| Dec 20, 2012
| 11:31 AM
A caption in King Vidor's silent classic from 1928, "The Crowd," reads: "Marriage isn't a word. It's a sentence."
The couples in "Mixed Doubles: An Entertainment on Marriage," a multi-playwright piece from 1969 enjoying an effective revival at...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies,...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 8:00 AM
This Is the End
Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99
Available on VOD beginning Tuesday
A generation of comedy stars has been dominating movies for the last decade by playing "themselves," so it was only a matter of time before they went all-in on the...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 9:50 AM
If you care about lost films in general and silent films in particular and can’t wait till they arrive on DVD (no names, please), the moment is now.
The National Film Preservation Foundation’s “Lost & Found: American Treasures From the...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 3:35 PM
If you care about lost films in general and silent films in particular and can't wait till they arrive on DVD (no names, please), the moment is now. The National Film Preservation Foundation's "Lost & Found: American Treasures From the New Zealand Film...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:30 AM
In a directing career that has spanned four decades, John Badham has had more than his share of hits, including 1977's "Saturday Night Fever," for which John Travolta earned his first Oscar nomination, as well as 1983's "Blue Thunder," 1986's "Short...
| May 13, 2013
| 7:50 PM
John Gilbert was the golden boy at MGM during the final years of the silent era. He was the young studio's biggest male star, working with such top directors as King Vidor ("The Big Parade," 1925), Erich von Stroheim ("The Merry Widow," 1925) and Tod...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 4:39 PM
"A Star Is Born," "Nothing Sacred," "A Farewell to Arms" and "Bird of Paradise" are part of Kino Classics' collection of David O. Selznick-produced films. They're Kenneth Turan's DVD picks of the week....
| Feb 23, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Film screenings and festivals: With the Academy Awards on Sunday evening, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Cinematheque are presenting seminars and symposiums leading up to the big event....
| Sep 2, 2012
| 5:15 PM
As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 11:38 AM
Paul Fejos was a technically daring filmmaker, who made four American films before fleeing Hollywood to go back to his native Hungary. “The Last Moment,” his 1927 Hollywood calling card, is lost. In 1928, he went on to make “Lonesome&...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 7:53 AM
Nostalgia and navel-gazing dominated the Academy Awards broadcast Sunday, including a spoof featuring Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge and others as a disgruntled focus group attending a "Wizard of Oz" test screening circa 1939. The...