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The Anthology Film Archives in New York will present three classic Laurel and Hardy films from the 1930s on the big screen this weekend, Saturday, September 27. Here is the description of the program:
“Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are the movies’ greatest comic duo, the quintessential dumb and dumber odd-couple. Though critically overshadowed by Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, they were enormously popular, and proved a major influence on Abbott & Costello, Lucille Ball & Vivian Vance, and Jackie Gleason & Art Carney, not to mention Samuel Beckett (they were an inspiration for Waiting For Godot), Roman Polanski (who paid homage to them in his existentialist short films Fat And Lean and Two Men And A Wardrobe), and Ken Jacobs (whose Ontic Antics deconstructs one of their films).” –David Mulkins
County Hospital (1932, 20 min, 16mm, b&w. Directed by James Parrott.)
Tit For Tat (1935, 20 min, »
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The National Film Preservation Foundation has found a rich source of silent pics through a pact with the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.
The partnership between the San Francisco-based foundation and the Dutch museum calls for the restoration and preservation of dozens of silent pics that haven’t been seen in decades. The worldwide hunt for collections of lost silent pics is part of the ongoing Nfpf and Library of Congress effort to raise awareness of how many early films have been lost to history. By the Library of Congress’ estimate, only about one-third of American silent films survive with complete prints.
See Also: Library of Congress: 75% of Silent Films Lost
Among the first 26 titles slated for preservation are are “Fifty Million Years Ago” (1925), an animated introduction to the theory of evolution; “Flaming Canyons” (1929), a tour of national parks in the Southwest; short comedies featuring Mickey Rooney (pictured), Oliver Hardy, »
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If you have been watching this weekly half hour of droll polemic (now in its third glorious series), you're either a dedicated fan of the standup comedian Stewart Lee or you hate his smug, sing-song delivery and smirking repetition and you just enjoy being angry. There seldom seems to be a middle ground where Lee's concerned.
Like the first two series of Comedy Vehicle, this one takes segments of low-lit standup in front of a club audience and punctuates them with often avant garde VTs exploring an idea that comes from his monologue. In the first series, and to a lesser extent the second, this used to take the form of elaborate sketches featuring usual collaborators such as Kevin Eldon and Simon Munnery. »
- Julia Raeside
3 items from 2014
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