Edna Purviance's bio

Currently working on Edna Purviance's family biography. Draft is done. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone

December 25th, 2007 - The special Christmas Eve and Day event for Edna and Charlie is now over. Thank you very much for visiting us over Christmas. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the encore piece, as we had a record number of visitors for Christmas. More news to come, but for now, enjoy your holiday week.

More News about the Chaplin Museum
AFP reports - "Swiss cantonal authorities are expected to approve the sale to Luxemburgish investors early next year so the project can get under way for the museum to open its doors at the end of 2009." - full article from AFP

UPDATE: December 25th, 2007 - from EuroNewSwiss Authorities approve the creation of a museum.
"It's the 30th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's death and to pay tribute to the silent film legend, Swiss authorities have approved the creation of a museum dedicated to his life and work. The building will be located at his old colonial-style mansion in Corsier-sur-Vevey, near Lausanne.

Architect, Philippe Melan is the creator of the project:

"There is the man Charlie Chaplin, there is the artist and there is his work. So we're keeping a part of his house, the most personal and private, as it was. The new construction will allow us to include everything he made during his life." - EuroNews

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Modern Times with the St. Louis Symphony

Modern Times - December 29 and 30, 2007
Powell Symphony Hall - St. Louis
With live music by:
Conductor David Robertson with the Saint Louis Symphony
Learn more>

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Little concerned...

As a few of you may know, I had to replace my video card this month, as the other one burned out on my main computer. We decided to buy two cards to have a back-up. Well, as of last night, I am now on the back-up card. The first card burned out last night after about 10 days.

Reason for concern? If this last card doesn't hold up and burns out quickly too, it could cause a lot of problems, because I will have to hold off on normal work, until I can order a new computer with a better cooling system for these cards. (The fans on these cards are worthless.)

I still plan to launch The Sea Gull in January, but if the video card goes, there is no way I can continue until I get everything settled in a new computer. So the reason for my little concern...

I know it will happen, just don't know when.

Update January 7th: "When" didn't take too long, as my third video card has not been working well this last week. But with a bit of tech help, the monitors are running fine, now. This will not stop the release of the book, as I have been placing in a backup plan, just in case.

Friday, December 21, 2007

NEW! Grand View News update in the December 19, 2007 GV post.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Another update on the Chaplin Museum

Hoping for a late 2009 opening
December 24, 2007 - More News about the Chaplin Museum

AFP reports - "Swiss cantonal authorities are expected to approve the sale to Luxemburgish investors early next year so the project can get under way for the museum to open its doors at the end of 2009." - full article from AFP


December 20, 2007 -
Full article from AFP - The Charlie Chaplin Museum
"Screen legend Charlie Chaplin's Swiss retreat is set to become a museum dedicated to his life, with the signing of a deal to purchase the house Thursday, one of the agreement's backers said.

The sale still has to be approved by the local Swiss authorities, who have the power of veto over sales of buildings to foreigners." - AFP

Chaplin Library has 500 books and counting...

The Chaplin Library has over 500 books listed, with more on the way! I am slowly making my way to updating the PDF files. I will post when those have been updated.

Merry Christmas!

In the past I have gotten a few fans passing by the site on Christmas eve and Christmas day. So since I am going to be around, and it is Charlie's 30th Anniversary December 25th, I plan to have an encore piece for a few hours on Christmas eve and day.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Grand View update: Work could resume?

Besides welcome rain in southern California, here is the latest report about Grand View.

See December 20th update below.

December 18th, 2007
From the Glendale News: Grand View officials seek court action to change city order requiring the site to cease maintenance.

"The attorney representing Grand View Memorial Park stakeholders will ask a judge today to modify a city order that has prohibited maintenance and clean-up work, officials said.


The cemetery, which is embroiled in a series of lawsuits stemming from October 2005 when state inspectors found the remains of about 4,000 people that were never buried or properly disposed of there, has been closed to public visits since June as part of an evidence preservation order.

The city attorney’s office filed a public nuisance abatement action in September against cemetery operator Moshe Goldsman and the estate of former cemetery owner Marsha Lee Howard, who died in November 2006, ordering the defendants to bring the cemetery and its grove of brittle, flammable trees up to safety standards in order to reestablish a limited public visitation schedule.

If the cemetery does the necessary work, the city will drop the nuisance abatement complaint, City Atty. Scott Howard said."

"Paul Ayers, the attorney representing family members suing Grand View and its owners, welcomed Goldsman’s apparent steps toward cleaning up the cemetery.

“I’ve been able to bury and disinter about 30 people so far, and I’ve got that process pretty well down now,” said Ayers, who has secured a series of court orders to allow proper burials and disinterments.

“The biggest problem has been access, and it appears that this is a step in that direction, which is very welcome to my clients.”
- Glendale News

Full story at this
LINK to Glendale News. It is only available for free, 14 days from December 18th, 2007.
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December 20th, 2007
UPDATE:
Work set to start on Grand View. Judge allows owner to begin correcting code violations on cemetery land by modifying order.

LOS ANGELES — Work needed to abate fire and safety hazards at Grand View Memorial Park could start as early as today after a judge on Wednesday modified an evidence preservation order that had prohibited the property owner from doing the maintenance.

David Baum, the attorney representing cemetery operator Moshe Goldsman in a series of lawsuits filed against Grand View, said modification of the order was needed to allow the cemetery to rectify a string of city code violations related to hundreds of overgrown or dead trees on the property.

In court documents submitted Tuesday, Baum included a contractor’s estimate for tree removal and trimming, plus installation of an aboveground irrigation system and landscape clean-up work for $105,400.

“Our contractor is anxious to begin immediately because he’s set aside this time to do the work,” Baum said. “He’s even ready to start, like, tomorrow.” - Glendale News

Full story at this LINK to Glendale News. It is only available for free, 14 days from December 20th, 2007.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I've put The Sea Gull aside today to continue work on the Chaplin Library. I have more books from Dominique to add, but I do believe we should be over 500 books once I have all the latest books entered.

The database is the main project I worked on today. Right now, I have 450 books entered, and adding more. I still have parts that have to be adjusted, but it is working very well.

It was a wonderful gift of 'talent and time' from one of our loyal fans, and it has been a real treat to work with. It is just taking me along time to make it public, due to the work on The Sea Gull.

