One artistic flourish that never ceases to delight in silent cinema is the use of silhouettes. Sometimes, the whole film is told in silhouette and other times it is just a brief sequence. Either way, a please to watch.
Lotte Reiniger’s animation is always lovely but I have a particular fondness for her Cinderella with its filigree and crowns and hearts. Delightful.
Released on DVD as part of the Lotte Reiniger: The Fairy Tale Films set.
The House of Mystery is a real corker of a serial but it also takes time to showcase real technical virtuosity, as we see in this romantic wedding silhouette. One of the best films you’ve never seen.
Wara Wara, Bolivia’s only known surviving silent film, is a remarkable production in many ways but its finest moments come from its use of the local landscape. Stunning.
Wara Wara is available for digital rental or purchase. (As of this writing, there is a sale going on and you can get a copy for a few bucks!)
The Blue Bird is a visually stunning film even by the standards of director Maurice Tourneur but this late night party scene may well be the showstopper.
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