How many hankies do you need to watch these movies? The whole box? Two boxes? Three? Tell me all about it!
Most of the news this time around is about the site, so maybe this is false advertising. But I do really have ballet, so don’t run away!
If I had to pick one silent comedy series that deserves to be brought back to the public eye, my answer would be the Onésime films. Directed by Jean Durand and starring Ernest Bourbon, the series is strange, twisted and surreal.
I am so excited to share a project that I have had in the works since March. Silent movie fans probably know that crowdfunding obscure releases is a popular activity and I decided to throw my hat into the ring.
Reginald Denny and Laura La Plante play a couple hoping to raise their standard of living. When Denny lies about a raise, La Plante goes shopping and all is well until the repo man comes calling. A perfectly delightful domestic comedy.
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.
Welcome to a new series! I’ve been writing Cooking with the Silent Stars for some time, which covers recipes attributed to silent era celebrities, but I wanted to try my hand at recreating the dishes shown in the silent films themselves.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through Photoplay’s 1929 cookbook but I sometimes take detours. Today, I’ll be sampling a variation on a popular dip credited to one of Hollywood’s most charming leading men published in a Beverly Hills cookbook.
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.
Here’s a nice treat for all you fans of German silent films: A restored version of F.W. Murnau’s influential The Last Laugh is coming to Bluray in region 1/A! I have an advance copy, so let’s dig in.
Russia has rumblings in the interior and it’s not because of that questionable lunch. Director John Collins and leading lady Viola Dana create a revolutionary bit of entertainment torn from the headlines.
Leatrice Joy plays a woman whose fiancé is more interested in unearthing 5,000-year-old mummies than in dating her. Instead of dumping the dude, she mopes and has historical flashbacks. So there.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a pretty shop girl falls in love with the boss but then schemes and circumstances force them apart. Will these crazy kids find love? Clara Bow and Antonio Moreno star in Bow’s signature film.
I’m always trying out new things on the site and I’m happy to announce that I am trying out a new cooking series. While I have been experimenting with silent era celebrity recipes for quite some time with my Cooking with the (Silent) Stars posts, my new feature will focus on the films themselves.
Whether it’s motivated by snark or genuine curiosity, silent movie fans are often called upon to explain why they enjoy these films. I’ve discussed the whys a few times already but this time we’re going to dig a little deeper into the pleasures that silent films offer.
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.
Real-life outlaw Al Jennings wasn’t a very good bandit but he found success in the movies as a consultant and star. This picture claims to be based on real events (grain of salt) and is a slow-moving but interesting film.
A rich fellow goes to Egypt for some sightseeing and ends up with a bride, a tomb curse broken and a deranged stalker. How was your last vacation? Pola Negri and Emil Jannings play some Svengali-meets-Dracula by way of an Egyptian tomb.
As we come to the end of the year, we have a ton of silent film releases to enjoy. Most of these films are available on Bluray for the first time ever.
We all have favorite comedians and favorite comedy films but what about favorite comedy moments? Is there a scene that just makes you laugh out loud?
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but sometimes I take detours. This time, I’m using a recipe from a 1930s booklet for a jellied fruit salad. The star is a delightful supporting player from the silents and talkies.
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.
We’re back with some more unboxing! This time around, we’ll be taking a close look at a pair of October releases from Undercrank Productions. Both discs contain rare and obscure material that would never have been released under normal circumstances, so we are very fortunate to have them.
Comedic dynamic duo Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew poke fun at the then-current fox trot craze and their own May-December marriage in this absolutely delightful little comedy.
The queen of Egypt loves her Romans and so she falls for Mark Antony… What? You mean you know this one? Well, anyway, we’re looking over one of the very first feature-length Cleos with Helen Gardner in the title role.
One of the great pleasures of silent cinema is that there are always hidden corners to explore, new flavors to discover. About a year ago, I realized how many silent movies were made in Latin America and how little English-speaking fans know about them, myself included.
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.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and I’m inviting you to tag along. This time, we’ll be testing out a fruit salad from one of the silent era’s pricklier leading ladies.
People sometimes ask me how many silent films I own. Let’s find out! I’m sharing more titles from my absurd and eclectic silent film collection. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
Here we go again. Every time there is a scandal in Hollywood, some smartypants decides that it’s time to dust off the innuendos and myths surrounding the death of Virginia Rappe. This time, the AP is the culprit and it’s up to us to let them know.