Time to get my readers involved once again! I’ve had reader request months for individual films but this time I am asking you to help choose a theme for the entire month of November!
Every now and again, I like to post quizzes so that my readers can test their silent movie knowledge. And win prizes! Like this beautiful GIF!
It’s list time! We’ve already covered the five silent films that I consider to be the worst and least enjoyable. In short, silent films that I wish had been lost. Now we’re going in a slightly different direction. The films on this list are just as bad but they are also entertaining as heck. Whether it’s hilariously inept acting, bizarre title cards, weird stories or some combination, these movies will have you laughing through the groans.
Marion Davies directed by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle should have been comedy gold but this Dutch-themed picture trips over its own sabot and never recovers.
It’s a mark of sophistication but I am quite relieved that it never particularly caught on in the United States.
They raided her home, killed her family, stole her horse and now they’re gonna pay! Viola Dana stars as a Russian peasant who sets out to avenge her murdered family. It’s a stylish drama of vengeance and ballet in the waning days of Imperial Russia.
Here’s a real treat: ice cream that doesn’t need an ice cream maker! Even better, you only need a few basic ingredients and a mixer to make it. Here’s my silent movie twist on a fabulous recipe.
Welcome to the happiest blogathon of the year! Participants are going to be sharing their favorite happy films, recipes and movie memories. Pull up a chair and stay a while! I will be updating this post throughout the event.
I know this will come as a complete shock but it seems that people are actually wrong about things on the internet. And in print. And then they’re wrong when the internet quotes the in-print errors. Sigh.
A violent and surreal (and FUNNY) comedy from director Jean Durand. Forgotten French comedian Ernest Bourbon stars as Onésime, who has managed to create an exact double of himself. When the double’s antics prove troublesome, Onésime decides that drastic measures are called for.
Continue reading Onésime vs. Onésime (1912) A Silent Film Review
Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman star as an unhappily married couple on the verge of a breakup. What he doesn’t know, though, is that his mousy wife has a sexy identical twin.
If you were stuck on a desert island, which classic movies would you want to take with you? That is the question Rick of Classic Film and TV Cafe has asked as part of his celebration of Classic Movie Day.
Vera Reynolds and Julia Faye are a couple of manicurists who end up going “over there” during the First World War. Naturally, army life is more dangerous than either of them imagined.
Sorry, boys, silent movie heroism is for girls!
Welcome back to my curated list of silent films selected with the newcomer in mind and designed to be viewed one weekend at a time. This time, we’re going to celebrate women who took center stage and turned gender tropes on their head.
Ask the average person to describe a silent movie villain and you’ll probably hear something like this:
“Big, curly mustache, black top hat, black cape. Always terrorizing damsels.”
The thing is, they’re describing Snidely Whiplash and Professor Fate, both of whom were created decades after the silent era. Time to smash some myths!
All you lovely guys and gals have been saying that you want more real world silent movie news so here we are. Let me know if you like this feature and it may come back.
Ninety years ago, Rudolph Valentino’s final film was released. Son of the Sheik was a direct sequel to his smash hit and it created just the right combination of romance, adventure and humor.
Love! Honor! Furry hats! Intense staring! I think we have some Russians in the house.
A brand new set of Buster Keaton shorts with new footage, restorations and scores? You’d better believe that’s going to make some waves. Let’s unbox this set and see if it lives up to our expectations.
Nightclub queen Texas Guinan made a series of westerns in the 1910s and 1920s. We’re going to be looking at her adventures in ranching as she tries to save her kid sister, Waco, from bandits. (Waco?) Much action and shooty-bang stuff.
Reaction shots. Silent movies understood the importance of interesting reactions and they are filled with them. We’re going to be enjoying some of the more amusing ones.
It’s a new month, which means that last month’s featured silent star, Enid Markey, will be passing the title to a new performer. Our new star is probably more famous for his wife than his films but I’m trying to change that.
Last week, I asked my readers to vote in a poll to determine the very best silent movie western star. The results are in!
While serials have the reputation (sometimes deserved) of being sloppy affairs, this French-Russian series turns the genre into art. Gorgeous cinematography, imaginative stunts, genuine suspense and an enthralling plot lift this serial head and shoulders above the competition.
I wanted to take a minute to discuss a nasty little red herring that shows up now and again in discussions of silent film: the notion that criticizing a silent film from a modern viewpoint is somehow wrong and naughty and will just blow up the earth. (faints) I’ve been wanting to cover this for a while so here goes…
It’s time to pick a new theme and this month’s is a doozy. We’re going to be celebrating danger girls of the silent era.
Harry Carey plays a cowpoke who turns to a life of crime after his sister kills herself. His only clue to the identity of the man who drove her to it is a twisted cigar butt so Harry naturally starts holding up saloons and stealing their ashtrays. Wait, what?
Not that there’s anything wrong with that…
Okay, so I lied about the “science” part. I think “science” is way overused in clickbait headlines so I used it in my own clickbait headline. Mwahahaha!
As my site gets bigger, it’s easy for older content to get lost in the shuffle. I have almost 250 silent film reviews and hundreds of other posts besides so I decided to make a list that will help newer readers dig through and find posts that are on the more mature side. Enjoy!