Silent Weekends — 8 Comments

  1. Page, don't give up on Wings. I don't know exactly where you're located, but it does turn up on big screens from time to time; a pity TCM can't organize a one-night-only showing of the new restoration, like they did for Casablanca (and will again tomorrow, 4/26/12) — but then, it's a Paramount picture, so why would TCM care?

    As for Napoleon…well, all I can say that hasn't already been said is that you'd be amazed how quickly those five-and-a-half hours fly by.

  2. Jim,
    I haven't seen Napoleon but from the sounds of it that's okay.
    I'm quite envious that you can watch Wings on such a large screen. I do have a large flat screen but I don't have a great copy of Wings nor a projector setup.

    I would love the chance to see it in the theater at least once.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jim, my 15-year-old daughter and I have taken a look at silent films on TCM in recent months. When I mentioned to her that you were writing about the silent films NAPOLEON and WINGS, she couldn't resist adding, "They're cops!" 🙂 But all kidding aside, she's been intrigued, so I can hardly wait for her to take a look at your fascinating post about these films and the discussion of the restored versions! I quite agree with your remark: "Frankly, I think this production/
    artistic-quality-of-production dichotomy
    might be worth bringing back.)" Amen to that! Great post, Jim, as always!

  4. High praise indeed for two silent landmarks. Hyperbole on your part? Absolutely NOT! Today's entry makes many valid points: the value of a film's collective audience experience, the important of proper presentation to enhance enjoyment, the never-ending (but greatly appreciated and worthwhile) efforts of preservation, and the ability of art (in any form) to transcend time, tastes, and generations.

  5. I bow to your Francophilia, Kim, and agree to disagree about the Corsican Upstart. No disagreement about Wings, though: a sight to see indeed, even in that "old version".

  6. Jim, I've seen Napoleon, but never on the big screen and in the atmosphere(s) that you have. While I can't agree with your comments about Napoleon the man (years and years of study forbid it), I do agree that Gance did a stunning job with this. It is too bad that there is no complete version.

    As for Wings, I haven't seen the new renovation, but if it's much better than the old version I saw it will be a delight. The fight scenes (both in the air and on the ground) are a sight to see.

    I hope more people read this post!