Toronto Film Society’s MAY MOVIE MAGIC weekend will take place from Friday, May 12th through Sunday, May 14th with its feature star being Mr. EDWARD G. ROBINSON!
Last Sunday I went to the Revue Cinema in Toronto and saw the silent version of Hitchcock’s Blackmail. It must have been so many years ago that I saw it—I think it was the talkie version of this film—that I had no memory of the story any longer . This print, or rather digital copy, was remastered, pristine and beautiful. After it was over, I couldn’t wait to get home and watch the film all over again, or at least what I believed was the talkie DVD that I own. I was concerned, though, that the copy that I had would be a terrible print and lately I’ve been debating with myself if it’s worthwhile watching a print that’s awful versus not seeing it at all. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that my print wasn’t bad at all.
The Phantom Chariot (1920) and Burglars (1930)
Ugetsu (1953) and Carnival of Souls (1962)
Lately I’ve been choosing to watch my films based on what I’m reading and sometimes what I’m watching. For instance, I watched the 1929 version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney because I had just seen the 1937 remake, and, besides enjoying comparing two versions of films, I wanted to see if I agreed with the contemporary reviews.