My time in Rome for Capitolfest 2014

I had the most fantastic festival recap ever written ready to go when I read Norm Landis’ “Film fest ‘jewel’ grows’ piece in the Rome Sentinel and thought, “what’s the point?’ […]


Capitolfest 2014! Bill Powell awaits.

In less than two months I’ll be in Rome, New York for Capitolfest 12, my second visit to the City and the festival which honors silent film and early talking pictures. […]

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The Little Tramp turns 100

“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.” – Charlie Chaplin Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of […]


To the Lon Chaneys – a wall of faces

As soon as I learned about A Thousand Faces! The Chaney Blogathon hosted by Movies, Silently and The Last Drive-In, which is celebrating the careers of both Lon Chaney and Lon Chaney, Jr. I made […]


Buster Keaton in THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921)

In celebration of what would have been Buster Keaton‘s birthday (October 4, 1895) and in keeping with an October-ish theme, here is a presentation of his 1921 film, The Haunted House, […]


Frankenstein (1910)

Once Upon a Screen is unofficially dedicating the month of October to Frankenstein’s Monster.  Not only does The Monster remain among the most popular characters in media almost two centuries […]


The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

The years 1909 through 1913 are considered D. W. Griffith’s years of discovery due to the legendary director’s innovative work in silent film.  Those early works paved the way not […]


The Gish Sisters – an album

“I never cease to wonder at my luck in having for my sister the woman who, more than any other woman in America, possesses all the qualities of true greatness.” […]


Film pioneer, Alice Guy-Blaché gets her due

Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs are founding partners at PIC Agency, an audio-visual communications studio focused on entertainment and motion design based in Los Angeles, California. For more than two years Green and […]

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Capitolfest 11 – a festival recap

I’m just back from Rome, New York, my first visit to the city and the historic theater which hosted the 11th Capitolfest, a celebration of the event’s tenth anniversary. There was […]


A weekend of Silent Film at Capitolfest 11

Next weekend I’ll be at Capitolfest in Rome, New York, my first visit to the festival and the city.  Capitolfest, which will be celebrating its eleventh incarnation, honors silent film […]


Mary Pickford Interview

In tribute to Mary Pickford who would have celebrated her birthday today, I thought I’d share this outstanding interview she did with CBC Radio on May 25, 1959.  In it […]

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Good Night, Nurse! (1918)

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle would have celebrated his birthday today (1887-1933).  In remembrance here is a 1918 comedy short, Good Night, Nurse, which co-stars Buster Keaton.  Not only is this great […]


Chaplin’s, THE KID

Released today in 1921 a gem from one of cinema’s true masters, Charlie Chaplin’s, The Kid. The film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National […]


Images of Buster Keaton

The most basic and obvious allure of film is the image.  Although I sometimes feel like a cheat when I post pictorials dedicated to classic stars on this blog, they […]


A Romance of the Redwoods

Other than the significant role she played in Hollywood history, I know close to nothing of Mary Pickford’s work as an actress.  This is why I wanted to take part […]