Do you think it’s easy to look this good? Here is a collection of silent film actresses making themselves lovely for assorted purposes.
A man falls asleep next to his smoking table and is soon tormented by a pair of cigarette-loving fairies. This zany trick film from the American Vitagraph company plays around with the notion of fay malice.
It’s a tale of double infidelity and revenge! The twist? All of the characters are played by stop-motion dead insects. The wonderfully weird animated film was created by Ladislas Stravevich, one of the most imaginative and witty animators in the history of film.
Max Linder plays an amiable eccentric who is paralyzed with superstition when he breaks a mirror. His strange behavior causes his fiancée to dismiss him and he spends the rest of the film trying to leave town to forget. But does he have seven whole years of misfortune ahead of him?
I’ve had some requests for a peek inside my silent film collection and everyone seemed to have fun with my list of the first ten silent films I ever purchased so I’m back with another taste.
Hi, everyone! As a huge fan of PBS and NPR (American public television and radio), I decided to copy them a little and hold a fundraising drive.
An exercise in imagination:
Hark! Your friendly local silent film venue has no idea what to play. They have called on you to come up with a program for the evening with a feature and some short subjects. The silent film community is relying on you!
A group of conspirators plan to rob a bank. (I am told that their plan is bold.) They succeed but can they escape the long arm of the law? Sleazy entertainment from the pioneering Lubin studio.
I often remark that people tend to forget that the silent era lasted over 30 years and many hairstyles came and went during that time. Silent movie hairstyles were about more than just Louise Brooks bobs and Rudolph Valentino oil slicks. Let’s talk about hair that was… bigger.
A stiff version of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense classic that is nonetheless interesting to see because of its extremely detailed costuming based on the original John Tenniel illustrations. The story is choppy and I doubt anyone unfamiliar with the book would be able to follow the plot but I do appreciate the attention to visual detail.
Real footage from the legendary Endurance expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton edited into documentary form and released just three years after the crew’s return from their harrowing ordeal.
I’m very excited! It’s time to bring back my favorite blogathon of all time, a celebration of clashing swords, wooden ships, iron men and women, etc. What am I talking about? The Swashathon!
When a baby is kidnapped, it’s up to the family dog to save the day! An early entry in the Heroic Dog genre of motion pictures, this British production has charm to spare.
It’s a new month and March’s featured star, Milton Sills, will pass the crown to a new performer. This month’s star is an American performer who found far greater success when she hopped on a boat for Germany.
The featured star is…
The problem with movies today is their absolute unwillingness to show slang-talking elephants on the loose in the Canadian wilderness, where they are mistaken for the antichrist. Well, never fear because The Soul of the Beast is here!
It’s time for Movies Silently’s annual reader request month! Last August, I asked my readers to list films they would like me to review and now I am fulfilling some of those requests.
Jetta Goudal and William Boyd are an aristocratic pair on the outs. Angered by his rejection, Goudal plays a cruel joke on her ex-fiancé—she sets him up with a “lady of the pavements” (Lupe Velez) gussied up as a lady of quality. D.W. Griffith’s final silent film.
Deliciously over-the-top, slightly goofy, always fun… Who among us hasn’t wanted to say, “Kiss me, My Fool!” at least once? The funny thing is, people say the line without even realizing that they are quoting a silent movie.
It’s dark, it’s bloody, it’s scandalous! And, until now, it was unavailable the the general public. Behind the Door is an anti-German vengeance picture released a year after the end of the First World War.
It’s my fiftieth taste test of a vintage celebrity recipe! (Read all my past taste tests here.) I asked my readers to vote on which silent movie star recipe I would prepare for the occasion and the winner turned out to be someone who never admitted to acting in silent films.
A burglar attempts to rob a New York high rise but he didn’t count on angry women armed with brooms catching him in the act. Very early film from the Vitagraph company.
You may recall that I posted a little survey a couple weeks back to find out the average age of silent movie fans and whether the fanbase is growing, shrinking or staying the same. Wow! So many participants!
Mae Marsh’s career post-1916 is often dismissed as unworthy of study but Polly of the Circus proves this notion to be wrong. A tight little circus melodrama, Polly also delivers some surprisingly deep questions about faith, religious hypocrisy, love and loyalty.
After months of heavy rainfall, Paris found itself underwater during the winter of 1910. This rare footage was recently rediscovered and it showcases everyday life in the flooded city.
Continue reading “The Seine Flood (1910) A Silent Film Review”
Lots of amazing things going on in the world of silent film. More lost films found, more Blurays and more Kickstarters. I am simply gleeful!
I have been having so much fun with my vintage movie star recipes that I have decided it’s time to share that fun with my readers. Let’s cook something together!
Welcome back! In this series, I discuss the careers of silent movie personnel during the talkie era. Today, our subject is a favorite movie from my childhood: The Great Race.
Germaine Dulac examines the thoughts, dreams and homicidal tendencies of a woman trapped in a marriage with a buffoon. Gorgeously shot and imaginatively directed, this is a must-see.
A young Russian official awakens to find that his nose is missing. He then discovers that it is not only alive and well, it is wearing a splendid cape and has a higher rank in the civil service than he does! An adaptation of Gogol’s absurdist classic using the pinscreen animation of Claire Parker and Alexandre Alexeieff.
It’s here at last! Some wonderful participants are going to join me in celebrating women directors from the dawn of cinema to 1970! Do join us on this tour of this forgotten realm of film history.