Retroformat Silent Films Los Angeles

Retroformat Silent Films Los Angeles The mission of Retroformat Silent Films is to educate and inspire enthusiasm for the art and history of Silent Film. Retroformat screens historic silent films with live, improvised keyboard accompaniment.

Each performance is highlighted by the live creation of a traditional but completely unique, improvised keyboard score by Los Angeles' premier live film accompanist, Cliff Retallick.

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The screenplay for "The Red Kimono" was crafted by 28-year-old Dorothy Arzner, who went on to become the only working fe...
10/11/2021

The screenplay for "The Red Kimono" was crafted by 28-year-old Dorothy Arzner, who went on to become the only working female director in Hollywood from 1927 until 1943. During that time, she directed twenty films, incidentally launching the careers of Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Lucille Ball and many others

Arzner began working at Paramount in 1919, typing scripts. Within 6 months she became a film editor, and in 1922, while editing "Blood and Sand," she ended up shooting some of Rudolph Valentino's bullfighting scenes and innovatively intercutting them with stock footage of a real bullfight. This brought her to the attention of director James Cruze ("The Covered Wagon," 1923), who went on to employ her as a writer and editor. Arzner fought for a chance to direct her own films, eventually directing "Fashions for Women" (1927) with Esther Ralston and three more silent films, before her first talkie, "The Wild Party" (1929) with Clara Bow.

Following her retirement from Hollywood in 1943, she made Women's Army Corps training films during World War II, directed plays, taught filmmaking classes and made a series of Pepsi Cola television commercials with Joan Crawford. From 1961 to 1965, she supervised advanced film classes at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she taught Francis Ford Coppola, among others.

Arzner was linked romantically with a number of actresses, including Alla Nazimova and Bille Burke, and she maintained a 40-year relationship with dancer/choreographer Marion Morgan. She never hid her sexual orientation. She was known for what was then considered her unconventional clothing, including suits and straight dresses. She passed away in 1979 at the age of 82.

Don't miss "The Red Kimono" at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., introduced by legendary filmmaker Allison Anders in person, with live 1920s-style cabaret and musical accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick. 16mm print courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. Tickets are. available now at https://bit.ly/RedKimonoAnders.

Cliff Retallick Allison Anders Woman's Club of Hollywood Tom Sims
April Brooks Clemmer Tiffany Nitsche Dorothy Arzner

Adela Rogers St. Johns' story "The Red Kimono" was based on the true story of Gabrielle Darley, who in 1915 killed a man...
10/09/2021

Adela Rogers St. Johns' story "The Red Kimono" was based on the true story of Gabrielle Darley, who in 1915 killed a man she claimed had tricked her into a life of prostitution. She was later acquited of murder. Many details in the film were based on the transcripts of Darley's trial, and while the names of most of the characters were changed, "Gabrielle Darley" was retained as the name of the movie's protagonist.

Unfortunately, the real Gabrielle Darley's consent had not been obtained. Darley, who was then living under her new married name, Melvin, sued producer Dorothy Davenport (aka. Mrs. Wallace Reid) for invasion of privacy and won $50,000.00 which, combined with expensive legal fees, financially ruined Davenport and her production company.

The California court's reasoning in Melvin v Reid was that, "We should permit [people] to continue in the path of rectitude rather than throw [them] back into a life of shame or crime…any person living a life of rectitude has that right to happiness which includes a freedom from unnecessary attacks on his character, social standing or reputation."

The attached photos show the real Gabrielle Darley, and Priscilla Bonner as Darley in the film. It seems doubtful that Gabrielle Darley would win her case today, since most of the details were based on public record. Do you think she had a "right to be forgotten?"

Don't miss "The Red Kimono" at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., introduced by legendary filmmaker Allison Anders in person, with live 1920s-style cabaret and musical accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick. 16mm print courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. Tickets are available now at https://bit.ly/RedKimonoAnders.

Cliff Retallick Allison Anders Woman's Club of Hollywood Tom Sims April Brooks Clemmer Tiffany Nitsche

The story of "The Red Kimono" (1925) was written by Adela Rogers St. Johns, based on a true story. Journalist, novelist ...
10/08/2021

The story of "The Red Kimono" (1925) was written by Adela Rogers St. Johns, based on a true story. Journalist, novelist and screenwriter, St. Johns (May 20, 1894 - August 10, 1988) was a true trailblazer.

