Archive for the Streams category

October 9th, 2006

Sherlock Jr.

Posted in Images, Streams by DavidE

Sherlock Jr.

Here’s a link to download the classic silent comedy: Sherlock Jr. (1924). Unfortunately, Internet Archive doesn’t give you the option to stream this movie, and the download file is a whopping 700MB.

That said, this is one of Buster Keaton’s best films. At 44 minutes, its length is somewhere between a short and a feature, though the intricacy of the gags and surreal jabs at cinematic conventions (a sleeping Keaton walks into a movie screen and joins a parallel story) make this one of the finest comedies ever made — silent or sound.

September 20th, 2006

Bamboo Isle

Posted in Images, Streams by DavidE

Bamboo Isle

Here’s a link to stream the classic cartoon: Bamboo Isle (1932). Betty and Bimbo are shipwrecked on a South Seas island, which gives Betty the perfect excuse to go native with a grass skirt and floral lei. Two years later, the Hayes Office production code would be in full force, and skimpy clothing — even on an animated character — would be strictly forbidden.

If you prefer to download this public domain cartoon, you can visit here.

September 11th, 2006

The Playhouse

Posted in Images, Streams by DavidE

Buster Keaton

Here’s a link to stream the classic silent comedy short: The Playhouse (1921). Before computer-based special effects, there were in-camera special effects. The cameraman (in those days, almost always a man) would roll the film back and hand-crank a second shot at exactly the same speed as before. That challenge was multiplied to an almost impossible degree in Buster Keaton’s The Playhouse (1921), where Keaton plays every cast member in a theatrical production.

If you prefer to download this public domain short, you can visit here.

September 5th, 2006

Le Voyage dans la Lune

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Le Voyage dans la Lune

Here’s a link to stream the classic silent short: Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902). Created by pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès, Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) is filled with fanciful images and ideas relating to space travel.

The sequence where the space capsule crashes into the Man in the Moon is one of earliest examples of stop-motion photography. That technique was the basis for many of the special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Star Wars (1977).

If you prefer to download this public domain short, you can visit here.

September 1st, 2006

Meet John Doe

Posted in Images, Streams by DavidE

Meet John Doe

Here’s a link to stream the classic social drama: Meet John Doe (1941). Though it can be more heavy handed than Frank Capra’s other films (such as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life), this one is a cut above similar social dramas from the time period.

If you prefer to download this public domain feature, you can visit here.

August 28th, 2006

Nosferatu

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Nosferatu

Here’s a link to stream the classic silent horror film: Nosferatu (1922). The first — and creepiest — adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Drawing on his art history background, director F.W. Murnau creates a subtly menacing atmosphere, intensified through striking visual compositions and innovative special effects. Max Schreck, who plays the title role, seems to have been born to play the part. His last name is the German word for scream, fright, or fear.

Fascination with this film continues up to the present day. Shadow of a Vampire (2000) is an account of the film’s production, except it presumes that Schreck was a real vampire.

If you prefer to download this public domain film, you can visit here.

August 24th, 2006

One Week

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One Week

Here’s a link to stream the classic silent comedy short: One Week (1920). Buster’s rival mixes up the numbers on a build-it-yourself house. This short and Cops (1922) are a great place to start if you’re not familiar with Buster Keaton’s work.

If you prefer to download this public domain short, you can visit here.

August 21st, 2006

First Movie Ever Made?

Posted in Streams, Trivia by DavidE

What was the first movie ever made? It depends on what you consider to be a movie. In 1877, Eadweard Muybridge photographed a galloping horse using a split-second sequence of images, in order to prove the horse had all four hoofs off the ground. When displayed in real time, the sequence resembled to a motion picture.

Here is a link to stream what may be the earliest celluloid film. Roundhay Garden Scene (1888) was shot by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera.

Thomas Edison’s assistant, W.K. Laurie Dickenson, is often credited with building the first movie camera, movie projector (the “Kinetoscope”), and movie studio (the “Black Maria”). The first short films produced at Black Maria include “Fred Ott’s Sneeze,” “Buffalo Bill’s Shooting Skill,” and “Boxing Cats.” By 1894, the public could see these and similar films at Kinetoscope Parlors established in cities around the U.S., including New York and San Francisco. Only one person could view a Kinetoscope at a time, so the parlors had multiple machines lined against a wall.

