Re: Silents for Publics

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Wed, 5 Jun 2002 08:20:04 -0700 (PDT)

Wow! I included M on my list...and IT IS, indeed, a talky! Just plays in
the mind as silent, I guess!

gary

At 08:05 AM 6/5/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>John,
>
>You're absolutely right. M popped into my head also, and then I remembered
>that it's not a silent. It just has that "silent" air about it and in many
>scenes has very little dialogue. Films with synchronized music at the end
>of the 20s like Sunrise and starting with Don Juan led the way to
>part-talkies (like the Jazz Singer) which is referred to as the first sound
>feature film but is more like a silent and contains less than 15 minutes of
>sync sound.
>
>Oksana
>
>At 06:42 AM 6/5/02 -0700, you wrote:
> >Somebody will have to jump in and say it, so it might as well be me:
> >
> >"M" is not a silent film (it is however a must-have for all collections),
> >and I
> >believe that the vhs is still a Home Vision release, and a Criterion DVD.
> >
> >Gary Handman wrote:
> >
> > > Ten silents in five years! Woah! Let's not move too quickly here.
> > >
> > > My list of essentials would include:
> > >
> > > Movies Begin (5 vols avail from Kino)
> > > Library of Congress Video Collection (4 vols available from FACETS et al)
> > >
> > > Chaplin: (avail from FACETS, et al)
> > > Gold Rush
> > > Modern Times
> > > Chaplin's Essanay comedies
> > > Chaplin's Mutuals
> > >
> > > Buster Keaton
> > > The Art of Buster Keaton (Kino)
> > >
> > > Slapstick Encyclopedia (8 vols, Kino)
> > >
> > > D.W. Griffith (all available on tape and DVD from FACETS)
> > > Birth of a Nation
> > > Intolerance
> > > Way Down East
> > >
> > > Early German Film:
> > >
> > > M (Fritz Lang) (Kino)
> > > Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Image Entertainment; avail from FACETS)
> > > Metropolis (Kino)
> > > Nosferatu (Murnau) (Kino)
> > >
> > > At 02:22 PM 6/4/2002 -0700, you wrote:
> > >
> > > > >
> > > > > If a small public library was going to add ten silents to it's
> > collection
> > > > > for the next 5 years - what titles do you think they should add?
> > > > > Barb Read
> > > > > Marysville Public Library
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > >Barbara:
> > > >I could come up with a list and we could all debate it BUT I think it
> > is sad
> > > >that even a small library would only plan on ten silent films in 5
> years (
> > > >two a year) Silent films get kind of a double whammy, first you have the
> > > >MASSIVE prejudice in libraries towards ANY non- print material and than
> > > >when libraries DO collect non-print material they seem to be under
> > > >heightened pressure to stick almost exclusively to "popular" stuff.
> > > >Basically if I told a library they could only buy two books of
> poetry per
> > > >year or two videos in a foreign language I assume they would be
> aghast but
> > > >this is pretty much how silent films are treated. Among the best silent
> > > >films ever made that HAVE been released legally on video are Von
> > Sternberg's
> > > >DOCKS OF NEW YORK, Murnau's FAUST, Vidor's SHOW PEOPLE, Reiniger's THE
> > > >ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED ( I picked this list since each film is
> under
> > > >copyright and released by a different company). How many people on
> > this list
> > > >have all of these in their collections? If not do you have ANY of the
> > above?
> > > >I would ESTIMATE that there are no more 600 good quality VHS/DVDs of
> > really
> > > >good silent films out there, there are maybe another 600 LEGAL copies of
> > > >either minor films or lesser quality ( No comment on the huge number of
> > > >bootleg silents) so you are not talking about a massive number of titles
> > > >from my admittedly obsessed point of view.
> > > >
> > > >If Public & University libraries adverted 10 silent films PER YEAR,
> ( and
> > > >did not all buy the same ten titles) it would undoubtedly make it
> possible
> > > >for many great silent films to be released that will otherwise
> > languish for
> > > >lack of interest.
> > > >Skip than 25th copy of HARRY POTTER and LORD OF THE RINGS and buy a
> silent
> > > >film. You might be opening a whole new world to your patrons
> > > >--
> > > >Jessica Rosner
> > > >Kino International
> > > >333 W 39th St. 503
> > > >NY NY 10018
> > > >jrosner@kino.com
> > >
> > > Gary Handman
> > > Director
> > > Media Resources Center
> > > Moffitt Library
> > > UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
> > > 510-643-8566
> > > ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
> >
> >--
> >John Holland
> >Librarian
> >Chicago Public Library
> >Media Express
> >(312) 747-4100
> >
>
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Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu