When there are no spoken lines of dialogue, you have to figure out how to make a spectacular and silent entrance. That’s just what these silent movie fellas manage with assorted techniques employed.
Director/star Lois Weber’s character gets her first look at the villainous tramp in Suspense from a decidedly dramatic angle. The 1913 is a stylish study in suspense and displays remarkable visual sophistication.
Released on DVD and Bluray as part of the Early Women Filmmakers box set.
Forrest Stanley’s super-Mountie in Tiger Rose always gets his man, thanks to his patented hide-in-the-straw-and-wait-for-him-to-show-up technique. Really smashing Mountie picture, by the way, full of more wilderness adventure than you can shake a stick at.
Conrad Veidt cut quite a figure as Ivan the Terrible in Waxworks. If anyone could lay claim to King of the Slow, Dramatic Walk, it was him. Brrr!
Speaking of dramatic Russian themes, Ivan Mosjoukine makes quite the entrance in the finale of The White Devil, based on Tolstoy’s Hadji Murat. The undisputed master of intense stares, Mosjoukine knocks this one out of the park.
Back to the U.S.A. with Harry Carey making good use of saloon doors in Straight Shooting. There’s no point in playing an old west killer if one cannot open saloon doors and allow one’s eyes to sweep the room in a menacing manner.
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