It is interesting to see 450 covers at once of Chaplin books printed over the years. In this collection, and focusing on the leading ladies, I find Edna and Charlie on the cover of only three books. Georgia Hale shares the cover the most with Chaplin and Claire Bloom, the least. From the other actors, Jackie Coogan shares the most covers.

I have made head ways on the language additions, and continue to work to have the database public in the future.

As for The Sea Gull, I will be posting more about it very soon.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Just a little update... After getting my main computer backup and running this week, I have been busy catching up. And I am still catching up.

As for Edna, I have been spending the evening preparing the ednapurviance.com site.

With our company Leading Ladies, directly selling all The Sea Gull books, we have to finish work on the shopping cart site and main site. So while it may seem quiet on the blog, it is very busy behind the scenes.

We hope your Christmas is getting off to a good start. No big plans here, just a little celebration, while getting lots of work done, before the New Year.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Sea Gull Launch!

The Sea Gull Launch in January 2008 and News
First our news: We received our hardcover proof back of The Sea Gull from the printers and we have to say, it was a disappointment. We have been pleased with our paperback books and have few things to change, but the quality of the printing and binding for the hardcover doesn't meet our standards. We decided it would be best to NOT offer the hard cover version at this time.

Edna Purviance's 50th Anniversary
Launch of The Sea Gull: As for the softbound release, January 2008 is the 50th Anniversary of the death of Edna Purviance. With all the 2007 celebrations of the 30th year since Charlie Chaplin's passing, we decided one way to honor Edna would be to launch The Sea Gull in January 2008. (see comment for more) It was also the month Edna started working on The Sea Gull in 1926.

The Sea Gull will be released during the week of January 13th, 2008. For our Edna list members, please watch your emails for a bit more news on this to come.

A very special thanks for all your support on this project.

We have loads to do to get ready for this launch, and are really excited that the book is nearly ready for publication.

We hope everyone will have a happy and joyful Christmas season and a good start to 2008!

Latest about the Chaplin Museum in Vevey

Latest news about The Chaplin Museum in Vevey:
"A mystery group of investors based in Luxemburg is prepared to acquire the former residence of Charlie Chaplin in Vaud, reviving a project to turn it into a museum, 24 Heures reports today.

The movie star’s former home in Corsier-sur-Vevey has been empty since the last member of the Chaplin family moved out several years ago. The Manoir de Ban was acquired two years ago by a foundation, financially backstopped by the municipalities of Corsier, Corseaux, Chardonne and Jongny, who borrowed SFr7 million for the purchase.


The foundation’s efforts to turn the home into a Chaplin museum have been blocked by a neighbor, who appealed to the canton’s administrative tribunal. The unidentified neighbor has made it known he is prepared to take the case all the way to the highest court in the country.

Despite the hurdles, Meylan remains optimistic the museum project will fly, noting its potential significant benefits for the region." - 24 Heures

Full story at 24 Heures. Special thanks to one of our loyal Edna fans.

Update: For some of you who have not been following this story, you may run across reports on the web making it sound like this is a new idea. This idea started several years ago, and had its share of problems. It is easy to understand the neighbors point of view on this. They want to live quietly in the country, and not next to what could be a busy museum. Even Chaplin might have some agreement to that. When he bought the property, it was wintertime, all very quiet. When spring came, he found out he lived close to a shooting range. He had to learn how to live with it. And if everything goes well in getting this museum built, this neighbor will have to learn to live with it.

Monday, December 10, 2007

And the Winner is...

Ingo Geirdal, from Iceland!





















Congratulations, Ingo!

Special thanks to everyone who entered!

All of you who have been on the Edna contest list, will be getting a special email about The Sea Gull a bit later, so do stay tune!


AND! On Tuesday, December 11th, I will have our special post about the release date for The Sea Gull!

First Name has been Drawn!

The first name has been drawn and emailed for The Sea Gull book at 8:05PM London time.

They have exactly 24 hours to respond, before another name is drawn. Good Luck!
We have had over 80 entries from many different countries, including the Pacific Rim, Europe, United Kingdom, Middle East, South America, Canada, United States and others. Because we had so many different locations, I decide to use one of our favorite time zones, London (Charlie's birth home), to begin the drawing.

IMPORTANT
Remember, you have 24 hours to reply. If I don't have a response by 8PM London time, Tuesday, I will draw a new name, and continue the same, until I do have a winner.

Good Luck, Everyone!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Drawing for Sea Gull book Begins

UPDATE! The Sea Gull has been released and available at ednapurviance.com

December 10th, 2007 - Monday - 8PM - London, England Time
(check the time for your time zone - date and time links on right)
Fans who signed up, watch your emails!

The first name will be drawn and emailed about 8PM London Time. You have 24 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you, a second name is drawn, and they have 24 hours to respond.

Once I have a winner, I will post the winner's name and the plan date of release for The Sea Gull book a short time later. Good Luck!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Fans on the Contest Drawing List!

Watch your email on MONDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 2007! You might just be the winner of a copy of the soon to be released The Sea Gull. (Check your special email sent Thursday, December 6th for details.)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Final Proof Books on there way!

Finally, all our final proof books are on there way. Both of them (paperback and hard cover) should be here in a few days. These books will have to be viewed and adjusted, if needed.

Because we are right in the middle of Christmas season, we are making our final decision as when to launch the book.

The Christmas season creates a problem with getting things printed on time. Plus, the printers are heavily swamped with orders, and it creates an added problem on them being rushed. It means, added crews to help with the load and skeleton crews during the Christmas holiday, not necessarily the best staff.

Leading Ladies wants to try to have the best printed book possible, with the print option we have available. We have been happy with the printed books to date, but Christmas isn't always the ideal time to get things done, especially with a brand new book.

What we plan to do, is view the proof books, adjust the things needed, but go ahead and have the drawing for the free book copy. I am preparing an general email now to all of you on the contest list about the drawing. I will be sending another email after the drawing updating you on the project and launch.

So watch your emails, if you are on the list!

UPDATE: The email to the contest list has been sent. If you didn't receive an email, and you entered the contest, please let me know. You have to be on the list. The date and time for the drawing to begin for the book winner is listed on that email. So watch your emails!

Friday December 7th, 2007 - Thanks for writing in! Great hearing from some of you. As for a few of you on the list, if you didn't get the email about the contest and you are on the list, let me know. I notice just a few emails that didn't work last night. I have not been able to update Edna's site on this. With my main computer down, I have to use one of the other back ups, but it is being used for our business at this time. So all the updates on the drawing are HERE for now.

