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Parallel Exit – “The Final Reel”

The Final Reel is inspired by the iconic films Sherlock Jr and The Purple Rose of Cairo. An eccentric historian discovers the holy grail of silent films: the final reel of a forgotten classic thought to be lost to history. As he presents the film for the first time in a hundred years, his bumbling assistant accidentally steps into the movie and falls in love with the heroine. The two-love birds step back into the modern world and the heroine is left to make a fateful decision - one that changes Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with RadioTheatre’s Dan Bianchi

I approached the St.John's Sanctuary on Christopher Street for the evening performance of "The Alfred Hitchcock Festival". Presented by the 'Radio Theatre'. Tonight's event was to present 3 Alfred Hitchcock films by way of Radio Theatre. 'Shadow of a Doubt, The Lodger, and The Birds. What a great time it was! The company was amazing in their voice skills in portraying many different characters from these classic Hitchcock films. After the show, we interviewed Dan Bianchi, director of the company. The Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Janek Turkowski – Margarete

I attended the Thursday night performance of "Margarete" at the Public Theater. I was taken to a small room upstairs from the main stages in what seemed like an apartment. Small shaded lamps and circular rugs highlighted the room with a small 8mm projector and a laptop to the right of the main rug area. The seats were all living room chairs and a few small sofas. Maximum attendance was 16 people allowed. The small movie screen with a clip showing from the 8mm films of Margarete. I was offered Continue reading...
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The Marx Brothers Weekend – Sept. 9th – A Video/Photo Excerpt

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Marx Brothers and World War I ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Trivia Section of the day at 2:00 pm with Brett Leveridge Noah Diamond displays one of the Prizes for Trivia winner. Marx Brothers Comic Book. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Marx Brothers Sing-Along Marx Brothers Singalong: "Alone" There are two kinds of people: those who would enjoy a group singalong of Marx Brothers songs, and those who simply don't know how to have fun. I assert that you have not truly lived until you've heard a room Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Unholy Three” by Tod Robbins

Step right up, folks, and prepare to have your blood run cold as you meet the strangest, most bizarre trio of misfits ever spawned by a carnival of blood: TWEEDLEDEE, an adult man trapped in the body of a three-year-old toddler, whose mask of childlike innocence hides a seething brain plotting hideous revenge against all that is sane and normal! HERCULES, the circus strongman, brutal, bestial, reveling in carnage and murder – yet the submissive slave of a deadly dwarf! ECHO, the expert ventriloquist Continue reading...
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Ben Model – New Piano Score for “Josh’s Suicide” – Mack Sennett silent film

(Click on Title Screen to view film)   Following on the successful streaming of NEW YORK 1911, which MoMA posted last month, they've just posted the extremely rare comedy JOSH'S SUICIDE, produced by the Biograph Company and directed by Mack Sennett. The film features comedian Fred Mace as a yokel who carries out an odd revenge against his wife. Like NEW YORK 1911, this film features NYC locations. The film is presented here in a gorgeous, sharp new digital scan from the museum's archival 35mm Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Magician and the Cinema”

Inside of book jacket flap. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Erik Barnouw (Tube of Plenty et al.) tells an engaging story to introduce this scholarly lark: in high school, Barnouw catalogued magician John Mulholland's books on magic and, meeting him decades later, mentioned "how often, in exploring film history, I had come across names I had first met in his books. Had magicians had a larger role in the evolution of motion pictures than was generally recognized?".  A rhetorical question, it quickly seems, as Barnouw Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookself – ‘Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter Days’

By the end of 1914, Charlie Chaplin had become the most popular actor in films, and reporters were clamoring for interviews with the comedy sensation. But no reporter had more access than Fred Goodwins. A British actor who joined Chaplin’s stock company in early 1915, Goodwins began writing short accounts of life at the studio and submitting them to periodicals. In February 1916 the British magazine Red Letter published the first of what became a series of thirty-seven of Goodwins’s articles. Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Chain of Fools”

CHAIN OF FOOLS by Trav S.D. Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the Internet. As in his first book, the critically acclaimed No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar's curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Night They Raided Minsky’s”

When I was a student at SVA studying Film Production I spent a day walking around the neighborhood and found a film set which had been created on West 26th Street. They had reconstructed an old 1920's neighborhood to film "The Night They Raided Minsky's". I was really taken by the work they did on that block. It made it 'old' and remarkably believable. The set even included an elevated train and track.  Here is the book the film was based on. THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S by Rowland Barber (April Continue reading...