News from the Silent Movie Front: Lost & Found + Openings for Modern Silents + Buster on Blu

Some very interesting happenings in the silent movie world with new releases, another lost film found and a chance to screen your modern silent movie short.

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Silent Movie Haul: Hal Roach, Lois Weber, Paul Robeson & Canada

Welcome back! I think I have a pretty good little collection of films to share this time around. A nice variety of fairly obscure stuff, which always pleases me greatly.

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Fun Size Review: Children of Eve (1915)

A well-constructed melodrama made during the craze for “social” pictures in the 1910s, Children of Eve has visual flair to spare and a powerful performance from star Viola Dana.

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An Unsullied Shield (1913) A Silent Film Review

A wastrel son uses up his own money and so he forges his mother’s signature to get more. However, the family portrait gallery comes to life and the figures take turns berating their descendant for sullying the clan crest.

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Things to Do on a Date (According to Silent Films)

So you’ve got this great date lined up but then your plans fall through. What to do? Never fear! Silent movies have great ideas for romantic days and nights out. (But don’t try this at home. Seriously. Don’t.)

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Who is your favorite silent leading lady?

We haven’t done one of these in a while so I thought it would be a fun little activity for all of us. Who is your favorite silent leading lady?

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The Best Directed Silent Films, According to a 1922 Filmmaker – Part 1

Whether we admit it or not, we all view older entertainment through the lens of the modern world in which we live. (People who think they avoid this are, frankly, deluding themselves.) This is why it’s so valuable to read the accounts of viewers who saw these films when they were brand new. And not just critics, everyday people from as many walks of life as possible.

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Silent Star of the Month for January 2017

It’s a new month (has been for a while) and December’s featured star, Cleo Ridgely, will pass the crown to a new performer. This month’s star was a charming leading man whose death has overshadowed his talents in some circles.

The featured star is…

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“Money! The Frankenstein monster that destroys souls!” or, Movies Silently is on Patreon

Over the years, lovely readers have asked me if there was a way to support the site. Well, now there is. As of today, I am on Patreon.

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Fun Size Review: The Fighting Eagle (1927)

The swashbuckling genre is not noted for its progressive treatment of women. Even ladies who take up arms must either be damseled by the finale or die in order to make way for a more “proper” love interest.  That’s why The Fighting Eagle is such a breath of fresh air.

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Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) A Silent Film Review

Psychedelic half a century before the word was coined, this film is a cautionary tale that warns against overindulgence in cheese toast. The film’s nightmarish and zany special effects hold up rather well and this proved to be another smash hit for the dominant Edison film company.

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Silent Movie Style: The Hats! The Hats! (Gents Edition)

I posted about women’s hats in silent film a while back and received several requests for the same coverage of men’s headgear. So, here we are!

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Secret and Cunning Plans for 2017: Lost & Obscure Films, Neglected Cinema, Wacky Recipes

Well, 2016 is well and truly gone and we can now move onto the business of 2017. Here are some plans I have for the site in the new year.

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Cooking with the (Silent) Stars: Betty Jewel’s Eggs Suzette

Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through all 150 recipes in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you’re invited to tag along. This time, we’re trying out an intriguing recipe from a forgotten cowgirl.

(You can catch up on all past taste tests here.)

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Fun Size Review: Regeneration (1915)

Think gangster films first came along in the early 1930s? Think again! They were present from the very earliest motion picture days and Regeneration is one of the first gangster features. It was directed by some guy named Raoul Walsh.

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Silent Stars Name Their Favorite Roles (and most of them are on home video!)

We have the benefit of 20/20 hindsight when we discuss silent films. Most silent stars are no longer with us and we have the privilege of examining their careers from beginning to end. Well, today we have a chance to go back in time to the height of the silent era and see what the stars considered to be their best work at the time.

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Theme Month! January 2017: Dreams, Visions & Hallucinations

Welcome to the very first theme month of 2017! This time around, we’re not going to be focusing on plots, performers, directors or nations of origin. Instead, we are going to be examining the use of unreality as visualized on the silent screen.

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Blackmail (1929) A Silent Film Review

Alfred Hitchcock’s triumphant return to murder and mayhem is both his final silent film and his first talkie. Anny Ondra plays a nice kid who stabs a guy to death in his bed. These things happen. Originally conceived as a silent film, Hitchcock made it a talkie with reshoots and a new voice for his Czech leading lady.

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The Silent Movie Sandwich Cookbook (written by the readers of Movies Silently)

I promised to deliver this before the new year and I did! Okay, so it was down to the wire but it’s here at last!

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Test Your Silent Movie Knowledge! What we learned in 2016

Let’s end the year with a bang! And by a bang, I mean a quiz because I am a nerd. I made a goofy little 10 question quiz based on the various films reviewed throughout the year. I hope you enjoy it!

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Silent Movie Style: The Hats! The Hats!

The silent era coincided with a glorious time for hats. The 1890s-1910s featured teetering mounds of feathers, beads and sometimes entire birds while the 1920s moved toward the sleek and modern. (Though they were not entirely opposed to the concept of teetering mounds.) And one rule held true through much of the era: You could never, ever go wrong with a tam o’ shanter.

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The Best Silent Movie Home Video Releases of 2016

2016 proved to be a great year for silent movie fans who rely on home video to see new films. A generous selection of rare and obscure movies were released for all to enjoy and I am going to share my personal favorites.

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The results are in! (Readers choose my 50th celebrity recipe taste test)

I asked my readers to choose which celebrity recipe I will be preparing for my fiftieth Cooking with the (Silent) Stars post. (You can catch up on all my past taste tests here.) Well, the results are in and we have a winner!

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Fun Size Review: A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Possibly the most iconic film of early cinema, this science fiction epic is beautiful, quirky and shows surprising depth.

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Nursery Favorites (1913) A Silent Era Talkie Review

The Edison film company took a stab at talking pictures pre-WWI and we are going to be looking at one of the most famous Kinetophone production. One of over 200 sound films released in 1913 and 1914, Nursery Favorites brings everyone’s favorite Mother Goose characters to life.

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The Worst of 2016: Terrible movies, bizarre comments and general things I will be glad to leave behind

Well, we’ve taken a look at my very favorite things of 2016, now it’s time to look at the things that annoyed the almighty heck out of me. The worst movies, performances, etc.

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Movie Book Haul: More Celebrity Cookbooks, Film History & Other Geekery

I’m back with another book haul! I must say that this little stack of books is one of the most interesting I have ever purchased. I hope you enjoy the tour!

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Natural Color is for People with No Imagination: A Small Stencil & Hand-Color Movie Sampler

“Old black and white silent movies” is a pretty common phrase. It’s also baloney as the majority of silent films were at least tinted. But today, I’m going to share my favorite kind of movie color: pigments applied by hand and by stencil. And I’ll be using GIFs to do it!

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Légende du roi Gambrinus (1911) A Silent Era Talkie Review

Legendary beer king Gambrinus is showcased in this charming sound short from Gaumont. Stencil color adds that touch of class. If you’re not reaching for a beer (real or root) after seeing this, there is something wrong with you.

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Unboxing the Silents: “The Three Musketeers” 95th Anniversary Edition

Welcome back! Today, we’re taking a look at the new edition of The Three Musketeers released by Undercrank Productions. This is a restored version with color tints and we all know how I feel about tinting.

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