Happy Birthday Lon Chaney Sr. Born this day on April 1, 1883

Lon Chaney Sr.  born Leonidas Frank Chaney, was an American actor during the age of silent films. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of early cinema, renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup. source wiki

Tribute to Lon Chaney Sr. Films!!


Happy Birthday!!!

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Satan’s Rhapsody-1915-Nino Oxilia Review


Aging is hard and would you give your soul to Satan for youth? Satan’s Rhapsody is a short film by Director Nino Oxilia a masterpiece of style and depth. Contessa Alba d’Oltrevita is the aging aristocrat and Tristano is Satan’s.

IMDb review:

Rapsodia Satanica aka Satan’s Rhapsody (1915) was the last film directed by Nino Oxilia and is undoubtedly one of the finest achievements of the early Italian cinema. In it, Oxilia spins a variation on the Faust myth, embodied here by the diva Lyda Borelli. Typical of extravagant D’Annunzian aestheticism at its height, Rapsodia Satanica was one of the summits of what was later called the “tail coat film.” Diametrically opposed to the “cinema of reality” practiced by Serena, Martoglio and others, “tail coat films” set their melodramatic stories in the salons and villas of the upper middle class and the aristocracy, deploying narrative structures contrived to showcase their actors and especially its actresses. This had the effect of accentuating their physical presence and turning them into stars – probably the first stars in movie history. The success of the “dive” contributed to the development of motion picture grammar in its special use of the close-up.

– Written by Anthony Kobal

Amazing movie. The ending was brilliant!!

San Francisco Silent Film Festival my review of Charlie Chaplin celebration of the Tramp film The Kid and the KIDS in the audience!!!!


Watching the Kid was an amazing experience. Charlie can still pack a house!!!  The Kid screening was accompanied by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Amazing experience!! But the experience that I remember the most was the KIDS in the audience. I can’t describe the joy of laughter from the kids!! I loved it!! In a few words, Chaplin is amazing!! After 100 years his creativity and genius can still touch a new generation!!  The kids behind me made my day!! The joy of them laughing to an icon like Charlie Chaplin made me realize again that Chaplin is a true legend of the Art of Silent films and Cinema history.