Sunday, January 19, 2014

All Movies Love the Moon Trailer

Louise Brooks is pictured in this trailer for a forthcoming book, Gregory Robinson's All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film, to be published by Rose Metal Press in March 2014. The book will be for sale at,, and Thanx to writer Lisa K. Buchanan for pointing me to this video.

About the book from the publisher: Anyone who watches silent movies will notice how often crashes occur—trains, cars, and people constantly collide and drama or comedy ensues. Gregory Robinson's All Movies Love the Moon is also a collision, a theater where prose, poetry, images, and history meet in an orchestrated accident. The result is a film textbook gone awry, a collection of linked prose poems and images tracing silent cinema's relationship with words—the bygone age of title cards. The reel begins with early experiments in storytelling, such as Méliès' A Trip to the Moon and Edison's The European Rest Cure, and ends with the full-length features that contested the transition to talkies. Of course, anyone seeking an accurate account of silent movies will not find it here. Through Robinson's captivating anecdotes, imaginings, and original artwork, the beauty of silent movies persists and expands. Like the lovely grainy films of the 1910s and 20s, All Movies Love the Moon uses forgotten stills, projected text, and hazy frames to bring an old era into new focus. Here, movies that are lost or fading serve as points of origin, places to begin.

Sunday, March 16
Gregory Robinson reading from All Movies Love the Moon at the Marble Room Reading Series at 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public

The Marble Room Reading Series
The Parlor
1434 N. Western Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Friday, April 11
Gregory Robinson reading from All Movies Love the Moon at the Caffeine Corridor Poetry Series at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

The Caffiene Corridor Series
9 The Gallery
1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, Arizona

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