Videos are back! Well, one video. One video is back.
This is meant to be a video companion to my pictorial essay Stolen Bravery. You see, the “damsel tied to the train tracks” trope is more than just a stupid misconception. It actually is robbing the bold and brash women of silent film of the respect that is their due. While the era did have its damsels (much like films, TV shows and video games of today), it also had an enormous share of bold heroines and villainesses. Enjoy the clips!
I usually get viewers asking which title goes with which clip so I am including a handy guide for your convenience. Some of the films are from anthologies, sets or double features.
Lap sit, hand kiss, gunshot | The Wildcat (1921)
Fight you want, chair smash, riot | The Godless Girl (1929)
Coat grab | Her Night of Romance (1924)
I will shoot | Back to God’s Country (1919)
Pump you full of rocks, jailbreak | M’Liss (1918)
Rope swing | Sparrows (1926)
Archery | Intolerance (1916)
Fire ax | Feel My Pulse (1928)
Slap, slap, shove | The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)
Tackle, escape, bounce, block | The Burning Crucible (1923)
Stair shove | Parisian Love (1925)
Picture frame | The Taming of the Shrew (1908)
Stab | The Strong Man (1926)
Smoking, pillow toss | The Dream (1911)
Note 1: The video production schedule is going to be catch as catch can for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your patience.