Producer Thomas Ince was one of the powerhouses of the silent era. He’s considered to be one of the architects of the studio system and he deserves credit for helping to establish westerns as a serious genre. But what is he known for? His death.Continue reading “Theme Month! December 2019: Inceville”
Well, this has been an adventure! My power was out for over 30 hours and since I both blog and work remotely, that obviously took a big bite out of my productivity. Fingers crossed I will be able to keep the lights on but here are my plans for November:Continue reading “Theme Month! November 2019: Lost and Found”
So, this is something a little different for me. After my health scare and reexamination of my website priorities, I have decided that I am going to give myself a little breather and just review whatever tickles my fancy in October.Continue reading “Theme Month! October 2019: Free for All”
I am quite tickled about this particular theme because in addition to loving silent films, I am a huge science fiction fan, lifetime Trekkie, the lot. This month will be candy to me, basically.Continue reading “Theme Month! September 2019: Silent Science Fiction”
You say you want a revolution? Well, I have a nice little month planned for you! Revolutions, uprisings, mutinies and general unruliness will be the order of the day.Continue reading “Theme Month! August 2019: The Peasants Are Revolting! And They’re Rebelling Too!”
So, I have had to do some rearranging in my schedule. I was going to make July all about revolutions but the films I have chosen are pretty research intensive and I need a bit of a breather after the heavy topics tackled in June.Continue reading “Theme Month! July 2019: Trash”
It feels like I have been promising this one forever but I am finally delivering! June is going to be all about Jewish culture on the silent screen.Continue reading “Theme Month! June 2019: Jewish Culture in Silent Film”
It’s time for my annual examination of films that were released exactly a century ago! And after the somewhat mixed bag of 1917 and 1918, 1919 is a real corker of a year.Continue reading “Theme Month! May 2019: 100 Years Ago…”
This month should be fun! We’re going to be taking a dive into some of the talented women directors of the silent era, both famous and obscure, and see what we can learn about their life and times.Continue reading “Theme Month! April 2019: “But they’re WOMEN!!!””
Lassie may have never really saved Timmy from the well but genius animals saving the day have been a fixture in motion pictures since the beginning and we’re going to enjoy some performances from our four-legged friends this month.Continue reading “Theme Month! March 2019: Genius Animals”
We’re going to be very larcenous in February because we’re going to be examining silent films that prominently feature theft and particularly breaking and entering as a major plot element. Put on your masks and striped shirts!
December is almost over but we managed to catch four comedies made in Soviet Russia. I thought I take a shot at reviewing the theme month and relive some of the best moments from these fine films.
It’s time for the annual Reader Requests month here at Movies Silently! A few months ago, I asked readers to submit requests and I have selected five films to review throughout January. This is one of my favorite theme months of any given year.
Russian films were all dark and heavy, right? Especially the Soviet one. Well, no. In fact, some of the best belly laughs in silent comedy are to be found in Soviet comedies.
We all have odds and ends in our film viewing, movies that we have been meaning to watch but just haven’t for one reason or another. In my case, these are films I have seen before and have been wanting to review, I just never managed to slip them into the schedule. Well, this is their moment to shine!
I haven’t done a French silent movie month in ages and I am itching to enjoy and celebrate these wonderful films again so here we are. I could basically just review French and Russian silents and be happy as clam so usually I have to pace myself a bit but this month is all about absolute self-indulgence.
It seems there has been a lot of bad news lately and while I don’t usually remark on current events, it seems that people can use a little pick-me-up.
It’s time for my annual celebration of films that are observing their centenary this year. Yes, it will be all 1918 all the time in these parts!
In my personal experience, the overlap between silent film nerd and bookworm is almost 100% so let’s combine our interests and enjoy some silent film adaptations of fine literature.
Beware of icebergs, pirates and assorted marine life! Silent movies loved their maritime adventure and I am going to be sharing some particularly fascinating films this month.
This month’s theme should be particularly fun because it was chosen by my readers. They want silent movies about movies and I am going to deliver!
If this sounds like a heavy topic, let me assure you that the films of Franz Kafka’s day were generally anything but Kafkaesque. (I adore Kafka but I understand he may not be everyone’s springtime cup of tea.)
Animation can sometimes seem like a boys’ game but there have always been talented women who created astonishing films using both traditional and unorthodox techniques. We’re going to be celebrating the women who worked with animation and pantomime during the month of March.
I am so excited to be revisiting this topic! Last February, I dug into the Pioneers of African American Cinema box set released by Kino and had a wonderful, educational time.
It’s that time again! Every year, I like to hold a month in which I review silent films requested by my readers and this is it.
Wow, the last theme month of 2017 is here and it’s a good one! I asked my wonderful patrons to vote and the winning theme turned out to be… shh! I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you.
The modern view of silent films is a little topsy-turvy. While new laugh-out-loud comedies have to fight for awards season recognition and dramas get easy respect, silent films have the opposite problem. Silent slapstick comedy is feted and praised while non-horror, non-European dramas sometimes get lost in the shuffle.
October marks the 100th anniversary of 1917’s biggest picture: Theda Bara’s Cleopatra. It is also one of the most famously lost silent films; only a few seconds of footage survive.
I’m pretty excited about this month’s theme; it has been in the planing stage since late last year but I think all the work will prove to be worth it. We’re going to take a whirlwind tour of Latin America and discuss the silent films that were made in that part of the world.
Time for another theme month! This time, it’s my annual look at century-old cinema. That’s right, every single movie I review this month will be from 1917.