A couple of very interesting happenings in the world of early/silent film, both of which promise a slight rewriting of film history.
Hi there! As of this time yesterday, I had absolutely no thoughts of getting a kitten but here I am.
From the very start, motion pictures were pirates and resold. Almost everybody did it and so different studios developed various methods of protecting their intellectual property.
Ukrainian author Nikolai Gogol’s gloriously funny story about a disembodied nose would seem to be unfilmable and yet the husband-wife animation team of Claire Parker and Alexander Alexeieff managed to create a brilliant silent short.
Oscar Wilde meets Ernst Lubitsch in this witty society comedy. Lubitsch’s decision to jettison Wilde’s dialogue may raise some eyebrows but the Wilde spirit is intact and smart performances from Irene Rich and Ronald Colman are the icing on the cake.
Readers have been requesting more happy content so let’s take this opportunity to talk about the silent movies that make us smile.
A short dance film from pioneering director Alice Guy. A young woman dances through feathery snowflakes in what was once on fourth of a four-part dance of the seasons.
Since completing my Kickstarter campaign, I have had many people pop in and ask if there would be a public release (there will be) and if I would inform them of the date.
You can watch them in a cave…
Here are some stunning shots from silent films that feature caves of rock and ice.
You gave me your answers and I have crunched the numbers. Welcome to the results of my Mid-Year Silent Film Survey!
Paul Leni didn’t make many Hollywood films before his untimely death but the few he did make are pretty darn amazing. The Last Warning isn’t famous but it deserves to be, a delightful blend of German directing virtuosity and American star power.
Rather Dickensian even for Dickens, the grim novel Nicholas Nickleby gets the movie treatment in this two-reel Thanhouser adaptation.
As some of you already know, I have been hard at work with my Kickstarter project, the release of the 1917 version of Kidnapped and all four short films that originally accompanied it on DVD.
Quick! Name the last silent movie you have viewed! Not your favorite, not the best (though they may very well be) but the last one you viewed.
You came, you saw, you voted and now it’s time to unveil the winners! (Spoiler: It was a complete and utter slaughter!)
Royals and their doings were common subjects for silent films but sometimes being king or queen wasn’t quite what you might expect.
A live-action adaptation of Winsor McCay’s trippy comic strip about the perils of consuming too much cheese toast. Director Edwin S. Porter pulls out every trick in his bag to create a mad little short that proved to be a smash hit for Edison.
Stan Laurel pokes fun at the ever-popular Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, terrorizing the English urban landscape with a pea shooter, a party streamer and a finger trap.
In my personal experience, the overlap between silent film nerd and bookworm is almost 100% so let’s combine our interests and enjoy some silent film adaptations of fine literature.
We are almost halfway through 2018 so I thought it would be fun to share some experiences from the year to date.
Real footage of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic attempt to reach the South Pole, as well as some of the first moving pictures taken of Antarctica’s wildlife form a rare and fascinating documentary.
Sometimes things have just gone to heck in a handbasket. It happens to all of us, even silent movie stars.
A delightfully weird trick film about a man who wants to smoke and the little fairy who is determined to ruin this activity for him. A very young Gladys Hulette stars as the mischievous fairy and she is as irresistible as ever.
An elderly gentleman will allow his daughter to marry a deep sea diver on one conditions: that he dive for a pirate treasure that was lost decades before.
I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection, another grab bag of mainstream American releases this time. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so while these films might be region-free, they are quite possibly region 1 or region A. Readers living outside the region will need to check their equipment before purchasing.
FIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!! Many, many silent films have been remade as talkies so which is better? The original or the remake? I made a little survey with six stories and twelve movies. Your task: choose which you like better, the silent or the talkie.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you’re invited to tag along. Today, we’re going to be trying a recipe that is meant to indulge cravings without added poundage.
It’s the last day of the Springtime Silent Movie Challenge and I am sharing what I watched! I indulged myself utterly by filling my viewing list with pictures from France and Britain but there are some other lovely tidbits to be found as well.
The film industry was around in time to capture some interesting early flight milestones for posterity so let’s get excited about those wacky airplanes and airships!
Ernest Shackleton is famous for getting himself shipwrecked in Antarctica and then emerging alive with his entire crew. But did you know he had a cameraman with him during the journey?