August 19th, 2006

D.O.A.

Posted in Images, Quotes, Streams by DavidE

D.O.A.

Here’s a link to stream the classic film noir: D.O.A. (1950). A man is desperately trying to find out who gave him a slow-acting poison. He doesn’t have much time, as the poison will kill him in just a few days. This is one of the top film noirs and not to be confused with the lesser 1969 and 1988 remakes. D.O.A. is an abbreviation for “Dead on Arrival.”

Here’s a choice bit of dialogue from the movie:

Homicide Detective: Can I help you?
Frank Bigelow: I’d like to see the man in charge.
Homicide Detective: In here…
Frank Bigelow: I want to report a murder.
Homicide Captain: Sit down. Where was this murder committed?
Frank Bigelow: San Francisco, last night.
Homicide Captain: Who was murdered?
Frank Bigelow: I was.

If you prefer to download this public domain feature, you can visit here.

August 16th, 2006

Popeye with Little Swee’ Pea

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Little Swee' Pea

Here’s a link to stream an early Popeye cartoon: Little Swee’ Pea (1936). This is one of the Fleischer Studios’ Popeye cartoons, which are far superior to the later ones produced when Dave Fleischer was no longer at the helm. In Little Swee’ Pea, Popeye invites Olive Oly to the zoo — only she’s too busy to go out with him. So Popeye takes Sweet Pea instead. Check out the multi-plane backgrounds that provide a more realistic sense of perspective and movement.

If you prefer to download this classic public domain cartoon, you can visit here.

August 13th, 2006

Buster in The Boat

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The Boat

Here’s a link to stream the classic Buster Keaton silent comedy short: The Boat (1921). Buster and his family launch their do-it-yourself project, christened the Damfino. When they encounter rough waters, Buster radios for help. Asked the name of the vessel, Buster replies, “Damfino.”

If you prefer to download this public domain short, you can visit here.

August 11th, 2006

My Man Godfrey

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My Man Godfrey

Here’s a link to stream one of the best screwball comedies: My Man Godfrey (1936). This was the first film to be nominated for all four acting Oscars: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. Coincidentally, it was the first year for the two supporting awards. My Man Godfrey was also nominated for the writing and directing Oscars.

To this day, it’s the only film to be nominated for all six awards and not be nominated for Best Picture. And to this day, it’s the only film to be nominated for all six awards and not win any of them.

If you prefer to download this classic public domain movie, you can visit here.

August 9th, 2006

Harpo Talks!

Posted in Streams by DavidE

On November 28, 2000, a British radio program titled “The Birth of Screen Comedy” included something most people had never heard before — the voice of Harpo Marx. The program’s staff had found an old interview tape of Harpo explaining how he had once fallen off a piano stool and how that had prompted a doctor’s visit.

If you prefer to imagine Harpo as never having a voice, maybe you should skip this one. But if you’ve always wondered what Harpo might have sounded like, here is your chance. The link to stream or download the MP3 audio file is here.

August 8th, 2006

King of Jazz

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The King of Jazz

Here’s a link to stream the trailer for an early two-color Technicolor feature: King of Jazz (1930). Apparently, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Chick Webb weren’t invited. Instead, the now campy, grand-scale musical numbers center around Paul Whiteman, the popular orchestra leader who proclaimed himself, King of Jazz.

If you prefer to download this classic movie trailer, you can visit here.

August 7th, 2006

The Old Man of the Mountain

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The Old Man Of The Mountain

Here’s a link to stream another terrific Betty Boop cartoon: The Old Man of the Mountain (1933). This one features two songs from Cab Calloway and his orchestra: “The Old Man of the Mountain” and “The Scat Song.” The fluid movements of the old man dancing were based on Calloway’s own dance steps, captured and converted to animated movements via the Fleischer brothers’ advanced rotoscoping techniques.

If you prefer to download this classic public domain cartoon, you can visit here.

August 6th, 2006

The Day the Earth Stood Still

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

Here’s a link to stream the trailer for one of the best sci-fi movies of the 1950s: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Don’t forget to give Gort the message, Klaatu barada nikto!

If you prefer to download this classic movie trailer, you can visit here.