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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Comic Mind” – Gerald Mast

[Translate] Back Cover of The Comic Mind ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Table of Contents Introduction Pt. I: Assumptions, Definitions, and Categories 1. Comic Structures 2. Comic Thought 3. Comic Films—Categories and Definitions Pt. II: Primitives 4. Jests, Tricks, and Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Day The Laughter Stopped”

[Translate] The Day The Laughter Stopped by David Yallop Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and the story of his tragedy. Buster Keaton said that the day the laughter stopped was September 5, 1921 – the day that Virginia Rappe became ill during Read the full article…

Lon Chaney – “Shadows” – 1922 Silent Film

November 12, 2016 // Cinema, Film, Silent Film // No Comments

[Translate] SHADOWS In this powerful story of racial prejudice, Chaney plays an aging Chinese man who converts to Christianity to prevent a friend from being blackmailed. Directed by Tom Forman Starring: Lon Chaney, Marguerite De La Motte Music: Kevin MacLeod Read the full article…

The Vaudevisuals Book Shelf – “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Colin Williamson

January 4, 2016 // Book Shelf, Cinema, Magic, Silent Film // No Comments

[Translate] Williamson offers an insightful, wide-ranging investigation of how the cinema has functioned as a “device of wonder” for more than a century while also exploring how several key filmmakers, from Orson Welles to Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, employ the Read the full article…

“Slippery Jim” – A silent film from 1910 inspired by the escape acts of Harry Houdini

May 13, 2015 // Comedy, Film, Music, Silent Film // No Comments

[Translate] Ferdinand Zecca reportedly came up with the idea for Slippery Jim after reading about the escape acts of Harry Houdini. Original score by Ben Model. Continue reading…

Le Monstre – Silent film by Georges Melies 1903

November 17, 2014 // Film, Magic, Silent Film // No Comments

[Translate] An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the opportunity of Read the full article…

Out West (1918) – Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton

November 8, 2014 // Clown, Comedy, Film, Silent Film, Video // No Comments

[Translate] A satire on contemporary westerns, starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, and Al St. John. It was the first of Arbuckle’s “Comique” films to be filmed on the west coast, the previous five having been filmed in and around Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals presents an evening of Silent Films @ Jalopy Tavern

[Translate] FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! For the next 3 months on the last Sunday we are presenting a series of silent films at Jalopy Tavern.  Outside on the patio is a wonderful, intimate screening room. We will present a few Read the full article…

Hal Roach – Our Gang – ‘Monkey Business’ 1922 Silent Film

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Buster Keaton in 1961 “Twilight Zone” – Once Upon a Time

April 2, 2014 // Clown, Film, Silent Film // No Comments

[Translate] Season 3, Episode 13 – Written by Richard Matheson – Broadcast on December 15, 1961. Buster Keaton plays Woodrow Mulligan. Travels to the future with a ‘Time Hat’. Directed by Norman McLeod.     Continue reading…