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.
Summer is here. This is a fact we must all accept but that doesn’t mean we have to go sunnily into the night. I decided to deal with the heat and sunlight by embracing the dark side of the silent era.
We’re at the start of the vacation season and so I thought it would be fun to review silent films that were shot on location. I define “on location” as anywhere outside the studio property. My goal is to cover films shot far and near, from Southern California to Europe to Africa.
I am psyched about this month’s theme! I’ll be covering comedies from Hal Roach, my favorite studio for all things silly.
It’s time for Movies Silently’s annual reader request month! Last August, I asked my readers to list films they would like me to review and now I am fulfilling some of those requests.
I’m very excited about this one! We’re going to be studying the most neglected period of movie history: the early days when most films were just a few minutes long and projecting them was a new innovation.
What do you get when you combine rare films, passionate historians and a whole lot of crowdfunding? In this case, the Pioneers of African-American Cinema box set.
Welcome to the very first theme month of 2017! This time around, we’re not going to be focusing on plots, performers, directors or nations of origin. Instead, we are going to be examining the use of unreality as visualized on the silent screen.
Hold onto your corset covers, kids, because this silent movie site is going to talk about sound! Nothing so coarse as actual talkies, of course, but all the sound technologies that led up to full-blown talking pictures.
Nobody knows exactly how many silent films were penned by women. Screen credits were a bit odd back in the day and a good number of studio records are gone forever. However, it has been estimated that as many as 50% of all silent films were written by women. Other estimates hover around 30-40% but that’s still a darn sight better than the 15% of modern Hollywood. (Oh, and they’re paid less for their work too.)
What were people watching a century ago? We’re going to take an entire month to explore this topic. This month, every film I review will have a 1916 release date.
On September 8, 1966, a little science fiction show called Star Trek made its network debut. What does this have to do with silent films? Not much at all but the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek is too important to pass up!
Pack your bags, kids, we’re going on a tour of the USA and we’re using silent films as our guide!
The summer is heating up and so it’s time to explore entertainment set in sunnier climes and to dig into a fascinating topic: Orientalism in silent film.