Silent Movie Haul: British Silents, Jewish Luck, Theda Bara and Big Old Epics

I have quite the haul this time! In fact, this is only half of it, I’ll be posting the other half at a later date. I have been ordering from overseas and have a collection of goodies from foreign shores!

(Click the title or artwork to see ordering details for each film. I link to US sources where I can but some films will have to be ordered from out of the country. Or in the country, depending on where you are. In any case, check region codes before ordering.)

Shooting Stars (1927)

A behind-the-movie-scenes picture directed by Anthony Asquith and A.V. Bramble. The BFI released a DVD/Bluray combo pack. British silents are still relatively rare on home video, so I was pretty happy to get this one.

The Wrecker (1928)

Another British title, this one promises a spectacular crash. This is exciting because a) I am a train nerd and b) it stars Carlyle Blackwell. Blackwell spent most of the 1920s making films in England and this is a chance to see what he was getting up to. Carlyle Blackwell fans, unite! Both of us!

Sodom and Gomorrah (1922)

An Austrian mega-epic with a strong Hungarian flavor thanks to director Michael Curtiz and star Victor Varconi. It’s DeMille before DeMille was DeMille.

Jewish Luck (1925)

The bittersweet comedy of a Jewish man trying to survive czarist Russia using every trick and get-rich-quick scheme he can think of. The film is notable for employing Eduard Tisse, Sergei Eisenstein’s favorite cinematographer, which lends the picture considerable visual flair.

The Wandering Jew: The Life of Theodore Herzl (1921)

A biopic dedicated to Theodore Herzl, one of the fathers of modern Zionism. This is the earliest available film with both Rudolph and Joseph Schildkraut in its cast. (I’m rather fond of this father-son duo.)

Theda Bara Double Feature

The great tragedy of Theda Bara’s career is that we have so little available from the height of her fame. The Unchastened Woman is from Bara’s mid-1920s comeback but it’s still better than nothing. (Or is it? Da da duuuuuum!)

The Buster Keaton Collection

Three features from Keaton’s MGM period, two silents and his first talkie.


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6 Replies to “Silent Movie Haul: British Silents, Jewish Luck, Theda Bara and Big Old Epics”

  1. Your introduction contained one error: there are three known Carlyle Blackwell fans in the movieverse, if you include me. You couldn’t have known this, so the oversight is excusable. I always enjoy your articles, reviews, GIFs, and sense of humor!

  2. “Shooting Stars” is excellent! After that, I had to pick up Asquith’s “Underground” and “A Cottage on Dartmoor”, great movies which are also available from the BFI. The Buster Keaton collection is also a good choice, and the two silents are much better than the talkie, in my opinion.

  3. Please, please do a review of ‘The Unchastened Woman’!

    ‘The Wrecker’ is fantastic and I’m not just saying that as a fellow train nerd…after all, who wants to see the destruction of trains?

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