I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I thought I would bat it over to my readership: What do you do to make silent film newcomers feel welcome? This can be online or in person. And if you are a newcomer, I would love to hear from you as well. What makes you feel welcome in a silent movie space?Continue reading “How Do You Make Silent Movie Newcomers Feel at Home?”
It may seem counter intuitive for a movie with no audible dialogue to be quotable but silent film fans know that title cards contain some of the snappiest writing around. So, in the name of Beanie Walker, let’s share some favorites!Continue reading “What’s Your Favorite Silent Movie Quotation?”
One of the most under-discussed aspects of silent films by non-nerds is how wonderfully, on-purpose weird they were. I personally can’t get enough of the eccentric plotting, visuals and humor of some silent era films and I have a feeling some of you feel the same way.Continue reading “What’s Your Favorite Wild, Weird, Random Silent Film?”
Sure, heroes are great and if we didn’t have them, who would arrive in the TA-DA nick to time? But a hero is only as good as the villain they battle. Silent movie villains are often written off as Victorian melodrama stock characters with mustaches and top hats. We know that reality is different and now is our chance to share our REAL favorite baddies.Continue reading “Silent Movie Villains: Which Baddies Do You Love to Hate?”
I think it’s time to offer up some love for the hardworking accompanists who pour their hearts into making silent films sound as good as they look. I want you to share some of your favorite scores, live or recorded, and tell us why they’re so wonderful.Continue reading “What Are Some of Your Favorite Silent Film Scores?”
Some of us are fortunate enough to live near venues that offer regular silent film screening but many must watch silent movies on home video formats. Well, let’s indulge in a little fantasy. If you could see any surviving silent film on the big screen, which film would you choose?Continue reading “Which Silent Film Would You Love to See on the Big Screen?”
It’s Friday and in order to torture everyone, I decided to ask you which silent movie year you think is the greatest in history and if you could only keep the films of one year, which year it would be.Continue reading “You can only keep one: Which year is the greatest in all of silent cinema?”
Everyone likes to indulge in a dab of “what if…” now and again. In the silent era, there were big names and matched talents who simply never worked together so let’s daydream about them joining forces.Continue reading “What is Your Dream Silent Movie Pairing?”
Let’s have a little celebration! Which silent actress is just the bee’s knees, in your opinion?Continue reading “Who is Your Favorite Silent Film Actress?”
This year, I decided to focus my attention on persuading people to watch their first silent movie or watch more if they have started viewing them already. This is your time to share! Which silents were you able to watch in January, February and March?Continue reading “Silent Movie Report Card: Which Silent Films Were You Able to Watch in the First Quarter of 2019?”
Maybe it was the first one you ever saw. Maybe it took a few tries to win you over. Whatever order it might have been, I want you to share the silent movie that made you think “Ah ha! This is for me!”Continue reading “Which Silent Film Made You Fall in Love With Silent Films?”
I periodically like to ask readers to contribute their favorite recommendations for newbies to the world of silent cinema. It’s a great way to get a variety of options and make sure that there is something for everyone.Continue reading “Which Silent Films Do You Recommend to Newcomers?”
I guess we could argue that almost all silent films are underrated but for today, I just want to know which silent film you think deserves more love than it gets right now.Continue reading “What’s your favorite underrated silent film?”
We all have to start somewhere and so I want to ask: what was the first silent movie you ever watched?Continue reading “What was the first silent movie you ever watched?”
I have been knee-deep in research about 1910s stars and one thing that struck me was the number of big, big names I have never seen on celluloid. Oh, stills exist but silent stars can’t really be appreciated properly until you see them move.
One of the frustrating things about discussing silent films is how few people take them seriously. In the collective mind of pop culture, silent films are creaky relics full of damsels and silly melodrama. This has led to the unfortunate backlash of seeing silent films are delicate creations that must be kept under cake domes lest the harsh wind of criticism cause them to disintegrate on the spot.
This is a bit of a sad topic but every silent film fan has a wishlist of a few (or a lot) of movies that are missing and presumed lost. I want to hear about yours.
A while back, I asked readers to share their silent movie crushes and a good time was had by all so I am back for a second helping!
One thing I noticed while watching a month of Russian comedy was just how many famous directors started out as actors (Pudovkin, Barnet, Solntseva). And a good number of American directors later became 100% actors. And a few did both at the same time.
1919 was really a banner year for motion pictures. Naturally, the majority of silent films are lost but just from what survives… wow. So, tell me which 1919 releases you are going to particularly smile about during their centennial year?
Less than a month remains in the year so I thought I would put this question to you, dear readers: What was your best silent film experience of 2018?
It’s award season but who needs those talkies? We sure don’t! And since the Academy Awards weren’t a thing in 1918, I think it’s high time we make our own silent film award. We’re going to choose the Best Picture for 1918.
Well, I’ve had a great year from a silent film perspective. I’ve discovered some new favorites, revisited old friends and generally have had a lovely time.
One question that gets asked again and again: How do you watch these silent movies? I thought I would put this question to you, dear readers.
A recent discussion about adding color and voices to silent footage went off in an interesting direction and the most common defense of the practice was: it’s the only way we’ll get kids and young people to watch silent films!
Last year, I asked readers to share their favorite hidden treasures, obscure silent films that are nonetheless delightful.
Silent films are most associated with their title cards, though not every silent film had them and some directors tried to use as few as possible. Still, let’s go for the art’s signature element and share our favorites.
Last week, we talked about silent movie disappointments, films that we hoped would be good but turned out to be awful or at least meh. This time, we’re going in the opposite direction.
You’ve been looking forward to this silent film forever, you can’t wait to see it. At last, you get an opportunity and… meh. Or, worse, feh.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the home video boom is responsible for a whole generation of silent film fans. As my recent survey shows, the vast majority of the readers of this site rely on home video to see silent films.