31 October 2013

Falling Leaves

"Falling Leaves" (1912), directed by cinema pioneer Alice Guy Blaché; scored and uploaded on the occasion of her birthday in 2011 by silent film accompanist Ben Model.

29 September 2013

Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968)

Footage of the world's 1st female filmmaker in action, directing a film on set in Paris. This is one of the first behind-the-scenes movie documentaries.


 

9 September 2013

Cora Pearl

Cora Pearl (1835 – 1886) was a 19th-century courtesan of the French demimonde.


8 September 2013

1897 Biograph production - Peeping Tom

 An hotel clerk peeps through the keyhole and sees a voluptuous lady, a cross dresser and a romantic couple.


29 March 2013

11 March 2013

Liane de Pougy



Liane de Pougy (1869-1950), Folies Bergere dancer and courtesan rival to La Belle Otero. Lover of cocaine and heroin, she trained as an actress with Sarah Bernhardt and was lesbian lovers with writer Natalie Barney, who wrote “Idylle Sapphique” about her. She married Prince Georges Ghika in 1920, and, after the death of her son in WWI, became a nun, Sister Anne-Mary, devoted to the care of children with birth defects, as well as a writer.


30 January 2013

Basil Gill



Basil Gill (1877–1955) was a British film actor whose film career started with Henry VIII (1911), a short silent film. In 1926, Gill appeared in two short films made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process, Santa Claus as the title character, and Julius Caesar as Brutus.

 in Wikipedia





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