Thursday, January 20, 2011

CRUSHING THE SILENTS


I'm volunteering for Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre now, because I really wanted to get involved. My weekly shift is during "Silent Movie Wednesdays", so I'm also looking at it as a free education - I don't have to pay, and neither do they.

When I was a kid my Dad used to say that he wanted to buy an old theater and have my friends and I run it, showing what we wanted. I feel like Cinefamily is the realization of that concept...but with adults. It's a great organization with some really bitchin' programming. You should check them out if you're not familiar!


Anyhoo, last night I watched my first silent movie! The legendary Rudolph Valentino starred in The Son of the Sheik, which was his last film, released after his death in 1926. It was a dual role for Valentino, who not only played the title role but that of his own father (a role reprised from The Sheik). It was way funnier than I was expecting, and at 108 minutes - the perfect length. What made it even more fun was the amazing live pianist providing the film's music. Perfect!


Now, having seen his mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, I feel a little weird saying this...but Valentino was kinda hot. I mean, I didn't think anyone had arms like that in the 20s. After the show an older gay told me I looked like "a young Rudy Valentino". I'll take the compliment, pops - but you're not getting in my pants.

Definitely looking forward to my shift next week - the feature will be Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. with a live jazz band accompaniment!

1 comment:

Bananas Foster said...

my great grandmother Flo doesn't lie: Valentino is the hotnesss!