Happy National Silent Movie Day! There is much to celebrate today. Consider the fact that deep into the 21st century, silent cinema is more vital now that it has been at any time since, oh, 1927.
As the author of Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickleodeons to Youtube, as well as about 500 posts on the topic here on Travalanche, I’d like to invite you to my free illustrated Crash Course on Silent Comedy tonight at 7pm! The whole magilla, from Max Linder to Modern Times! Please join us! The login is here (please don’t bother going there until its time for the talk): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83291425373?pwd=cU94ZXIwVkJvNjBoeXYya0NpMWRXQT09
In other news, TCM will be showing silent films all day; I’ll be live tweeting during several of them over the course of the day. I especially want to congratulate Jacqueline Stewart, my favorite TCM host, scholar and presenter of Silent Sunday Nights for her richly deserved MacArthur Genius Grant, just announced yesterday! Stewart is an author, curator at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a professor at the University of Chicago and director of Black Cinema House. She’s my idea of what good broadcasting is all about, and to me she represents the future of how we discuss classic cinema in this country.
As I say, there is much to celebrate today. But don’t shout your toast — mime it and use a title card.