Most classic film fans know that after 1934, the movies were toned down considerably. What they may not know is that the crazy tug-of-war between censors and filmmakers extended all the way back to the dawn of film.
The best beverage in the world is also the most popular: tea! Alas, I live in a nation of tea philistines. Microwaved water with dusty teabags? No, thank you! Is it any wonder I always order the coffee when I am out and about?
They’re mad as heck and they aren’t taking it anymore! Anyone still laboring under the notion that silent movies were staid affairs will surely have to change their minds. So there.
Silent movies are famous for their romances. Who can forget Rudolph Valentino’s red hot romancing? Or John Barrymore’s professions of love? This post is not about them. Today, it’s all about the guys who are lovesick and fail miserably with the object of their affection. Awww, so sad.
There are few things that date a film faster than its headgear. Cloche hats, pillboxes, fascinators… All say something about the time and setting of the film. In that spirit, let’s have a bit of fun with silent movie hats!
I want to start this out by saying that there is nothing wrong with being a newbie. Everyone has to start somewhere and asking questions is the best way to expand your knowledge. Genuinely curious people, these GIFs are not directed at you.
Silent films convey their message through physical acting and there are times when gentler movements are not enough. The answer: random bursts of violence.
Hollywood is shorthand for the film industry as a whole and so it’s hardly surprising that the industry would reference its own nation of origin from time to time.
The best thing about silent films? Their unpredictability. The rules of filmmaking were still being written and silent cinema had a way of going gloriously off the rails. Here’s to the madness!
Welcome back! I occasionally make posters for modern films reimagined as silents. This time around, I will be seeing what a certain 1980s comedy classic would look like in the silent era.
Some people just don’t get it. That’s okay, it happens in silent movies too. Let’s see how they deal with the problem.
When it comes to animals, silent movies can be a little… eccentric.
Hey, we can all use a few writing GIFs, right?
Some silent movie title cards are best described as… odd. Some have typos, others are just weird out of the context of the film. Whatever the reason, let’s enjoy some oddballs!
It’s a mark of sophistication but I am quite relieved that it never particularly caught on in the United States.
Reaction shots. Silent movies understood the importance of interesting reactions and they are filled with them. We’re going to be enjoying some of the more amusing ones.
Okay, so I lied about the “science” part. I think “science” is way overused in clickbait headlines so I used it in my own clickbait headline. Mwahahaha!
Who says crime never pays? They have clearly never seen a silent movie, that’s for sure! This is my collection of silent movie people generally misbehaving and having a good time!
As you probably know, I love silent movie GIFs and I make them all the time. Some of them have become my favorites, used often, while others are just kind of… there.
Silent movies used title cards to tell the more complicated parts of their stories, relying on gestures and lip-reading to convey the rest. What about matters of romance? We’re going to be studying smooth-talking of the silent era with an inordinate amount of Wallace Reid.
One of the sillier excuses for not trying silent films: “I don’t want to read!”
I guess I should have tried harder for a pithy title, eh? Oh well, sometimes it’s best to just speak plainly, even when it isn’t particularly concise, and especially when the title cards in question are so much fun!
One of the most pervasive myths about silent films is that they were filled with damsels in distress. We know that silent films had plenty of bold heroines but how about celebrating that fact with goofy GIFs? Sound like a plan? Good!
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that if The Dark Knight had been made in the 1920s, John Gilbert should have played Batman. Welcome to my fictional world of modern blockbusters in the silent era!
Silent movies weren’t all fun and games, you know. There were times when the characters would get a little threatening with their words or their actions. How rude!
Think that flirtatious banter was invented in the sound era? You have much to learn, grasshopper. Silent movies skillfully employed title cards to create witty exchanges between the leads.
Gallows humor wasn’t invented in the sound era. Silent films were more than capable of taking a dark turn, either for a joke or to crank up a scene’s tension.
It’s okay, it’s just your imagination. That weird noise? It was the wind. Yeah, the wind. Or a cat. It’s always a cat. Wait a second, I don’t own a cat…. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Pomposity and pretentiousness… Bah! We all hate that! Well, silent movie people were not so fond of it themselves and here some of their methods of dealing with it.
It’s a well-known fact that people in classic and silent movies smoked like trains. It was considered a perfectly acceptable pastime (unless you were a woman) and most people were unaware of the associated dangers.