Heads up, Silent Movie fans! There is NO Silent Movie tomorrow night (Saturday April 7); that show has been MOVED to Saturday April 14, still at Revue Cafe. After April, the Silent Movies will return to being on the 1st Saturday of every month, as they've always been. Please help spread da woid.
I hear they're gonna replay the interview I did yesterday on Central Valley Talk today at 11:00am. I'm on first, so if you tune in at 11:10 you'll miss me. I mostly talk about my Silent Movies and my KFSR show.
Nate’s Silent Movies at Full Circle presents Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”! (1928)
With live piano music by Nate Butler!
Thursday Nov. 9 at Full Circle Brewing Co.
Cartoons at 7:00 p.m., film at 8:00 p.m.
(The film is only 1 hour 15 minutes long, so the evening will end by 9:30 p.m.)...
All ages admitted, but the film is kinda spooky, so parental discretion is advised.
“The Fall of the House of Usher” (French: “La Chute de la maison Usher”) is a 1928 French horror film directed by Jean Epstein, one of multiple films based on the Gothic short story ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ by Edgar Allan Poe. Future director Luis Buñuel (“Une Chien Andalou”) co-wrote the screenplay with Epstein. American critic Roger Ebert included the film on his list of "Great Movies."
In the film, ‘Allan’ visits the sinister Usher family mansion, where his friend Roderick is painting a portrait of his sickly wife Madeline. The portrait seems to be draining the life out of Madeline, slowly leading to her death.
Director Jean Epstein studiously avoids cheap shocks in this tale of hereditary madness, choosing instead a tightly controlled, spookily subtle technique. The hero, having indirectly caused the death of his beloved, stubbornly tries to resurrect her spirit by devoting himself to painting and sculpture. Epstein conveys the twilight zone between life and death with lingering dissolves and brilliant utilization of slow motion. The production design of “La Chute de la Maison Usher”, together with the earlier “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, obviously inspired the ‘look’ of Robert Florey's 1932 Poe derivation “Murders in the Rue Morgue”.
Nate's Silent Movies at Full Circle present:
“The Oyster Princess” (1919) with live piano music by Nate Butler!
Wednesday September 20 at The Full Circle Brewery
Cartoons at 7:00pm; feature at 8:00pm.
All ages welcome. Pay What You Want.
"The Oyster Princess" (German: "Die Austernprinzessin") is a 1919 German silent film directed by Ernst Lubitsch. It is a grotesque comedy in 4 acts about an American millionaire’s spoiled daughter’s marriage that does not go as planned. The film earned fame from his intangible use of style and sophistication in this film among others. The term for his style was later dubbed "The Lubitsch Touch".
Greetings Silent Movie lover! This is a note to let you know that there will be NO silent movie at Mia Cuppa/Revue this weekend. Silent movies should return to MIA in September, although it may no longer be on the 1st Saturday of the month. Stay tuned for more details, and thank you for all your support! ~ Nate
P.S. There WILL be a silent movie at Full Circle Brewing Co. on Wednesday Aug. 23: Louise Brooks in "Pandora's Box"! (Rated PG-13)
Next Wednesday, May 17, at Full Circle Brewing Co.:
Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 silent film “The Lodger,” about Jack The Ripper!
With live piano music by Nate Butler.
Cartoons at 7:00 p.m., movie at 8:00 p.m. (Sorry, kids, over 21 only.)
Nate's Silent Movies at Full Circle Brewing Co.!
Thursday Feb. 16: How Strange The World!
Cartoons at 7:15 p.m., movies at 8:00 p.m. Pay What You Want.
“Un Chien Andalou” (“An Andalusian Dog”) is a 1929 silent surrealist short film by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí. It has no plot in the conventional sense of the word. The chronology of the film is disjointed, jumping from the initial "once upon a time" to "eight years later" without the events or c...haracters changing very much. It uses dream logic in narrative flow that can be described in terms of then-popular Freudian free association, presenting a series of tenuously related scenes.
“The Mystery of the Leaping Fish” is an American short silent comedy film starring Douglas Fairbanks, released in 1916, one year before the Harrison Act was enacted. Narcotic prohibition was still a new concept in the United States, and the use of opiates and cocaine was much more socially acceptable than today. Furthermore, the censorious Hays Code would not be instituted for another fourteen years after the film's release. With the introduction of the code, depictions of intravenous drug use were not shown in major motion pictures. During the era of the Hays Code, films that dealt with controversial topics such as drug use were morality plays that illustrate the degradation that surrounds the use of such drugs.
