Erik and I went to a wonderful Vintage film festival this weekend. The festival was in honor of a local actress, Thelma Todd, who starred in many films with Laurel and Hardy up until her untimely death at the age of 29 in 1933. Thelma Todd, among other such actresses such as Theda Barra, began her career in silent films, collectively known as Film Noir. These vintage films, many lost in their time because film and movies in general were not taken as a serious art form in those days, are only now being preserved by dedicated enthusiasts and film experts.
The screening we went to was at the Palace Theater and was set up as it would have been in 1933. First they had televised newscasts by Fox (It's really been around that long), as many people did not have radio then, news was read in the paper or you would go to your local cinema. Then there were prevues, longer in length than our modern ones. Followed by a cartoon, we saw original Pop Eye and Betty Boop comics. The we saw a Laurel and Hardy short, then the feature presentation which was presented as a reel to reel film on an old projector on a hanging screen. The film was "Fra Diavalo" or "The Devil's Brother" starring Thelma Todd. It was a comedy with excellent acting, superb singing and amazing costumes. Unlike today's comedy, which relies mostly on illicit humor, the comedy here was actually intellegent, Erik and I laughed our asses off for more than an hour.
The mayor of Manchester proclaimed July 29th "Thelma Todd Day" in Manchester and vowed that the city would support future Vintage Film Festivals of this nature every year. I wonder if I should contact these people and offer my assistance. I worked on a film festival once and had a blast and I absolutely love film noir. In 1934 "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was produced, and it is one of the most fascinating film spectacles I have ever seen, and it was an inspiration for a song I wrote, "Oberon".
I also got my hair cut this weekend, short. I am finally free of the raggety, dry mop in the back of my head. I had it dyed a bright red with plum highlights and cut in the style of Aeon flux, long in the front, short in the back. I love it alot and feel that I have even more style options now than I did before. Since our first show is coming up in August, I want to look Kick Ass, I am also working on losing weight, excersising and getting toned. I began a yoga/pilates workout each morning and I hope I can stick with it. I don't have alot to lose, just alot to tone.
Today, we are going to visit Erik's mother in Nashua and post flyers around town for the show. It's gorgeous weather out. I don't know how anyone can be indoors on a day like today.
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