Edna Purviance's bio

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Know which Charlie Chaplin films these scenes are in?

APRIL 28, 2011 - UPDATE
Do you know which Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance films these images are from? Test your knowledge. Answers on this special page at ednapurviance.org.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tribute to the Typewriter

Nothing says business like the sound of a typewriter...



And with the last typewriter factory in India stopping production of the typewriter for the consumer market, a tribute to that marvel of industry...




One of the things that lead Edna Purviance to San Francisco wasn't only family, but that popular machine of the day, the typewriter. Many young women of Edna's age were drawn to the business colleges that had career courses for women to train as stenographers. And nearly all of Edna's cousins, and both her sisters, all learned how to type. Being a secretary in San Francisco was Edna's first job. And she was known as an excellent typist.

Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell in 'The Floorwalker'

Chaplin used Edna's typing skills in a few of the movies she played in like The Floorwalker and The Bank.

A look at some very unique early day typewriters from The Martin Howard Collection.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Charlie Chaplin portion of Il Cinema Ritrovato

June 25 - July 2, 2011
Update on the Charlie Chaplin portion of 2011 festival in Bologna, Italy.


Direct from Il Cinema Ritrovato: "We are pleased to announce some of the programs curated by Cecilia Cenciarelli as part of the ten year project Progetto Chaplin:

Kate Guyonvarch and author Lisa Stein, will present the new biography Syd Chaplin, a unique portrait of Sydney Chaplin’s life and art that also sheds light on unexplored areas of Charlie’s career (the presentation will feature a screening of rare home movies).

Also two ‘four-hand’ dossiers:
• One with Kevin Brownlow dedicated to Eddie Sutherland (director, actor, assistant director to Chaplin in "A Woman of Paris" and "The Gold Rush") also featuring a selection of his silent and sound films

• Second one with David Robinson, who will explore, through the analysis of the archival drafts, Chaplin’s script of The Great Dictator."

Link to more about the festival.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pola Negri 'Life is a Dream in Cinema'

From Bright Shining City and director, Mariusz Kotowski, is this documentary about the European star, Pola Negri. Not easy to find, but here is a link to the Pola Negri Appreciation site for a copy: LINK

Pola Negri: Life is a Dream in Cinema (Trailer) from Bright ShiningCity on Vimeo.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Google celebrates Charlie Chaplin April 16th birthday!

April 16th is Charlie Chaplin's birthday, so a day ahead start with a clip from Google!
Update: Thanks to Rena Dein, for the info this was filmed in Niles.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin together in 1920's

If you thought Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin only appeared together in 'Limelight', think again. Here is the 1922 dated film called 'Seeing Stars' with an array of stars from Chaplin, Keaton, Jackie Coogan and many more...