From the knockabout slapstick of Sennett rose an art form spearheaded by the genius of Charlie Chaplin. Visual comedy was at its zenith, we have never seen anything better and I guess with comedy the way it is today...we never will.
BEAR MANOR MEDIA RELEASES “CHAIN OF FOOLS.”
Travis S.D. and Bear Manor Media have released “Chain of Fools”, which traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime
through its silent movies heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the internet.
“Chain of Fools” can be ordered for $21.95 through Bear Manor Media and Amazon.com.
SCARECROW PRESS RELEASES “BUSTER KEATON’S SILENT SHORTS.”
James L. Neibaur and Terri Niemi explore the nineteen films Buster Keaton made between 1920 - 1923. The authors
explain in great detail what makes these films so effect and what makes them funny.
For those of you interested in Buster’s Silent Shorts, it can be ordered from Amazon.
MCFARLAND AND COMPANY RELEASE “STAN WITHOUT OLLIE.”
Film historians James L. Neibaur and Ted Okuda have produced the definitive book on Stan Laurel’s
career before his historic teaming with Oliver Hardy. James and Ted examine Stan’s one, two and three reel
silent comedies in great detail while having no less than comedy legend Jerry Lewis providing the forward.
Stan without Ollie is available now and can be ordered through Amazon.
CRITERION RELEASES CHAPLIN’S “THE GOLD RUSH” ON BLU-RAY
Criterion continues to release Chaplin on Blu-Ray and DVD containing both the 1925 and the reissued 1942 on one disc.
The Gold Rush Blu-Ray features a new 2k digital transfer of the reconstructed original 1925 classic,
restored in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna.
A new audio commentary by Jeffery Vance and three new documentaries, one that features Kevin Brownlow are included.
For further information or for a direct order go to Criterion’s Gold Rush Page. This Criterion essential disc is available on Amazon.com.
BEAR MANOR MEDIA RELEASES LITTLE ELF: A CELEBRATION OF HARRY LANGDON
This looks to be the definitive book on one of the truly great silent comedians. Considered the “fourth genius” of silent comedy and with a page count of 690,
“Little Elf” contains a treasure trove for Langdon fans including over 500 images, five original vaudeville scripts,
ten vintage movie magazine profiles and a detailed illustrated synopsis of Harry’s last silent feature: “Heart Trouble.”
Chuck Harter and Michael J. Hayde have done an amazing job with this book that also includes error corrections from
previous books, with full explanations.
This essential Harry Langdon book can be ordered directly from Bear Manor Media.
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SCARECROW PRESS RELEASES THE SILENT FILMS OF HARRY LANGDON
James Neibaur continues his prolific output of film comedy by writing about Harry Langdon.
This book published by ScareCrow Press is an examination of just the silent films of Langdon, it is not a biography.
Jim examines every silent Langdon film and makes the case that he should be accorded the same status as his contemporaries.
The Silent Films of Harry Langdon is available at Amazon.com.
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NEW BOOK ON CHARLIE HALL
We know him from nearly 50 films he made with Laurel & Hardy. Now, John Ullah, gives us a biography about Charlie Hall,
from his Birmingham England beginnings to Hollywood.
Check out John’s book: This is More Than I Can Stand, available from Amazon.
SLAPHAPPY COLLECTION 20% FOR SILENTCOMEDIANS.COM MEMBERS
Larry Stefan of SlapHappyComedies is offering a special 20% discount on his fantastic 10 volume set of slapstick comedy.
The entire collection is $120.00.
Individual volumes are also discounted at $16.00 each.
To receive your discount, email your order to Larry directly:
An invoice, payable with any credit card will be sent immediately.
CHAPLIN AT KEYSTONE DVD RELEASED
Jeff Masino of Flicker Alley has released the much anticipated 4 DVD boxset "Chaplin at Keystone."
Order directly from Flicker Alley or Amazon.com..
Read the press release here.
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