Saturday, November 6, 2010
As you’ve no doubt noticed, I took an impromptu gentleman’s intermission from my Best Year of Our Lives project, which is against the rules, but come on, I was only twelve movies in and hadn’t yet broached the 20th century. I promise it shan’t happen a-gain. My break was forced by Halloween aka annual horror movie ketchup time, but it turns out to have been a smart move.
See, TCM has annexed the remainder of the year to tell the story of Hollywood. Every Monday, Turner’s airing an hour of its documentary series Moguls and Movie Stars alongside a few films from the era under discussion, winding from the invention of the camera on up to the ‘70s, when the first generation of moguls (and the first great era of Hollywood) passed on.
This week, Moguls and Movie Stars began with Edison in 1888 and drove all the way until 1907. Which is to say, Turner learned me some context for all those old shorts I watched and babbled about. Armed with the facts, I’m ready to dive back in and behold the early works of Griffith, Chaplin, and Keaton. In fact, I’m more excited now than I was a mere month ago. 1900, here I come!