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Dominique De Bast
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From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Jun 2013

 - posted June 05, 2017 10:24 AM      Profile for Dominique De Bast   Email Dominique De Bast   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I discovered (sadly on dvd) this year two silente films I never heard about before although they are, in my opinion, of high interest. The first one is a 1928 Russian film called The house on Troubnaïa (Dom na Trubnoia) and is a kind of little masterpiece. The second one is a 1927 French/Spanish film that has an historical interest due to the subject. This film is more than probably banned in the US as the main actor is white with a black make up and the texts in the film (in French at least) contain words that would not be accepted anymore now. The French title is "Le danseur de jazz" (in Spanish : El negro que tenía el alma blanca") which reffers to the famous "Chanteur de jazz" (The Jazz Singer). It was on purpose to benefit from the promotion of the film with Al Johnson, although it is not question of jazz in Le danseur de jazz but of charleston ! I wonder if these two films are actually not famous or if my silent era films knowledge is poor. Have anybody else heard of the two titles ?




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Chris Bird
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From: Kingston upon Thames, UK
Registered: Jul 2013

 - posted June 06, 2017 10:54 AM      Profile for Chris Bird   Email Chris Bird   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Dominique, The House on Trubnaya is a brilliant film! It's mentioned in Bordwell and Thomson's 'Film History - an introduction' but it took me years to be able to find it anywhere. Love it. The other one is new to me.

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