Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Australia’s Silent Film Festival

It's back again - Silent Film in Sydney .
Here's the latest news from our friends at Australia's Silent Film Festival...

Silents in the City

Autumn and Winter, at the Pitt Street Uniting Church

264 Pitt Street Sydney 2000

Film screenings commence 7pm
Tickets $20/$15 concession and children

Silent Film Australia Ltd., presenter of Australia’s Silent Film Festival, and the Pitt Street Uniting Church are proud to host a season of restored silent film classics and live music to support Tradewinds and its not for profit project in East Timor

Australia’s Silent Film Festival is pleased to present monthly evening screenings of classic silent films in the city as a lead-up to the 2010 Festival in September.

David Bailey, the acclaimed young theatre organist with many outstanding performances at GOMA silent film events in Brisbane, will be playing the Uniting Church’s 1910 Hill & Son organ for three of the five sessions, as outlined below. The other two screenings will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist, Mauro Colombis, whose playing has already thrilled audiences at silent film festivals in Italy, and who has brought his special talents to Australia.

Each silent film, presented digitally every month from April to August 2010, is a classic melodrama of the 1920s, having become timeless over the decades due to its high quality of production and ever-popular themes.


Friday, April 30 at 7pm

Short: Men of Timor (1942) Damien Parer 8 minutes. Sound. NFSA
Damien Parer was Australia’s leading war photographer who captured raw human emotions and unforgettable images with his camera right in the middle of the action. This famous newsreel sheds light on Australian soldiers behind enemy lines in Timor during World War II.
Silent: The Cat and the Canary, (1927) 85 minutes, with David Bailey on organ.
Remade several times, this is the classic gothic horror/black comedy murder mystery inside an eerie old house, during a thunderstorm at night. A young woman (played by Laura La Plante) is frightened by strange events in the house, apparently because she is the heir of her uncle’s fortune. Is she crazy, or is it all due to the uncle’s ghost, an escaped lunatic or one of her jealous relatives?

Tuesday, May 25 at 7pm

Short: The Mascot (1933) 26 minutes. Ladislaw Starewicz
Fascinating short film by Polish master of animation, making a child’s toys come to life in a most charming and realistic way. A soft toy dog has amazing adventures on the streets and with other animated dolls and toys as he escapes a new owner and returns to his previous home.
Silent: Nosferatu, (1922) 81 minutes with Mauro Colombis
This German horror classic is the first movie based on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, and captures the original terrifying details, albeit in a different setting with other names due to copyright laws. Directed by one of Germany’s leading film directors, it is still considered a landmark film, and is as scary today as it was in 1922!

Friday, June 22 at 7pm

Short: Voice of the Nightingale (1923) 13 minutes. Ladislaw Starewicz
This unique and beautiful short film was made in the old-fashioned style of hand-coloured frames, making it look like a watercolour picture book for children with birds, fairies and butterflies, and incorporating a lesson for a child why she shouldn’t keep a nightingale as a pet or toy.
Silent: The Bells, (1926) 68 minutes. David Bailey on organ
Filmed in a beautiful, historic setting, this film is based on an Edgar Allen Poe poem with legendary actor, Lionel Barrymore in a fine performance as the murderer-innkeeper with a very guilty conscience. Boris Karloff co-stars as a mesmerist, provoking the innkeeper’s guilty conscience. Chilling and suspenseful entertainment!
Tuesday, June 27 at 7pm
Short: The Talion Punishment (1906) 4 minutes 13 seconds
A delightful and surprising example of the creativity of early filmmakers in France who used hand-cut stencils to colour each frame of this unusual short film. Early cinema was based on theatrical performances of the day, involving dance, movement and colourful costumes, such as women dressed as butterflies.
Silent: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920) 70 minutes. David Bailey on organ
This famous story has been filmed many times, but this silent version captures the Victorian atmosphere and struggle between good and evil realistically, while legendary actor, John Barrymore is unforgettable in the lead role. A true horror movie, this film is considered to be most faithful to the original book.

Tuesday, August 24 at 7pm

Short: Artheme Swallows His Clarinet ( 1912) 3 minutes 54 seconds
This charming example of early French comedy uses special effects sparingly but effectively, showing a clarinet player on the streets of Marseille in 1912, and his dilemma when an accident causes the clarinet to appear to be poking all the way out of the back of his head!
Silent: 7th Heaven, (1927) 113 minutes – Mauro Colombis:
Winner of three Academy Awards! This beautiful romance was so enthusiastically received at last year’s Silent Film festival in Sydney, that it is being screened again, on the eve of the 2010 Silent Film Festival. Rich in Frank Borzage’s warm and sensitive sentimentality, it features two great stars of the era: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, who play the devoted couple living in their own world on the seventh floor, and even when separated by war, they are still together in their own seventh heaven.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Vintage Shoes, Gloves, and Coiffures ...

