Edna Purviance's bio

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

25th Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival

25th Edition of

Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival

Saturday, June 25 to Saturday July 2, 2011

Latest about the 2011 festival from Bologna:

Howard Hawks
After Frank Capra and John Ford, this year’s big retrospective offers up spectacular editions of early works and later masterpieces by Howard Hawks, the genuine auteur of American film, the “great craftsman” whose stature as a maestro was affirmed by Cahiersin the 50s and a person who influenced the creation of the Hollywood myth as much as the same Ford and Hitchcock. Hawks who challenged and transcended every production condition, Hawks friend to Hemingway, Hawks narrator of the most memorable and ambiguous male relationships in film history, Hawks inventor of a powerful new American female archetype, Hawks relentless creator of his own legend, Hawks who in fifty years covered every genre of film without losing his grip on his incomparable style.

We will show all Hawks’s silent films available today (Fig Leaves, The Cradle Snatchers, Paid to Love, A Girl in Every Port, Fazil, Trent’s Last Case) and many sound films from the 30s, starting with his first The Dawn Patrol from 1930 to Barbary Coast from 1935, rare flicks such as Criminal Code, The Crowd Roars, Tiger Shark and milestones of gangster movie and screwball comedy genres such as Scarface, Shame of a Nation and Twentieth Century.

And that’s not all; we are working on showing a few Hawks classics that are the height of their genre and continue to be a thrilling visual adventure, like Gentlemen Prefer Blondesor The Big Sleep. “The evidence on the screen is the proof of Hawks’s genius,” wrote Jacques Rivette in 1953. Watch it, and watch it again.

Conrad Veidt, from Caligari to Casablanca
After years of research, this year’s festival will be the one which finally pays tribute to Conrad Veidt, the great actor of silent German film, the sublime mask of expressionism.

The “strange creature” of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari lent his long face with throbbing veins to Wiene, Oswald, Pabst and Leni in various films of the 20s (we will be showing Orlacs Hände and The Man Who Laughs to name a few), before leaving Nazi Germany in 1934 and starting an English career that reached its apex with director Michael Powell (The Thief of Baghdad).

Veidt’s career and life came to an end in America, where he acted in a few militant anti-Nazi films but is best known for his role as Major Heinrich Strasser, shot dead in the final scene of Casablanca.

Recovered & Restored, Searching fot Colour in Films, 100 Years ago
Each year films that were considered lost make their return to the world, and your input is always welcome. Two silent films by Hawks, for example, are still missing: his debut film The Road to Glory from 1926 (not to be confused with the film of the same name made in 1936!) and The Air Circus from 1928. We are also still on the lookout for a film directed by Conrad Veidt in 1919, Wahnssin. Our search continues.

New Cineteca di Bologna Publications
Take a look at the most recent works of Edizioni Cineteca di Bologna: Charlie Chaplin. Le comiche Keystone (4 DVD + booklet), Italianamerican by Martin Scorsese (book + DVD), Rupi del vino by Ermanno Olmi (DVD + booklet) and Labirinto Fellini (2 DVD + booklet). All items can be purchased online, even outside Italy.

Labirinto Fellini Exhibition in Rome
This exhibition produced by the Cineteca will be open in Rome until January 30, 2011. Two sections: La grande parata, curated by Sam Stourdzé, and Invenzioni by Dante Feretti and Francesca Loschiavo.

Watch for more details in the coming months. LINK

Monday, January 24, 2011

Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood






6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

If you are in the area and love film books, do try to attend. They could use the support. More about the bookstore:


Compiled by Marc Wanamaker of Bison Archives

The oldest of the movie bookstores got its name from Larry Edmunds who died in the 1950s and was taken over by Din, Phil, Milton and Git Luboviski. The advertisements said that “Larry Edmunds Bookshop is the only store that carries every film book and play (except those published by Samuel French) in print. The store was filled with theatre, film, music and TV books from floor to ceiling. The store also had 8x10 stills, film magazine back issues and a large collection of autographed photos, movie posters and lobby cards and various film memorabilia.

1938-1955 1603 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood.

1955-1990 6658 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.

1990-Oct 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.

