Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality opened ninety years ago today. It takes place ninety years before 1923, and features a velocipede, Stephenson's Rocket, and builds up to some really breathtaking stunts over a waterfall. Full movie.
This short animation of Sylvia Townsend Warner reciting her poem "Go the Long Way, the Long Way Home" seems to have been made from a photograph and an LP recording, and is perched partway up the slope of the Uncanny Valley, a place she would not necessarily disapprove.
Buster Keaton's Three Ages opened 90 years ago tomorrow. In the first, prehistoric, segment, he introduces many of the caveman gags that would become standard caveman tropes. There's caveman golf (above), an adroit caveman baseball gag that reputedly took hundreds of takes to get, and the ever-popular dragging a cavewoman around by her hair. Though the scene where he rides on a brontosaurus' head, later copied by The Flintstones, was itself swiped from Winsor McCay's 1914 animated short, Gertie the Dinosaur.
I wish I'd been to this screening of the classic swordfighting movie Orochi at the East Asian Studies Center of Indiana University, which featured a katsudo benshi, or live narrator. You can watch the complete film with a modern music track here. There are some nice dissolves, including one at 10:05 that superimposes a shot of a guarded gate on the textured paper of an official decree.