Mabel Normand directs and stars in this peppy bit of race car comedy fun. A very green Charlie Chaplin is on hand as her jilted suitor and when he tries to sabotage her current boyfriend’s auto race, Mabel, well, takes the wheel.
Mary Pickford plays an Italian woman whose brothers have gone off to fight in World War One. Alone and worries, she discovers a sailor washed up on the shore. He tells her that he is an American and they secretly marry but is her husband really who he claims to be?
We’re going to be looking at something a bit modern today but I can assure you that it is quite silent. London Symphony was successfully crowdfunded in 2014 and is finally completed for all to enjoy.
As you know, I’ve been working to get the 1917 version of Kidnapped released on DVD. My latest shipment of footage included an exterior shot that has made me very curious. Just where is this mysterious castle?
We only have a few more days of 2017, so I wanted ask everyone how their silent movie year went. What were your new discoveries? Did you finally get to a live screening? Please share!
There are few things more dramatic than extreme weather so here are silent movie stars dealing with those extremes in their own unique ways.
Fast-paced, quirky and slightly kinky, this early Cecil B. DeMille film deals with a noble Turkish POW and a Montenegrin peasant women on whose farm he works. House Peters is so-so but Blanche Sweet is marvelous.
Anna Q. Nilsson plays a Northern spy who has been sent to discover the location of the South’s ironclad battleship. Miriam Cooper is the Southern railroad engineer’s daughter who must race to save the ship. Oh, yeah, there’s a guy in it too but he doesn’t do much. American Civil War adventure from Kalem.
“Your review just isn’t fair! You didn’t give the film a chance! You just don’t like the genre!”
If you review films, you’ll eventually get correspondence like this. I thought it would be fun to discuss the process of reviewing and the decision to lay on the snark.
A treasure trove of silent film buried under the swimming pool of an ex-boomtown. The discovery of the Dawson City find is legendary and this acclaimed documentary tells the story of a town through the footage that was discovered there.
The end of 2017 is rapidly approaching so let’s share some of the good things we discovered about silent films this year.
What good is a silent movie if you can’t have a few title cards revolving around pants? No good at all, that’s the answer, and today we’re going to enjoy some pants-related intertitles.
What if I told you that I could predict the state of motion pictures in the year 2100? That seems a bit bold, doesn’t it? Prognosticators have always been popular and comparing predictions to reality has provided hours of amusement over the years.
There are cases where a movie that was rejected by audiences of its day is embraced by modern viewers. This is not one of those cases. Goodness gracious, this Mary Pickford vehicle is so bad that it’s, well, bad.
Alice Guy directs an espionage romance set and made during the start of the Mexican Revolution. Frances Gibson plays a Mexican woman sent to spy on an American military officer. Will love conquer politics?
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Welcome back to Eating the Silents, the cooking series in which I attempt to recreate the dishes and meals consumed on the silent screen. This time, we’re going to be preparing the biscuits that Mabel Normand prepared for her hubby in Fatty and Mabel Adrift.
One of the great pleasures of covering silent movies is breaking it to these whippersnappers that satire and meta humor are not modern inventions. (Sorry, Gen X.) We’re going to prove it with some silent movie people reacting to movies.
Who’s ready to dig into Kino Lorber’s mammoth Fritz Lang box set? It’s twelve discs of German cinema directed and written by Lang.
Readers of this site know that I love me some Ivan Mosjoukine and I think he was a pretty talented fellow. But even the best of us make mistakes and Mosjoukine made a big one with this pretentious mess.
Gertie’s got a garter but now she needs to unload it for reasons. Marie Prevost and Charles Ray star as the ex-couple that is still bound together by a garter. It’s a lot less wild than it sounds.
Wow, the last theme month of 2017 is here and it’s a good one! I asked my wonderful patrons to vote and the winning theme turned out to be… shh! I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you.
You know a movie geek and you know that “normal” movie-related items just aren’t going to do the trick. Never fear, I’m here with a curated selection of nerdy items to please the pickiest silent movie geek.
Those romantic, passionate clutches that silent films are famous for? Not always the case. Here are some kisses that didn’t turn out as planned, as seen in silent films.
Lon Chaney, Loretta Young and Nils Asther play three corners of a love triangle made pretty disturbing by the leading lady’s youth and the general squickiness of the plot.
My crowdfunding campaign to release the 1917 version of Kidnapped on DVD is entering its final stretch, just a few hours to go. To celebrate, I’m going to share a few more preview images.
Harry Langdon is a little Belgian soldier who comes to America to find his pen pal. How hard can it be to find a Mary Brown in 1926? He just has to get through gangsters, bootleggers and the common cold to locate her. Langdon at his best.
Today, we’re going to be looking at a disc designed to bring John Bunny back into the limelight. One of the very first international comedy superstars, Bunny is unfairly forgotten and most of his films are lost. This new documentary is presented with four films from Bunny’s prime.
William Haines is a safecracker who falls in love with a banker’s daughter and leaves the old business but the old business doesn’t want to leave him. The police are tracking him down but can he be saved by a last minute plot twist?
We’re back with another silent era taste test! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay Magazine’s 1929 cookbook of the stars but today, we’re taking a little ice cream detour to 1917.