Poll Results: Your favorite flavor of silent film is…

In my latest poll, I asked everyone to cast their vote and tell me their favorite silent movie flavor. The results are in. Enjoy!

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Tell me about the weirdest comments you’ve ever gotten on your site

I’ve had some weird comments in my day. I am still particularly tickled about that time I was accused of being in the pay of Louis B. Mayer’s family and I have had to deal with infestations of overzealous Valentino fans but this particular comment takes the cake. All the cake. There is no more cake because of this comment.

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Fun Size Review: The Enchanted Cottage (1924)

Richard Barthelmess plays a shattered WWI veteran who tries to bury himself in the country. He finds unexpected love when a marriage of convenience turns into a love match, thanks to that enchanted cottage of the title.

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The Lion of the Moguls (1924) A Silent Film Review

Ivan Mosjoukine steps off the deep end in this genre mishmash. He plays a Tibetan prince who must flee his country and ends up in Paris where he becomes a film star. Speaking of stars, there is also a plot twist that we are most familiar with in Star Wars.

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Unboxing the Silents: Pioneers of African-American Cinema box set

I have been looking forward to this one, believe you me! I have developed an interest in and taste for independent cinema of the silent era and this box set also highlights the intriguing history of African-American filmmakers from the silent era to post-WWII.

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In which I find myself in prison and go searching for the ghosts of Milton Sills, Raoul Walsh and Glenn Ford

Most movie fans know about the Yuma Territorial Prison. Van Heflin spent the better part of 90 minutes trying to send Glenn Ford there. John Wayne played foreign legionnaire using it as a backdrop. And one of Raoul Walsh’s most popular films, The Honor System, used it as a location way back in 1917.

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You have failed as a gentleman and a lover. Now get out of my sight.

Silent movies are famous for their romances. Who can forget Rudolph Valentino’s red hot romancing? Or John Barrymore’s professions of love? This post is not about them. Today, it’s all about the guys who are lovesick and fail miserably with the object of their affection. Awww, so sad.

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Five Ice Cold Silent Films to Cool Your Summer

I don’t know about everyone else but I am incredibly suggestible when it comes to movies. If a character is eating ice cream, I want some. If a character listens to jazz, it puts me in the mood to hear some as well. And if a character is hot and sweating… Oh dear, it makes summer unbearable.

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Fun Size Review: The Gold Rush (1925)

One of the icons of silent comedy in one of his most iconic films. Yes, I am referring to Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush, aka The One with the Edible Shoe and the Roll Dance.

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Less Than Dust (1916) A Silent Film Review

Mary Pickford stars as Radha, a cute kid from… India? Yep. She falls for a British officer, of course, and gets into all sorts of adorable antics, kind of helps an uprising and then come the roast beef jokes. Shoot me.

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Silent Movie Haul: Wild, weird and synchronized sound

Trying out something new! I’ve noticed that people enjoy unboxings and hauls and so I am going to share my latest haul of silent movies. Hope you like it!

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Hat power! (In which I am inordinately amused by headgear)

There are few things that date a film faster than its headgear. Cloche hats, pillboxes, fascinators… All say something about the time and setting of the film. In that spirit, let’s have a bit of fun with silent movie hats!

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A secret and nefarious plot to give you access to more silent movies (mwahahaha!)

Greetings, all! I talked about this a bit in my last news post but I wanted to add a bit more detail. As most silent movie fans know, access to more obscure films is a bit problematic for the average viewer.

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Five snotty GIFs you can use to answer snotty questions about classic and silent movies.

I want to start this out by saying that there is nothing wrong with being a newbie. Everyone has to start somewhere and asking questions is the best way to expand your knowledge. Genuinely curious people, these GIFs are not directed at you.

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Poll: What’s your favorite flavor of silent film?

Here’s a question: if you had to decide, what flavor of silent film would you say you enjoy the most? Not the “best” or the most famous but the films that you watch for the sheer pleasure of watching.

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Fun Size Review: The Polish Dancer (1917)

Poland’s biggest silent film star in one of her rare Polish films! Pola Negri plays a young woman who runs away from home and finds more trouble than she bargained for in the big city.

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The Captive God (1916) A Silent Film Review

William S. Hart plays a native Mesoamerican who falls for an Aztec princess. This goes over about as well as you can imagine and our hero soon finds himself marked for sacrifice. A change of pace (obviously) for western star Hart.

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There’s no need for violence! Oh… maybe there is

Silent films convey their message through physical acting and there are times when gentler movements are not enough. The answer: random bursts of violence.

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Nero (1909) A Silent Film Review

There’s something terrible in Rome and he’s sitting on the throne. The nasty Emperor Nero is having trouble with his love life and the clear answer is a bit of arson. This Italian film is an intriguing epic in miniature.
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Silent Star of the Month for July 2016

It’s a new month and time for last month’s star, Enid Bennett, to pass her crown to a new performer. This month, we will celebrate a comedian who just can’t seem to catch a break.

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News from the Silent Movie Front: Crowdfunding Borzage, Montenegrin romance and a super secret plan

Exciting things are afoot in the silent film community. Some rare films are being made available for the first time ever and I have all the latest news. The new releases are coming to you three different ways:

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Fun Size Review: Variety (1925)

Jealousy, madness, murder, trapeze acts. Welcome to E.A. Dupont’s stylish melodrama, famous for unchaining its camera and allowing the audience to leap and spin with the acrobats.

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My Summer Silent Movie Reading List

It’s summertime in California and the weather looks like this:

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The Palace of the Arabian Nights (1905) A Silent Film Review

Georges Méliès turns his magical creative vision to the famous Tales of the Thousand and One Nights in this ambitious picture. Beautiful sets, elaborate costumes and a relatively large cast blend together to create a rich cinematic environment.
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Theme Month! July 2016: Arabian Nights

The summer is heating up and so it’s time to explore entertainment set in sunnier climes and to dig into a fascinating topic: Orientalism in silent film.

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Cooking with the (Silent) Stars: Mary Pickford’s Raspberry Jam Tarts

Welcome back! I am cooking celebrity recipes from the silent era and you’re invited to tag along. You can catch up on all my previous efforts here. Today, we’re trying out a dessert from one of the biggest stars of the silent era.

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Americans, amiright?

Hollywood is shorthand for the film industry as a whole and so it’s hardly surprising that the industry would reference its own nation of origin from time to time.

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Importance vs. Enjoyment: How dare your review have OPINIONS?

As is often the case in online writing, one thing leads to another in the comment section and we are left with a dangling question. I don’t like unfinished business and so let’s talk about the difference between importance and enjoyment.

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Fun Size Review: The Girl with the Hat Box (1927)

Director Boris Barnet could and did make heaver fare but few of his pictures are as charming as this one. Plus, we get to see the much-maligned Anna Sten showing us what she could really do when people weren’t trying to turn her into Marlene Garbo 2.0.

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Haldane of the Secret Service (1923) A Silent Film Review

Harry Houdini attempted to parlay his legendary career as an illusionist into a film career and this was his final effort. (He also directs.) Playing the titular secret service agent, Houdini must track down some counterfeiters and rescue a young lady tangled in their web. Par for the pulp course.

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