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Gaslight Follies Details


One of producer Joseph Levine's earliest projects, Gaslight Follies is a compilation of silent film footage narrated by Metropolitan Operan stalwart Milton Cross. Unlike the more respectful compilations of [[Performer~P117707~Robert Youngson~robertyoungson]] (The Golden Age of Comedy, [[Feature~V126955~Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20s~laurelandhardyslaughing20s]] etc.), [[Feature~V18026~Follies~folliesgirl]] mocks its silent material, re-editing the old footage to make it look as ridiculous as possible, then adding stupid sound effects and inappropriate music. The film's vintage [[Performer~P12334~Charlie Chaplin~charleschaplin]], [[Performer~P89298~Douglas Fairbanks~douglasfairbanksjr]], [[Performer~P56706~Mary Pickford~marypickford]] and [[Performer~P38007~Keystone Kops~thekeystonekops]] clips are presented in a manner that robs them of all their entertainment value (Chaplin is rendered utterly unfunny, a remarkable "achievement"). The film concludes with a lengthy excerpt from East Lynne, an old-fashioned and overly sentimental melodrama which nonetheless does not deserve the cruel and condescending treatment Joseph Levine has given it here. Gaslight Follies was put together in the mid-1940s, an era in which silent movies were regarded as "antiques", worthy only of derisive laughter; as such, this compilation is a must to avoid. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi