I went on vacation last week and hitting up used bookstores is a long and proud vacation tradition. I also received my delivery of books from an online order while I was away, as well as some titles I have not posted as part of a haul so I decided to combine it all into a mega-haul.
Norma Talmadge married in haste to Eugene Pallette and now she repents in leisure while he spends his nights with a showgirl and contemplates becoming a bank robber. So, maybe marriage counseling won’t be enough here…
It’s award season but who needs those talkies? We sure don’t! And since the Academy Awards weren’t a thing in 1918, I think it’s high time we make our own silent film award. We’re going to choose the Best Picture for 1918.
I’m on vacation but I wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that my DVD release of Kidnapped (1917) and its accompanying short films now has expanded distribution.
One of the first comedy stars and one of the first movie stars, period, Max Linder was still going strong in the 1920s and this droll comedy was released for the American market. What it lacks in consistency (it feels like three shorts stitched together) it more than makes up for with the personality of its star.
Anita Garvin and Marion Byron star as a pair of struggling singles whose double date doesn’t go as planned when it turns out the guys in question are a pair of, well, tights. The quest for ice cream descends into a signature Hal Roach tit for tat battle. Chaos ensues, is what I’m saying.
As some of you already know, there was something of a race for the talkies in the pre-WWI film industry with Gaumont and Edison as the most prominent players. Did they succeed? Yes. Did the talkies last? No. Technical difficulties and limits on length made the talkies more of a fad.
Yes, silent movie stars had their fair share of moments that required smirks and giggles and here are a few of my personal favorites.
Well, I’ve had a great year from a silent film perspective. I’ve discovered some new favorites, revisited old friends and generally have had a lovely time.
Well, the last round of voting in the 1918 movie star tournament has concluded and we have a winner! In fact, we have the same winner that the good people of 1918 crowned: Mary Pickford.
We know about lost silent films but what about the films that survive, they’re just unidentified? It’s a more common phenomenon than you might think: one misplaced label, one missing opening title and the film’s identity is a mystery.
This production’s main claim to fame is that it was shot on location in Egypt and the Holy Land pre-WWI and the scenery is admittedly impressive but there are other interesting features.
A penniless nobleman decides to venture out into the wide world when a troupe of itinerant actors spend the night at his chateau. Chaos ensues, of course, and there is plenty of fencing, fighting, revenge, torture, chases, escapes and true love.
I am in the mood to swash some buckles (or is it buckle some swash?) and so I thought I would have a bit of fun and make a handy-dandy Swashbuckler-o-Matic. Have fun!
One question that gets asked again and again: How do you watch these silent movies? I thought I would put this question to you, dear readers.
Silent movies are famous for their passionate love scenes but I am personally rather fond of the adorably direct ways the stars found to flirt with their true loves.
We all have odds and ends in our film viewing, movies that we have been meaning to watch but just haven’t for one reason or another. In my case, these are films I have seen before and have been wanting to review, I just never managed to slip them into the schedule. Well, this is their moment to shine!
It’s here! The final round of the 1918 Silent Star Tournament! We started with sixteen stars who were beloved in 1918 and they have slowly been whittled away to just two by 2018 voters. Who will win?
One of the better silent Our Gang comedies, this cute little short features the kids stumbling into a crook’s hideout. The villains try to scare the tykes away by faking a haunted house and hilarity ensues.
Mutt and Jeff find themselves in pursuit of the Phantom, a non-corporeal trickster who leads them on a very strange chase.
Today, the classic, art house and foreign film-focused FilmStruck announced that it was ending its service. This is quite a blow to fans of non-blockbuster viewing as the selection of classics and silent films are pretty sketchy in the libraries of mainstream services like Netflix.
If you’ve been following my Twitter, you know that I have been sick again and my writing schedule has been all over the place.
And then there were four. That’s right, out of a field of sixteen finalists, you have whittled down the selection to just four top stars of 1918.
Why Do They Do It? was a regular feature in Photoplay Magazine that allowed readers to write in with complaints about tropes, mistakes and annoyances at the movies.
If you like a little humor with your dead bodies (and who doesn’t?) then this mystery comedy is for you. While it doesn’t reach the heights of Paul Leni’s work in the genre, it does have one ace up its sleeve: Raymond Griffith.
The anarchic Onésime is back and this time he enters a marriage lottery. Chaos ensued, obviously, with our hero escaping his intended via bicycle.
A recent discussion about adding color and voices to silent footage went off in an interesting direction and the most common defense of the practice was: it’s the only way we’ll get kids and young people to watch silent films!
Greetings! Today has been a little nuts (I went out of town yesterday and got some pictures of silent film locations and I started my new job) so I am just going to share a few oldie but goodie articles and some silliness I have been engaged in online.
Last week, we began voting on Round One of a tournament pitting the top movie stars of 1918 against one another. Well, now the field is halved and we have just eight stars to choose from. Who will win? Who will go home?
Even silent movies needed to tidy up once in a while…