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Episode 62 show notes: The Silent Film Music Podcast

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Episode 62 Show Notes: “Round-up of January 2024 shows, and more”

Theme & Introductions


  • Silent Movies are thriving!
  • Increased restorations in homevideo; increased awareness of the importance of physical media
  • Undercrank Productions is likely to have at least as many new releases in 2024 as it did in 2023

Live Performances of Improvised Scores

The Importance of Experiencing Silent Films presented with Live Music

  • Kerr discovers that silent films play better with an audience than they do at home!
  • Buster Keaton in Go West (1925) (not Ben, either)
  • Ben finds that Wesleyan and NYU students connect more strongly to silent films when shown 
  • with a live improvised score: Stella Maris (starring Mary Pickford) and Shoes (directed by 
  • Lois Weber)
  • Silent Comedy Watch Party Episode 100 coming in March 2024! – Improvised music LIVE!
  • Ben is available to livestream anywhere in the world where you have highspeed internet.

Silent Film Comedian Marcel Perez

Intermission – Home Video activities

  • Future release of Francis Ford films from Eye Filmmuseum
  • Accidentally Preserved Volume 5, curated and accompanied by Jon Mirsalis
  • 2K scans of 16mm prints, some of which are the only known copies
  • Lorraine of the Lions (1925) – 76 mins
  • Love At First Flight (1928) – 18 mins [Mack Sennett comedy]
  • Hoofbeats of Vengeance – 47 mins [Rex, King of Wild Horses]
  • The Fourth Commandment (1927) – 66 mins
  • The Bat (1926) will be out for autumn release
  • Tom Tyler Westerns

From Kino-Lorber Vitagraph Comedies

From Classic Flix: Silent Our Gang Comedies

Silent Films at MoMA (NYC)

  • Man, Woman & Sin  (1927, MGM) starring John Gilbert, Jeanne Eagels, written and directed by Monta Bell
  • Introduced by David Stenn at the Museum of Modern Arts as part of To Save and Project
  • Ben recommends the new MoMA/BFI restoration of Douglas Fairbanks’s The Black Pirate restored from the surviving 2-color Technicolor negatives. Selected and introduced by Alexander Payne and financed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. (This is NOT the version available on Kino Lorber from Cohen Film – so far there has been no announcement about homevideo release.)

Personal appearances to come

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