Hollywood films dominate the cinema schedules, even here in the UK. In fact, American films are so common here that many UK cinema-goers don’t even think of them as “foreign films”. Before WW1, that wasn’t necessarily the case. British films dominated the cinema, with a… Read More »What Are Quota Quickies?
16th September 1890. Louis Le Prince, patent papers in hand, waved farewell to his family and boarded a train to Paris. He was heading to America, via England, to demonstrate his brand-new invention. A revolutionary new camera! The first to capture moving pictures. Louis never… Read More »Louis Le Prince – The Life of The Father Of Cinematography
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… Read More »My Top 10 Classic British Movies
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… Read More »Harvey (1950) – Film Review
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… Read More »The Costume Quirks of The Wizard Of Oz
Silent film legend Theda Bara looks stunning as “Cleopatra” in 1917. The costumes she wears could rival those of Elizabeth Taylor. Her intense stare into the camera lens in the publicity is inciting. The stills alone sell the film so well. Unfortunately, we may never… Read More »What is a lost film?
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… Read More »From Disaster to Iconic Gown – The ‘Top Hat’ Feather Incident
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… Read More »10 Things You Should Know About Mary Pickford
“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… Read More »What is Silent Film?
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… Read More »Paul Merton’s Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema