The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 remains one of the most deadly pandemic in recent history. Millions lost their lives and as a precaution, moving picture studios temporarily halted operations.Continue reading “The Lighter Side of a Pandemic: Rube Goldberg, Influenza and the Movies”
Inspired by the discovery of a wonderful Rube Goldberg cartoon about the movies, I have decided to make a Build-Your-Own-Silent-Title thingamee. Let’s have some fun!Continue reading “Generate Your Own Silent Movie Title!”
Well, the annual agony of tax prep is over and I am in a great mood due to this horrendous burden being completed for another year. So, here are some fun GIFs of silent stars feeling joy!Continue reading “Silent Stars Leap for Joy”
With all the talk about whether or not women can open action movies (spoiler: they totally can), I thought it would be fun to tip my hat to the original action ladies of cinema. I mean, of course, the serial queens of the 1910s. What’s your serial queen name and what serial did you star in? Let’s find out!Continue reading “The Serial Queen Name and Title Generator”
Let’s have some fun! I threw together a little name generator designed to produce the kind of names silent actresses sported in the 1910s and 1920s.
You have to excuse my annoyance. Another week, another silent film that people (including academics) have written about without watching. This is a pet peeve of mine so I made a handy chart. Feel free to share, distribute, etc.
I’m working out my plans and goals for the site in 2019 but I would love to have your feedback. What would you like to see more of in the new year?
Silent movie people are very busy, they have places to go. Sometimes, they leave. Other times, they kick you out. Variety is the spice of life.
Hot beverages keep the world running and that was just as true in the silent era.
One artistic flourish that never ceases to delight in silent cinema is the use of silhouettes. Sometimes, the whole film is told in silhouette and other times it is just a brief sequence. Either way, a please to watch.
Yes, silent movie stars had their fair share of moments that required smirks and giggles and here are a few of my personal favorites.
I am in the mood to swash some buckles (or is it buckle some swash?) and so I thought I would have a bit of fun and make a handy-dandy Swashbuckler-o-Matic. Have fun!
Silent movies are famous for their passionate love scenes but I am personally rather fond of the adorably direct ways the stars found to flirt with their true loves.
Even silent movies needed to tidy up once in a while…
Nope, nope, nope. Silent stars express their rejection in no uncertain terms.
They’ve had enough and they’re not going to take it anymore!
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and what better way to celebrate this most important occasion than by bringing out some piratical silent movies?
Things get so silly sometimes that you just have to let out a giggle. Silent movie stars excelled in all sorts of expressions but most charming of all, perhaps, is the silent movie giggle.
It’s an essential part of Hawaiian music but the ukulele was so popular on the United States mainland in the 1910s and 1920s that “with ukulele arrangement” became ubiquitous on sheet music of the period. The movies followed right along with major stars strumming the cute instrument. Ukuleles aren’t just mini guitars, the strings are in different arrangements and it creates a different sound!
Well, wouldn’t you?
Silent movie people caused mischief and mayhem in their films, it’s what made them so entertaining. Here are some stars who went the extra mile.
The megawatt smile is pretty much a requirement for a film star but sometimes… Whether for laughs or for menace, some silent stars had smiles that inspire more shrieks than sighs.
Silent movies were like modern films in that there were distinct genres and acting styles that went with them. In the case of melodrama, most audience members understood that it was meant to be over the top. And considering the excesses of modern action films, I don’t think we have any room to talk about realism.
From the very start, motion pictures were pirates and resold. Almost everybody did it and so different studios developed various methods of protecting their intellectual property.
You can watch them in a cave…
Here are some stunning shots from silent films that feature caves of rock and ice.
Royals and their doings were common subjects for silent films but sometimes being king or queen wasn’t quite what you might expect.
Sometimes things have just gone to heck in a handbasket. It happens to all of us, even silent movie stars.
The film industry was around in time to capture some interesting early flight milestones for posterity so let’s get excited about those wacky airplanes and airships!
Silent movies were often shot outside in less-than-ideal circumstances, either by choice, by accident or because it simply could not be avoided. But whether the snow was real or fake, silent movies loved their winter scenes.
Silent movie audiences loved their fairy tales and the era had its fill of the fair folk, particularly the 1910s. Of course, not every fairy was benevolent…