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Pordenone Silent Film Festival (aka October 2017 in Films)


You’re gonna look at this list after the cut and go “girl you watched how man movies???” and I’ll be like “so many movies!” Mostly silent movies because it’s that time of year:Pordenone Silent Film Festival! This year I watched a little over 200 films at Pordenone Silent counting films I’d seen before (with exactly 200 of them were new-to-me!). I also peppered in a few highly anticipated 2017 releases and a few more silents on FilmStruck (because they’re addicting!) As always, you can see all the films I saw in October, plus a breakdown of years (spoiler alert: about a third of them were from the 1910s!), after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Black Cat, 1934 (dir. Edgar G. Ulmer)


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Hjalmar Poelzig: Did you get the hotel?
Peter Alison: No, the phone is dead.
Hjalmar Poelzig: Do you hear that, Vitus? The phone is dead. Even the phone is dead.

From The Warner Archive: Three Featuring Boris Karloff


The Warner Archive recently released a triple feature – all on one disc – of some rare Boris Karloff films from the 1930s. While these may not be the greatest films, they are definitely must-haves for Karloff enthusiasts and are interesting in that they feature Karloff in non-horror films. The set includes two films directed by John Farrow: West of Shanghai (1937) and The Invisible Menace (1938), as well as William Clemens’s Devil’s Island (1939).

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935 (dir. James Whale)


The Monster: We belong dead!

Movie Quote of the Day – How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, 1966 (dir. Chuck Jones, Ben Washam)


Narrator: And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!