1938 Larry Edmunds established a bookshop at 1603 N. Cahuenga Boulevard (Tel> HE 3273). Larry Edmunds had been the manager of the famous Stanley Rose Bookshop that had closed around 1938. (Rose died in 1940) Milton Luboviski joined Larry Edmunds in establishing the Larry Edmunds Bookshop after Rose's shop closed. Luboviski said, “There was a time for the writers and artists and movie people who gathered at Stanley's shop and then that time was over. We wanted to continue this tradition at Larry Edmunds.”

1940s William Faulker was a regular at Larry Edmunds Bookshop. Writer-historian Rudy Behlmer was a regular customer at the Cahuenga shop and he wrote, “Back in the late 1940s, I would occasionally get a telephone call from Milt Luboviski of the Larry Edmunds Bookshop (the located in a narrow cubicle on Cahuenga Blvd, near Selma Avenue. 'A new books on film just arrived Rudy' he would announce excitedly. In those days a book dealing with some aspect of the movies was rather a rarity.

1953? Retired motion picture publicists Ted Taylor and his associate sold to Milt Luboviski a major collection of film related, books, photos, documents, clipping files and historical studio memorabilia circa 1915-1945. This collection of thousands of pieces was the basis for Larry Edmunds Bookshop becoming a bookshop specializing in movie research and collectable materials.

1954 Git Luboviski started a sale catalog of books and other items sold in the store. Milt Luboviski said “ I started to specialize in books on film and film memorabilia such as press books, lobby posters, shooting scripts and all sorts of memorabilia.”

1955 Larry Edmunds Bookshop moved to 6658 Hollywood Boulevard to a larger store. It was located next to the Pussycat Theatre and the Hollywood Magic Store.

1960s Film personalities were regular customers even if they lived out of state or country. Some of these personalities included, David Lean (when he was in town), Roddy McDowall among others.

1964? Larry Edmunds added a formal still department when Gene Ringgold, an author on books on film personalities, sold his collection to Milt Luboviski.

1968 Larry Edmunds Bookshop has fan magazines some dating back to 1901. Some of the stars shopping at Larry Edmunds during this time included, Debbie Reynolds, Ursula Andress and Jean Paul Belmondo, producer Frank Perry (David and Lisa), John Derek, John Saxon, Scott Marlowe, Carl Reiner and Francoise Truffaut among many others. With a staff of five Larry Edmunds would send a catalog to some of the University librarians where there was a film department. Since we were in Hollywood, the film capital of the world, there was a need for such a bookstore.”

1970 Director and Larry Edmunds Bookshop customer Paul Masursky shot part of his film Alex In Wonderland on Hollywood Boulevard and at Larry Edmunds Bookshop while on location. The story is about a young filmaker (Donald Sutherland) with a special imagination, and tries to make a film depicting social upheaval including the issue of the Vietnam War. Masursky shot scenes in and in front of Larry Edmunds Bookshop with stars, Donald Sutherland and Jeanne Moreau with Lazlo Kovack as cameraman.

1970s Milt Luboviski had on display in the store early motion picture equipment and pre- cinema memorabilia. There was a mutoscope and early pre-film slide projectors in the window and in the store.

1976 Larry Edmunds Bookshop was selling scripts, stills, lobby cards, posters, magazines “Everything but film itself” said Milton Luboviski. “The current catalog contained 15,000 items in more than 500 pages”. Francoise Truffaut said in an interview in the October 1976 issue of the New Yorker Magazine said, “Larry Edmunds is the Best shop for film…FANTASTIQUE!!”

1977 An East of Eden poster sells for $60.00.

1987 Larry Edmunds Bookshop located at 6658 Hollywood Boulevard was in front of Marsha Hunt's Star on the Walk of Fame.

1990 Oct According to Mike Hawks Larry Edmunds moved from their longtime 6658 Hollywood Boulevard address to a new location just east of the old location at 6644 Hollywood Boulevard.

1991 April Former Book City employee Jeff Mantor began work at Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

2007 April Longtime employee Jeff Mantor took over all the daily operations of the bookshop from Git Luboviski of the Luboviski family and began a general cleanup, painting and re-organization of the entire store with the help of Mike Hawks another longtime employee.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Syd Chaplin by Lisa Stein

Syd Chaplin
by Lisa K. Stein
is now available at Amazon

If you live in the UK, here is the Amazon UK link to order.

