) is online, and makes great viewing if you fancy a non-fiction "boxset".

It's amazing, and I think will enable me to watch silent films with much greater appreciation and enjoyment.

Link to the first ep

All eps can be found here, except (for some reason) ep 12, which can be found on archive.org here.

Content notes (can’t guarantee I’ve thought of everything): fictional attempted rape scene. Discussion of the Fatty Arbuckle alleged rape case. Elderly actors claiming that “Birth of a Nation” is not racist. Patronizing attitudes to Native Americans being expressed. Iron Eyes Cody before his claims to being Native American were debunked. Blackface. Mentions of animal harm (horses being beaten, and killed during stunts). Mentions of death and injury of humans (mostly stunt people in Ep 5).

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