Announcement on The Sea Gull coming VERY SOON!

I still have my main computer down, due to the video card going out, but I plan an announcement very soon (maybe even later today) about the launch of The Sea Gull.

If you are on the contest list, please watch for a general email today!

PS- Because of this computer issue, it is causing delays in getting Edna's site updated. In fact, because of too many different issues, nearly impossible to update Edna. Very sorry, but waiting on the mail to get the card here. The blog will have most of the updates until I get the computer video monitor fixed.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Just still waiting...

Nothing new to add, but the weather has calmed down here. Except for a few very tall pine trees falling over roads, power lines and onto cars, not too bad right here, but very bad in other areas. Even lost our oldest tree in the state (over 700 years old) during this heavy wind event.

Our best to our northwest fans, especially in the Seattle area, which had the wettest 24 hour period ever recorded, which has shutdown a stretch of Interstate 5 between Portland and Seattle, with about 10 feet of water.

Meanwhile here, still waiting for a video card so I can have my normal computer back again. Also, still waiting for our proof books too, but should have some movement on that soon.

As soon as my normal computer is back, I will send a general email out to all of you who sent in entries to the contest and explain what will happen next.

Also, I have learned my email was down last week and I didn't know it, because it didn't effect all my emails. I am getting mail showing up six days late, so if you wrote and haven't heard back, that could be why.

Otherwise, updating what I can and waiting, waiting, waiting... Again, thanks very much for your support.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Contest for the Sea Gull drawing is now CLOSE

UPDATE JANUARY 2008 - THE NEW BOOK THE SEA GULL IS NOW AVAILABLE AT EDNAPURVIANCE.COM

SEE DECEMBER 10TH, 2007 POST FOR WINNER!

Contest Entries Closed Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Today, I decided to close the entries for The Sea Gull book drawing, but I won't be drawing for a winner for a few days still. That is because I have three things happening at once.

Today, my regular computer video card (the one I had trouble with earlier this fall) has finally gone out for good. I have a new card on order, but it does slow things for me, since that computer has the bulk of my information. (Including all my Sea Gull entries!)

Two, we are having a major winter storm, causing very strong winds in our area for the next two days. The power going out is highly likely, and has twice already, causing even a fire in a doctor's office not far from us. Because of this we are going to be doing limited Internet work for the next day or so.

The last thing, both the hard cover and paperback proof books could be arriving nearly the same day. If they both check out, I like to have The Sea Gull launched very soon after. So I decided to close the drawing entries today, and I will be emailing our winner, as soon as I have my regular computer back up and running.

So if you have your name in, you will be hearing from me this week. I will send a regular email to everyone as soon as I can, telling you the contest has closed. So watch your emails!

Monday, Dec. 3rd - The weather is still very windy and now wet, causing many power outages, so I may not have answered some of your emails, yet. As for the main computer video card, it will be Wednesday or Thursday before I have the new one, so it will be a few days before I can get all of this sorted and a winner announced.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Jump

I have no interest in motorcycles, but it wasn't a motorcycle that jumped the Snake River Canyon in September 1974, but a rocket on a launch pad. I know, because I was at the great Evel Knievel jump over the Snake River Canyon.

The famous motorcycle stunt rider, notorious for jumping autos and Caesar's Palace water fountains, decided to take on a canyon. It put Twin Falls, Idaho on the map, exposure that most locals didn't want.

Our little farm town of Twin Falls, Idaho, never was so crowded. A town of 15,000 exploded into a population of hundred thousand in one day (actually, exact figures were not known.) But what took normally 10 minutes to drive took 2 1/2 hours! Traffic was at a standstill right after the event. The airport was so full of small jets, they had to tow them into the fields to park them.

It was a September weekend, when the jump occurred. My father's boss decided to have a company picnic on land next to the Perrine Bridge, which had a clear view of the jump. All I can remember about the picnic was making a Jello salad with carrots. (Don't ask me why, just something we did in the 70s.)

ABC Wide World of Sports was on hand to record the event for later viewing on their weekly Saturday sports program (I believe Jim McKay did the honors as presenter).

The day of the event was sort of like preparing for a horse race. The pre-show lasted for hours, but the actual rocket flight event took only a few minutes. We were told to arrive before 11AM, so to be parked, before the heavier crowds poured in by noon. The event was 3PM, I believe.

Everyone was looking toward the launch, wondering if it would launch at the time scheduled. Suddenly, a white rocket shot up into the air, and a parachute soon appeared, causing the rocket to change course and drift down into the canyon.

As the rocket bike parachuted into the rocks near the banks of the Snake River, onlookers didn't know if he was alive or not, unless they were listening to the radio broadcast. But the parachute landed him safely (alive that is), and it became known as the failed attempt.

A few days later, after the event, we got to visit the jump site. The special jump pad was actually on the back of one of my relatives' farms. Because of this event, I met those family members for the first time.

Evel Knievel's launch brought all types of people to the area. They told us stories of the thousands of people camping out in the canyon for a full week, staking out their view for the jump. It was very close to Shoshone Falls, a falls higher than Niagara.

They let us walk into the property. It was littered with trash and even a burned-up car, still struck in the now dry mud. There was a huge party after the event that the police watched from a distance, and let play out. The only thing left from the jump was the launch pad used to shoot 'the rocket bike' into the sky.

This one event brought many international reporters and celebrities to town. One, William Conrad, even came back soon after the jump and filmed the TV series Cannon in a neighboring town called Kimberly, Idaho. (It was called Kimberly, Texas in the show.) I got to meet Mr. Conrad having lunch at the Holiday Inn.

But as fall turned into winter, that was the end of the event, except for the ABC's Wide World of Sports broadcast. Odd to see your town on national television.

Some locals enjoyed the Knievel event, but most didn't. They were just glad the show was over. As for Mr. Knievel, he continued to do more jumps and stunts in the coming years.

Evel Knievel died today at the age of 69, in Clearwater, Florida.

UPDATE - November 2008: Knievel would have probably loved seeing this, a daredevil crossed the Royal Gorge in Colorado with only a JetPack on this back. Here is a link to the UK Times Online about the crossing. Includes video of the crossing.

Update...

Nothing new to report on The Sea Gull, as we are still waiting for the final proof books to be printed and sent. Meanwhile, preparing the new ednapurviance.com site. When the proof books do arrive and everything checks out, things will move pretty fast.

