Edna Purviance's bio

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

Friday, November 22, 2013

Garen Ewing wins the 'Young People's Comic Award' in Leeds!


As a longtime fan of Garen's Ewing's 'The Rainbow Orchid,' very excited to see Garen win the British Comic 'Young People Comic Award' in Leeds, at Thought Bubble Friday, for his book, The Complete Rainbow Orchid. The winner was voted on by the children of Britain, which makes it extra special. Hearty Congratulations to Garen! Very Happy for you, in winning is award.

Here's some more about it from Forbidden Planet.













Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Rainbow Orchid on iPad

It's finally here! Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid is now available on iPad through Sequential. And to introduce you to it, is Garen showing us all the great features this new format provides. Read more about it here, at Garen's official Rainbow Orchid site.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Gance's at Napoleon

For those who maybe going to Kevin Brownlow's showing of Napoleon at the Royal Festival Hall on November 30th, be thankful you got your seats, as my last look shows all the regular seats as being sold out for this special event.

But, going or not, here is a short clip of Abel Gance's film, titled Napoleon's vision of the siege of Toulon. A glimpse into director's Gance's filmmaking vision.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

How the San Francisco Silent Film Festival got Napoleon

With only three weeks to the showing of Napoleon in London at the Royal Festival Hall, thought we look back at the showing in Oakland in the spring of 2012.

In this video interview, San Francisco Silent Film artistic director, Antia Monga, and executive director, Stacey Wisnia, talk about silent films, and how they got Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon.



At this posting, counted 13 regular seats left for the November 30th showing.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Max Linder and Abel Gance's 'Au Secours!'

Anyone who is a longtime Charlie Chaplin fan, knows that Max Linder was one of Chaplin's idols before Chaplin got into films. But did you know Max Linder also worked with Abel Gance?

In honor of the Napoleon showing in London on November 30th, here is look at the film Max Linder and Abel Gance made together called 'Au Secours!' (French film). Released before Napoleon, it's a good look at the style of editing so favorited by Gance's work. Besides that, it's fun film to watch.

Note: This video appeared to be recorded at a live event, as the soundtrack suggests.

Napoleon showing Ovation in Oakland

For today's Napoleon post, here is the standing ovation received at the San Francisco Silent Film showing of the film, in the spring of 2012. There were four showings at the Oakland Paramount Theatre, over two separate weekends, so don't know for sure, when this was filmed.

Abel Gance's NAPOLEON on a 3.99:1 screen! from H.P. Mendoza on Vimeo.



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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Learning about Napoleon, before seeing the film

When Abel Gance's started his work on Napoleon, he envisioned doing an extended series of several films to cover his life. Due to the sheer time and cost, he did only one film. The London showing will show nearly five and half hours of the currently restored version by Kevin Brownlow.

The film doesn't cover all of Napoleon's life, only part of it. This PBS documentary on Napoleon is a great introduction to him. Part one roughly covers the years presented in Gance's film. (Personally, I found it best to watch the full documentary, as a refresher on his life.)



Just remember, Gance's film is his own version of Napoleon life, not a documentary. If you have watched other Gance's work, you already have a fairly good idea of his storytelling style. An excellent pre-film book to read is Kevin Brownlow's NAPOLEON. It goes into detail on how the film was made. It could increase your appreciation on the creating of the production, and a great edition to your silent film library, whether you are going to the film or not.

For more, here is a series of my post about NAPOLEON.

Also, for those who like reading reviews, before seeing a film, this thread on Nitrate has varies reviews about the US showing and others. I post the thread link, for those who maybe interested. As I mentioned on my blog before, if you are planning on seeing it, I think it's best to see a film through your own eyes and experiences.

Update at this posting: For the Napoleon showing at the Royal Festival Hall on November 30th, about 25 seats left.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Harry Langdon in Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

November 19, 2013
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
starring Harry Langdon

Huntington, New York

with accompanist by Ben Model


"In this hilarious comedy, beloved silent screen star Harry Langdon stars as a shoemaker’s son who enters a cross-country race in an attempt to save the family business - never noticing that the race is staged to publicize the huge footwear corporation that is crushing his father’s livelihood. Harry woos the corporate boss’s daughter, a young and fetching Joan Crawford." - Cinema Arts Centre

Monday, November 04, 2013

Kevin Brownlow interview

At this posting there is only about 35 seats left for the special NAPOLEON showing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on November 30th. So, still a chance to be part of this rare screening.

Meanwhile, if you missed this before, here is Kevin Brownlow in an interview at the Killruddery Silent Film Festival from 2009 in Ireland (festival Brownlow helped started). While not directly about Napoleon, this 19 minute talk starts with his introduction to silent film to today's trends in showing them. Thanks to DocumentAVI for the recording and posting.

Kevin Brownlow at Killruddery Silent Film Festival 2009 from DOCUMENTAVI on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Chaplin and Napoleon

For years, Charlie Chaplin had thoughts of creating a film about Napoleon. Edna Purviance was the first person he was going to have play Josephine, but as the years passed, his other leading ladies were told they would have the role.

Chaplin never made Napoleon, but his thoughts of making it are still in paper form as saved now at the Chaplin Archives in Italy. Here is a look at Chaplin Napoleon documents, as presented by narrator Dan Stewart.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Abel Gance et son Napoléon, behind the scenes documentary

With it only 30 days away to the showing of Napoléon at London's Royal Festival Hall, here is a great behind scenes look at the creation of the film. 'Abel Gance et son of Napoléon' was released on French television in 1984. The French documentary features behind scenes footage of the creating of Abel Gance's film.



You can see how scenes were shot on location and in the studio, with some film test of the actors to play the roles. Even if you don't speak French, it still a great introduction to the film.


Though not the full series, what is available is presented in four parts on Daily Motion. Each part about 19 minutes. It gives great insight into the production of the film, and well worth to watch, whether you plan to see Napoleon, or not.

Part One

ABEL GANCE ET SON NAPOLEON 1 STEFGAMERS by STEFGAMERS

Part Two

ABEL GANCE ET SON NAPOLEON 2 STEFGAMERS by STEFGAMERS

Part Three

ABEL GANCE ET SON NAPOLEON 3 STEFGAMERS by STEFGAMERS

Part Four

ABEL GANCE ET SON NAPOLEON 4 STEFGAMERS by STEFGAMERS

Roughly about fifty seats left for the showing by Kevin Brownlow, so a bit of time left, but not for long...