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Exploring films from the first silent movies through to present day classic cinema

Louis Le Prince – The Life of The Father Of Cinematography

Louis Le Prince is widely considered to be the Father of Cinematography. He was a talented inventor with a vast knowledge of photography for the time. He held 5 patents for camera and projectors. He also recorded moving the image a year before Thomas Edison did. Until recently, he was a forgotten legend in film’s…
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My top 10 Classic British Movies

The British film industry has gone from strength to strength. Although it has had a few wobbles here and there, plus a couple of World Wars severely affecting production, the Industry turned these to its advantage and given British film its identity. Here are my top 10 favourite British Films from history. 1. Lawrence of…
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Harvey (1950) – Film Review

It can be pretty hard to act when your co-star is invisible. Somehow James Stewart makes it work. Harvey is, and always will be, my favourite film, based solely on Stewart’s acting. Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a friendly and awkward man who’s best friend is a 6 foot, three and a half inch tall…
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Fashion Finds – How to Show Your Love for Audrey Hepburn Through Fashion

Audrey Hepburn is one of the nicest people in Hollywood. Her pleasant attitude won over everyone with whom she worked. Her work ethic also drove her passion for making a change in the world. If anyone in film history should be an icon, it’s her. Hepburn’s style, professionalism and work with UNICEF has left a…
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The Costume Quirks of the Wizard of Oz

The Costume Quirks of The Wizard Of Oz

Everyone has seen the Wizard Of Oz! The musical was one of the first films to prove that the expensive Technicolor process could be profitable. Studio head Louis B Mayer (of MGM) demanded the film be as colourful as possible. The teams crafted every scene to be as impressive as possible. The costume team designed…
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The Top Hat Feather Incident

From Disaster to Iconic Gown – The ‘Top Hat’ Feather Incident

Dancing and beautiful dresses go hand in hand. The swish and swing of an outfit amplifies every movement. Ginger Rogers’ costumes in her films are almost as stunning as her dancing talent. One of Rogers’ most famous dresses is this one, from the Cheek to Cheek routine in Top Hat (1935) via GIPHY The dress…
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10 things you should know about Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford is the undeniable queen of the silent era. She was the most prominent female star of the silent era. Her fame earnt her the title of “America’s Sweetheart”. At her peak, the only actor who matched her fame and box office draw was Charlie Chaplin. Her talent as an actress and instinct for…
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What is Silent Film?

“Silent Film” is a term used to describe movies that have no recorded sound. Films were silent when they first came about in the early 1890s. Recorded sound existed at this point, but the technology could not serve a whole theatre. The Technology for recorded sound took 40 years to perfect. The first “Talkie”, the…
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Paul Merton’s Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema

It’s surprising that a comedian known for his verbal dexterity and deadpan delivery says his heroes as silent film stars. But, Paul Merton’s love and passion for early cinema are legendary. He comes across as someone who’s both knowledgeable and passionate. Again, it feels strange when compared to his persona on Have I Got News…
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