Just so you know, we are planning a paperback and hard cover edition to be available. All the options will be explained on the new site. Also, a couple of other items will be available on this new site for all things Edna.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Mary Pickford by Katie Melua

Mary Pickford - An enjoyable song and video by British singer and song writer Katie Melua, from her CD Pictures. Song available as a single at iTunes. (Problems seeing it? Try on Firefox or Netscape browsers.)


Monday, November 26, 2007

For a researcher nothing is outdated

I was reading a review recently about a film from the 1940s as being outdated. The film showed a variety of footage, and while the style is outdated, the material is not.

For a researcher, any material that shows our past can become a 'gold mine' of information that can lead to new discoveries.

In one of these 'outdated' films, I think I found yet another piece to help with the project.

So the next time you think something is outdated, it just might be 'a piece of gold' for someone else.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Edna's Seventh Year on the web!

Today starts ednapurviance.org seventh year on the web. Thank you for your continued support and watch for our first book project, The Sea Gull. Release date coming soon...

Friday, November 23, 2007

A Charlie Chaplin Christmas

December 7 - January 6, 2008
A Charlie Chaplin Christmas
Studio Theater - Chicago Cultural Center


"A whimsical tale of the lovable tramp and his protegé and the bittersweet moments they share during the holiday season. Based on the beloved Chaplin character, Silent Theatre presents this production in its Vaudevillian style that is appropriate for children and entertaining for adults. A story for those who never want to grow up." Chicago Cultural Center

Check this link for more details.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

To our US visitors: Happy Thanksgiving!

And for our vegetable lovers, move over yams, peas and corn...
Have a safe and pleasant holiday!
(It is called a Romanesco, I am told.)

The play CHAPLIN is having an English run

November 21-24, 2007 - Guildford, England
Chaplin
The Bellairs Playhouse


"This trans-Atlantic workshop has given us a chance to begin exploring the original version of the musical where the link between Chaplin and the commedia tradition is a bolder part of the story," composer Anderson, who has been in residence in Guildford for rehearsals, said.

The Guildford audience is expected to include industry professionals looking to see if Chaplin might have a wider life in the U.K."
- Playbill

Check out GSA's listing of current and past shows for more.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Silent Lives by Lon Davis

Silent Lives
100 Biographies of The Silent Film Era
by Lon Davis
Foreward by Kevin Brownlow


Published and available at BearManor Media
FREE Bonus DVD for everyone who buys directly
through the BearManor site called:
"Classic Moments"
containing two hours of rare footage with Lon Davis.


“If you ever wondered who created the movies, this fascinating book will provide the answer.” —Kevin Brownlow

“It is a truly delightful, interesting and informative volume—with a nice (and very mixed) choice of subjects.” —Anthony Slide

“This is a well-written, illustrated and comprehensive collection of biographies. It is also that rarest of shorthand guides, a genuinely reliable reference tool. A ‘must-have’ book for fans and serious researchers alike.” —Diana Serra Cary


Silent Lives took me a while to complete
almost forty years, in fact.
"I began taking mental notes for it when I first discovered silent films. That occurred in 1968 when I was nine years old. Despite the turmoil of world events, it was a simple time to be a kid in America. There were no personal computers, no home video theaters; there was no Internet.

There was television, thankfully, and on our black and white screens it was not uncommon to see silent movies, accompanied by cartoonish music and sound effects. For the hobbyists there were 8mm clips of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Felix the Cat. Those grainy films were my portal to a much broader world, a world of slapstick and hilarity, of drama and Shakespearean tragedy. Once I entered it, I never wanted to leave." - Lon Davis

"The greats of the silent era may have passed away, but here they live! Within this book you will meet the famous (Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish) as well as the lesser known (Billy Bevan, Larry Semon, Eric Campbell). You will be privy to the secrets of the stars (Norma Shearer, Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro), directors and studio heads (Cecil B. DeMille, D.W. Griffith, Lois Weber, Irving Thalberg), and those irreplaceable creative forces behind the scenes (H.M. "Beanie" Walker, Willis O'Brien, Billy Bitzer, Clyde Bruckman).

SILENT LIVES is illustrated with 200 rare photographs and original line-art advertisements and includes the free bonus DVD, "Classic Screen Moments," which contains two hours of outstanding clips, covering the entire silent era. (The DVD can only be obtained by ordering the book through BearManor Media)

One of the few surviving stars of the silent era, Diana Serra Cary (the former child star known as "Baby Peggy") describes SILENT LIVES as "a well-written, illustrated and comprehensive collection of biographies. It is also that rarest of shorthand guides, a genuinely reliable
reference tool. This is a must-have book for fans and serious researchers alike." - Ben Ohmart

I am looking forward to seeing Silent Lives in 2008. Also, if you order the book through BearManor Media you will receive a special 2-hour DVD created for the book. Contract BearManor for details. There is also a limited edition hardbound version too.

Check the BearManor site for other books about the classic film era, including one called The Keystone Krowd, by Stuart Oderman. (About Keystone Films)

UPDATE: Silent Lives was released February 28, 2008. I have added it to our Silent Books list on Edna's site.

Also, check this link about the recent Oregon news story about the book.


UPDATE APRIL 7, 2008 - Article about Lon Davis Silent Lives from The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) - more>

May 7, 2008 - I found this syndicated clip from April 9th of Lon Davis interview with Kelli Warner. Secrets of the silent movie stars>

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2009 - Lon Davis newest book about Bushman

Follow up: I have really enjoyed my copy of Silent Lives and highly recommend it for your film library collection. It is loaded with rare photos and bios of many of the top silent film stars, as well as some of the silent stars somewhat forgotten today. Great book for any library collection, as well. - LW

May 20th, 2008 - Monday I received the DVD 'Silent Lives: Classic Screen Moments' with Lon Davis. The DVD is free only if you order the book 'Silent Lives' by Lon Davis from his publisher Bear Manor Media. The DVD is about two hours long. You can watch normally like a silent film, or with running comments by Mr. Davis.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 18, 2009 - Lon Davis interview with Kelli Warner is available on YouTube. Check it out!

I actually watched it without comments the first time and enjoyed it! Later, I listened to selections with comments, and found it quite informative. Excellent for new fans to silent films. It has a mixture of films I have seen, but also very rare clips, I haven't.

The pair makes a great combination gift to introduce someone to silent films. So I would highly recommend buying the book and getting the free DVD from Bear Manor Media, and skipping any of the book discounters out there.

