Theme Month! September 2018: Nice Things

It seems there has been a lot of bad news lately and while I don’t usually remark on current events, it seems that people can use a little pick-me-up.

Well, for the entire month of September, I am going to focus on Nice Things. Silent movies that make you feel good about yourself and the world.

This is obviously a Your Mileage May Vary situation but in general, we’re all about the cheerful, cute, fun and funny.

While you’re waiting for my reviews, here are a few feel-good films I have already covered. This list is not exhaustive but I did try to provide a variety of decades, genres, etc. I left off the pathos-comedy films, for the most part, because pathos doesn’t play the same for everyone but there are absolutely some wonderful titles in that style.

Beyond the Border (1925)

Fox Trot Finesse (1915)

The Garden of Eden (1928)

Little Nemo (1911)

Mighty Like a Moose (1926)

Nursery Favorites (1913)

Rescued by Rover (1905)

Skinner’s Dress Suit (1926)

Three Million Dollars (1911)

The Wishing Ring (1914)

The X-Rays (1897)

Do you have any silent films that make you feel all fuzzy inside? Please share!

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10 Replies to “Theme Month! September 2018: Nice Things”

  1. What a wonderful month of reviews September should be! Had a feel-good screening this Labor Day weekend after the backyard barbecue finished up: Arbuckle-Keaton-St. John shorts followed by Mickey and Zaza on the big screen in our den. Served this up with the dessert (fresh peach pie). Great conversations and lots of fuzzies all ’round 😀

  2. Hi thanks for the recommendations! Have just watched Fox Trot Finesse 1915. Very funny, and makes me want to join in the dancing. Looking forward to watching the other films. 😁

  3. My obscure pick would be Curses!, a 1925 Educational Pictures short starring Al St. John and directed by Roscoe Arbuckle (under the alias William Goodrich). It’s a hilarious parody of both movie serials and Tom Mix style westerns; as such, it contains all the necessary ingredients – the ditzy damsel in distress; the over the top villain; the intrepid but kinda stupid hero; various minions and cliffhangers galore. It’s amazingly inventive and very clever, and is one more bit of proof that if fate hadn’t intervened, there would have been a Big Five of silent comedy – Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Langdon and Arbuckle.

    It also has flapjacks used as a weapon, which is enough to recommend it right there.

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