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.
Readers have been requesting more happy content so let’s take this opportunity to talk about the silent movies that make us smile.
Quick! Name the last silent movie you have viewed! Not your favorite, not the best (though they may very well be) but the last one you viewed.
One of the persistent myths about the silent era is the notion that silent stars had funny voices and had to retire in shame.
Some readers have easy access to silent film screenings while others dream of someday experiencing their first in-theater silent film. Whichever category you belong to (or somewhere in the middle) I would love to hear about your dream screening, the silent movie you would love to catch in the theater.
While awareness of silent cinema is on the rise thanks to the internet, misinformation is spread as well. There are still people who think silent films were all weird melodramas and Keystone Cops with not much in between.
We all know that color was in the movies long before sound and that hand-colored dance films were part of Edison’s early screenings. So tell me this: What’s your favorite kind of cinematic color that was used during the silent era?
Here’s a fun little exercise. Many people dream of meeting their favorite entertainers in their prime so let’s indulge ourselves. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite anybody who worked in silent movies. Who makes the cut?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and looks aren’t everything… but they are today! Just for fun, tell me which silent stars are just plain breathtaking.
I was feeling a little mischievous on Twitter today (and every day) and so I decided to poke a bit of fun at the raging Cannes Film Festival vs. Netflix debate currently underway.
“An old black and white silent movie.”
The phrase trips off the tongue easily but it’s really inaccurate. Color was an integral part of the cinematic experience from the very beginning and the various methods of recording or adding hues are fascinating.