Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and I’m inviting you to tag along. Today, we’re discovering the offal truth about sweetbreads and testing a recipe from a WAMPAS Baby Star.
The film industry’s gender gap behind the camera is in the news a fair bit these days. Campaigns like #52FilmsByWomen are shining a spotlight on the talents of female directors and while it is wonderful to celebrate modern women with megaphones, let’s not forget their ancestresses.
Here’s a question that crops up time and again: You like silent movies but your friend, date, spouse, kid has never seen one. Which titles are best for newcomers?
What do you do to set your movie apart in a crowded market? If you worked for Kalem, you went overseas! This film is significant as it is believed to be the first fiction film shot in Ireland. The local color elevates this immigrant melodrama and makes it a must-see for history nerds.
Snub Pollard plays an orphan who grows up to be… an auctioneer’s assistant? When he inadvertently sells the contents of a house belonging to the chief of police, he must embark on a wild goose chase to buy everything back or spend his not-so-happily-ever-after in prison.
I’m back with another little peek into my silent movie collection. I have received wonderful feedback on my previous posts (find them here under the Shelfie category) so let’s do this again!
Let’s have fun with windows! No, not the operating system, those glass things some people have on their homes. They figured into a lot of silent era cinematography and here are a few favorites.
So yesterday I logged into my computer at about 7:30 local time and discovered some overnight commenting, which is pretty normal. We’re all in different time zones and on different schedules. One of those comments, though, was not exactly in the realm of normal for me.
Rudolph Valentino’s final film and one of his biggest hits, The Son of the Sheik has come to Bluray at last and I have all the details! Let’s take a peek at this highly anticipated disc.
Harold Lloyd dons his famous spectacles for the first time and makes movie history as a boy who just wants to take his girl to a baseball game. Of course, Snub Pollard is in the way and chaos ensues but the real fun is seeing Lloyd’s evolution as a comedian.
Elmer Booth is a convicted ne’er-do-well who has promised to stick to the straight and narrow upon his release from prison for the sake of his wife, Mary Pickford. The promise lasts all of ten minutes and Booth is soon drinking with a counterfeiter. I’m sure this will end well.
Mabel Normand scored a smash hit with this feature-length comedy about a mining camp brat who goes to live in the big city. Chaos ensues but you knew that already.
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Alice Guy variation on a theme by O. Henry is the story of a small child who tries to save her older sister’s life by prolonging autumn. A lyrical tearjerker and a rare example of Guy’s work from her Solax period.
Starting about a year ago, I have been collaborating with collector Christopher Bird on some rare silent film releases. The plan is simple: he has the prints, I have the platform and the public gets to enjoy films that have been unavailable or hard to see for decades.
Lots of wonderful new releases and crowdfunding projects to share with you! I also have a secret project starring an actress who looks suspiciously like Fay Wray.
Rudolph Valentino’s signature role is coming to Bluray at last and I have all the details for you, dear readers! Join me on a nerdy examination of this exciting new edition of a romantic kitsch classic.
100 years ago, if you wanted to see a movie from a box office powerhouse team, you would watch a film with Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne. Under Royal Patronage is a Ruritanian romance designed to showcase their chemistry and It Screen Couple status.
Charley Chase meets the woman of his dreams but has to wriggle out of an arranged marriage in order to live happily ever after. His solution is to feign insanity, which backfires in the most hilarious way possible.
I fell down a research rabbit hole, as I am wont to do, and ended up knee-deep in Canadian animation. Not the worst problem to have. Anyway, I wanted to share a pair of splendid films that were new to me and available for online viewing, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada!
Pauline Garon stars as a trapeze artist who falls for a rich boy slumming at the circus. And he has a snobby fiancee and an overbearing father! We all know exactly where this is going, right?
Hi there! In addition to a cold and my usual throat infection, I am heading off to a wedding this weekend. NyQuil goes so well with formal gowns!
Lon Chaney plays a ventriloquist-turned-criminal who joins forces with two other sideshow performers to open a pet shop and steal jewels. Just go with it. Chaney reunited with director Tod Browning for this strange crime drama.
I am psyched about this month’s theme! I’ll be covering comedies from Hal Roach, my favorite studio for all things silly.
Hi everyone. I usually try to have a new silent movie review every Sunday and this one was supposed to be a pip: a Silents vs. Talkies review with the 1925 and 1930 versions of The Unholy Three. Alas, there will be a slight delay.
If you think that I have been reviewing more silent films on this site… you’re right! I have been trying to fill gaps in coverage (particularly in pre-feature cinema) but my efforts starting me thinking…
A few weeks back, I invited my readers to cook along with me and I was even able to offer prizes thanks so generous backers. Well, it’s time to announce the winners and share some recipe pictures!
Ben Turpin plays a would be lothario who goes about harassing and annoying every woman he can find. The women each inflict their own form of revenge on this horrible pest, from scissors in the backside to electrocution to a pie in the face. Ah, innocent times!
Do you think it’s easy to look this good? Here is a collection of silent film actresses making themselves lovely for assorted purposes.
A man falls asleep next to his smoking table and is soon tormented by a pair of cigarette-loving fairies. This zany trick film from the American Vitagraph company plays around with the notion of fay malice.
It’s a tale of double infidelity and revenge! The twist? All of the characters are played by stop-motion dead insects. The wonderfully weird animated film was created by Ladislas Stravevich, one of the most imaginative and witty animators in the history of film.