So, you don't get free shipping and couple of dollars off, but you get far more with this combination for only about $7 more. You would be hard pressed to find a DVD package out there with so many clips, at that price. LINK

Monday, November 19, 2007

Shopping for a Chaplin fan this Christmas?


Holiday Shopping?
If you are shopping for a Charlie Chaplin fan this Christmas and like to have some ideas on what is available, do check out Edna's guides for Chaplin movies, music and books located at ednapurviance.org.

If you are located in the UK, check out Garen Ewing's Charlie Chaplin UK DVD and Video Guide.

Links to Chaplin Guides:
Chaplin Library
Charlie Chaplin Music Guide USA
Charlie Chaplin DVD and Video Guide USA
Garen's Charlie Chaplin UK DVD and Video Guide

Any items purchased through Edna does help support the website at no extra cost to you. Thank-you... Linda

Also, when visiting Garen's site do check out The Rainbow Orchid. This highly acclaimed comic has become a worldwide fan favorite. The Rainbow Orchid is a favorite of my and I am highly looking forward to its future release. The story takes place in the 1920s, with silent film star Lily Lawrence as one of the lead characters. (And one of Lily's best pals includes Miss Edna Purviance.) Sales off the UK video site does help support the on going work on this beautifully drawn, but massive project. We here at Edna's sent our very best to Garen for all the work he has ahead, and hope you will check it out and show your support as well!

Awaiting the hardbound proof of Sea Gull

UPDATE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2007 - After checking out our time schedule and the printers schedule for December, it was decided to send in for the final proof edition for the paperback today. We are still waiting for the hardback version, but Thanksgiving last week has slowed things down. We will continue to get ednapurviance.com ready in the meantime.

Hardbound Edition: After doing additions and edits we are now waiting for the hardbound proof of The Sea Gull. We will be updating the paperback version as well, as we wait for a few final items to return. Barring any printing issues on the hardbound, I plan to make a release date announcement soon afterwards for the book.

The drawing for the free Sea Gull book will end without notice anytime now. If you have entered, but updated your email address since entering, please let me know. Good luck on the drawing and watch for our Sea Gull release date coming very soon.

Follow-up: If everything stays on schedule we are looking at a December release date. Actual day of release to be announced. Thanks for your continued interest and support. Stay tuned...

P.S. - Sunday, November 25, 2007, Edna's site will start the seventh year on the web. Our biggest celebration will be the coming of The Sea Gull.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving time again in the US. Some of you may have the full week off as others might have just the holiday (Thursday, November 22nd) off, but whatever the case, we wish you a joyful holiday!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Art of Charlie Chaplin by Kyp Harness


The Art of Charlie Chaplin
By Kyp Harness

Author of "The Art of Laurel and Hardy"

Release November 2007
Published by McFarland




"...traces his acting career chronologically, from his initial appearance in 1914's Making a Living to his final starring role in 1957's A King in New York. Emphasizing Chaplin's technique and the steady evolution of his Tramp character..." - Amazon

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Sea Gull is NOT the biography on Edna

Just a little reminder to our readers who have been writing in. The Sea Gull is not the biography on Edna Purviance, but a book about her lost 1926 film production. It will have a short introduction about Edna, with information never published before.

Edna's biography is the next book we are working on, and work on it will start fully again, after the launch of The Sea Gull.

As for the launch of The Sea Gull, we are working on new edits and additions right now, especially after new information has been located from the family collection and helpful new info from our review readers.

I know it seems like along time for you, but we are getting very close now... Thanks for your support and stay tune...

Stolen Moments Forever Lulu


November 9, 2007
Stolen Moments 19
Forever Lulu

Part One of a planned three part series. more>

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Back from a week of researching and visiting, which includes a few more updates for The Sea Gull. Will be pressing on with the hardback test now...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture



Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture


By Peter Kodel
Foreward by Kevin Brownlow
Preface by Martin Scorcese

Published by the Library of Congress





"Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture," Peter Kobel has created the definitive visual history of silent film. Published this month by the Library of Congress in association with Little, Brown & Co., this richly illustrated work draws on the Library’s extraordinary collection of posters, paper prints, film stills and memorabilia—most of which has never been in print. More than 400 images capture the birth of film and the rise of such icons as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow and Rudolph Valentino." - Library of Congress

November 2007 - Available now

Los Angeles Times - Richard Schickel Review (note this review may only be up for a short while.)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sea Gull Update

Okay, lots of you have been emailing about Sea Gull. Looking at a week filled with the project, as we head into the final stages and launching our first edition. Thanks very much for staying tune. Getting closer now...

Charlie Chaplin Archive new web site


The Charlie Chaplin Archive has their new web site up! Both in English and Italy. More...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Underworld almost stayed on the shelf

After the non-release of the 1926 "A Woman of the Sea," it took a while before Josef von Sternberg had another chance with a film project. In 1927, "Underworld" became that breakout film, but it had to make it off the shelf first.

Paramount thought the film would be a 'flop' and only released it at one New York theater, after cooling in the film vault for a while. The film's "expressionistic" style was just too modern for the times, but that one showing in that New York theater give the film its chance, as it found its audience and became a hit. It won Ben Hecht his first Oscar for original screen story.

In this article about the film it says: "Sternberg's obsession with love triangles (reaching apotheosis in his later pix with Marlene Dietrich) manifests itself here first."

If Chaplin released "A Woman of the Sea," von Sternberg's "obsession with love triangles" would have been seen in this picture. While there were four people involved in the main story, there was a love triangle formed around the two sisters and the rich writer from the city.

In studying this film, "A Woman of the Sea" was not the best title, since the story is more about two sisters wanting a life other than being a fisherman's wife.

"Underworld" has been given a new live musical score. Check film festival listings for future showings. Link to a November 4th showing.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns UK Tour & BBC 5 interview

November-December 2007 - Paul Merton's Silent Clowns UK Tour - Paul "screens extracts from the very best silent comedians in some of their funniest films." Live music by Neil Brand. Check the list for location near you.

November 1, 2007 - Radio BBC 5 Live - Daily Mayo - Interview with Paul Merton about his new book "Silent Comedy" and his Silent Clowns UK Tour. - Show can be downloaded at this link. - 32 minutes.

