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3 Bad Men

What's this? John Ford's last silent western is as exciting and entertaining as his later classics. A trio of horse thieves turn noble when given the responsibility of a young woman lost on the prairie; Ford gives the show comedy, drama and spectacle. 3 Bad Men Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1926 / B&W / 1:33 Silent Ap. / 92 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 29.95 Starring George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen, Tom Santschi, J. Farrell MacDonald, Frank Campeau, Priscilla Bonner, Otis Harlan, Phyllis Haver, Georgie Harris, Alec Francis, Jay Hunt . Cinematography George Schneiderman Original Music Dana Kaproff (2007) Written by John Stone, Ralph Spence, Malcolm Stuart Boylan from a novel by Herman Whittaker Produced and Directed by John Ford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What a great discovery! Last year Kino brought us a good-looking disc of John Ford's Hurricane and now they take the bold step of issuing one of the director's oldest intact features,
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From Johnny Depp to Hunter S Thompson: no such thing as a glamorous drunk

The actor’s half-cut appearance at an awards show turns back the clock to the glory days of the Hollywood hellraiser. But was it really that much fun?

Apparently drunk Johnny Depp cut off at Hollywood Film Awards ceremony

As an exchange student in the Us, I once paid to hear Hunter S Thompson give a talk. The venue was a bar called The Iron Horse and the writer had clearly been drinking deep in advance. Thompson came on stage carrying an egg whisk which he beat against the table at regular intervals. He swayed so violently at the microphone that that the speakers only broadcast about one word in three. The event was a joke and the speech was a car-crash. I was reminded of the spectacle while watching Johnny Depp last weekend.

On Saturday night, the Pirates of the Caribbean star staggered on stage at the Hollywood film awards,
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Our Daily Bread #6

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Not one approach, but two...


And melodrama:

Surrounding these lovers in longing are people in movement, pilgrims in search of a new place to call home.

Dreamers working day and night to make their dreams come true:

And there are horses:

And herds of other animals:

All trudging forward to an uncertain future with nothing to lose:

Even when a primary villain dies—

—it’s back to work; life must go on.

Some stay behind:

But everyone else has to keep moving on. Individuals propel history forward.

In the meantime, a man can still sit and brood over his fate, and a woman can still suddenly pop into a frame and become a miracle:

Six years later, Raoul Walsh would begin his own odyssey set even earlier in history.

Melodrama returns too:

And it’s still possible for lovers to reunite in the midst of an unbroken movement forward:
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Killruddery Film Festival–A Festival with a difference

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The Killruddery Film Festival takes place this weekend, in Killruddery House. It’s a festival with a difference as it specialises in silent film (as well as the classics). The silent films that are shown are all accompanied by live music. This years festival will screen South, a 1920 documentary about Shackleton’s expedition to the the south pole. John Ford fans are in for a treat too as The Informer and The Iron Horse will also screen. The full programme can be found here. This year they will have in attendance, Kevin Brownlow probably the worlds greatest expert in silent film, the legendary Maurice Galway, Stephen Horne and Morgan Cooke who will be the musicians accompanying all the silent film. Best of luck to the crew on the festival.
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Towards A Pure Fiction: Cecil B. DeMille

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Like Night of the Hunter, Tod Browning’s Freaks or Leonard Kastle’s The Honeymoon Killers, The Road to Yesterday can be ranked among the UFOs of cinema. It’s place in the heart of Cecil B. DeMille’s work proves to be in itself very distinctive. We know that, during his entire life, DeMille had virtually only one producer—Paramount (the former Famous Players Lasky)—just like Minnelli was MGM’s man and Corman American International’s. Sixty-three of his films (out of seventy) were produced at Paramount. And, oddly enough, it is among the seven outsiders, situated within a brief period from 1925 to 1931, that his best activity is to be found (I’m thinking of Madam Satan, The Godless Girl, and The Road to Yesterday)–his most audacious undertakings. To top it off, for this uncontested king of the box office, his best films were his biggest commercial failures.
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Lincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis is first among equals

The actor's Honest Abe is brilliant, says John Patterson, but others have made Lincoln their own, too

Although Steven Spielberg's new movie Lincoln barely shows the event, Abraham Lincoln was murdered by an actor – in a theatre, no less – so it seems especially appropriate that, a century and a half later, his resurrection should be conducted by a member of the same profession. Daniel Day-Lewis's embodiment of the Great Emancipator, which transcends mere acting and becomes something more like live sculpting, will take every Best Actor statuette and bauble of the spring awards season, without a doubt, and is now the Lincoln to beat; an Elder Lincoln to bookend Henry Fonda's coltish and knock-kneed Young Mr Lincoln in John Ford's exquisite slice of Americana from 1939.

Lincoln has been portrayed on film and television over 270 times since the dawn of celluloid. That's predictable enough, given his overarching prominence in American history,
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Win Tickets to John Ford Ireland Opening Night - The Iron Horse

The Iron Horse Iftn has tickets for the Opening Night of John Ford Ireland Film Symposium to give away to lucky readers. The Irish premiere screening of John Ford's epic masterpiece 'The Iron Horse' opens John Ford Ireland on Thursday 7 June. This fantastic film and music event takes place at Dublin's National Concert Hall and features live orchestral accompaniment from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and the film's award winning Us composer Christopher Caliendo performing in Ireland for the first time.
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MovieMantz: Top 10 Baseball Movies Of All-Time

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MovieMantz: Top 10 Baseball Movies Of All-Time
The grass is cut. The hot dogs are ready. It's that time of year, again - it's Opening Day of the 2012 Major League Baseball season! As hope springs eternal for all 30 teams (hey, everyone's tied for first place for at least one day!), Access Hollywood's Scott "Movie" Mantz counts down his Top 10 baseball films of all-time.

Play ball!

10) "The Pride of the Yankees" (1942)

The Coach (aka the director): Sam Wood

The Lineup: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth

The Pitch: Gary Cooper plays Lou Gehrig - a.k.a "The Iron Horse" ...

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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George Kuchar Film Accepted Into National Film Registry

George Kuchar‘s 1977 short film I, an Actress has been accepted as one of twenty-five films into the 2011 National Film Registry. This means that the film will be preserved for future generations due to its “enduring significance to American culture,” according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Sadly, this prestigious accomplishment comes several months after Kuchar’s passing back in September. I, an Actress was released on DVD in 2009 on the Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947 — 1986 box set put out by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Two other underground films were also accepted into the National Film Registry this year: Jordan Belson’s Allures (1961) and Chick Strand’s Fake Fruit Factory (1986). Belson and Strand also passed away recently. Belson, on the same day as Kuchar (Sept. 6, 2011), and Strand on July 11, 2009. Fake Fruit Factory can be seen alongside I, an Actress on the Treasures IV box set.

The National Film
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Daily Briefing. 25 titles added to the National Film Registry

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Fake Fruit Factory from Guergana Tzatchkov on Vimeo.

"Every year, Librarian of Congress James H Billington personally selects which films will be added to the National Film Registry, working from a list of suggestions from the library’s National Film Preservation Board and the general public," reports Ann Hornaday for the Washington Post. This year's list of 25 films slated for preservation:

Allures (Jordan Belson, 1961) Bambi (Walt Disney, 1942) The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953) A Computer Animated Hand (Pixar, 1972) Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Robert Drew, 1963) The Cry of the Children (George Nichols, 1912) A Cure for Pokeritis (Laurence Trimble, 1912) El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez, 1992) Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968) Fake Fruit Factory (Chick Strand, 1986) Forrest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) Growing Up Female (Jim Klein and Julia Reichert, 1971) Hester Street (Joan Micklin Silver, 1975) I, an Actress (George Kuchar, 1977) The Iron Horse (John Ford, 1924) The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921) The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945) The Negro Soldier (Stuart Heisler,
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The National Film Registry Selects Bambi, El Mariachi, The Silence of the Lambs and 22 More Films for Preservation

It's that time of year again and the National Film Registry has selected 25 more films for preservation. As usual, the titles range from mainstream to art house and from old to relatively new. They are all linked in that they've been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant by members of the Library of Congress and the National Film Registry. Some of the picks include Best Picture winners such as Forrest Gump, The Long Weekend, and The Silence of the Lambs. There are also silent films represented with with efforts from Charlie Chaplin and John Ford making appearances. One particular highlight (for me, anyway) is John Cassavetes' Faces, which helped propel modern-day independent filmmaking. While plenty of these films are worthy of discussion, there's always a few that people debate the merits of. I could see some dismissing the inclusion of El Mariachi, especially since it isn't that old, but
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National Film Registry. Have You Seen These Titles?

Porgy & Bess, in which Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge both lipsynched is one of the 25 inductees.The film is rarely screened, not all that well and regarded but badly in need of restoration. Is that what did it?Each year I read the press release list of the films admitted to the National Film Registry and promptly forget them. I guess I've never absorbed just what this does for the films beyond being an obviously prestigious honor. So this year rather than doing the usual read the titles and forget, I stopped, actually took a breath (a rarity on the web), wondered, and googled a bit. I stopped being lazy about it so you don't have to be either. I didn't just list titles below but actual information!

However I am still a bit confused as what the honor actually means beyond admittance into the Library of Congress. If this
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Forrest Gump, Bambi, Stand And Deliver Among 2011 National Film Registry List

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“My momma always said, .Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get..” That line was immortalized by Tom Hanks in the award-winning movie “Forest Gump” in 1994. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected that film and 24 others to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, the selections range from Walt Disney.s timeless classic “Bambi” and Billy Wilder.s “The Lost Weekend,” a landmark film about the devastating effects of alcoholism, to a real-life drama between a U.S. president and a governor over the desegregation of the University of Alabama. The selections also
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‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Bambi,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and 22 Others Added to the National Film Registry

Every year The Library of Congress selects, recognizes, acknowledges, and honors a group of films that will be inducted into the National Film Registry. As the year comes to a close, the organization has announced these another 25 movies, as they have been doing for the past 20 years, that will be preserved in the honorary library. There is no real set of rules when it comes to which movie can be preserved, just that it has to be ten years old. These films are also nominated by the public.

