Somebody just wrote yet another old movie article that gets the silent era wrong. Never mind where, just know that apparently silent movie actresses had two options: damsels-in-distress or wide-eyed young virgins.
Obviously, this inspired me to post some GIFs of silent movie people behaving very disreputably. Who can blame me? I’m sick of this notion that silent films were these naive little things. Feh! I’ll stack them against your pre-Codes, post-Codes and modern pictures any day of the week.
In Cecil B. DeMille’s Saturday Night, an Irish-American laundress (hilariously named Shamrock) marries money but she still can’t get a drink at the party. Well, she’s not taking THAT lying down.
A VERY wild party circa 1912. Dancing and twirling and all sorts of other shenanigans, I shouldn’t wonder. This is from An Unsullied Shield, an early example of the Family Portraits Come to Life genre.
Silent movie women and girls also engaged in a little light political assassination, as was the case in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. What a world, what a world…
In Sawdust and Salome, the fuddy-duddies are thoroughly called out for their hypocrisy. The tights they reference refer to the costume Norma Talmadge wore as a (gasp!) circus performer.
I’ve been funnin’ you but Inside of the White Slave Traffic is genuinely gritty. Stuss is a variation of faro, which is the game people play in westerns if they want to look all old-timey-like.
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