Monday, September 08, 2008

goodbye anita...

I hate to follow that last post with another sad one, but we would be remiss if we did not note the passing of one of the last surviving links we had to silent cinema: Anita Page. Ms. Page, often referred to as "the last surviving star of silent film" was 98. She started out in the 192os and found herself working alongside such stars as Joan Crawford (who she disliked greatly) and the great Lon Chaney. She also starred in the first "Hollywood" musical (and the first to win an Oscar)- MGM's The Broadway Melody. She survived the transition into sound, but soon after announced her retirement in 1933. She made several small appearances in recent years, and amazingly even had a recent small cameo in a movie, Frankenstein Rising, which is to be released sometime later this year.

You can read an excellent article about her life and news of her passing here.
Also check out this great tribute from the Self-Styled Siren, and also If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger... and Thrilling Days of Yesteryear.
The Official Anita Page site and a recent interview with an author who knew her here.

Anita Page: 1910-2008. We are ever more and more distant from the fledging days of cinema. Hopefully, they and those who made the silents won't be forgotten.

Stay tuned to The Shelf, we've got more coming your way, including reviews of Fox's Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection, Fox Horror Classics Vol.2, The Charlie Chan Collection Vol. 5, more newly released TV on DVD like Star Trek Season Two, Fat Albert's Halloween Special re-release and much, much more!

Tuesday Update: More tributes to Anita Page at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings, Allure and at Seraphic Secret who has some great pixs ( & which we just added to The Shelf Community).

Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Those men aren't going to pay ten bucks to look at your face; this is Broadway!


Laura said...

Thanks much for the link! I'm looking forward to becoming more familiar with Page's work in the future.

I just finished my third film in the Power set and am loving it. The box is exactly what I was hoping for: movies which aren't 4-star classics but which are fun films which have been largely unavailable to a big Power fan like me. What a treat to finally see I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU!

Best wishes,

J.C. Loophole said...

Yep- that's my take on it. I think we sometimes focus on the "greats" that we often forget the minor classics or even B films. Some of my favorite westerns we originally considered "B" films! The new set has so many "hidden" gems. I think Day Time Wife was my favorite so far! Check out my full review coming soon.

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Thank you for the links about this wonderful actress...The old Hollywood and especially silent films are very important parts in the film history.


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