If you’ve only seen the Great Lover style of flirting in silent movies (Valentino, Gilbert, etc.) then you are missing out! Sweeping romantic gestures are all well and good but there is something to be said for adorkable.
More silent movies for me! Get ready for another tour through my strange buying habits. All DVDs and no Blurays this time.
Lots of exciting news for silent movie fans! We have a new crowdfunding campaign, some lost films found and a reissue that warmed the cockles of my jaded heart.
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If you’re like me, you were pretty excited when Flicker Alley announced that they would be releasing Children of Divorce (1927), which stars Clara Bow and Gary Cooper. Well, it gets even better! How would you like to win a copy?
Grand fun to be had with this violent French western. Yes, French. It’s basically a Coyote-Roadrunner cartoon with real bullets.
Uh oh! Here’s another post of personal factoids. Prepare to be shocked, angered and horrified! (Well, not really but it sounded good.)
The prince of a Balkan kingdom decides that royalty is for the birds and so he runs away to San Francisco and falls in love with a barroom singer named Fluffy. As one does. Basically a gender-reversed Roman Holiday, if that’s your cup of tea.
The good people at the Library of Congress have more mystery stills to identify and they are hoping that you, dear readers, will be able to assist. I think you’re the best in the west at this sort of thing, so let’s give this a try!
A little while ago, I ran a survey asking readers to share how many silent films they own (any format) and what moves them to make a purchase. Here are the results:
Mae Murray stars as the devil of the title, a nice Irish girl who pretends to be bad to land a job on the stage. Rudolph Valentino (under two tons of pale greasepaint) is her nice Irish boy love interest. Oh brother.
Robert Warwick stars in this biopic of Nathan Hale, which boasts a screenplay by a very young Frances Marion. There are powdered wigs and heroic poses in abundance but, lest things get too stodgy, there are also a surprising number of spicy title cards. Oo-la-la!
Greetings all. I usually post a silent film review on Sunday but a scratchy throat on Saturday turned into full-blown influenza.
Movie buffs are tough to shop for, let’s be honest. They either already own everything or are holding out for a new restoration. Well, I’m here to help. Here is my selection of ten impressive silent film box sets that will win over even the pickiest cineaste.
Drugs! Norma Talmadge and Tully Marshall star as artistic types who find their best inspiration with a little chemical assistance. This ham-fisted cautionary tale features splendidly over-the-top intertitles and a charming performance from Talmadge.
It’s a new month and August’s featured star, Richard Dix, will pass the crown to a new performer. This month’s star was one of the top stars of her day but her reputation has not aged well.
A while back, I held a survey to see where most of my readers are located and whether they have easy access to silent movie screenings. Here are the results!
While film reviews in traditional media must have a limited length, bloggers have no such limits. This leads to an important question: how long should a review be?
I know what you’re thinking but this film involves absolutely no body parts hidden in luggage. Sorry.
Douglas Fairbanks plays an artist with more enthusiasm than talent and more charm than cash. When the love of his life dumps him for another, he feels he has nothing left to live for and so he hires the best assassin in New York, Automatic Joe, to help him end it all. But then Doug changes his mind and that’s where the trouble begins.
It’s poll time again! This time, we’re going to find out how many silent films we watch and own as a group. I know that the survey responses may not exactly describe you but just choose the one that is the closest fit. Have fun!
I wouldn’t trade email and other instant communication for anything but there is something wonderful about a handwritten letter, especially one written on lovely stationary. Of course, letters were still alive and well during the silent era so let’s enjoy a few letter scenes with the stars of the era.
What were people watching a century ago? We’re going to take an entire month to explore this topic. This month, every film I review will have a 1916 release date.
The Library of Congress needs our help and since they do so much for film preservation, it’s only fair that fans of classic cinema would pitch in. What do they need? Our braaaaaaaains!
It has been a while since I posted a news update but lots of exciting things are happening– especially on the silent movie Bluray front!
Tarzan’s very first film appearance, this movie stars Elmo Lincoln, silent movie strongman and THE Tarzan to movie audiences until Johnny Weissmuller showed up.
René Clair’s first film as director, this is a quirky little science fiction comedy about a mad scientist and a special ray that freezes the entire city of Paris. All of it except for the very top of the Eiffel Tower and the night watchman sleeping there. What will he do now that he is the king of a frozen city?
So many silent movies, so little time. Lots of good stuff to share this time! Here are my latest silent movie acquisitions on DVD and Bluray.
Silent movies are often portrayed as scratchy, jittery things with warped ragtime piano playing in the background. In reality, silent films were meticulously crafted, as beautiful today as they were when they were first released.
Thought lost for decades, this romantic melodrama of the Balkan Wars is the second and final collaboration between leading lady Blanche Sweet and director Cecil B. DeMille. The production was marred by personality conflicts, illness and a tragic accidental death but the film itself is a scrumptiously sleazy little slice of hokum.