The only daughter of a well known criminal lawyer, she was born in Los Angeles in 1894, and graduated from Hollywood High School in 1910. She got her first job as a reporter for Hearst's San Francisco Examiner in 1912, reporting on crime, politics, sports and society. She moved to the Los Angeles Herald in 1913. She later began writing for Photoplay, and became known throughout the world for her in-depth interviews with film stars. She soon began writing short stories for Cosmopolitan and other esteemed periodicals. Another of her famous stories was adapted for the film "What Price Hollywood?" (1932), which became the precursor of "A Star is Born" (1937, 1954, etc.).

In the mid-1930s, she moved to Washington, D.C., to report on politics for the Washington Herald. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Richard M. Nixon in 1970. At age 82, she covered the trial of Patricia Hearst in 1976 for the San Francisco Examiner. She was interviewed for the 1980 Thames Television series Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film by David Gill and Kevin Brownlow. She passed away at the age of 94 in Arroyo Grande, California and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

Don't miss "The Red Kimono" at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., introduced by legendary filmmaker Allison Anders in person, with live 1920s-style cabaret and musical accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick. 16mm print courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. Tickets are available now at https://bit.ly/RedKimonoAnders.

Cliff Retallick Harold Lloyd Allison Anders Woman's Club of Hollywood Tom Sims
April Brooks Clemmer Tiffany Nitsche

"The Red Kimono" (1925), to be screened at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood October 16, was the third of producer ...
10/07/2021

"The Red Kimono" (1925), to be screened at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood October 16, was the third of producer Dorothy Davenport's "social conscience" films. Her first production, "Human Wreckage" (1923), now a lost film, was released five months after the death of her husband, the sensationally popular silent film star Wallace Reid. In the attached photo, Reid and Davenport are seen returning to Universal City following their wedding in 1913.

While en route to a location in Oregon for a location shoot in 1919, Reid was severely injured in a train wreck. In order to continue filming, he was prescribed morphine. He soon became addicted, but continued to work at a demanding pace. His addiction worsened, and sadly he died in 1923 at age 31 while attempting to recover in a sanatorium .

Later that year, Davenport, billed as Mrs. Wallace Reid, co-produced and appeared in "Human Wreckage,"
making a national tour with the film to publicize the dangers of drug addiction. Her next film, "Broken Laws" (1924) dealt with parental overindulgence, and "The Red Kimono" dealing with the then-taboo subject of prostitution, followed in 1925.

Don't miss "The Red Kimono" at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., introduced by legendary filmmaker Allison Anders in person, with live 1920s-style cabaret and musical accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick. 16mm print courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. Tickets are available now at https://bit.ly/RedKimonoAnders.

Cliff Retallick Allison Anders Woman's Club of Hollywood Tom Sims April Brooks Clemmer Tiffany Nitsche

"The Red Kimono" (1925), to be screened at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood October 16, was the third of producer Dorothy Davenport's "social conscience" films. Her first production, "Human Wreckage" (1923), now a lost film, was released five months after the death of her husband, the sensationally popular silent film star Wallace Reid. In the attached photo, Reid and Davenport are seen returning to Universal City following their wedding in 1913.

While en route to a location in Oregon for a location shoot in 1919, Reid was severely injured in a train wreck. In order to continue filming, he was prescribed morphine. He soon became addicted, but continued to work at a demanding pace. His addiction worsened, and sadly he died in 1923 at age 31 while attempting to recover in a sanatorium .

Later that year, Davenport, billed as Mrs. Wallace Reid, co-produced and appeared in "Human Wreckage,"
making a national tour with the film to publicize the dangers of drug addiction. Her next film, "Broken Laws" (1924) dealt with parental overindulgence, and "The Red Kimono" dealing with the then-taboo subject of prostitution, followed in 1925.

Don't miss "The Red Kimono" at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., introduced by legendary filmmaker Allison Anders in person, with live 1920s-style cabaret and musical accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick. 16mm print courtesy of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. Tickets are available now at https://bit.ly/RedKimonoAnders.

Cliff Retallick Allison Anders Woman's Club of Hollywood Tom Sims April Brooks Clemmer Tiffany Nitsche

Retroformat is excited to announce our new partnership with April Clemmer's Old Hollywood Walking Tour!  On October 16, ...
10/02/2021

Retroformat is excited to announce our new partnership with April Clemmer's Old Hollywood Walking Tour!

