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Thomas Dafnides
Expert Film Handler

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From: St. Louis, Missouri USA
Registered: Dec 2009

 - posted July 22, 2014 09:34 PM      Profile for Thomas Dafnides     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I watched this silent film because it is the same story as , "That Hamilton Woman" with Vivien Leigh (about the affair of Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton). To my surprise, I thought the silent version was better than the later sound version (which I thought was good as well). I recommend it as a silent film. The opening exposition is slow but after the first 15 min it becomes very intense. There is something magical about a good silent film.

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Dominique De Bast
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 - posted July 23, 2014 02:04 AM      Profile for Dominique De Bast   Email Dominique De Bast   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I love silent films. When talkies appeared it was the end of an universal language. Sadly many films from the silent era are lost and you almost don't see a silent film anymore on (European French speaking) tv channels.


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Paul Mason
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From: Aldershot, Hampshire, UK
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 - posted July 23, 2014 03:01 AM      Profile for Paul Mason     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Sadly the same applies to UK tv as well. Probably the last regular showings were the annual Thames silents where a restored film was given a gala premiere in London followed by a showing on ITV. I only managed to see one premiere of THE CHESS PLAYER in 1990 but it was a unique experience with Carl Davis conducting a full orchestra of his own score at the Dominion Theatre. The main credit goes to Kevin Brownlow and the late David Gill.


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Guy Taylor, Jr.
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From: Galveston, Texas, U.S.A.
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 - posted July 23, 2014 10:02 AM      Profile for Guy Taylor, Jr.     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It is sad to think how many lost films there are, particularly in the silent era. Of the silent feature films that were made in America, 70% are considered to be lost films; that's 7,608 titles. About 25% exist in complete or near complete form. The rest exists in incomplete form; in some cases as just a fragment.

If it were not for film collectors like ourselves many more would be lost.

Guy Taylor

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