It’s here at last! Some wonderful participants are going to join me in celebrating women directors from the dawn of cinema to 1970! Do join us on this tour of this forgotten realm of film history.
What do you do with an insistent photographer? Eat him and his camera, of course! A darling and somewhat twisted little trick film comedy from Britain.
Many people come to this version of Camille to see a young Rudolph Valentino but leading lady Nazimova is the reason to stick around. She absolutely owns the role of the doomed courtesan and her dramatic ability is accented by a charming sense of humor.
There are plenty of wonderful silent movie GIFs for making trouble and telling people off but what about more polite interactions? Here are my favorite silent movie GIFs for pleasant online conversation. Enjoy!
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but today, I am taking a little break in order to prepare a 1916 recipe from the #1 male star of the time: Francis X. Bushman.
In my adventures online, I stumbled across a statement that got me thinking. Someone confidently asserted that the global silent movie fanbase was shrinking, would continue to shrink and that young people are simply not joining up.
A certain gentleman with an unnatural beard pigment marries for the eighth time but things go sour when the new bride discovers what happened to the other seven Mrs. Bluebeards. A macabre fairy tale from Georges Méliès.
A Clara Bow vehicle released during the height of her popularity, “Hula” refers to the main character’s name, as well as a dance. She likes Clive Brook but his pesky estranged wife is in the way. What’s a flapper to do? Fancy a bit of light terrorism?
In the early days of film, even the simplest of concepts was fresh territory. In this case, the Lumiere brothers showcase the denizens of Jerusalem waving farewell to a moving train. Cameras on a moving train? Oh my!
A little while ago, a patron asked if I would be willing to share the titles in my silent film collection. I did a quick poll on Twitter and it seemed that there was interest so I am giving this “shelfie” thing a whirl. Here goes nothing!
I have quite the haul this time! In fact, this is only half of it, I’ll be posting the other half at a later date. I have been ordering from overseas and have a collection of goodies from foreign shores!
It’s #WomensHistoryMonth and so it’s a great excuse to ironically post a bunch of GIFs that feature men kvetching about women and being annoyed by them. Neener neener.
Readers of this site know that I get more than a little annoyed when silent film heroines are dismissed as screaming damsels tied to the tracks. Not only is this a myth, it is a damaging one, erasing the many bold and brash silent movie heroines from film history.
Have you ever wondered if you could make it in silent films? Well, you’re not alone. Thousands of hopefuls streamed to California with ambitions of screen stardom. This vintage checklist was used to screen applicants at the studio gate.
It was the worst of films, it was the best of films. This Sherlock Holmes adaptation is easily one of the worst-acted silent movies I have ever seen but it is also absolutely hilarious.
It’s 1899. Absinthe is the rage in France and pioneering director Alice Guy has a bit of fun with the then-stylish beverage. And a bottle of seltzer. It’s proto-slapstick!
If this website were a human child, it would be well into its grade school career. If it were a skirt, it would probably be out of style. If it were a wine, it would be starting to get expensive. Yes, Movies Silently has turned eight years old!
Screenwriter Peter Milne (whose credits include Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 1935) compiled a list of the best-directed silent films back in 1922. It’s an opportunity to step back in time and into the mind of an industry professional judging these films when they were new.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and today’s recipe is from one of the big western stars of the era, Colonel Tim McCoy.
It’s a new month and February’s featured star, May McAvoy, will pass the crown to a new performer. This month’s star is not known to the general public but he has a devoted group of fans among silent movie nerds.
Today, we are going to be taking a peek at a newcomer to the HD market: Grapevine Video. Grapevine is a longtime supplier of rare silent films and they have been in business since the days of VHS. They started offering Blurays last year and the current crop of new releases are all available on Blu for the first time.
Douglas Fairbanks plays a drug-addled detective in this cult classic. He snorts, injects and ingests massive quantities of narcotics during the course of the film and attempts to bust a drug ring (?) with the help of Bessie Love.
No actual vampirism is involved in this serial, it’s about a criminal gang called the Vampires and their attempts to… well, I’m not really sure what. Kill people and break things, I guess. We also follow the efforts of a heroic reporter to bring these ne’er-do-wells to justice or something.
My review for Les Vampires will be posted this Sunday and it will be my 300th silent film review. Phew! I look back at my review list and it’s still hard to believe I really watched and reviewed all these silents. And, believe it or not, I haven’t even scratched the surface of my collection.
Today is World Book Day, which is obviously the most important day of the year. And what better way to celebrate it than with silent movies? After all, it’s the most literate cinema possible.
After a hiatus from blogathon hosting, I am back and rarin’ to go! I was thrilled and honored when Flicker Alley invited me to host an event in celebration of their new Early Women Filmmakers box set (it will be released May 9, 2017) and I’m sure you’ll be just as excited.
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.
Wallace Reid and Harrison Ford (not that one) play road trip buddies who win a fortune in Monte Carlo and then end up getting involved in a Ruritanian revolution. If this sounds fun to you, let me burst your bubble. It’s for your own good.
Paul Robeson makes his film debut in this Oscar Micheaux melodrama. Robeson plays dual roles: a horrible convict posing as a preacher and his sweet twin brother, a would be inventor. Micheaux’s signature pointed social commentary is on display in this rare surviving film from his silent career.
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of other things. Namely cats in silent cinema, both literal and metaphorical.