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February 17, 2009

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Laura, this stuff is amazing. I LOVE un homme de têtes.

I edited the paragraph out of my music hall post, but my grandmother was on the Chautauqua circuit all through her twenties, doing song & dance. My grandfather was doing humorous lectures, as it happens, that's how they met. Funny to find that you have that same background!

And I agree about the technical virtuosity of the early filmmakers. They were so inventive, and there's such a sense of fun - because they were excited that they could do it.

I daren't go on the BFI site though. I'll never get off again.

If you can track down a copy of "Cinema Europe," you may be able to get it for a more reasonable price as it is a British production. You'd love it.

Maybe your grandmother and my grandfather knew each other! He was in NY, too - used to work as an extra on occasion for the movies that used to be shot in Astoria.

I am saving this article until my grandsons can read it with pleasure. I want them to know the beginning of entertainment is not Hannah Montana. What a legacy we have. I'm sending this to my friends , cinematographers, and film people, just to make them happy. ON TUESDAY I always go for BAP.

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