The Cohen film collection posted a split screen restoration of Intolerance, showing how much life can be given back to a movie. Film restoration specialists are a bit like doctors whose patients
Drop whatever it is you are doing and check out the Women Film Pioneers Project at Columbia. It is a remarkable look at women in early cinema. It has an entire section on women who worked as title writers, including
Hettie Gray Baker: “a writer of motion picture titles and scenarios; of library science, theatre, and fan magazine articles; and, later in life, of highly regarded books about cats”
And Katherine Hilliker, who worked on the famous titles from Sunrise:
from Marjorie Charles Driscoll, published in Motion Picture Classics in 1928, The beginning kind of reminds me of Stephen Crane's "In the Desert"
I met a very ancient man
with gray and revered head.
"It is growing dark," I said to him,
And this is what he said.
"Drifting shadows crept over the
World as suppliant Day knelt at the
threshold of Night, pleading for the
black of darkness."
I looked up at him in mild surprise,
He wept "Ah, well-a-day!
I once wrote titles for the films,
And now I talk this way!
R.R. King from Intertitle-o-Rama told me about The Sentimental Bloke, an Australian film from 1919 featuring the poetry of CJ Dennis. This title stood out a bit. What exactly constitutes a tart conclusion is debatable, but I am guessing that it is not good.
She finds God, of course, but I would love to see a remake where she converts him to atheism and they still end up okay.