I’m sharing more titles from my silent film collection. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so these films are quite possibly region 1. Readers living outside the region will need to make sure they have a region-free player before grabbing one of these titles.
Beyond the Rocks (1922)
Two silent film legends, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, came together to make this film. Thought lost for decades, it resurfaced in the Netherlands. I have the 2006 Milestone release, which also includes the 1919 Mae Murray vehicle The Delicious Little Devil. (Read my review of that film here.)
A Gloria Swanson double feature consisting of a 1918 picture and one from 1924, when she was a top star. There’s supposed to be a Bluray release of Manhandled later this year but I already own the 2008 Grapevine version.
I’m pretty meh about this film but don’t tell anybody. I own the 2003 DVD release but it’s out of print and you’ll want the 2010 version with all the additional footage in any case.
If you think the epic was invented in America, you’ve got another thing coming. This 1914 Italian film was acclaimed for its scope and elegant camera pans. I have the 2000 Kino release.
Dress Parade (1927)
In addition to all my other silent film crushes, I love me some silent William Boyd. This is one of the programmers he made under the DeMille banner, a military-flavored romance co-starring Bessie Love. I have the 2007 Grapevine version.
Mary Pickford takes her character from childhood to womanhood in this delightfully light confection. Acclaimed for a reason. I have the 1999 Milestone edition.
Tess of the Storm Country (1922)
A remake of Pickford’s own 1914 version of the same story, this picture is silent movie tearjerking at its best. Have hankies at the ready. I own the 1999 Milestone edition.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
Mary Pickford plays both mother and son in this family picture. Yup, this is the one where one Mary Pickford character kisses the other on the cheek. I own the 2005 Milestone version.
Little Annie Rooney (1925)
Mary Pickford couldn’t find a story she like– so she wrote her own. I have the 2003 Terra Films release, which isn’t anything to write home about but is still better than anything Alpha has done.
That’s enough for today but we’ll be back soon with more titles, including lots more Mary Pickford!
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