The Day Valentino Died

Following this day in 1926, several woman actually took their lives when news was released that the most dandy of Hollywood heartthrobs had died at the young age of 31. Across the nation, women adored him, and men did not know quite how they felt about this dashing figure who seduced the screen with effeminate […]

“Dirigible” the MOVIE!

Described by scifilm.org as being a “marginally science fictional,”  Dirigible is a 1931 American Pre-Code adventure film directed by Frank Capra. The movie stars Jack Holt, Ralph Graves and Fay Wray and focuses on the competition between naval fixed-wing and airship pilots to reach the South Pole by air. Dirigible was Capra’s and Columbia’s first film to be given prominence […]

Alice’s Adventures into Silent Cinema

The first edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was released on July 4th, 1865 and since then there has been, and continues to be, numerous film adaptations of this fantastical story. The first was in 1903, directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow. The film is memorable for its use of special effects, including Alice’s shrinking […]

May 3rd, 1913 – The Birth of Bollywood!

Raja Harishchandra (Marathi: राजा हरिश्चंद्र Rājā Hariścandra) is an Indian silent film, directed and produced by Indian icon Dadasaheb Phalke; it is the first full-length Indian feature film. The film was based on the legend of Raja Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Although a silent film with intertitles in English and Hindi, its cast and staff was […]

This Day in History – February 26th, 1909

Kinemacolor was the first successful color motion picture process, used commercially from 1908 to 1914. It was invented by George Albert Smith of Brighton, England in 1906. He was influenced by the work of William Norman Lascelles Davidson and, more directly, Edward Raymond Turner. It was launched by Charles Urban‘s Urban Trading Co. of London in […]

Steve Ziolkowski’s Insidious Intrigue

Silent films and computer generated special effects may seem like a combination from beyond the limits of time and space, but Steve Ziolkowski and the team of creatives at Chronophotograph have demonstrated just how well these two divergent ideas can blend. Earlier this year, Chronophotograph realeased 1873: The Insidious Intrigue, a silent film with over […]

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