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A few sad losses this week: actors Richard Johnson (loved him best as a spy in Deadlier Than the Male (1967)), Christopher Lee (I know he was a great Dracula, but The Wicker Man (1973) will always be my favorite of his performances) and musician Ornette Coleman, who was the subject of a Shirley Clarke film I reviewed last year.

I missed the chance to see it at SIFF, but I'm still hoping to catch this Marlon Brando doc. soon. It's based on audio featuring the actor himself.

Maybe I wouldn't want to see the movies in this list of the Bottom Five Silent Films, but I had a good laugh reading about them.

Poor 35mm film stock. First it's almost completely put out of production, now it's being used as a cover for smuggling drugs.

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