The Silence of the Lambs, Forrest Gump and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid are just some of the Oscar wining films that were selected into the registary. The original War of the Worlds (yes there was one released in 1953), Stand and Deliver, Bambi, El Mariachi, and The Big Heat were also some of the biggest titles inducted into the Library of Congress.
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The National Film Registry Adds The Silence of the Lambs, War of the Worlds, Forrest Gump, and More

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Hannibal Lector was locked away with Bambi? Well, they will be, and I imagine Bambi won't last very long. The National Film Registry has added 25 more films that will be preserved in the Library of Congress. To be included in the registry the film need to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” They have to be at least ten years old and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public. This year the list contained 2228 nominations, and here are 14 of the 25 films from that list that were chosen to be preserved.

A Computer Animated Hand (1972, Ed Catmull)

A Cure for Pokeritis (1912, Laurence Trimble)

Allures (1961, Jordan Belson)

Bambi (1942, David Hand)

El Mariachi (1992, Robert Rodriguez)

Faces (1968, John Cassavetes)

Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)

The Iron Horse (1924, John Ford)

The Kid (1921, Charlie Chaplin)

The Lost Weekend (1945, Billy Wilder)

Norma Rae (Martin Ritt, 1979)

Porgy and Bess (1959, Otto Preminger,
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'Forrest Gump' and Hannibal Lecter join the National Film Registry

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A pair of best picture winners from the early 1990s, one of Charlie Chaplin's best-known films and the animated classic "Bambi" are among the movies joining the National Film Registry in 2011.

The Library of Congress picks 25 movies each year that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" important to add to the registry. They're usually a mix of silent movies from the early days of motion pictures, Hollywood hits, documentaries and avant-garde films. This year is no different.

The most immediately recognizable titles in the 2011 class are Disney's well-loved "Bambi" and "Forrest Gump" and "The Silence of the Lambs," both of which won multiple Oscars (including best picture) in the '90s. Others include Chaplin's 1921 classic "The Kid," Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend," John Cassavetes' "Faces" and John Ford's 1924 silent film "The Iron Horse." Robert Rodriguez's first movie, the made-for-$7,000 "El Mariachi," is also on the list.
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Bambi, Gump and Hannibal Lecter Land On National Film Registry

When the entire world population is consumed by the unstoppable (and caffeinated) Starbucks Super-Flu pandemic in 2055, we can rest easy knowing our cinematic treasures have been carefully preserved by the National Film Registry, whose goal is to retain 25 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films" in the Library of Congress annually.

With more than 2,000 titles nominated in 2011 alone, the list of this year's crop of movies include Walt Disney's "Bambi," Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi," Charles Chaplin's "The Kid" and Robert Zemeckis' "Forrest Gump."

Just from those four films alone, you can see that the criteria for inclusion has cast its net pretty wide, with everything from Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull's "A Computer Animated Hand" (1972) whose significance we covered back in September, John Cassavetes' highly influential indie domestic drama "Faces" (1968), to Jonathan Demme's 1991 Best Picture winner "Silence of the Lambs," in which, incidentally, Anthony Hopkins' character takes people's faces.
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National Film Registry adds “Bambi,” “Lambs,” “Gump”

By Sean O’Connell Each December, the Library of Congress adds new films to its preservation list. Today, they revealed the 25 selected titles that will be protected by the National Film Registry.

Walt Disney’s “Bambi,” Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump,” and Charlie Chaplin’s classic “The Kid” are among the movies selected for this year’s list.

“These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said. “Our film heritage must be protected because these cinematic treasures document our history and culture and reflect our hopes and dreams.”

Annual selections are finalized by the Librarian, who reviews hundreds of titles nominated by the public. This year 2,228 films were nominated for consideration. The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation then works to ensure that every film added to the Registry is preserved for generations to come.

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Latest National Film Registry Entries Include ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Bambi,’ and ‘El Mariachi’

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I’m never one to put significant stock in the film-based choices made by any kind of committee — be it an awards group, critics circle, soup kitchen line, etc. — but the National Film Registry is a little different. Not that they’re any different than those aforementioned organization types, but because the government assemblage preserves works deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” No small potatoes.

Their latest list — created for both public awareness and the opportunity to grumble, as I’ll do in a second — has been unveiled, and the selections are none too out-of-left-field. The biggest of these 25 would have to be Forrest Gump, a choice I fully understand but completely disagree with on an opinion and moral scale. The only other true objection I can raise is toward El Mariachi, film school-level junk from a director whose finest works are the direct result of working with those more talented.
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New Additions to the National Film Registry Include ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘El Mariachi,’ ‘Forrest Gump’

New Additions to the National Film Registry Include ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘El Mariachi,’ ‘Forrest Gump’
In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films." These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or 'other' -- anything that is film, really -- and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public. This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone's favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin's The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford's The Iron Horse. We've got a more complete list below. The New York Times [1] has the rundown on some of the new inductees, which will be fully announced today.
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