Friday, 28 October 2016

Silent movie nights in November 2016: a Tribute to Vamps

November 2016 at the Odie Cinema will be dedicated to the femmes fatales of the 1910s and '20s. Strictly speaking, not all of the leading female roles featured in this collection can be classified as "vamp", but the real life characters behind them certainly can.

We'll start with the first vamp, the woman who made this type of role very popular during the WW1 period - Theda Barra and one of few surviving films she starred in (most were tragically lost in an accident known as the 1937 Fox vault fire). Still, her 1915 A Fool There Was is still out there and we'll watch it on 4nd November.


On 11th November we'll have a chance to see Alla Nazimova in Salome (1923), an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde play, based on the Biblical narrative. The real life Nazimova was openly bisexual, famous for her outrageous parties on Sunset Boulevard and scandalous lifestyle - old Hollywood at its best! :D


A week later, on 18th November, we'll watch Cobra (1925) starring Nita Naldi - mostly known for vamp roles - alongside Rudolf Valentino. The movie is an adaptation of the play "Cobra" written by Martin Brown.


And finally, on 25th November, we'll watch The Circle (1925), based on a play by Somerset Maugham, starring silent movie beauties Eleanor Boardman and Joan Crawford in an early appearance.


I hope you will be able to join us for these screenings. They always take place on Fridays at 1 pm SLT, at this inworld location.

Refugium 2nd anniversary party

On Tuesday, 25th October, there was a party on Norgaard Island, marking the second anniversary of the Refugium meditation space. And as it was so close to Halloween, we had a costume party, with DJ Elf Starsider providing the music. Here are a few snapshots from the event.






Sunday, 23 October 2016

Odie Cinema in October: Silent horror movies

As of last month, the selection of silent movies played in Odie Cinema in Second Life is thematic: September was about German expressionist cinema of the 1920s, and October - leading up to Halloween - has been about silent horror movies.


So far we've seen three of those: The Cat and the Canary on the 7th October, controversial Swedish documentary Witches (Häxan) on the 14th, and Murnau's classic Nosferatu on the 21st.

A scene from The Cat and the Canary
For the last Friday of this month I have something special in mind. We'll first watch the first horror movie, a very early attempt by George Melies, the 1896 short film The Haunted Castle. After that, we'll have a look at Buster Keaton in the 1921 The Haunted House. It will be interesting to compare the two and observe how the "haunted house" subgenre developed within those 25 years of movie history.


I am grateful to everyone who's been attending our Friday 1 pm silent movie screenings and contributed with their donations. A special shout-out to Ciska Riverstone who's recently posted a very nice blog about the cinema.


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