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!
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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.
Continue reading ““Get me outta here!” Silent Movie People Make a Run for It”
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.
Continue reading “Awkward, Weird & Passive-Aggressive Kisses of the Silent Era”
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!
Continue reading “Not the Furniture! Silent Movie People Causing Destruction & Mayhem”
We all need advice sometimes and silent movies are obviously the best guide to life decisions. With this in mind, I am answering totally-real-and-not-invented-by-me letters with silent movie wisdom!
Continue reading “The Silent Movie Advice Column: Your Guide to Life’s Little Problems”
Location shoots, like color and sound films, have been around for much longer than most people realize. Seeing other parts of the world was a major draw and every film studio worth its salt had teams shooting footage in attractive and/or exotic (for them) locales.
Continue reading “Travel the World via Animated GIF”
Let’s have fun with windows! No, not the operating system, those glass things some people have on their homes. They figured into a lot of silent era cinematography and here are a few favorites.
Continue reading “Silent Movie People + Windows (Lyrical, Rainy, Autumnal, etc.)”
Do you think it’s easy to look this good? Here is a collection of silent film actresses making themselves lovely for assorted purposes.
Continue reading “Silent Stars Primping and Making Themselves Dainty”
I often remark that people tend to forget that the silent era lasted over 30 years and many hairstyles came and went during that time. Silent movie hairstyles were about more than just Louise Brooks bobs and Rudolph Valentino oil slicks. Let’s talk about hair that was… bigger.
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There are plenty of wonderful silent movie GIFs for making trouble and telling people off but what about more polite interactions? Here are my favorite silent movie GIFs for pleasant online conversation. Enjoy!
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It’s #WomensHistoryMonth and so it’s a great excuse to ironically post a bunch of GIFs that feature men kvetching about women and being annoyed by them. Neener neener.
Continue reading “Women! Nothing but trouble. Dern interferin’ females!”
Today is World Book Day, which is obviously the most important day of the year. And what better way to celebrate it than with silent movies? After all, it’s the most literate cinema possible.
Continue reading “It’s World Book Day! Celebrate with the Silent Stars!”
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of other things. Namely cats in silent cinema, both literal and metaphorical.
Continue reading “Cats in Silent Movies!”
Well, I had an interesting experience. I posted a GIF made from a hand-colored film when this happened:
Continue reading “A Few of My Favorite Uses of Hand-Color & Stencil Color in Silent Film”
Given the frenzied, ridiculous propaganda of the war years, it’s surprising to see how quickly Hollywood decided that German stars and directors were just the bee’s knees. Throughout the 1920s, German talent flooded into Hollywood and it seems like a good day to celebrate the power of a global film industry.
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People who have never seen silent films tend to think of them as jittery and scratchy, generally lacking visual sophistication. How wrong they are! Silent cinema boasted some perfectly gorgeous cinematography. (I am personally partial to the moody style of the mid- to late-1910s.) Let’s take a whirlwind tour!
Continue reading “Moody, Dramatic, Shadowy Cinematography of the Silent Era”
Greetings, all! I made this a while back but it was too large for the internet at the time. Enjoy!
Continue reading “The Sheik in Six GIFs”
Well, we’ve look at women’s hats, men’s hats and now it’s time to enjoy some bonkers hats. With the other posts, I limited myself to hats that were normal, modern streetwear but now the gloves (and hats) are off! Weirdness, here we come! Hats, headdresses, beads and wires! Historical and fantastic headgear!
Continue reading “Silent Movie Style: The Hats! The Hats! (and this is where we go mad)”
I have been off on another vintage advertising detour and thought I would share a few things that struck me as funny about a lobby card for Harry Houdini’s final motion picture.
Continue reading “Lobby Card Dissection: Haldane of the Secret Service, or, “Harry Houdini’s Howling Whodunit””
I am on record as enormously disliking the performances of most child stars of the talkie era. With notable exceptions (Our Gang for one), they are simpering, over-rehearsed and just generally tedious. Talkie kids? Blech! Silent movie kids? Best. Kids. Ever.
Continue reading “Real and Fake Silent Movie Kids (and their sudden, violent outbursts)”
So you’ve got this great date lined up but then your plans fall through. What to do? Never fear! Silent movies have great ideas for romantic days and nights out. (But don’t try this at home. Seriously. Don’t.)
Continue reading “Things to Do on a Date (According to Silent Films)”
I posted about women’s hats in silent film a while back and received several requests for the same coverage of men’s headgear. So, here we are!
Continue reading “Silent Movie Style: The Hats! The Hats! (Gents Edition)”
The silent era coincided with a glorious time for hats. The 1890s-1910s featured teetering mounds of feathers, beads and sometimes entire birds while the 1920s moved toward the sleek and modern. (Though they were not entirely opposed to the concept of teetering mounds.) And one rule held true through much of the era: You could never, ever go wrong with a tam o’ shanter.
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“Old black and white silent movies” is a pretty common phrase. It’s also baloney as the majority of silent films were at least tinted. But today, I’m going to share my favorite kind of movie color: pigments applied by hand and by stencil. And I’ll be using GIFs to do it!
Continue reading “Natural Color is for People with No Imagination: A Small Stencil & Hand-Color Movie Sampler”
One of the biggest political debates of the silent era was the question of alcohol. Should it be legal? Was it evil? Is a vodka martini really a martini? (It is not. A “vodka martini” is a kangaroo.)
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There are times when people just need to go away. In the real world, we can hang up the phone, close the door, walk away. Online, it can be a little trickier and some people never take the hint.
Continue reading “Scram, Scat, Shoo: The Best Silent Movie GIFs for Telling People to Shove Off”
Silent movies are famous for their love scenes but even in their romantic world, affairs do not always go as planned. We’re going to be enjoying some romance fails of the silent era.
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Like most silent movie fans, I also enjoy the quirky marketing materials of the era. Posters, lobby cards, ads, etc. I recently ran across a lobby card for The Sheik and a few things struck me as pretty funny. Let’s share!
Continue reading “Lobby Card Dissection: The Sheik, or, “Rudolph Valentino? Who’d pay to see him?””
I say all summer that I can’t wait for cold weather. Well, it’s here and the problem with cold weather is that it’s cold. It makes waking up a decidedly unpleasant process. #FirstWorldProblems
Continue reading “I don’t want to get out of bed and neither do these silent movie characters”
Silent film characters sometimes get just a little fed up and that’s when the title cards get a little spicy. Oh my!
Continue reading “In which silent movie stars (and one parrot) tell people off in the rudest way possible”