Any book nerd knows that a good used bookstore is worth its weight in gold. My personal preferred flavor is the “dusty teetering stacks” kind of establishment. I hit the shelves a little while back and emerged with some pretty amazing stuff. Share time!
They’re mad as heck and they aren’t taking it anymore! Anyone still laboring under the notion that silent movies were staid affairs will surely have to change their minds. So there.
In my latest poll, I asked everyone to cast their vote and tell me their favorite silent movie flavor. The results are in. Enjoy!
I’ve had some weird comments in my day. I am still particularly tickled about that time I was accused of being in the pay of Louis B. Mayer’s family and I have had to deal with infestations of overzealous Valentino fans but this particular comment takes the cake. All the cake. There is no more cake because of this comment.
Richard Barthelmess plays a shattered WWI veteran who tries to bury himself in the country. He finds unexpected love when a marriage of convenience turns into a love match, thanks to that enchanted cottage of the title.
Ivan Mosjoukine steps off the deep end in this genre mishmash. He plays a Tibetan prince who must flee his country and ends up in Paris where he becomes a film star. Speaking of stars, there is also a plot twist that we are most familiar with in Star Wars.
I have been looking forward to this one, believe you me! I have developed an interest in and taste for independent cinema of the silent era and this box set also highlights the intriguing history of African-American filmmakers from the silent era to post-WWII.
Most movie fans know about the Yuma Territorial Prison. Van Heflin spent the better part of 90 minutes trying to send Glenn Ford there. John Wayne played foreign legionnaire using it as a backdrop. And one of Raoul Walsh’s most popular films, The Honor System, used it as a location way back in 1917.
Silent movies are famous for their romances. Who can forget Rudolph Valentino’s red hot romancing? Or John Barrymore’s professions of love? This post is not about them. Today, it’s all about the guys who are lovesick and fail miserably with the object of their affection. Awww, so sad.
I don’t know about everyone else but I am incredibly suggestible when it comes to movies. If a character is eating ice cream, I want some. If a character listens to jazz, it puts me in the mood to hear some as well. And if a character is hot and sweating… Oh dear, it makes summer unbearable.
One of the icons of silent comedy in one of his most iconic films. Yes, I am referring to Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush, aka The One with the Edible Shoe and the Roll Dance.
Mary Pickford stars as Radha, a cute kid from… India? Yep. She falls for a British officer, of course, and gets into all sorts of adorable antics, kind of helps an uprising and then come the roast beef jokes. Shoot me.
Trying out something new! I’ve noticed that people enjoy unboxings and hauls and so I am going to share my latest haul of silent movies. Hope you like it!
There are few things that date a film faster than its headgear. Cloche hats, pillboxes, fascinators… All say something about the time and setting of the film. In that spirit, let’s have a bit of fun with silent movie hats!
Greetings, all! I talked about this a bit in my last news post but I wanted to add a bit more detail. As most silent movie fans know, access to more obscure films is a bit problematic for the average viewer.
I want to start this out by saying that there is nothing wrong with being a newbie. Everyone has to start somewhere and asking questions is the best way to expand your knowledge. Genuinely curious people, these GIFs are not directed at you.
Here’s a question: if you had to decide, what flavor of silent film would you say you enjoy the most? Not the “best” or the most famous but the films that you watch for the sheer pleasure of watching.
Poland’s biggest silent film star in one of her rare Polish films! Pola Negri plays a young woman who runs away from home and finds more trouble than she bargained for in the big city.
William S. Hart plays a native Mesoamerican who falls for an Aztec princess. This goes over about as well as you can imagine and our hero soon finds himself marked for sacrifice. A change of pace (obviously) for western star Hart.
Silent films convey their message through physical acting and there are times when gentler movements are not enough. The answer: random bursts of violence.
There’s something terrible in Rome and he’s sitting on the throne. The nasty Emperor Nero is having trouble with his love life and the clear answer is a bit of arson. This Italian film is an intriguing epic in miniature.
Continue reading Nero (1909) A Silent Film Review
It’s a new month and time for last month’s star, Enid Bennett, to pass her crown to a new performer. This month, we will celebrate a comedian who just can’t seem to catch a break.
Exciting things are afoot in the silent film community. Some rare films are being made available for the first time ever and I have all the latest news. The new releases are coming to you three different ways:
Jealousy, madness, murder, trapeze acts. Welcome to E.A. Dupont’s stylish melodrama, famous for unchaining its camera and allowing the audience to leap and spin with the acrobats.
It’s summertime in California and the weather looks like this:
Georges Méliès turns his magical creative vision to the famous Tales of the Thousand and One Nights in this ambitious picture. Beautiful sets, elaborate costumes and a relatively large cast blend together to create a rich cinematic environment.
Continue reading The Palace of the Arabian Nights (1905) A Silent Film Review
The summer is heating up and so it’s time to explore entertainment set in sunnier climes and to dig into a fascinating topic: Orientalism in silent film.
Welcome back! I am cooking celebrity recipes from the silent era and you’re invited to tag along. You can catch up on all my previous efforts here. Today, we’re trying out a dessert from one of the biggest stars of the silent era.
Hollywood is shorthand for the film industry as a whole and so it’s hardly surprising that the industry would reference its own nation of origin from time to time.
As is often the case in online writing, one thing leads to another in the comment section and we are left with a dangling question. I don’t like unfinished business and so let’s talk about the difference between importance and enjoyment.