Classic Film Fans, We’ve Got A Lot To Be Thankful For!

Happy Turkey Day, and warmth and good wishes to all! This is a day where we take a moment to be thankful for all the good things in our lives–family, friends, food, shelter, and other blessings. No matter how much or how little you have, there’s always something to be thankful for.

Recently it struck me that we classic film fans have a lot to be thankful for. Not only are old movies more accessible than ever thanks to the Internet, but new finds are turning up all the time, new restorations are always ongoing, research is easier than ever, and best of all, we can connect with film fans across the globe.

Speaking of “new finds,” and connecting with fans, here’s a prime example. CineMuseum, the team behind the Roscoe Arbuckle and Mack Sennett sets, just took custody of this amazing piece of history–Roscoe Arbuckle’s 100 year old makeup kit that he used while acting on the stage! Paul Gierucki shared this photo below, and there was much rejoicing:

How incredible is that?! All these decades later it’s still intact and still looks just how Roscoe left it before joining the Keystone company.

Thanks to the Internet and to generous historians, fans can now get the first look at amazing artifacts like this. It’s this kind of happy event that makes me feel thankful to be a classic film fan not just on Thanksgiving, but all year round.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

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4 thoughts on “Classic Film Fans, We’ve Got A Lot To Be Thankful For!

  1. Yes, indeed, there is always something to be thankful for, and we should all do more blessings counting. And for silents fans, it’s just amazing what is online now—so much new to discover all the time. (Love that makeup kit! 🙂 And you’re right, it’s especially nice to be able to connect with friends from all over who share the love for silent films. Once upon a time, you were lucky if you happened to catch a rare showing of a silent on the late late show. That was it. And that was not so long ago. And now look…

    And speaking of thankfulness, a big thank you to you, Lea. Like I’ve told you before, this is my favorite silents place on the net, by a long shot. I know an awful lot of work and time goes into crafting these beautiful articles. And your kindness and enthusiasm just make this always a nice place to be.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Lea, absolutely! One can truly say “these are the days” for discovering silent film, Quite honestly, I wouldn’t have had exposure to a 99% of what I’ve been able to watch over the last three years if it hadn’t been for the availability of seeing them on the internet. And THEN, to be able to find a blog like this one – or I should say simply to find this blog, since there is no other like it! – and other fountains of information, I really must give thanks for it all!

    I’m also grateful that we can all bounce off each other, all this enthusiasm; if it wasn’t for all of us, we’d be going crazy trying to convert the people in our lives…..and making them go crazy in the process, probably!

    That makeup kit is amazing. Amazing. Obviously one day he closed it and never looked back!

    I hope you had a great holiday, Lea! Thanks for another great year on Silentology! There was the Mary Pickford month, the Buster month, taking a clear-eyed view of “the Birth”, Halloween’s always great ’round here….taking a time out to remember Prince…….. and lots of great articles, comments…….gasps of awe, sometimes some tears…..and always, always lots of laughs! Thanks, Silentology!!!

    • Thanks for the thoughtful comment, I appreciate the heck out of it! 😉 Yup, we’re definitely living in a prime era for watching silents–probably the best since in the actual silent era, as far as accessibility goes! Thankful indeed.

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