Silent : Shooting Stars (1928)

Shooting Stars (1928)

Just read a review of this on the BFI website and it said that they have restored the film and that it's now available on DVD. I've never heard of this one until now and it looks like a film I'd love.

Directed by Anthony Asquith the film takes place in a British film studio and focuses on two different films being made back to back.

Found a clip of it on YouTube and it looks good. Think this could be one to buy.

Has anyone seen this?



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Re: Shooting Stars (1928)

No, but I'm tempted to do a blind buy: the prospect of Donald Calthrop (the blackmailer in Hitchcock's Blackmail) as a homicidal Chaplinesque performer seems to intriguing to pass up...


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Re: Shooting Stars (1928)

Hi Trevor.

I think I'm going to buy it too despite not knowing all that much about it. I love backstage films and from the clip I saw it does look good.

It's been ages since I saw Blackmail, must check that out again.


Go to bed Frank or this is going to get ugly .

Re: Shooting Stars (1928)

If you can, check out the silent version of Blackmail (it's on the German DVD in an English friendly version along with the talkie version but I don't think it's been released anywhere else). The silent has more energy and more dramatic composition, although in many areas the differences are fairly minor. The performances seem better, with some interesting handplay in the glove scene that should have been held over for the talkie. To the sound version's credit it has the "KNIFE!" scene and a much better, longer take of Ondra walking through the streets as ghostly transparent figures of indifferent passers by drift among the crowd, and there's much fun to be had in watching the cues she gives her offscreen voice double (usually every sentence is heralded by opening her mouth for a second's hesitation before starting to mime). Donald Calthrop steals the acting honors as the would-be blackmailer, even managing to convince when using an upper class accent in the talkie.

As for Shooting Stars, think I'm probably going to pick it up as well.


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Re: Shooting Stars (1928)

I've got this pre-ordered for a mere £10.99. If it's half as good as A COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR or UNDERGROUND it'll be a treat.

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