Tag Archives: race and film

On New Year’s Eve, do the sugar foot strut!

To round out 2015, here’s some instruction on the dance sensation that’s sweeping the nation. Of 87 years ago, that is. From Fox News of 1928, here’s the sugar foot strut! Louis Armstrong would record “Sugar Foot Strut” the same year, but … Continue reading

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Silent film fiction: Pearl White, Bert Williams, and Missing Reels

It’s been some time since I’ve done a book review post. Here I’ll talk about my recent fiction reads dealing with silent films or film performers: one novel about a lost film search, and two fictional biographies, tracing the lives … Continue reading

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A Japanese man in America: Sessue Hayakawa reclaims … His Birthright (US 1918)

Japanese-born actor Sessue Hayakawa was one of the biggest talents of his era. In a time of intense anti-Asian sentiment (and, indeed, legally enshrined discrimination against Japanese people in America), he became one of Hollywood’s biggest names and richest stars. … Continue reading

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La Dame Masquée | The Masked Lady (FR 1924)

Incredible visual design is the most salient aspect of La Dame Masquée. The film was produced by the legendary Albatros studio at Montreuil, made up largely of Russian émigrés who fled their country in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution and … Continue reading

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Serial star Mary Fuller & Dolly of the Dailies: The Chinese Fan (US 1914)

Serial star Mary Fuller Another film celebrating its 100th birthday this year is one of the two extant episodes of American film serial Dolly of the Dailies: Episode 5, The Chinese Fan.  The serial stars Mary Fuller as Dolly Desmond, … Continue reading

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Silent film histories: The Player of Games – James Card’s “Seductive Cinema”

The first entry in an occasional series in which I look at writings on silent film from a twenty-first-century perspective.  As they say, hindsight is 20/20 … James Card was instrumental to the formation of the film archive at George … Continue reading

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Sur Un Air de Charleston | Charleston Parade (FR 1926)

2028: Europe lies in ruins.  Civilization is now focused in Africa, and from there an intrepid explorer sets out in his spherical aircraft: Catherine Hessling is the last woman living in Paris; the only other inhabitant is a very fake-looking … Continue reading

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