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Film Found! Secrets of the Night directed by Herbert Blaché

Secrets of the Night directed by Herbert Blaché

Mystery. Comedy. A murder in an old house where everyone is a suspect.

These are the building blocks of Secrets of the Night, a silent movie from 1924. For years, silent film enthusiasts thought the flick was lost, like more than 7,000 other films from the era. In fact, it was listed on the U.S. Library of Congress's list of lost films.

A beautiful view of the Belle Epoque through paintings

Pictured: Gallerie des machins, Expo Universelle 1889 Paris

The blog, "Five Minute History" recently published a lovely survey of the Belle Époque. The Blog includes pictures of buildings from Paris to Mexico (including the Biltmore in Asheville, NC) that represent the cultural achievements of the era.

Most wonderful for me is the film from paintings of Paris in the era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anxiety over the Advent of Synchronized Sound

While doing research for a chapter on the Third Annual New York Exhibitors Ball of  1913 for Inventing the Movies, I had a sudden insight.

The New York Exhibitors Ball of 1913, third of its kind, was an event of extraordinary liminality, a crossroad between the old and new worlds of the cinema that even the thousands of film manufacturers and fans were probably not aware of at the time.