In the BBC 5 Live Radio interview it is mentioned about Paul talking to someone who doesn't like silent films. Here is a video of Paul Merton talking to co-presenter Ian Hislop, who doesn't like silent films. (Music by Neil Brand.) Check YouTube for more Paul Merton videos.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

It is amazing how much money people spend on this holiday these days (second to Christmas). I remember it being homemade costumes worn to school, a heavy brown paper grocery sack to gather treats and actually getting homemade bake goods and not having to worry about it. But that was other time.

Except for a few spooky movies, the main TV event was the start of the Peanut's special in 1966, called "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." It has been on TV every Halloween since and a cartoon that hasn't aged (the reason it is still on). Being nearly stripped of any trends or styles of that period, it has kept its freshness.

As for Halloween during Edna's childhood, it wasn't a big deal. Mainly private parties for the kids, and maybe a dance tied in, once and a while, not as big as Christmas, New Year's, 4th of July, or any other holiday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dollar Hits 26-year low against the Pound

October 30, 2007 - Travel to the UK and Europe hit another high today, as the dollar hit a 26-year low against the pound. The figures mention in articles is not the price consumers pay, as the exchange rate is higher.

It does mean goods made in the UK and Europe are more expensive to purchase, while American goods appear to be cheaper, but they are getting higher in price as well. It does hurt the many bed and breakfasts in places like the UK for foreign visitors. more>

Bristol Silents Slapstick 2008


January 17-20th, 2008 - Bristol, England - Slapstick 2008 - Hosted by Paul Merton - Special showing of The Gold Rush with a "newly adapted score performed by a thirteen piece ensemble."

Monday, October 29, 2007

Charlie Chaplin Film Clip Mocking the Stars

October 29, 2007 - Guardian Unlimited has posted a rare 74-year-old clip of Charlie Chaplin imitating the stars of his day. The clip is 33 seconds. Link to CHARLIE CHAPLIN CLIP.

United Artists 30 pound 90 piece DVD Collection

"...United Artists is also selling a giant 90-title DVD set. Encased in frosted glass and weighing nearly 30 pounds, the collector’s set carries a suggested retail price of $869.98, making it one of the most expensive DVD offerings ever."

As part of the move to get United Artists name shining bright again, Cruise and company are working on some special celebrations for the coming 90th birthday in 2009.

As silent fans know, United Artists was started by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and a few others in 1919, to give stars an independence company to release their films. Chaplin's first United Artists film was his 1923 'A Woman of Paris.' His first drama starring Edna Purviance.

As part of the birthday, a special 90-piece DVD collection is planned, that will be encased in frosted glass and weighs in at nearly 30 pounds! It will have a price tag of nearly $870. This is not met for the average movie collector, but mainly to get the attention of the big-spenders who would like to make their films under the United Artists banner or invest in the company.

One item planned for the collection is the full set of the James Bond movies.

There is a story on the New York Times site dated October 29, 2007 under 30-pound DVD set.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Film Café Grave 'The Kid' January 2008


Film Café Grave
Grave, Netherlands
January 7 and 9, 2008

The Kid
Starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan and Edna Purviance.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Always something...

Well, my main computer monitors went down tonight. To be exact, the video cards appear to be out. I do have a spare computer I am using now, and the monitors are working on it fine, but that doesn't help with the bulk of my work. So things could slowdown for a while, as I have to repair the main computer.

Always something... A piece of cake, compared to the people who lost homes in the awful wildfires this week in Southern California.

Ballet Tribute to Charlie Chaplin

"Remember Charlie, A Tribute to Charles Chaplin"
October 27-28, 2007 - Annenberg Theater - Palm Springs


Follow-up to the Palm Springs event posted earlier. Julia Olsen-Rodriguez ballet tribute to Charlie Chaplin. LINK

There is a video link included with the article. I personally couldn't get it to play, but have a try, you might have better luck.

The Sea Gull 'A Woman of the Sea' Update


We (including all the partners in Leading Ladies) have been going through the second Sea Gull proof book this week in preparing the book for its publication date. (The more eyes, the better to spot misspellings or adjustments.)

After months of black and white proofs, this has been the first chance for everyone to see the printed color edition. We will be testing a hardbound copy once we have all the work finished for the softbound version. There are a few items that need correcting and we will be adding a small thing or two as well.

When you work on a long-term project like this, you start getting accustomed to certain things. Like now I know the difference in appearance between Edna and her sister Myrtle.

There were several years during Edna's life when her sister Myrtle looked very much like Edna, especially in the face. Myrtle was a bit taller than Edna, but there are photos where if you didn't look closely and didn't know what to look for, you could mistake Myrtle for Edna.

Even the family was confused at times, as a family member wrote Edna's name below a photo of Myrtle in one of the albums. At a glance, and especially if Myrtle was in the right pose, you would think the photo was of Edna.

I have one such photo in the book and will be making it clear, that the person in the photo is NOT Edna.

Also, this book really is focused on The Sea Gull, with an introduction to Edna. The later biography we are working on will focus on Edna and her Nevada family. So, while this book will not feature all of Edna's family members, it does introduce you to her sisters (Bessie and Myrtle), mother (Louise) and nephew, Sidney Morgan Hill. These people were a huge part of her whole life, but in reading publish material written about Edna, you would never know about that role of her family.

On another front, Wes Wada has been designing Edna's e-commerce site slated for ednapurviance.COM, which will be the sales home for the book and other items. This will all go public once I have a release date. So watch your emails, if you happen to be on the special contest list. We should have a publication date coming pretty soon.

Again, thanks for the emails concerning the project and your support of Edna Purviance. I think she might be surprised how many fans she has now...

To see a few images of the book, check out our current A Brief Glimpse. Special thanks to Lita and Ellie. (We are getting there...)

November 3rd - Very busy with normal work this week, so things have slowed a bit on The Sea Gull. But on the upside, receiving some good items for updates for the book, so waiting for more feedback. Just takes time. A lot of work on SG this coming week. More as it happens...

The Sea Gull is available at ednapurviance.com.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Cinema Museum - London, England

The Cinema Museum building in London planned for Demolition?
In 2000, my husband and I took a private tour with local London historian Tony Merrick. One of the stops on the tour was The Cinema Museum, tucked away in the workhouse area where Charlie Chaplin had to live during his childhood.

Recently I have had word from a classic film fan in London the museum will have to move due to a demolition project going on at their location. At this time I don't know if they found a new location, but very difficult to move, with prices of properties in London. But very sad to read this historical location is planned to be destroyed as well.

