Lately, there has been a minor online debate as to whether a woman in a floor-length gown can command a fleet. This is particularly silly when you consider exactly how much silent movie women accomplished in fluffy dresses, corsets and high heels.
All work and no play makes for some very dull silent movies. Fortunately, the films were filled to capacity with assorted activities, from chess matches to boxing.
In recognition of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I thought it would be fun to reimagine the show as if it had been made in the silent era. Silent recasting, here we come! (You can catch my original Star Trek recasting here.)
It’s been a busy week hereabouts (and, I take it, for many of you as well) and so let’s commiserate with some wonderful silent movie leading ladies who are feeling a bit dazed themselves.
The silent era was a period of unparalleled gorgeousness when it came to cinematography, particularly the dramatic use of light and shadows.
There are few things more dramatic than extreme weather so here are silent movie stars dealing with those extremes in their own unique ways.
What good is a silent movie if you can’t have a few title cards revolving around pants? No good at all, that’s the answer, and today we’re going to enjoy some pants-related intertitles.
One of the great pleasures of covering silent movies is breaking it to these whippersnappers that satire and meta humor are not modern inventions. (Sorry, Gen X.) We’re going to prove it with some silent movie people reacting to movies.
Those romantic, passionate clutches that silent films are famous for? Not always the case. Here are some kisses that didn’t turn out as planned, as seen in silent films.
Oh yeah? Just wait until they’re finished with you, they’ll show you! (Shakes fist.) Yep, silent movie stars are disgusted and are you ever going to be sorry.
Sure, silent movies had plenty of dogs and cats but sometimes the animal co-stars got a bit… larger. Like cows and donkeys and llamas.
Who doesn’t love getting flowers? Select silent movie stars, that’s who! Flowers are a great prop to illustrate romance and subtle seduction; a bit of an old hat, perhaps, but classic for a reason. However, that doesn’t always mean they’ll work as planned.
Silent movie stars were armed and dangerous, more often than not. It’s hardly surprising as villains and bandits and villainous bandits and bootleggers could be around any corner. Here are the assorted steps taken for offense and defense.
Time for some more silent movie dance GIFs! There are always plenty of dance sequences in silent films (a good number of movie stars did stints as professional dancers) and here are a few choice cuts.
If there is one way to make yourself sound like a fuddy-duddy, it’s to complain about whippersnappers and their phones. Bonus points if you do so via text. Of course, I’m as concerned about distracted drivers as the next almost-dead pedestrian but, dudes, it ain’t just kids.
A good murder mystery is always in style. Modern audiences can’t get enough of their forensic shows and police procedurals. Well, silent era audiences felt the same way and here are some splendid mystery scenes.
As a direct result of having a fourth grade teacher obsessed with Herman’s Hermits, I can quote most of their songs from memory. This skill has dubious utility in everyday life so please forgive me for using it as a theme for a GIF post.
Since it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, we clearly need to deploy GIFs of silent era pirate-related antics. Avast and set sail, me bullies!
Pretty much every modern film owes something to the silent era but today we’re going to be showcasing silent films that were eerily prescient. Or were just plain ripped off in the talkies.
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye… These silent stars are departing from our company and some of them seem pretty pleased with the notion. (Let’s face it, we all need a few great “bye bye” GIFs in our online arsenal.)
A friendly smile… or is it? Silent movie performers had to convey complicated emotions without any assistance from their voices and they often succeeded brilliantly.
The internet. Ah, yes, the internet. Something that has the potential to be so incredibly smart but there are just days when we need to unplug. So enjoy GIFs of silent movie people disparaging the internet from before there was an internet. And you can enjoy it all on the internet.
Recently, Millennials were accused of not liking old movies and I am working on a more in-depth response but in the meantime, here is a quick comeback for my Millennial readers in the likely event that they are accused of killing classic movies.
When there are no spoken lines of dialogue, you have to figure out how to make a spectacular and silent entrance. That’s just what these silent movie fellas manage with assorted techniques employed.
Dancers were featured in the very first projected movie show put on by Thomas Edison. Young ladies twirled across the screen, their skirts hand-painted in cheerful shades. Since dance is such an important element in silent films, let’s take a look at assorted performances.
I am definitely one of those “Summertime Blues” kind of people and find it difficult to keep my usual cheery disposition (ha ha) when the sun is shining. Fortunately, I am not alone in this. Here are some silent film stars who are not their normal, chipper selves.
In Time Bandits, Napoleon declared that he liked “little things hitting each other.” That sums up a fair portion of silent comedy and today, we’re going to be celebrating smacks, slaps, shoves and assorted assaults upon the gentlemen of silent cinema. The twist? All will be delivered by ladies.
Damsels in distress? Ha!
Wanna get away? The notion is not a new one. Today, we’re going to be looking at silent movie characters who choose to withdraw.
Oh sure, we could get all Garbo-Gilbert smoochy-smoochy but where’s the fun in that? Let’s hear it for the kisses that didn’t quite work out as at least one of the participants intended.
Part of the appeal of silent cinema is the fact that it’s so kinetic. We’re going to embrace that fact today with scenes of silent movie performers busting up the place!