On October 16, you can make a day of celebrating Old Hollywood and silent films, by attending April's walking tour in the afternoon, and attending Retroformat's screening at the Woman's Club of Hollywood in the evening. April is generously offering Retroformat supporters a discount of $15.00 off ticket prices for her October 16th tour that starts at 3:30 p.m. After the tour, relax and have dinner at a local restaurant, then come to our 7:30 p.m. screening of "The Red Kimono" at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood!

On her one-of-a-kind walking tour, perfectly suited to history buffs and Hollywood fans alike, April will show you the Hollywood that once was, as well as the present-day Hollywood that is in a constant state of transformation and reinvention. Take a walk with April through the movie capital's storied past and discover hidden gems you didn't know existed on Hollywood Boulevard. See the oldest residence still on the boulevard, Hollywood's oldest restaurant operating today, Hollywood's first tourist attractions, iconic architecture and more!

Why not make a day of it? Take an afternoon stroll through Old Hollywood, stay for dinner at a local restaurant, then catch a silent movie at the famed Women's Club of Hollywood! April is generously offering Retroformat supporters a discount of $15.00 off ticket prices for her October 16th tour. Visit the link below for tickets and more details on April Clemmer and the Old Hollywood Walking Tour, then pick up your tickets for "The Red Kimono," introduced by Allison Anders in person at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood!

Old Hollywood Walking Tour: oldhollywoodwalkingtour.com
Retroformat Discount Code: Redkimono

Tickets to "The Red Kimono": https://bit.ly/RedKimonoAnders

Cliff Retallick Woman's Club of Hollywood Tom Sims Allison Anders

April Brooks Clemmer Tiffany Nitsche

Thank you to everyone who watched last night, for making our webcast of "The Mark of Zorro" such a success!  And in case...
09/29/2021

Thank you to everyone who watched last night, for making our webcast of "The Mark of Zorro" such a success! And in case you missed it, here's some great news...it will be available right here on our page for you to enjoy until October 25!

"The Mark of Zorro" is also available as part of a fantastic boxed DVD set from our friends at Flicker Alley! Produced by Retroformat Advisory Board member Jeffery Masino and the late David Shepard," "Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer" is a treasure trove of eleven of Fairbanks' best early films, including "His Picture in the Papers," "Wild and Woolly," "When the Clouds Roll By" and, of course, "The Mark of Zorro." https://bit.ly/FairbanksFlickerAlley

Thank you to everyone who watched last night, for making our webcast of "The Mark of Zorro" such a success! And in case you missed it, here's some great news...it will be available right here on our page for you to enjoy until October 25!

"The Mark of Zorro" is also available as part of a fantastic boxed DVD set from our friends at Flicker Alley! Produced by Retroformat Advisory Board member Jeffery Masino and the late David Shepard," "Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer" is a treasure trove of eleven of Fairbanks' best early films, including "His Picture in the Papers," "Wild and Woolly," "When the Clouds Roll By" and, of course, "The Mark of Zorro." https://bit.ly/FairbanksFlickerAlley

"The Mark of Zorro" is part of a fantastic boxed DVD set from our friends at Flicker Alley! Produced by Retroformat Advi...
09/28/2021

"The Mark of Zorro" is part of a fantastic boxed DVD set from our friends at Flicker Alley! Produced by Retroformat Advisory Board member Jeffery Masino and the late David Shepard, "Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer" is a treasure trove containing eleven of Fairbanks' best early films, including "His Picture in the Papers," "Wild and Woolly," "When the Clouds Roll By" and, of course, "The Mark of Zorro." To purchase a copy, just click on the link below:

https://bit.ly/FairbanksFlickerAlley

"The Mark of Zorro" is part of a fantastic boxed DVD set from our friends at Flicker Alley! Produced by Retroformat Advisory Board member Jeffery Masino and the late David Shepard, "Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer" is a treasure trove containing eleven of Fairbanks' best early films, including "His Picture in the Papers," "Wild and Woolly," "When the Clouds Roll By" and, of course, "The Mark of Zorro." To purchase a copy, just click on the link below:

https://bit.ly/FairbanksFlickerAlley

09/28/2021
Retroformat Presents: The Mark of Zorro

In honor of the first National Silent Movie Day (September 29, 2021), Retroformat Silent Films , Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films will present a special webcast of “The Mark of Zorro” (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks, with brand new, live accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick!

