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Episode 49 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast

The phenomenal payoff to this gag in Keaton’s THE GENERAL gets applause at every show – you’ll hear that happen on this episode of The Silent Film Music Podcast with Ben Model.

Episode 49 Show Notes: Rudolph Valentino, Ernie Kovacs, Buster Keaton, and the Craft of Supporting Subtleties

Summer exhibitions of silent films with Ben accompanying are picking up

Camille starring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino at AFI Silver co-sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Washington DC

(Music excerpt on an Allen organ)

Ernie Kovacs segment:

  • Ernie Kovacs’ theme song, “Oriental Blues”
  • Ernie in Kovacsland book, curated by Josh Mills, Pat Thomas, and Ernie Kovacs/Edie Adams archivist Ben Model, to be published November 22 by Fantagraphics
  • Ben discusses the theme and its composer on his blog here and here and here and here.
  • The “Eugene” remake for ABC.
  • Rialto Ripples” by George Gershwin, performed by William Bolcom
  • Tony DeSimone’s 1954 recording of “Oriental Blues
  • Leroy Holmes and His Tugboat Eight 1957 recording of “Oriental Blues
  • ABC TV version of “Oriental Blues
  • Jean Shepherd’s theme “Bahn Frei” by the Boston Pops
  • Knuckles O’Toole plays “Ragtime Razzmatazz” (Caution – may cause damage to your brain)

Underwriting announcement: The Bride’s Play starring Marion Davies

Ben accompanies Buster Keaton’s The General at Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, Vermont on an Estey pipe organ

Buster Keaton’s The General (1926)

Silent movies as pictures of people thinking: The race sequence from Lubitsch’s Lady Windermere’s Fan (not Ben’s music)

Upcoming performances:

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