Lately, there has been a minor online debate as to whether a woman in a floor-length gown can command a fleet. This is particularly silly when you consider exactly how much silent movie women accomplished in fluffy dresses, corsets and high heels.
The American Revolution is the backdrop of this romance starring Robert Warwick and Gail Kane. It purports to tell the tale of Nathan Hale, schoolteacher-turned-spy whose quotable quote is still quoted wherever quoters quote. (Even if he may not have actually said it.)
Ostensibly designed to protect innocents from falling victim to traffickers, this film caused scandal and invited lawsuits and arrests wherever it was shown. The innocent days of classic film? Not so much.
Movies have a way of infuriating audiences these days, especially if there are perceived errors to pick at (and forcing filmmakers to respond). But movie audiences were perfectly capable of publicly kvetching even before the internet or sound movies. Today, we’re going to be airing some grievances from the January 1918 edition of Photoplay Magazine.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I sometimes take detours along the way. I’m going to be dusting off a recipe that I made a year ago but was so bad that I decided to bury it. But then I realized that my most popular recipes are really gross, so here we go!
I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection, this time we’re diving into slapstick comedy. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so these films are quite possibly region 1 or region-free. Readers living outside the region will need to check their equipment before purchasing.
Why do we love swashbucklers so much? Well, most of all, they are a ton of fun. Adventure, romance, a dash of humor and gorgeous costumes. What more could you wish for a night at the movies?
Luigi Maggi takes on the decline and fall of Emperor Nero, famed for his inappropriate love of music and his propensity to play with matches. This film was made in 1909 and looks it but it has what the Italians call oomph.
Famed cartoonist Winsor McCay wagers that he will be able to create drawings that move. And what do you know, he succeeds! This film is a mixture of live action, animated sequences and drawing demonstrations.
And just when I hit “publish” on my last news piece, two bits of wonderful news came my way. These are too good to wait, so I am taking the liberty of publishing an addendum.
2018 is starting off with a bang as a pair much-anticipated silent films are coming to HD home video at long last. Let’s jump in and see what goodies await us.
All work and no play makes for some very dull silent movies. Fortunately, the films were filled to capacity with assorted activities, from chess matches to boxing.
It’s a new year and I have been hearing about many people evaluating their entertainment services and deciding which ones to keep and which ones will get the old heave-ho. I think silent movies deserve to be part of the conversation because, hey, that’s what we do here.
Harry Houdini made his final fiction film appearance in this pulpy little adventure. As the title indicates, he’s a Secret Service agent and is, naturally, on the tail of a gang of international baddies.
Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer play young lovers divided by class in Ernst Lubitsch’s lavish operetta adaptation. Jean Hersholt steals the picture.
As you know, I like to publish reviews every Sunday and this week’s selection is the oft-requested The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg. Alas, I am having some technical difficulty with my computer that can’t be dealt with until Monday. Look for Lubitsch, Novarro and Shearer then!
Collective nouns are fun. We all love to hear about a murder of crows, a glaring of cats, etc. A few of these have made it into our everyday language (a flock of sheep, a pride of lions) while a romp of otters has never quite caught on.
Welcome to my hidden mountain lair, full of trapdoors and all the shark tanks OSHA would allow. (So, none, basically.) And now, Mr. Bond, before I kill you, I will reveal all my fiendish plans, which you shall be unable to stop.
Silent film is an art like no other but it also has a few complications that can snare unwary newcomers. I’ve shared some of these difficulties before but it never hurts to review.
In recognition of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I thought it would be fun to reimagine the show as if it had been made in the silent era. Silent recasting, here we come! (You can catch my original Star Trek recasting here.)
It’s that time again! Every year, I like to hold a month in which I review silent films requested by my readers and this is it.
Well, this is interesting! A rare surviving example of a “home talent” film from the silent era. Basically, itinerant filmmakers would show up in a town, make a quickie film with an all-local cast, make some money at screenings and then move onto the next town.
A rare Lubin feature film about a young woman who goes west and ends up being forced to marry an alcoholic mine owner. Based on a smash hit play from the same era, this film was hailed as one of Lubin’s best.
Hello, dears, this is just a little public service announcement to let you know that things are heating up at my work and with my project to release a silent film on DVD.
With a new year come new film blogs, which is a very good thing. When it comes to opinions about movies, the more the merrier. I’ve been in this business for almost a decade, so I thought I would share seven tips for newcomers. I hope they help and best of success in your endeavor!
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and today’s recipe comes from one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s golden age.
It’s been a busy week hereabouts (and, I take it, for many of you as well) and so let’s commiserate with some wonderful silent movie leading ladies who are feeling a bit dazed themselves.
Breathtaking undersea photography is merged with overwrought acting and a screenplay that tries to do too many things at once. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is frustrating but ultimately worth the watch for the cinematography.
Raymond Griffith tries his hand at historical comedy. He plays a spy trying to intercept a gold shipment but must deal with an enemy officer and two distractions: a blonde and a brunette.
I’m getting myself prepped for a new year of silent movie fun and would love your feedback on my Cooking with the (Silent) Stars series. Specifically, are there any celebrities you’d like to see show up?