Schulberg, his wife and son got stuck in traffic and arrived just as we were about to start the film -- Bruce and I were stalling, answering questions about the Miditzer and our slide shows -- and proved to be a real pro. He entered the theater and walked to the front, while his son helped him off with his coat; I handed him a wireless mic and he leaned against the stage and spoke to our audience for about 10 mins or so about the film and his memories of that era. we were all so thrilled to have him there with us; it's such a special thing to have a living connection to the silent era right there with us at a silent film show.
Shown in the photo are, L to R: Bruce Lawton, Steve Massa, me, Budd Schulberg and Robert Arkus. (photo by David L. Snyder)
"Wings" is an amazing picture, dramatically compelling and also possessing a slight anti-war message that moved many of our audience members (I heard quite a bit of sniffling toward the end). Why doesn't this film get shown more often? There are certainly prints around, and I understand that the Academy did a restoration of the picture a couple of years ago. I am working on getting this booked at the monthly series I accompany in Huntington NY at the Cinema Arts Centre.
Am right now winding up work on the orch score for the Nell Shipman short, and I expect to have this shipped out by end of the week. I am also making new titles (main and inter) for a few of the shorts on this Sunday's Silent Clowns program, and am really having a blast doing this.
Looming on the immediate horizon:
- Weds 11/28 at 10:30 am – The General at the Museum of the Moving Image
- Weds 11/28 at 7:30 pm – Sunrise (plus Big Business) at the C.A.C.
- Sat 12/1 at 6:30 pm – Brooklyn Museum silent film show
- Sun 12/2 at 2pm – Stan Laurel solo shorts at the Silent Clowns
- also in December: Asta Nielsen, more Reel Baseball, and Docks of NY