Also, here is a November interview with Lisa Stein with
Bill Frank with 'Brainstormin' on KKZZ Radio. LINK
(I will post any other interviews or info that may come available.)


For fans new to silent films, and not aware of Charlie Chaplin's brother Sydney's work, here is a one of Syd's early films with Keystone and with his character called 'Gussle.'

More about Sydney Chaplin at his LINK.
Also, you can visit Lisa's Syd site. LINK

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And our Winner of What's Different Two????

The Winner of What's Different Two is...

Winner has received their SURPRISE!

Who and what they won, coming soon!!!!

BBC 4 Radio "Hollywood: The Prequel"

January 18, 2011 - BBC 4 Radio "Hollywood: The Prequel" with Francine Stock.

The rise of American film making, with interviews with Kevin Brownlow, Ian Christie, Neil Brand and more. Program available online for the next 7 days. LINK

Monday, January 17, 2011

BBC Radio 4: "Going to the Flicks"

BBC Radio Four - "Going to the Flicks" - Interviews of people who went to the cinema, from silent films to later classics. The experience of seeing a film. Only on five more days: LINK

Friday, January 14, 2011

Writing and revealing

A know it has been a bit quiet, but working more on Edna's family book. Meanwhile, watch for who our recent winner is and what they won, as their surprise is now in the POST! We don't reveal, until they've seen it. Up to the postman now.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I will reveal the prize and winner of the 'What's Different Two' drawing as soon as the winner gets their surprise! Thanks for entering, everyone!!!!! - L

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Modern Times" for a modern world

Pause for a moment and get a look at this wonderful short film from Scottish art director, Ben Craig.

MODERN TIMES from BC2010 on Vimeo.

"Craig works on print ads and commercials at an Edinburgh firm called the Union.
He never went to film school, never touched special effects software. He read about the British Film Institute restoring and archiving old movies, which set him thinking: Who was going to be watching these old movies and where?
The end result is an astounding three-minute sci-fi short showcasing what can be accomplished by sheer passion." - Hollywoodreporter

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hollywood Heritage Museum

Two special events!
January 15th and February 9th
Hollywood Heritage Museum

From Janet at the museum:

Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. is with the Niles Essanay Studios with some rare slides and movies.

David Kiehn, historian for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum will present a program of slides and movies illustrating Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson's search for the perfect location to build a movie studio.

From 1908 to 1913 he and his growing Esaanay film company traveled the state of California making movies. Find out what made Niles different, Anderson's film making style and about the people he hired along the way to help make him world famous.

Wednesday, February 9, will be on parallel Language Films of the late 1920's and early 1930's when studios didn't dub or use subtitles, however, hired different actors to do the parts and speak in French, Spanish, Italian, German and more.

It should be a very informative program. Laurel & Hardy had to speak from cue cards phonically in the different languages, however some of the other players in their shorts were given to French speaking actors, Spanish speaking actors, Italian speaking actors, etc.

For more information:
Hollywood Heritage Museum
2100 N. Highland Avenue
(across from Hollywood Bowl)
(free Parking in Lot D)

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Santa Clarita Valley "ChaplinFest"

Santa Clarita Valley
February 4 & 5, 2011
75th Anniversary of
"Modern Times"

If you live in the Los Angeles area, or visiting in February, a great one to check out! See this link for more details! LINK

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

What's Different 2! Deadline Jan. 13th!

What's Different! Round Two!
Deadline to enter is January 13th!

(Thanks to everyone who have entered, so far.)
Haven't yet?
Click HERE for entry form and details.
Only one week left to enter!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

A little update...

I have spent sometime after Christmas getting dug back into writing Edna's family bio. It is a long process, but getting back on track. Like I said before, no publish release dates, yet.

I am still working on the drafts, and even researching areas, as I go long. But I have to make a living too, and that always comes first. Just wanted you to know, I am working on the book. It takes time tying together over 100 years of family background. So if I am slow in posting here, or the other sites at times, that is why... Thanks for your support, and do keep in touch. - L