New additions to our Vintage Fashion & Beauty collection:

Wiessner & Co. Gloves

Haute Coiffure

Elegant 'Strub' shoes

The above images are available as prints via our website.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Visit the Aquarium

Recent arrivals to our All Creatures collection..

This lovely American Aquarium poster featuring
illuminated jellyfish is circa 1936/37

The East London aquarium poster
from 1939 was produced by
South African Railways promoting
travel to the UK and features a very
impressive looking octopus

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Monday, April 19, 2010

This Gun For Hire - Vintage Film Noir Poster

New to our Vintage Movie poster collection:

French poster for This Gun For Hire
1942 Film Noir classic
starring Veronica Lake & Alan Ladd.

'Lover without a heart...killer without a conscience!'

Hit man Philip Raven, who's kind to children and cats, kills a blackmailer and is paid off by traitor Willard Gates in "hot" money. Meanwhile, pert entertainer Ellen Graham, girlfriend of police Lieut. Crane (who's after Raven) is enlisted by a Senate committee to help investigate Gates. Raven, seeking Gates for revenge, meets Ellen on the train; their relationship gradually evolves from that of killer and potential victim to an uneasy alliance against a common enemy. source/more

'He's dynamite with a gun or a girl.'

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The French Quarter After Dark...

Retro movie poster for
Naughty New Orleans c.1950s

'..takes you into the private careers
of the strippers on Bourbon Street...'

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ladies of the Trapeze - Vintage Circus Posters

Wonderful vintage posters of those daring young ladies of the flying trapeze.

From our Vintage Circus collection.

Female trapeze artists.

'An innovation in aerialism',
the Triple Revolving Trapeze of the Sisters Vortex


British 'Graceful Gertrella'
'The Wonder of the World'

Circus Aerialists 'Miss Siena' and her troupe

European trapeze acrobats the Sisters Devona

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Painters of Paris

One of my favourite recent additions to our Vintage Art & Exhibition Posters


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vintage Morris Car Poster

Recently added to our vintage Transport posters


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Monday, April 5, 2010

Bette Davis

Born today (April 5) in 1908, actress Bette Davis.

In her first year of high school, she gave up dance for acting. After a little time in John Murray Anderson's acting school, she was in the off-Broadway play The Earth Between (1923). Her Broadway debut in 1929 was in Broken Dishes.

Late in 1930, on a six-month Universal contract, she arrived in Hollywood. The studio representative who went to meet her train left without her because he could find no one who looked like a movie star.
In 1932 she signed a seven-year deal with Warners. She won Oscars for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938) and fought unsuccessfully to break her contract between awards. She received eight additional Oscar nominations, including one for the role of Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950), the role with which she remains most identified.

A genuine box-office star in the 1930s and 1940s, all her films from 1953 to 1962 lost money; then What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) brought a new phase of stardom. source/more

The above pics are available as prints via our website

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Art Deco Fashion Prints

Recent arrivals our collection, these divine fashion plates are from early 1900s French Gazette du Bon Ton.

La Joueuse de Theorbe by Barier. 1914

Salome by Puget. 1914

Les Colchiques by Barbier. 1913

Coromandel by Barbier. 1913

The above images are available in our Fashion & Beauty collection. Click on above pics for more details or to purchase prints.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Nita Naldi

Nonna Dooley (aka Nita Naldi) was born in New York City on April 1, 1895. The future silent screen star, who began her career as a showgirl in a Shubert revue in the Winter Garden, later went on to the famed Ziegfeld Follies.

After a successful career on the stage with the Follies, Nita decided to try her hand with films in Hollywood. Her rise to fame was very quick. In 1920, at the age of 25, she starred with the legendary John Barrymore in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This early role seemed to solidify her film career right from the beginning. It was said she was outstanding and beautiful. Her vamp roles were grand. In 1921, she starred in three fine productions: The Last Door, A Divorce of Convenience, and Experience. She was fast becoming filmdom's leading, sexy lady.

However, it was 1922's Blood and Sand that was to set apart from others. Nita starred opposite Rudolph Valentino in one of the silent era's epic last truly great productions. And it was also the last of the vamp roles filmed since Clara Bow had shown that good girls knew about sex too instead of just her more worldly counterparts. Nita would go on to be Valentino's most frequent co-star. more/source

American Poster for one of Nita Naldi's
last French films The Model From Montmartre
(originally titled La Femme Nue). 1926

The poster above is available as a print from our Vintage Movie Posters collection via our website.


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