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  • Actors: Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith, Stella Stevens
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D07QDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Story of the silent film era betweeen 1910 and 1915. It pays homage to some of the great directors during this time, showing in parts the way they directed their films. Ryan O'Neal plays the film director.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
Every year sees a few guaranteed blockbusters that everyone in the industry knows just can't fail but which end up doing just that because nobody told the public. After huge hits with Paper Moon and What's Up, Doc?, Peter Bogdanovich's loving comedy about the birth of cinema uniting then-huge box-office stars Burt Reynolds and Ryan O'Neal and throwing in Tatum O'Neal for good measure seemed a sure thing even after the disastrous failure of his attempt to revive the witty 30s musical with the now rarely seen At Long Last Love and his misbegotten period drama Daisy Miller. Instead it was such a disaster it sent him back into the minor leagues, and it's all too easy to see why.

There's an abundance of great material in the era when the first filmmakers went west to Hollywood to escape Thomas Edison's violent `patents agents' (who really did shoot anyone deemed to violate the great inventor and his partners' monopoly on movies), with many of the incidents in the film coming firsthand from veterans like Alan Dwan and Raoul Walsh, but any potential is crushed by a surprising lack of comic timing from a director who has clearly seen hundreds of silent films but learnt nothing from them about how best to highlight a gag. The problem is constantly compounded by over the top performances that telegraph every gag with sledgehammer subtlety, as if playing everything bigger and louder would suddenly make it funny. Where a straight biography with comic undertones about enthusiastic pioneers more or less inventing cinema as they go along might have worked, here everybody is reduced to the level of an idiot or a clown and deposited in misfired slapstick setpieces that constantly fall flat while the romantic subplot - triggered, a la What's Up, Doc?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a.diaz on 26 Dec. 2013
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Suffering from the same smarmy writing as 'At Long Last Love', Peter Bogdanovich's tribute to the beginnings of cinema is short on laughs or charm. Though the Neals, Reynolds, Keith and a cast of capables try, and there is a surprising amount of detail for a lower budget production, 'Nickelodeon' is simply short on laughs, most hurt by throwaway wordplay or tame, lackluster slapstick, not to mention wears what nostalgic charm it has thin very quickly, compounded further by it not going into any real detail on the beginnings & battles of early film making outside of a stale, uninteresting good guys/bad guys approach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viandante del Cielo on 23 Jan. 2014
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A few years ago I saw this movie with the director himself in the theatre ~ Peter Bogdanovitch. He brought with him his original or director's cut of Nickelodeon. There were perhaps another 3 or 4 minutes of footage and the film itself was show completely in glorious black and white. He said the studio forced him to alter his vision and told him to use a studio honcho's girlfriend - Jane Hitchcock in the leading role (instead of Cybil Shepherd) Peter said much of the screen story was from the life of C.B. DeMille and other early pioneers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nickelodeon 6 Dec. 2008
By Arthur J. Munson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"Nickelodeon" is a marvelous, underrated tribute to early silent comedies. Set in the years 1913-1915, it follows the fast-paced, anarchic style of the early Keystone (Mack Sennett) comedies of the time. Cartoonish physical comedy and sight gags abound. Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton actually entered movies during the years 1913-1918, and several of the images evoke their visual style. Although the film is not speeded up, the pacing is very brisk, suggesting the breakneck pace of that early, ruthless style of comedy.
It may surprise some that "Nickelodeon" is not shot in black and white, not it is a silent picture. However, it takes advantage of color and sound with attractive visuals and a delightful use of contrapuntal dialogue and music. Pay close attention to the songs that the harmonica player supplies on-the-spot. The pace settles down somewhat toward the end, but so did the movies (a la D W Griffith) at that point.
"Nickelodeon" was not critically appreciated when it was released in 1976, probably because the very early silent comedies were not as widely available as they are now. Modern DVDs have enabled the studious (or enthusiastic) film comedy historian to become much more familiar with (an appreciative of) the relentless comedy style of the 19-teens.
This is knockabout comedy at its best.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Kathleen Cooke"-An Irresistible Screen Heroine 31 Aug. 2006
By Only-A-Child - Published on Amazon.com
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Oddly this is a film that I have always liked and still make a point to watch when it is televised. I say "oddly" because I find Peter Bogdanovich and Ryan O'Neal excellent examples of two people pretty much clueless about their chosen professions. Bogdanovich was a journalist/critic/film theorist turned director (who had the bad taste to be involved with Cybill Shepperd) and O'Neal was a Hollywood personality who occasionally acted (who had the good taste to marry Leigh Taylor-Young).

