Part of the appeal of silent cinema is the fact that it’s so kinetic. We’re going to embrace that fact today with scenes of silent movie performers busting up the place!
Because it’s me, this post will include equal opportunity smashing. As always, I will link to the source of the GIFs below.
The glorious Ossi Oswalda plays an overly enthusiastic American heiress in The Oyster Princess. She smashes when she’s angry, she smashes when she’s happy, she fights a boxing match to win the man of her dreams. It’s fascinating to see how post-war Germans viewed Americans vs. how they viewed themselves. (And it’s adorable too!)
No one could beat William S. Hart for old west intensity. In this case, he has had just about enough of Robert McKim in The Return of Draw Egan. (As is the case with Destry Rides Again, this is a standalone film with a title that makes it sound like a sequel.)
Read my full-length review here.
Florence Lawrence is often called the first movie star but comparatively few people have seen her move. Here she is in The Taming of the Shrew dealing with a pest. Not exactly what you were expecting from the still images, eh?
Joseph Schildkraut is rocking the plumed hat and earrings look as he knocks a tankard out of time-traveling flapper Vera Reynolds’ hand. This is from The Road to Yesterday, one of the more bonkers DeMille productions and that’s saying something.
Another DeMille picture, The Godless Girl features a brawl between high school christian and atheist clubs in its first act. Team Godless smashes a folding chair over Team Godly and it’s all fun and games until someone gets killed.
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