For a sample of the collection and meet the staff at The Cinema Museum, here is a video tour of the museum by Ronald Grant:



To learn more about the museum and the current situation, visit The Cinema Museum at this link.

Update: October 14, 2007 article from the Guardian Unlimited about the Museum.

Few Moments with Paul Merton

October 23, 2007 - Guardian Unlimited - 'I Think I'm Sane'
Link to article

"Famed for his surreal sense of humour and deadpan delivery, Paul Merton is one of Britain's best-loved comedians. He talks to Sam Wollaston about his distressing 'manic episode', his silent movie heroes, and why you'll never see him smile on TV."



October 26, 2007 - From Times Online UK - James Christopher's review of Silent Comedy, by Paul Merton.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Second Proof book of The Sea Gull Arrived!

Today the second Sea Gull proof books have arrived! I say books, because we ordered a few.

We have been continuing to edit, even as the second proof book was being printed. (A special shout out to a couple of Leading Ladies who has been a great help through all of this!)

We needed to send the second one out quickly to test for layout corrections and color, so we can move ahead with the hardback edition.

It is great to see the paperback editions are coming out as we hoped. We have a minor correction on a file and I have some words to fix, but a relief to be at this stage and a bit more relaxing to see we are getting through the printing process.

We will have a few review copies out, and working on the final edits until we are ready to go public. This is all in preparation for the final public release book, still on schedule for this year.

It took awhile to sort out a camera problem, but here is one image of the full six copies we have ordered. I have a few more images on the Brief Glimpse page. (Note: The covers are glossy, so the photography lighting is shining off them a bit.)

Thanks again for your continued interest in this project! We are getting there...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Auction is over


Special thanks to everyone who emailed and made bids in the Edna Purviance Birthday Auction! Watch for something special for Edna's 2008 birthday!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Sea Gull - few images from proof

RELEASE JANUARY 13TH, 2008
See ednapurviance.com

The Sea Gull
"A Woman of the Sea" (1926)

Starring Edna Purviance
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Charles Chaplin Film Production
First book about the lost Chaplin film production and featuring Edna Purviance - with 55 Production Stills Never before seen

I finally got the time to get a few images together of the latest proof book. I didn't have a nice model with beautiful hands to hold it, so worked around that.

We were very busy with work and getting the second proof book ready. We did have to make some changes in the business end so had to make changes on the cover.

The cover image shown is actually the latest version being printed now. The inside layout had been adjusted on the newest version as well, but getting very close to the end product now. We have also started the work on the hardback edition, it has to be set up differently than this paperback one. It will be proofed, as well.

The large image is part of our latest Brief Glimpse, with some additional information. Again, thanks for every ones continued interest in the project.

Also, nice to see a bid on the auction and thanks for your emails.

Oct. 23. - We have had questions about how to buy The Sea Gull. It is not released just yet, but it is on schedule to be on sale this year. Just come back and visit! We are working on the final stages of all of this right now, just takes some more time to sort it all out...

Below see our October UPDATES

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Edna Purviance Birthday Event Auction






















Auction is over! Thank-you for bidding!

Latest Updates October 2007

We send our best to all our readers in the Southern California Wildfire areas.

Wildfires Hit Malibu - Malibu Castle Burned

October 21, 2007 - Malibu has been hit with wildfires and very strong winds this morning. Burning out of control, the fire has burned to the ground structures including a church, animal hospital and a fame landmark in Malibu known as the Malibu Castle (Castle Kashan), which overlooks the area and close to Pepperdine.








British Star Deborah Kerr dies at the age of 86
October 18, 2007 - Born in 1921 in Scotland, one of her most remembered roles is in "The King and I". You can check the following link for story and clips from her films from the BBC. - more>

Au Revoir Parapluie
October 18, 2007 - Latest show by James Thiérrée, Charlie Chaplin's grandson. more>

Welsh Classic Film Festival - Fflics
October 25-28, 2007 - The National Library of Wales and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Aberystwyth, Wales - Special Guest include Kevin Brownlow and David Robinson. more>

Geraldine Chaplin
October 15, 2007 - Article from Wales about Geraldine Chaplin finding her family roots in Swansea, Wales. She is currently filming Heidi. more>

Donna Hill interview

October 15, 2007 - Interview with Donna Hill from Stolen Moments about her upcoming book on Rudolph Valentino. more>

Also, Donna has an update on her October 18th podcast of upcoming shows, including the interview with Kevin Brownlow about Louise Brooks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Sea Gull has landed...

Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, our postman made his normal deliveries, which included The Sea Gull. After checking mail as late as 8PM last night, I thought that would be it. But apparently due to the holiday, our mail sorted out of town, and a nasty winter snowstorm, it cause our regular mail to be delivered in the middle of the night.

Will be going through it and share a few images soon...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Well, the holiday is over, but wasn't really a holiday since we had to work. (The usual when you have your own business.)

I did spend time on the Chaplin Library, but you will not notice. I added about 40 books into the new system, which means I have 425 books now added, but about 100 more books to go. I have adjustments to do, but it will be a while before that can be done. I did mention last November I would have the new system launched by this year, but The Sea Gull really ate lots of time.

Of course, I am still waiting for it to arrive. I know it is at a post office, but that is all. The holiday did mess up mailing, so I don't know for sure when it will arrive. Even post office tracking is not giving me any clues, since it has not been updated.

I will work again on some different post, but right now, the push is to get The Sea Gull book launched by this year. It is on schedule too, barring any problems.

Again, thanks for all your support of Edna and this project. News when it comes...

Monday, October 08, 2007

Watching mail move during a holiday weekend is like watching a snail crawl across a table, except the snail is more entertaining...
Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian visitors!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

TCM is showing their usual Halloween theme films this month, so to get in the spirit, here is a little image for the Halloween Season... And for some Halloween radio, DCR is having a 30 day Halloween event.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

CBS Los Angeles report about Grand View

The Los Angeles CBS News video report about the Grand View situation. more>

Joost Television is now public

I've posted on Joost earlier this year. It is the internet television available for high speed internet users. They gone public recently, so here is a review from Ireland about the site. (Joost does have a silent film channel, with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy films available.)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Happy Columbus Day Update

Well, it feels more like Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, than Columbus Day, with snow in the mountains and on the edge of town. Hope our US visitors have a nice three day holiday!

Nothing special planned here, as we wait for the return of The Sea Gull.

And wouldn't you know it! Just as I was typing this post, the printers have informed me the proof book is done and coming our way! Now I wish it wasn't a holiday weekend...