Jane Hitchcock is the most interesting thing about "Nickelodeon". Hitchcock was a magazine model who Bogdanovich hoped to groom into a star. Bogdanovich historically has had a weakness for beautiful women of marginal talent (Shepherd and Dorothy Stratten's sister come to mind). Unlike the others, Hitchcock was quickly turned off by both Bogdanovich and the movie game-she already had a lucrative modeling career and didn't have to put up with the Hollywood starlet system. Whether Hitchcock would have made it big in movies is hard to tell, but in "Nickelodeon's" "Kathleen Cooke" she found a character she could play with wide-eyed innocence and complete sincerity. While it doesn't hurt that Hitchcock is drop dead gorgeous, her Kathleen Cooke character is more than gorgeous, she is absolutely captivating. Which makes her completely believable as the object of the movie's love triangle and elevates her to the top of my list of the all-time most irresistible screen heroines (even ahead of Fay Wray's "Ann Darrow" and Clara's Bow's "Mary Preston").

But "Kathleen Cooke" is not the only good thing about "Nickelodeon". It has one of cinema's all time funniest sequences. O'Neal arrives by train at a remote shooting location out west. He steps off the train at a watering stop and looks out over the desert to the movie set 500 yards away. The sun is high overhead baking the desert landscape and O'Neal is not enthusiastic about the prospect of walking that far in such heat. A tiny dog with the movie company spots him from that distance and begins running toward him. The dog is making a bee-line for him, as it gets closer we wait for the happy reunion, but when it arrives it immediately bites his leg. The dog hates him so much that it was willing to run that far in the hot sun just for the opportunity to attack him.

It also is an excellent and generally accurate history lesson about the early days of movies and the serendipity that determined who became involved with the new industry. Serendipity is the theme of the film and the source of most of its comedy, as the expanding talent needs of the new movie industry were often met by whoever they happened to encounter at a particular moment and not through any systematic process. Thus Burt Reynolds (in his best comic performance) becomes a stunt man only because at that moment they need a stunt man and he needs a job. A running gag is his boastful declaration with each new job that the job title (whatever it might be) is his middle name. An especially good sequence shows how in those days milestones like "Birth of a Nation" would periodically set the bar higher throughout film history, inspiring those within the industry to stretch themselves to do better work.

Ryan O'Neal is fairly low-key and therefore tolerable. In addition to Hitchcock and Reynolds, Bogdanovich gets excellent performances from Tatum O'Neal (great negotiating sequences), John Ritter, Stella Stevens and Brian Keith.

The main problem with "Nickelodeon" is that the depth and breathe of early film history is too complicated for a small comedic treatment. As a film historian Bogdanovich was dealing with a subject near and dear to his heart. He appears to have borrowed heavily from Fellini's "Variety Lights" and "White Sheik" to construct his company of players but could not integrate the intimate and light-hearted flavor of those films with the huge historical subject he was documenting. "Nickelodeon" is still entertaining and informative but the whole is less that the sum of its parts.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
no title 18 May 2008
By Dina Zalisky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remembered ordering it, when I got it. It was scratched and returned it and got my money back. So I didn't re-ordered it. I don't know how the film is!
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