Let’s have fun with windows! No, not the operating system, those glass things some people have on their homes. They figured into a lot of silent era cinematography and here are a few favorites.
(As always, I will link to my original review for the source of the GIFs.)
We’ll start with a frosty one because it’s what everyone expects. Pola Negri is pensive in Barbed Wire, a criminally underrated silent drama about a French farmerette (actual 1920s lingo) and a German POW. The film is beautiful in every way.
One of my favorite discoveries this year has been Tiger Rose, a film with Devlin the Super Mountie. He’s not called the Super Mountie in the film but I love his relentless pursuit of baddies and wish there had been a series. Here he is detecting suspicious movements on a dark and stormy night.
Ivan Mosjoukine is having a bad day in Kean but his BFF Nicolas Koline is having an even worse one. Those old windows are heavy!
Magda Foy goes out into the autumn night in Alice Guy’s Falling Leaves, one of the most lyrical and delicate films of the 1910s.
Would I give up a chance to feature Blair? I would not! Our bold canine star rushes to the you-know-what in Rescued by Rover, a perfectly charming British smash hit from 1905.
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