Edna Purviance's bio

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

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Scottish filmmaker, Bill Douglas Part 3 & 4

Part 3 - Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image



Part 4 - Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Scottish filmmaker, Bill Douglas

If you followed Edna's sites over the years, you know I have mentioned Peter Jewell and the Bill Douglas Centre at the University of Exeter. I met Peter Jewell 10 years ago in London. He was the founder for the Centre back in 1994.

He has been a longtime supporter of Edna, so it has been great to see this documentary about his longtime friend. Called 'Intent of Getting the Image' it covers his life and his years as a filmmaker and collector.

This month, Bill Douglas have been remembered at a special event in Scotland. In honor of this event, here is a look at this special documentary, that is available on The Bill Douglas Trilogy from BFI. It's about hour, so I will post in four parts. Part one and two today.





Link to the The Bill Douglas Centre

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, EDNA!

Happy Birthday, Edna Purviance!
with a new mural in Niles!
by San Francisco bay artist, Laura Ramie


"And of course, there is Edna Purviance, Charlie Chaplin’s leading lady for over thirty films. She is wearing her costume from the short In The Park (which was actually filmed in Golden Gate Park). I love Edna and Charlie– they are so cute together!" - Laura Ramie

Link to Ramie's full mural showing some of the history at Niles
and the stars and company owners of Essanay Studios. Also,
learn more about creation of the mural at Laura's site.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

And the Edna Purviance 2011 Birthday Event winner is...

WE HAVE A WINNER! NAME COMING SOON!!!
NOTE: IF YOUR NAME WAS IN THE DRAWING, BUT YOU DIDN'T WIN, A SURPRISE COMING! STAY TUNE! ANNOUNCEMENT ON EDNA'S BIRTHDAY, OCTOBER 21TH!

 EDNA'S BIRTHDAY CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! FIRST EMAIL WILL BE HAS BEEN SENT WITHIN THE HOUR. IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL, YOU MUST RESPOND IN 24 HOURS, OR A NEW NAME WILL BE DRAWN. THAT'S THE RULES! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!

WE DON'T HAVE A WINNER, UNTIL SOMEONE REPLIES, SO PLEASE, STICK AROUND...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

REMINDER! Shasta 6th Annual Silent Film Festival!

October 21-22, 2011
Shasta County Arts Council
6th Annual Silent Film Festival

Redding, California
Hosted by David Shepard
MORE DETAILS


Friday, October 14, 2011

Edna Purviance October Birthday 2011 REMINDER!

Edna Purviance's birthday is October 21th! The special Birthday drawing for 'The Sea Gull' book will happen on THURSDAY, October 20th, just after NOON, Pacific Coast time. If you are already entered, please CHECK your EMAIL for the LAST REMINDER notice.


If your name is drawn on October 20th, you will receive a special email. YOU will have 24-hours to respond to that email, before the next name is drawn. We keep drawing, until we have a winner!

So PLEASE, watch your emails on October 20th, if in the drawing. We don't want you to miss out, but if you do, that's the rules. It helps keep the drawing for fans who really want the book, and not just entering, to just win something.


If you haven't entered, you still can. DEADLINE is NOON, October 20th, Pacific Coast TIME.

GOOD LUCK to EVERYONE! And WATCH THOSE EMAILS!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot


Hollywood Heritage and the Hollywood Heritage Museum
Steve Sylvester and Michael Troyan
Evening @ the Barn
October 12, 2011 at 7:30 PM
book signing for their new book
M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
co-wrote with Steven Bingen. 


From Janet Hoffmann, Hollywood Heritage: Mr. Bingen is also the author of Warner Bros: The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, and works as an archivist at Warner Bros. Studios.

Steve Sylvester has been an integral part of Hollywood Heritage through his extensive work at the Wattles Mansion and Gardens. You may also remember Steve's terrific documentary on art director Robert Kinoshita, which was presented at the museum in 2004.

Michael Troyan was a volunteer back when our museum was first named "The Hollywood Studio Museum." Since then he has authored A Rose For Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson and contributed to Disney A-Z, The Disney Villains, and The Disney Poster Book

In addition to the authors sharing their knowledge of the legendary M-G-M Studio, the evening will also include a visual presentation and a short film Mr. Sylvester made on the former studio, followed by a question and answer session and book signing. So Come celebrate the legacy of what many believe to be Hollywood's greatest movie studio! 


HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM
Lasky-DeMille Barn
(Across from the Hollywood Bowl)
2100 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90068

Doors open 7 p.m.; program starts 7:30 p.m.




Reviews:
“Reading this was like being there. I know. I was there.” —Clint Eastwood


“The first ten films I made for MGM changed my life. Now you can go back in time—as I have—in the pages of this remarkable book, learning how and where the ‘Land of Make Believe’ became real. Once you take the journey, you, too, will be transported.” —Angela Lansbury

“What a cornucopia of valuable behind-the-scenes information and rare photos. I’ve got one word to describe this book: Irresistible!” —Leonard Maltin

“For anyone who has ever dreamed what it was like to live in the Golden Age of Hollywood, this visit to my grandfather’s studio will vividly re-create the experience. From hometown USA to eighteenth century France to medieval England to a village in China, the memories of all the great films that were made there will spring back to life.” —Daniel Mayer Selznick

M-G-M: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot is as good as its name. Building by building, soundstage by soundstage, even street by street, this comprehensive history uses detailed text and a wealth of behind the scenes photos to take you through the most storied of major studio lots. If you love classic Hollywood, this book is a knockout.” —Kenneth Turan

“ I was under contract with MGM for six years and twenty four films, and seeing this extraordinary new book of photos and commentary took me, and will take you, on a journey where Louis B. Mayer’s ‘More Stars Than There Are in Heaven’ acted on the magnificent grounds and sets of MGM’s five backlots.”—Richard Anderson

“What an achievement! Having spent a great deal of time on the backlot myself, this book brought forth so many memories. The description of the last days of MGM is brilliantly done, and the list of films shot on the various sets is incredible. All in all, it’s a spectacular project!” —Kevin Brownlow

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Marilyn Nash has died, Chaplin's co-star in Monsieur Verdoux


Marilyn Nash (1926-2011), who co-starred with Charlie Chaplin in 'Monsieur Verdoux' has died. Here's a key scene of Charlie Chaplin and Nash in Monsieur Verdoux. (Thanks to Lisa Stein for the notice.)




UPDATE Oct 9, 2011: Here is a post from William Castle, who actually knew Marilyn Nash. He talks about Marilyn and her passing on October 6th, 2011. (Thanks to Garen for the correction on the date.) LINK

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Conversations with Günter Buchwald & Serge Bromberg

Behind the scenes at Le Giornate Del Cinema Muto
Pordenone, Italy - 1-8, October 2011
Conductor, Günter Buchwald, talks about Charlie Chaplin's score for 'The Circus'

Serge Bromberg talks about Georges Méliès and the restoring of 'Trip to the Moon'

Monday, October 03, 2011

Edna's 10th Anniversary Drawing!

Edna's 10th Anniversary!
Special November Drawing!
Click Image for Details
And don't forget Edna's October Birthday Event!