“I would agree that any topic of interest to agit-prop confectioneers must be read with caution bordering on disbelief, but on topics such as the biography of a 19th century landscape painter, not so much. I find, in areas of interest about which I know more than little, that most entries are pretty good.”
mick719 on Dec 10, 2013 at 07:56:22
“it's a really good place to start, but not to use as a reference.”
“It's not a war of ideas. It's an imposition of power by the powerful, done for the purposes of the powerful, against whom those without power can make rhetorical points till the cows come home, blue in the face.”
“DINOs will never be extinct so long as they can drag themselves to the moneyhole and drink deeply thereof. And the moneyhole goes deeper than anyone can say, as no one has yet to touch bottom, except morally.”
Dec 5, 2013 at 12:19:05
“A smattering of positivity:
Yep, most silent pictures are lost, and most will never be discovered in a forgotten basement on a dusty shelf, but some great pictures from that era are in the best technical shape (after restoration) than they've been in decades.
""Foolish Wives", which I consider to be Von Stroheim's masterpiece, was re-issued by Kino a few years ago, with restored footage and, in a few places, stills where the footage is lost. I've seen it a half-dozen times, and it's 3 and a half hours long! Wasn't bored a minute!
Also, Lang's "Metropolis". Many bits and bobs and hunks of this film have been around for years, but the most complete version had many minutes missing-- till a copy was found in South America in the lase decade-- on 8 or 16mm, and not of the best quality, but now this film makes more storyline sense than it has since shortly after it was released!
Comedians Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin each owned his own pictures, or at least most of them. Chaplin, when he re-packaged his early comedies in the Thirties, even wrote his own musical accompaniments! Because they took care of their own pasts better than the industry would have, we can see most of the films of these early masters now.”
Dec 5, 2013 at 12:02:51
“"Birth of a nation" may well be the worst, by standards of race-baiting, but it was extremely popular and successful, praised by President Woodrow Wilson: "“It’s like writing history with lightning. My only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”
You notion that Griffith was told " NOT to consider any more films unless he had something that was a LOT better" is fiction. Pure fiction. He was the most universally revered silent era director during the industry's infancy, credited for many film conventions we take for granted such as dissolves between scenes, as well as for his films themselves. Please don't take this as a defense of the man or "The Birth of a Nation". I'm imparting fact.
You can look it up. And ought to.
Since there were no Oscars handed out during the silent era till 1928, it cannot surprise that no silent picture won an award for best picture till such awards were handed out. And then came The Jazz Singer".”
“That's not sad. That's a human tragedy that will be played out in shortened lives and straitened circumstances. The pensioners messed up because they trusted the electorate and the pols who represented them at the bargaining table.
“See what happens when somehow a state constitutional guarantee of pension payouts cannot be enforced, while the claims of financial services creditors, some of whom helpfully engineered the financial crisis of Detroit, must be!”