Happy Columbus Day!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Grand View: "The Million Dollar Fire Sale"

"You're asking someone to buy a burning house." - Paul Ayers about the selling of Grand View.

The State of California has told the owner of Grand View to place the cemetery up for sale. Asking price: $1 million dollars, or best offer.

With lawsuits going on for the next three years at least, anyone who buys it, is getting themselves "a burning house." And who wants to buy a burning house, when you don't even know what the pieces are going to look like until after the smoke clears.

The LA Daily News report if the owners walk away, the county will take ownership, but the attorneys say the relatives could take ownership, if "they receive a favorable settlement."

Whatever happens, it will not be quick. You can read more at this link.

Update October 6, 2007 - Los Angeles CBS news video report on GRAND VIEW

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Chaplin Library Latest Page Updated

I have updated the Chaplin Library Latest page with nine new additions from the Dominique Dugros' Chaplin book collection. One includes a re-publishing of Alistair Cooke August 1939 Atlantic Monthly article called Charlie Chaplin: An Atlantic Portrait.

The 15 minute film Cooke took while interviewing Chaplin in 1933, will be premiered at Italy's 26th Annual Pordenone Silent Film Festival, October 6-13th, 2007. more>

Monday, October 01, 2007

Upcoming Charlie Chaplin on TCM

Upcoming Charlie Chaplin Films on TCM:

November 14, 2007
- 10:45 PM Eastern - The Circus - with Merna Kennedy and Harry Crocker

December 2, 2007
- 4:30 AM Eastern - The Gold Rush - with Georgia Hale and Mack Swain

Silent Sunday Nights
December 30, 2007
- 9PM Pacific - A Dog's Life - with Edna Purviance and Sydney Chaplin

Check this link for the latest showings on TCM

Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival opens October 4th and runs through October 17th, 2007. This year they plan to have a special tribute to 100 years of film-making in Chicago.
In an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, it gives this question: "Did you know that Charlie Chaplin worked here before he went to Hollywood?"

Well, yes and no, depending what they mean by the question...

Yes, Chaplin did work in Chicago, before going to Hollywood. He worked on the live stage with the London Karno Tour for three years, with visits to Chicago during the years of 1911-1913.

In 1914, Chaplin started working on his Keystone film contract at Edendale, near Los Angeles. After about one year, he signed with Essanay and created his only Chicago produced film, at Essanay, "His New Job."

Right after finishing that film, Chaplin left for Niles, California in mid-January, 1915, and worked on five films in Niles and in the San Francisco bay area. By April, 1915, Chaplin moved to Los Angeles and completed his Essanay contract there.

Chaplin started building his own studio in Hollywood in October of 1917, and finished his USA film career there with "Limelight" in 1952.

The Chicago Festival plans to show a history of Essanay and show Chaplin's two-reel comedy, "His New Job." Tickets for the festival are now available. This year's festival has been dedicated to fame film critic, Roger Ebert. more>

(Note: "Triple Trouble" has scenes from the Chicago's studio, but Chaplin never created that film. Essanay created the film from out-takes from an Essanay film Chaplin never finished while in California called "Life.")

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Sea Gull book is being TEST PRINTED

After about two years of work, The Sea Gull is off for test printing. While we had a sample printing done last February, this is our first full book test printing. When it is back, we will check for layout adjustments and final corrections, but just hoping things turn out well. More soon...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ken Burns The War

While this is not a silent film, it was an event Edna and Charlie both lived through, as well as many of our readers parents and grandparents, maybe even yourself. While it would have been great to see more stories from different countries, I did find the first night quite good.

Not a doc full of re-created events, but actual film footage, photos and real life stories about WWII. More of the program this week on PBS, so check your listings. (Check for reruns on the weekend too.)

Follow-up: Good program again this evening. Interesting to hear again how fast they built the planes for the war in the US. All the car plants were turned in 'war factories' basically.

During the whole US time in the war (1941-1945) only 139 new cars were built, but one B-25 plane (I believe they said) was turned out at one of the car plants, every 63 minutes. That is one plane with over 1,500,000 parts...

They also continued to follow the Japanese-Americans and how they were sent to prison camps in the US. Very sad chapter, not mentioned in the history books I read in school, which makes it sadder still. (I did learn about it from family members and books not in those schools.)

Oct. 1 - Found Part Five (FUBAR) the best of the series yet, with a variety of gripping stories never fully told before about WWII.

Oct. 2 - Not as gripping of story tonight as Part Five. Fubar has stories rarely told, like the story of the Japanese-Americas fighting for the US. Equally interesting since my mother-in-law had to live in one of those America camps, after being forced to leave her family farm in the central valley of California. Interesting too, the Japanese America family who bought Edna's Lovelock property in the 1940s, didn't have to go to the camps, and ran their Laundry business in Lovelock during the entire war. (Nevada wasn't considered the west coast.)

Oct. 3 - The War is over, but if you don't know anything about WWII, this Ken Burns' series would be an excellent place to learn. This is not the clean version, from the general and leaders point of view, but the real dirty version from the people who actually fought it. My father fought in that war for two and half years, but hardly ever talked about and the schools I attended never talked about it like this series does.

Follow-up: The series is continuing on PBS, as it reruns during the Columbus Day Weekend. Some reviews mention the 'unbalance' telling of the story. Well, there are thousands of stories about this war, some with stories from different sides, which I felt was missing from the first night of this series. But after seeing the whole series (especially part 5), this story was well told, and had stories rarely mentioned, unless you really dig for it. The personal stories made the series and it should go along with other great documentaries on this subject.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Alistair Cooke's Charlie Chaplin film footage planned for Italy

Variety reports, Alistair Cooke's 15-minute film footage of Charlie Chaplin will premiere at Italy's 26th Pordenone Silent Film Festival, October 6-13th, 2007. Shot in 1933 by Cooke on Chaplin's yacht off Catalina Island, this found film was originally part of a series of star interviews created by Cooke for his student work at Yale. More at this Variety link>

Follow-up: In reading some of these later links about this re-discovered Chaplin film, they make it sound like it is a new Chaplin short, which is miss leading. Reading the Variety article, it says interviews Cooke filmed while he was a student.

With it being 1933, guessing this would have been a silent film. Portable sound cameras were later, but need to look that up again. (Most interesting for me, it was the same year The Sea Gull negatives were destroyed.)