09/28/2021
Retroformat Presents The Mark of Zorro

In honor of the first International Silent Movie Day (September 29, 2021), Retroformat Silent Films , Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films will present a special webcast of “The Mark of Zorro” (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks, with brand new, live accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick!
A perfect introduction to silent films, “The Mark of Zorro” provided the already popular Douglas Fairbanks with the perfect role for transitioning from contemporary comedies to swashbuckling costume pictures, securing his place with Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford as one of the top stars of Hollywood in the 1920s. In this great showcase for his acting, comedy and athletic skills, the magnetic Fairbanks masterfully plays both foppish, tired Don Diego, a constant disappointment to his father and wife, and his alter-ego, the amazing masked bandit Zorro, who captures hearts as well as the story’s villains with energy, humor and grace, a prototype for the comic book heroes like Batman that became popular more than a decade later. Directed by Fred Niblo, whose other credits include "Blood and Sand" (1922) and "Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ" (1925). You’ll have a great time watching this true classic of the silent screen, with a brand new score by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick!

Tonight's the night...Zorro is just around the corner!  Starring Douglas Fairbanks, with live accompaniment by Cliff Ret...
09/27/2021

Tonight's the night...Zorro is just around the corner! Starring Douglas Fairbanks, with live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick, and a special introduction by Fairbanks biographer Tracey Goessel. A joint presentation of Retroformat Silent Films, Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films in honor of the first National Silent Movie Day!

Film Preservation Society Blackhawk Films Blackhawk Films Collectors Tracey Goessel Flicker Alley Cliff Retallick National Silent Movie Day

Tonight's the night...Zorro is just around the corner! Starring Douglas Fairbanks, with live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick, and a special introduction by Fairbanks biographer Tracey Goessel. A joint presentation of Retroformat Silent Films, Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films in honor of the first National Silent Movie Day!

Film Preservation Society Blackhawk Films Blackhawk Films Collectors Tracey Goessel Flicker Alley Cliff Retallick National Silent Movie Day

In his thirtieth motion picture, Douglas Fairbanks made a successful transition from contemporary light comedies to incr...
09/27/2021

In his thirtieth motion picture, Douglas Fairbanks made a successful transition from contemporary light comedies to incredibly popular costume adventures. "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) not only made Fairbanks a superstar, it helped make Zorro, created by Johnston McCulley for "All-Story Weekly" in 1919, one of the most enduring characters of American fiction. In subsequent years, Zorro has been portrayed in films and television by Tyrone Power, Guy Williams, Frank Langella, George Hamilton, Anthony Hopkins, Alain Delon, Anthony Banderas, and many others.

You'll have a great time watching this true classic of the silent screen, which became a prototype for comic book heroes like Batman more than a decade later. Don't miss our special webcast of "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m., with brand new, live accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick, and a special introduction by Tracey Goessel, author of The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks! A joint presentation of Retroformat Silent Films, Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films in honor of the first National Silent Movie Day!

Film Preservation Society Blackhawk Films Blackhawk Films Collectors Tracey Goessel Flicker Alley Cliff Retallick National Silent Movie Day

In his thirtieth motion picture, Douglas Fairbanks made a successful transition from contemporary light comedies to incredibly popular costume adventures. "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) not only made Fairbanks a superstar, it helped make Zorro, created by Johnston McCulley for "All-Story Weekly" in 1919, one of the most enduring characters of American fiction. In subsequent years, Zorro has been portrayed in films and television by Tyrone Power, Guy Williams, Frank Langella, George Hamilton, Anthony Hopkins, Alain Delon, Anthony Banderas, and many others.

You'll have a great time watching this true classic of the silent screen, which became a prototype for comic book heroes like Batman more than a decade later. Don't miss our special webcast of "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m., with brand new, live accompaniment by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick, and a special introduction by Tracey Goessel, author of The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks! A joint presentation of Retroformat Silent Films, Flicker Alley and Blackhawk Films in honor of the first National Silent Movie Day!

Film Preservation Society Blackhawk Films Blackhawk Films Collectors Tracey Goessel Flicker Alley Cliff Retallick National Silent Movie Day

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Our Mission is to promote education and enthusiasm about the art of silent film. Our Vision is a future where the silent film era is widely enjoyed and fully appreciated as a cornerstone of modern film and visual art. We are an educational 501c3 nonprofit, located in California. We were founded as a corporation on April 11, 2018 and achieved nonprofit status on April 11, 2019.

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