Pretty much every modern film owes something to the silent era but today we’re going to be showcasing silent films that were eerily prescient. Or were just plain ripped off in the talkies.
(Disclaimer before taped-up glasses are pushed up and comments beginning with “Actually…” are typed: This is all in good fun. Some of these things directly influenced culture to come, some didn’t and most silent films were influenced by the pop culture of their own time. This isn’t serious or scholarly so please chillax and enjoy the GIFs.)
In addition to the dialogue, I am fairly certain that the outfit on the lower left was used to dress a killer android in season one of Star Trek. The Lumberjack, by the way, was made by itinerant filmmakers who traveled about and made local films featuring the citizens and landmarks of small-to-medium towns.
Available on DVD and Bluray in Flicker Alley’s We’re in the Movies set. (Highly recommended, by the way.)
The Black Pirate, in addition to featuring lovely early Technicolor, employed a good number of pirate movie tropes to excellent effect. It didn’t coin this phrase (I’m not even sure if it was the first pirate movie to use it) but it did help to permanently add it to the piratical lexicon. Disney owes Douglas Fairbanks some royalties, methinks.
The Bat Signal in The Bat is actually a bug on a car headlight but I won’t tell if you won’t.
We close things with another Star Trek reference because I’m just nutty that way. This is from The Trail of ’98. It’s gold rush stuff, pretty cliched but the on-site photography is nice. Only cost a few lives.
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