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This is a big ol' list of the public domain movies I watched this year, with links and short reviews or descriptions.

If you find it useful, I'd love to know.

If you have questions, or comments, this is the place for them.

If you notice problems, I accept PRs (on github, at the moment, but we'll fix that eventually.)

This was fun to put together, and it covers every (public domain) movie I watched on the big screen at home this year.

It doesn't include the stuff I watched on my palm pilot, the movies we watched while we were in GA, or the stuff that I just streamed, which amounts to another 30-40 flicks or so.

I'll probably write those up tomorrow, and follow that up with a TV writeup one day next week.

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This doesn't even begin to cover all the available PD material (or even all the PD material in my library!) but it approximates a good introduction, and a solid year's worth of entertainment.

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Alright. Starting my second list of 2019 public domain movies consumption now.

I'll do it the same way as the last one (cw'd posts here, followed by a blog post.)

Hold on to your butts.

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I have decided to watch the Phantom of the Opera tonight while the lady sleeps.

This is another of those big classics that I have never seen.

I wish there was a place where fit more naturally in the modern entertainment world, but it absolutely must be sought out. You're never going to catch one channel surfing, you know? And all the revival houses in the area only do talkies.

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All these old Parisian gentlemen are walking around in cloaks.

Can we bring cloaks and capes back as fashion accessories in the Cyber 20s?

I'll wear a 3 piece suit every day, if it means I can get away with a cloak.

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This set is massive. They keep doing these very wide shots that I half expect to be models or mattes and then having movement everywhere.

That makes sense. The phantom soundstage was the biggest in Hollywood for years. Space Patrol was shot on the phantom stage.

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A surprising amount of the action in this film is conveyed in close-ups of letters.

I'm impressed that I can mostly read hundred year old cursive, considering how infrequently I've tried to read or write cursive in the last twenty years.

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The camera that they used here has no depth of field. Everything is in focus. It's kind of neat, but it gives a very unnatural look to the scene (this is true of most silent films, but is especially prominent here owing to the large number of wide shots.)

I'm seeing lots of cinematographic techniques in use here that were almost certainly pioneered by this film. The use of light and shadow, characters in the foreground in silhouette, while characters in the background are fully lit.

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It's no big thing today, but I have watched a lot of silent films recently and I have not seen this level skill used with light direction or camera work in other films of this era.

At least bit in America. Maybe in Germany, but I really consider German cinema to be its own animal at this time.

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Eugh

His mask is super horrible! I wasn't expecting that. It almost looks like skin!

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Does anyone know if this movie was originally distributed with sheet music? The film depends so heavily on music in a few key scenes that I have to imagine there was an official suggested accompaniment.

I'd really love a score for this film done in 8 bit, dungeon synth style. I think that'd be really cool

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Holy shit this scene is in full color. I thought the color scenes has been lost??

I guess I'm misremembering.

It has this color sequence really well. The Red Death is super spooky.

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I wonder what the canonical restored version of this film is like compared to this moderately damaged print.

I know that the original theatrical print is lost, and that no one is really sure which print it is that survives, bug experts agree it isn't the the theatrical print.

I guess I should pay some money to criterion, and then ... Liberate their print to the archive.

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@ajroach42 there's a short film by Victor Erice where he reminisces of the majestic old cinema where he watched The Red Death. Let me see if I can find it back later.

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Maybe it's me, but your posts lack context, so things like, "Does anyone know if this movie was originally distributed with sheet music?" don't make a heck of a lot of sense.

@justjohn I'm watching The Phantom of the Opera, and have threaded a few dozen posts.

Do they not come up together if you click on one? Something might be broken with my federation again.

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@ajroach42 I used to wear a cloak in winter and I miss it a lot. So this thought comes up all the time.

@ajroach42 do you have a list of these #PublicDomain films? Do you know whether the particular restorations available are public domain too? We'd love to have more of these on #Vidcommons.org

@strypey I have spent the last several days compiling a list of all the PD films I watched this year. I'm almost done.

I have many of them on the mastodon host peertube.

I'd be happy to get all of them on to vidcommons as well, I'm already in the matrix room.

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