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!
The silent era was simply packed with exciting westerns from beginning to end and now you have a chance to tell me which one was the best!
Cecil B. DeMille spent the first two-and-a-half years of his directing career overseeing westerns, romances, comedies, crime dramas and a couple of flicks set in Montenegro but Joan of Arc was the subject of his first true epic.
Who says crime never pays? They have clearly never seen a silent movie, that’s for sure! This is my collection of silent movie people generally misbehaving and having a good time!
Lois Weber directs and stars in a stylish short of, well, suspense. She is a young mother alone in a remote house trying to fend off a home invasion robbery while her husband listens on the telephone. It’s a Grand Guignol tale of terror and done rather well.
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 week, we’re diving into a genre that is very much love it or hate it for most viewers.
Welcome back! I am cooking up recipes of the silent stars and tasting them from a modern point of view. (I have listed all the recipes I have tested on this dedicated page. Check back often.) Today, we will be testing a recipe from a superstar of the talkies who made a few silents in her youth.
It’s no secret that the talkies owe a lot to silent film. Anyone complaining about all the remakes nowadays had better avert their eyes from the so-called Golden Age of cinema because retreads ruled and a good number of them, musicals included, had silent originals.
As you probably know, I love silent movie GIFs and I make them all the time. Some of them have become my favorites, used often, while others are just kind of… there.
Sessue Hayakawa stars as the San Francisco Tong’s deadliest hatchet man but then he is called upon to assassinate a fellow with an incredibly beautiful daughter. I bet you’ll never guess what happens instead!
There’s a video knocking around the internet that purports to tell the story of a century of cinema (1915-2015) by showing the best shots of each year. Naturally, there are some issues with the silent era. The main one: booooooooooooring!
Mabel Normand stars as a lively young lady who is dating a race car driver. Charlie Chaplin plays a caddish motorcyclist who decides to rain on the young couple’s parade by kidnapping the driver just before his big race. Well, you can probably guess what happens next based on the title of this film…
Silent movies used title cards to tell the more complicated parts of their stories, relying on gestures and lip-reading to convey the rest. What about matters of romance? We’re going to be studying smooth-talking of the silent era with an inordinate amount of Wallace Reid.
I don’t know a single single movie fan who doesn’t daydream about films that still exist but have never been released to the general public. We all have our dream list of “vaulties” and this is mine. I hope you enjoy!
Ernst Lubitsch’s take on Carmen is worth watching for one reason and one reason only. Fortunately, that reason is pretty good. Pola Negri is fierce, flirty and irresistible as the world’s most famous femme fatale.
I haven’t done one of these in a while so here goes:
I’ve been nominated for a blogging award by two fellow classic film bloggers. The rules say I must answer 11 questions and share 11 facts. I love filling out questionnaires so here goes!
A lot of things are in the pipeline right now and so I thought I would do one big post to discuss them all. Enjoy!
William S. Hart is in his comfort zone as an actor and director when he plays a rough, tough outlaw who takes the job of marshal on a lark and ends up falling for the town beauty (Margery Wilson, actress and director). Resident vamp Louise Glaum is on hand as the villainess and a good time is had by all.
Continue reading The Return of Draw Egan (1916) A Silent Film Review
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 week, we’re getting very artistic and weird but don’t worry, it’s going to be fun!
I have a bone to pick with this film but I think I’ll have to get in line behind its star, John Gilbert, its screenwriter, Frances Marion, and one of its ex-directors, Victor Tourjansky. MGM’s attempt to simultaneously film Leo Tolstoy and Jules Verne results in a rather uneven picture that plunges into plagiarism. Wheeee!
Continue reading The Cossacks (1928) A Silent Film Review
I’m here to ask for a bit of help. We have a mystery fragment of celluloid film on our hands and I am hoping you will be able to assist in identification. Get on your deerstalker caps, your oversized magnifying glasses and other detective paraphernalia, we are going sleuthing!
This joyful, sassy romantic comedy is the perfect choice for people who do not usually go in for romantic comedies. A Russian girl named Parasha sneaks her soldier boyfriend (Ivan Mosjoukine) into her house by disguising him as the new cook. Chaos obviously ensues.
It’s a new month, which means that last month’s featured silent star, Ford Sterling, will be passing the title to a new performer. We’re heading into much more obscure territory with this selection.
This month’s featured star is….