Those romantic, passionate clutches that silent films are famous for? Not always the case. Here are some kisses that didn’t turn out as planned, as seen in silent films.
Lon Chaney, Loretta Young and Nils Asther play three corners of a love triangle made pretty disturbing by the leading lady’s youth and the general squickiness of the plot.
My crowdfunding campaign to release the 1917 version of Kidnapped on DVD is entering its final stretch, just a few hours to go. To celebrate, I’m going to share a few more preview images.
Harry Langdon is a little Belgian soldier who comes to America to find his pen pal. How hard can it be to find a Mary Brown in 1926? He just has to get through gangsters, bootleggers and the common cold to locate her. Langdon at his best.
Today, we’re going to be looking at a disc designed to bring John Bunny back into the limelight. One of the very first international comedy superstars, Bunny is unfairly forgotten and most of his films are lost. This new documentary is presented with four films from Bunny’s prime.
William Haines is a safecracker who falls in love with a banker’s daughter and leaves the old business but the old business doesn’t want to leave him. The police are tracking him down but can he be saved by a last minute plot twist?
We’re back with another silent era taste test! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay Magazine’s 1929 cookbook of the stars but today, we’re taking a little ice cream detour to 1917.
Wild happenings for the end of 2017! More crowdfunding for us to support and an interesting selection of silent film-related books being released.
I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so these films are quite possibly region 1. Readers living outside the region will need to make sure they have a region-free player before grabbing one of these titles.
William S. Hart plays an outlaw who, gosh darn it, ends up being hired as the marshal of a small, crime-infested town. Will he find redemption? Oh, come on. Do cops like donuts? Of course he will but getting there is all the fun.
Adolphe Menjou and Florence Vidor are a couple of rich swells in the midst of a divorce, much to the horror of their only child (Betty Bronson). She conspires to get her parents back together with the help of a doctor and a movie star.
Oh yeah? Just wait until they’re finished with you, they’ll show you! (Shakes fist.) Yep, silent movie stars are disgusted and are you ever going to be sorry.
How many hankies do you need to watch these movies? The whole box? Two boxes? Three? Tell me all about it!
Most of the news this time around is about the site, so maybe this is false advertising. But I do really have ballet, so don’t run away!
If I had to pick one silent comedy series that deserves to be brought back to the public eye, my answer would be the Onésime films. Directed by Jean Durand and starring Ernest Bourbon, the series is strange, twisted and surreal.
I am so excited to share a project that I have had in the works since March. Silent movie fans probably know that crowdfunding obscure releases is a popular activity and I decided to throw my hat into the ring.
Reginald Denny and Laura La Plante play a couple hoping to raise their standard of living. When Denny lies about a raise, La Plante goes shopping and all is well until the repo man comes calling. A perfectly delightful domestic comedy.
Sure, silent movies had plenty of dogs and cats but sometimes the animal co-stars got a bit… larger. Like cows and donkeys and llamas.
Welcome to a new series! I’ve been writing Cooking with the Silent Stars for some time, which covers recipes attributed to silent era celebrities, but I wanted to try my hand at recreating the dishes shown in the silent films themselves.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay’s 1929 cookbook but I sometimes take detours. Today, I’ll be sampling a variation on a popular dip credited to one of Hollywood’s most charming leading men published in a Beverly Hills cookbook.
The modern view of silent films is a little topsy-turvy. While new laugh-out-loud comedies have to fight for awards season recognition and dramas get easy respect, silent films have the opposite problem. Silent slapstick comedy is feted and praised while non-horror, non-European dramas sometimes get lost in the shuffle.
Here’s a nice treat for all you fans of German silent films: A restored version of F.W. Murnau’s influential The Last Laugh is coming to Bluray in region 1/A! I have an advance copy, so let’s dig in.
Russia has rumblings in the interior and it’s not because of that questionable lunch. Director John Collins and leading lady Viola Dana create a revolutionary bit of entertainment torn from the headlines.
Leatrice Joy plays a woman whose fiancé is more interested in unearthing 5,000-year-old mummies than in dating her. Instead of dumping the dude, she mopes and has historical flashbacks. So there.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a pretty shop girl falls in love with the boss but then schemes and circumstances force them apart. Will these crazy kids find love? Clara Bow and Antonio Moreno star in Bow’s signature film.
I’m always trying out new things on the site and I’m happy to announce that I am trying out a new cooking series. While I have been experimenting with silent era celebrity recipes for quite some time with my Cooking with the (Silent) Stars posts, my new feature will focus on the films themselves.
Whether it’s motivated by snark or genuine curiosity, silent movie fans are often called upon to explain why they enjoy these films. I’ve discussed the whys a few times already but this time we’re going to dig a little deeper into the pleasures that silent films offer.
Who doesn’t love getting flowers? Select silent movie stars, that’s who! Flowers are a great prop to illustrate romance and subtle seduction; a bit of an old hat, perhaps, but classic for a reason. However, that doesn’t always mean they’ll work as planned.
Real-life outlaw Al Jennings wasn’t a very good bandit but he found success in the movies as a consultant and star. This picture claims to be based on real events (grain of salt) and is a slow-moving but interesting film.
A rich fellow goes to Egypt for some sightseeing and ends up with a bride, a tomb curse broken and a deranged stalker. How was your last vacation? Pola Negri and Emil Jannings play some Svengali-meets-Dracula by way of an Egyptian tomb.