Theme Month! October 2016: 100 Years Ago… The Films of 1916

What were people watching a century ago? We’re going to take an entire month to explore this topic. This month, every film I review will have a 1916 release date.

My goal this month is to take a look at the sort of films typical American audiences were enjoying 100 years ago. The sort of thing great-grandpa would take great-grandma to on a date– assuming her parents allowed her to go to such wild entertainments as the motion pictures.

We’re going to get as close as we can to a weekend night at the movies circa 1916 with plenty of stars and and genres to choose from.

Will you be reviewing Intolerance?

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Several people have asked me this but the answer is the same: no. First of all, it doesn’t really represent a typical movie of 1916. Second, I don’t have much patience for D.W. Griffith’s sniveling. Third, it’s tortuous to get through. (There! I said it!)

immigrant-card-shuffleBut don’t worry, as I stated above, there will be plenty of star power this month! I can promise a little Chaplin, a little Fairbanks and a bit of Talmadge plus some pictures from more forgotten stars. I tried to vary the genres as much as possible and to include a range of studios. Oh, and we’ll be watching films from both the east and west coasts of the United States.

For your reading pleasure, here are 1916 silent films that I have already reviewed. It’s quite a variety, from Hollywood features to European productions to independent film. I am sure you will find something to enjoy! I have marked particular favorites with an *

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Antosha Ruined by a Corset

The Captive God

*The Cossack Whip

*The Curse of Quon Gwon

Gretchen the Greenhorn

*Hell’s Hinges

*Joan the Woman

*Judex

Less Than Dust

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

The Return of Draw Egan

Sherlock Holmes

*Snow White

The Social Secretary

New Reviews

Flirting With Fate: Douglas Fairbanks tries to put out a hit on himself… and then changes his mind!

The Devil’s Needle: A drug melodrama starring Norma Talmadge and Tully Marshall.

The Heart of a Hero: A romance of the American Revolution with really stellar production values.

Behind the Screen: Charlie Chaplin’s spoof of movie making and its eccentricities.

The Vagabond Prince: A kind of gender-reversed Roman Holiday with Dorothy Dalton and H.B. Warner.