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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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More PD Movies I watched in 2019 

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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.

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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Alright. The phantom of the Opera is over. I'm going to go to sleep now.

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Instead I went to Wikipedia and read about the phantom of the Opera.

I learned some stuff!

1) the original 35mm print is lost. What remains are incomplete 16mm prints (all black and white, original running order) and a silent 35mm print, the origin of which is uncertain, but which is different from the original 16mm prints in content and in shot order.

2) more of the film was in color originally, most of the color is lost, the ball scene is the only color scene to survive.

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3) a sound version was released in 1930. Portions of the film were reshot. Dialogue was recorded. The sound version of phantom of the Opera is partially lost. The sound itself still exists, but the picture with which it should be synchronized is lost.

4) the existent 35mm negative hails from the same era as the sound rerelease, and may have been made for international markets or for distribution to theaters not equipped for sound.

See photo for comparison from 16mm and 35mm prints.

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Learn more about what was filmed and what survives from The Phantom of the Opera with me here: nerdlypleasures.blogspot.com/2

I'll try to speak coherently about the film tomorrow.

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If appears what I watched was likely the 97 DVD, the Eastman print with additional tinting and the reinsertion of the Technicolor scene.

It also appears that there are three decent blurays in circulation. One from BFI, one from milestone, and one from Image. These bluray releases appear to have both a better version of what I just watched (eastman + tinting + Technicolor)and a version taken from the 16mm play-at-home prints. Both versions sharper than what I have in my collection.

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This was probably my second time watching The Phantom of the Opera. The last time I remember watching it was 16 years ago, or so, and I barely remember it at all.

I'll do a blogpost about it, I think.

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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.

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

Tangled in a web of obtusely translated film titles and poetic metonymy. 

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