Theme Month! October 2013: Reader Requests

2013-10Theme-Month-display-banner-GreenBack in June, I asked my blog readers to choose my reviews for the month of October. I was overwhelmed by the great suggestions and had trouble narrowing down my choices.

I really enjoyed the experience because it forced me out of my comfort zone and made me review films that were not necessarily on my to-watch list.

As promised, I will be linking to the websites of the folks who suggested these films.

Review #1

The Wizard of Oz (1925)

This film was requested by Tumblr user Nitrateglow, a silent film buff who was one of my first fans and the very first to respond to my reader request poll. The Wizard of Oz is widely considered one of the worst silent films ever made. Let’s see if it lives up to its reputation.

Review #2

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

This film was requested by the folks at the Toronto Silent Film Festival. If you happen to be in the Toronto area on April 3-8, 2014… well, why not enjoy some excellent silent entertainment? By the way, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the earliest surviving full-length animated feature.

Review #3

The Red Lily (1924)

This film was requested by Comet Over Hollywood and Noir Dame. This is a dark tale of Parisian love gone sour. One star’s reputation has grown over the years (Ramon Novarro) while the other star is all but forgotten (Enid Bennett).

Review #4

Lizzies of the Field (1924)

This comedy short was requested by A Modern Musketeer. Two rival garages decide to settle their differences in a wacky endurance race. Real cars, real stunts.

Review #5

Silent Movie (1976)

This comedy was requested by True Classics and Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. Popular director Mel Brooks decided to ressurrect the silent film in the 1970’s and hilarity ensues. Packed with cameos and sight gags.

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