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Subject: Silent Sundays.

Written By: MidKnightDarkness on 03/16/09 at 6:35 pm

I discovered the magic that is Silent Sundays on TCM over a month ago. Silent Sundays is an event which Turner Classic Movies plays one or two silent films every Sunday night. Sadly, for the past 3 weeks, it has been missing due to the Oscars, and TCM having specials for said Oscars. However, I am pleased to say that they have returned! This thread will basically be updated every Sunday or Monday, and I doubt anyone will be interested in the slightest. I will be informing you on upcoming films, talking about previously shown films, and posting photos of my favorite style-choices of actresses/actors in said films, because I am so very intrigued by the wardrobes of silent film stars.


Now, I realize that it isn't, in fact, Sunday night, however TCM will be showing "The Navigator" this evening, featuring the lovely Buster Keaton.

I would tell everyone how much I adore this man, but much like the majority of his acting career- there are no words! Between performing all of his own stunts, his sensational sense of style, that signature porkpie hat, his deadpan face, and large gleaming eyes, Buster Keaton has very quickly made his way into a special place in my heart. I can't help but to have a serious crush on him!

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y181/A_VictimOfYou/BusterKeatonn.jpg

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"He was, by his whole style and nature, so much the most deeply "silent" of the silent comedians that even a smile was as deafeningly out of key as a yell. In a way, his pictures are like a transcendent juggling act in which it seems that the whole universe is in exquisite flying motion and the one point of repose is the juggler's effortless, uninterested face."

- James Agee in LIFE magazine (5 September 1949)



Now, I have not had the pleasure of viewing "The Navigator" yet, so I am thrilled to very soon learn a little more about Buster Keaton's acting career! According to IMDB, the synopsis is:

"Rollo (Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father, whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board."

It sounds as if there are plenty of opportunities for Keaton to incorporate loads of his signature slapstick comedy- I can't wait!

Subject: Re: Silent Sundays.

Written By: danootaandme on 03/17/09 at 6:10 am

Buster Keaton was a genius, along with Chaplin, and Oliver and Hardy.  That kind of acting will never again be duplicated.

Subject: Re: Silent Sundays.

Written By: MidKnightDarkness on 03/17/09 at 9:01 am


Buster Keaton was a genius, along with Chaplin, and Oliver and Hardy.  That kind of acting will never again be duplicated.



You are so right. It was a charm that many people strive to have, but often fail miserably. To me, that was true comedy. I've also started to watch some Harold Lloyd films, and have discovered that he is quite magnificent as well.

Subject: Re: Silent Sundays.

Written By: MidKnightDarkness on 03/17/09 at 9:42 am

Last night, on TCM, "The Navigator" played. It started out quite slow, as many Keaton films tend to do, but just as I imagined, quickly became a film I would most likely add to my favorites. The ending was completely charming, but I'll be sure to not give it away!

I find it wonderful that Buster Keaton can do similar stunts in many of his films, and still manage to make you laugh at each and every one. It seems as though he's always trying to help a damsel in distress, and there is usually a segment where he must either help her onto a bed or, in this case, a chair, but can't quite seem to perform this seemingly simple task. Then, of course, there is the famous scene where he is clad in scuba gear, performing all of his stunts underwater. It so quickly stole my heart!

The wardrobe choices of silents never fail to leave me thunderstruck. This particular movie had the signature Buster Keaton attire, and his counterpart (Kathryn McGuire) wore beautiful, beaded drop waist swing dresses, accompanied by her bobbed, finger waved hair- making her the epitome of elegance.

http://www.doctormacro1.info/Images/Keaton,%20Buster/Annex/Annex%20-%20Keaton,%20Buster%20(Navigator,%20The)_06.jpg

Later in the film, they find themselves in sailor attire. Keaton in blue, trimmed in white; McGuire in white, trimmed in blue. Sailor outfits have always inspired me, so much that I have been frantically searching eBay and thrift stores for nautical-wear.

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I was quite satisfied with "The Navigator", and urge fans to watch Buster get the girl in this highly recommended film! I tip my pork pie hat to you, Mr. Keaton!

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This Sunday night (3/22/09) features George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston and Bodil Rosing in "Sunrise".

"In this 1927 silent film, a farmer's affair with a city woman almost destroys his life, when she convinces him to murder his neglected wife."

Sounds thrilling! See you then!

Subject: Re: Silent Sundays.

Written By: snozberries on 03/17/09 at 10:27 am



I saw Sunrise a few years ago.... I enjoyed it.

Subject: Re: Silent Sundays.

Written By: MidKnightDarkness on 03/17/09 at 10:46 am



I saw Sunrise a few years ago.... I enjoyed it.



I haven't seen it yet! I'm excited to, though.

Subject: Re: Silent Sundays.

Written By: woops on 03/25/09 at 12:22 pm

Not into silent films, but I've enjoyed some Felix the Cat & Oswald Rabbit cartoons.

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