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.
We are dead in the middle of summer and as summer is objectively the worst season, we need a way to survive this. Well, kids, the power of suggestion works both ways! Let’s watch some chilly silent films to counteract all that nasty sunshine and fresh air.
As usual, this list will be comprised solely of films I have already reviewed for this site. Enjoy!
It was a dark and stormy night… Okay, this film is silly and it doesn’t do quite enough with Lon Chaney but I enjoyed it for what it was. Besides, we get a gloriously overblown storm, the kind that can only be glimpsed on studio backlots.
(Read my review of The Monster here and enjoy my debunking of a Buster Keaton-related myth.)
The Beloved Rogue
John Barrymore’s bit of medieval mayhem is a mad romp. Everyone overacts and I couldn’t be happier. Plus, we get to have a lot of fun in a snowy Paris at night! Also, Conrad Veidt as a stooped, drooling monarch. Good times, good times.
Back to God’s Country
Nell Shipman saves herself and her man in this Canadian adventure. The plot is very by-the-numbers melodrama but Shipman elevates it with her guts and fire. Go, Nell, go!
The Trail of ’98
Way Down East
I think everyone would have been terribly disappointed if this had not made the list. Want some psychological frostbite in the good old summertime? This is the movie for you. Blizzards! Ice floes! Frost face! Brrrrrrrr!
By the way, The Gold Rush is another obvious choice but I just did a little piece on it and I wanted to mix things up a bit.