While “The Mystery of the Leaping Fish” is now considered something of a cult film due its comedic dealings of drug use, Fairbanks hated the film and reportedly wanted to have it withdrawn from circulation. Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance describes “The Mystery of the Leaping Fish” as "undoubtedly the most bizarre film Fairbanks made" and that the entire scenario is "a hallucinogenic odyssey into the absurd...."
Saturday February 4, 2017 at Mia Cuppa Caffe: Charles Chaplin's "City Lights"!
A classic silent film with live piano music by host Nate Butler.
Mia Cuppa Caffe
620 E. Olive Ave., Fresno CA
Cartoons at 7:00 pm; Movie at 8:00 pm.
"City Lights" (1931) is a American pre-Code silent romantic comedy film written, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers).
Today, many critics consider it not only the highest accomplishment of Chaplin's career, but one of the greatest films of all time. In 1991, the Library of Congress selected City Lights for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it 11th on its list of the best American films ever made. In 1949, the critic James Agee referred to the final scene in the film as the "greatest single piece of acting ever committed to celluloid".
Nate's Silent Movies return to The Full Circle Brewing Co.!
On the 3rd Thursday of every month (or so), Nate will host silent movies at Full Circle Brewing to show the darker and spookier movies that he won't show to the family audience at Mia Cuppa Caffe.
Nate starts the New Year with a film he promised and failed to deliver last year – F. W. Murnau's “The Last Laugh”!
Thursday, January 19
620 F St....
Cartoons at 7:00 pm, feature film at 8:00 pm. Pay What You Want.
“The Last Laugh” (F.W. Murnau, 1924) is the most famous example of the short-lived Kammerspielfilm or "chamber-drama" genre. It is noted for its near-absence of the intertitles that characterize most silent films; moreover, none of the intertitles in “The Last Laugh” represent spoken dialogue.
The film was a major critical and financial success; critics praised the film's style and artistic camera movements. Film critic Paul Rotha said that it "definitely established the film as an independent medium of expression...Everything that had to be said...was said entirely through the camera...'The Last Laugh' was cine-fiction in its purest form; exemplary of the rhythmic composition proper to the film." Years later C. A. Lejeune called it "probably the least sensational and certainly the most important of Murnau's films. It gave the camera a new dominion, a new freedom...It influenced the future of motion picture photography...all over the world, and without suggesting any revolution in method, without storming critical opinion as “Caligari” had done, it turned technical attention towards experiment, and stimulated...a new kind of camera-thinking with a definite narrative end. Lotte Eisner praised its "opalescent surfaces streaming with reflections, rain, or light: car windows, the glazed leaves of the revolving door reflecting the silhouette of the doorman dressed in a gleaming black waterproof, the dark moss of houses with lighted windows, wet pavements and shimmering puddles...His camera captures the filtered half-light falling from the street lamps...it seizes railings through basement windows."
The film's story and content were also praised by critics, with Eisner stating that it "is preeminanently a German tragedy, and can only be understood in a country where uniform is king, not to say god. A non-German mind will have difficulty in comprehending all its tragic implications."
In 2000, Roger Ebert included it among his list of Great Movies.
Nate Butler's Silent Movies return to the Full Circle Brewing Co.!
Explore the darker side of Early Cinema, with live piano music by host Nate Butler. Below is a video preview of what's to come!
Every 3rd (sometimes 4th) Thursday at
Full Circle Brewing Co....
620 F St., Fresno, CA
Cartoons at 7:00 pm, feature film at 8:00 pm. Pay What You Want.
(Sorry kids, over 21 only.)
Thursday January 19
F.W. Murnau's “The Last Laugh” (1924)
It is noted for its near-absence of the intertitles that characterize most silent films; moreover, none of the intertitles in “The Last Laugh” represent spoken dialogue.
Thursday February 16
Douglas Fairbanks' coke comedy “The Mystery of the Leaping Fish” (1916) and
Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí infamous surrealistic short
“Un Chien Andalou”
Thursday March 23
Sergei Eisenstein's Броненосец «Потёмкин»
(“Battleship Potemkin”) (1925)
Full Circle Brewing Co. serves a variety of hand-crafted, premium-quality beers, including Cluster Fuggle Cream Ale, High Speed Rail Red Ale, 1850 London Porter, and Russian Imperial Stout.