Silent Movie Stars are Dazed and Confused

It’s been a busy week hereabouts (and, I take it, for many of you as well) and so let’s commiserate with some wonderful silent movie leading ladies who are feeling a bit dazed themselves.

Betty Amann and her incredible eyelashes are not entirely sure in Asphalt, an underrated gem of a German crime drama.

Read my review here.

Released on DVD.

Here’s a twofer! Dale Fuller and Thomas Meighan cannot even. Cannot. This is from The Canadian, another underrated drama that is well worth your time.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

Bessie Love is one of my favorite silent leading ladies and her expressive face is a big part of her appeal. Here she is in Rubber Tires, not entirely sure what to make of the situation.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

Mae Murray is baffled in The Delicious Little Devil and not just by the film’s wacky title.

Read my review here.

Available on DVD.

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6 Replies to “Silent Movie Stars are Dazed and Confused”

  1. Your review of Delicious Little Devil is closed to comments now, but one of the posters back in 2015 noted that the film was available on youtube at a normal speed. Your review said that the copy you saw was at a hopped up speed. I saw two pieces of DLD on youtube, one at normal and one at the frentic pace. It would seem to me that unless a movie was viewed at normal speed, weirdness would be at the forefront on a reviewer’s mind, no matter what the plot, or directorial deficiencies, if action is unnaturally buzzing by. Therefore to be fair, shouldn’t all reviewed movies be seen at proper speed, perhaps with the aid of VLC?

    1. I’m sure you didn’t mean to come off as facetious but I did in fact correct the speed with VLC (which is how I determined how off the speed is in the first place) and so therefore my review was fair. I just didn’t care for the movie. (All comments on all posts close after 90 days because I hate litigating old reviews. This exchange demonstrates the wisdom of that policy.)

      P.S. I do not link to YouTube videos unless the channel is owned by a known collector or archive as there are copyright issues and I prefer to send my readers to legitimate copies.

      P.P.S. I wrote an article about changing the speed of silent films nearly four years ago.

      http://moviessilently.com/2014/04/09/about-silent-movies-9-the-silent-film-first-aid-kit/

  2. Merry Christmas as it is still the season. I’m trying to get back to blogging. You are so right about that gals eyelashes…wowzers! I always loved Bessie Love and thought she deserved so much more but at least she did have a lengthy career

  3. I certainly did not mean to be flippant. I guess I was not aware that the review you did was in fact from a viewing at the correct speed. However, if I had purchased a copy of a film that was obviously done at the incorrect speed, I would question what in the name of Thomas Edison the producer was doing, releasing something that was inferior. At the very least, it would scare away a film collector from considering that company’s other product. I might also question whether my disc had the complete show, with the reels in the correct order.

    The “about silent movies” instructional post was very illuminating. I think I might have seen one other entry you had done, but had forgotten they were there. You might want to put a reference to these in the FAQ section, or some other place where newbies might look.

    1. I’m not sure how the speed came about (oh goodness, is that ever a fraught topic!) but I wonder if it had something to do with how the film rights were negotiated. There were some other issues with the release (amateurish typefaces) that I think I pointed out in the review. I try not to be too picky about releases, particularly of such a rare film, but this one had some major flaws.

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