Look, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… the star of the movie? Silent film stars knew how to go incognito.
Here’s to you, silent movies! A salute from the major stars of the period. A very literal salute.
Silent cinema is not only flammable, it made use of smoke and fire as a plot device and a showstopper. Enjoy the little firebugs at work!
Silent films are famous for their red hot romances and so what better place to learn how to flirt? Silent movie stars, show your stuff!
I am shocked– SHOCKED– to find silent movies being covered here!
“Back in the good old days, people took responsibility and didn’t engage in silly behavior!”
Well, not so fast. Not if the movies are to be believed, anyway.
Somebody just wrote yet another old movie article that gets the silent era wrong. Never mind where, just know that apparently silent movie actresses had two options: damsels-in-distress or wide-eyed young virgins.
Silent movies are full of wonderful cats but there are also quite a few amazing dogs. (Just don’t tell the cats. On second thought, it doesn’t matter, they won’t believe you anyway.)
Silent stars were pretty darn elegant so what’s wrong with them admiring themselves just a little? I see no issues.
Sometimes, the best way to deal with a situation is to deliver a good, swift kick. That’s exactly what these silent stars do.
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.