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.
When it comes to silent films, the score is even more important than it is in talkies. A good score can save a mediocre film while a bad one can ruin even an excellent motion picture. But let’s talk about the best of the best.
There are many, many things to love about silent films but one thing that doesn’t get discussed a whole lot is how WEIRD so many of them are. Well, I think it’s time that we discuss it, don’t you?
“I like everything but westerns” is a pretty common remark to hear when discussing classic film. Look, I get it. I’m not the biggest fan of some the must-see films in the genre but I do enjoy a nice dose of people in spurs shooting one another.
I’m working on updating my list of my most-disliked silent films and if I have to suffer then you do too. Spill your guts! Which silent movies do you absolutely despise?
Since we’re almost through January, I thought this would be a good time to discuss your silent movie plans for the year. In short, which silent films are you finally going to see this year?
We’re going to be a bit materialistic this time around. We’ve talked about silent film experiences, now let’s discuss some of the THINGS that we love. Specifically, is there a silent-related book, home video release or album that you were particularly excited to obtain?
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!
How many hankies do you need to watch these movies? The whole box? Two boxes? Three? Tell me all about it!
We all have favorite comedians and favorite comedy films but what about favorite comedy moments? Is there a scene that just makes you laugh out loud?
“Silent movies? You like silent movies?”
It’s a conversation that I’ve had all too many times in my career as a silent movie fan. Many modern filmgoers just can’t comprehend why anybody would willingly watch a silent movie, let alone multiple silents.
Some of us will have to dig back to our childhoods, others will have to go back a few weeks but let’s share our earliest silent film memories.
Okay, I have a plan rattling around my brain but I need a little bit of help from you. Here’s a chance to share some of your biggest questions about silent films.
“Lost Silent Movie Found in Barn!”
Silent movie fans live for these headlines. Eccentric collectors’ estate sales, disorganized archives, old movie theaters and even abandoned swimming pools, lost silent movies can crop up in the strangest locations.
As 1917 is the 100th anniversary of the release of Theda Bara’s blockbuster, Cleopatra, and since her films have the worst availability of just about any major star, I thought the subject of ease of access would be an interesting topic.