So much exciting news for silent movie fans right now with treasures both famous and obscure finally making it to home video. I’m pretty excited! Continue reading “News from the Silent Movie Front: Turn of the Century Filmmaking, Women Filmmakers and Silent Sci-Fi”
Here’s where things get difficult! Last week, I asked readers to vote for up to five choices on two lists of popular 1918 silent film stars. Now we’re going to pit these stars against one another, may the most beloved star win!
Nope, nope, nope. Silent stars express their rejection in no uncertain terms.
Back in the 1910s, there was no central body for judging a film’s suitability for audiences. As a result, state and city boards of censors took up the slack and one of the most famous was the board working in the city of Chicago.
Can Charles Ray make the baseball team? If you’ve seen any sports movie, you know the answer.
Louis Feuillade didn’t just make serials and this short is a showcase for child comedian Bout de Zan. The plot is very much what it says on the tin. Boy meets elephant, boy steals elephant, boy and elephant terrorize streets of Paris, as one does.
Continue reading “Bout de Zan Steals an Elephant (1913) A Silent Film Review”
Since everyone seemed to have so much fun picking their favorite top-recommended silent film, I thought we could have some fun choosing our favorite stars from 1918.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I sometimes take detours. This time, we’re looking at America’s Sweetheart once again and her recipe for a WWII-era cookbook.
A few things have been churning in the real world that will affect the amount of time I have to dedicate to the website. I am going to be having a meeting today that should settle those matters.
A little while ago, I asked my readers to submit their favorite essential silent films, I then followed up by asking my readers to choose their favorite movie out of the top ten most-recommended films on the list. The results are in!
Charley Chase wants to marry Martha Sleeper but first he has to finagle his way out of an arranged marriage… to Martha Sleeper. Chase feigns insanity and terrorizes the neighborhood, including Oliver Hardy.
Rich kid and racecar driver Reginald Denny is late to his own wedding and that’s just the start of his problems. Well and truly dumped by Gertrude Olmstead, he heads out to California and the auto races being held there.
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.
As you all know, I am a bit of a fiend for vintage celebrity recipes so I hope you don’t mind me stepping out of the silent era for the first time to try a truly strange creation.
I was flipping through old film magazines and discovered a fascinating little article in the September 1918 issue of Photoplay. Written by Homer Coy, it lists five sure secrets of then-current screen comedy… and creates a little mystery.
A little while ago, I asked my readers to submit their favorite essential silent films, the movies they think everyone would enjoy. As usual, you came through with all sorts of great titles and I went ahead and crunched the numbers of both the films submitted in the comments and via a private form.
They’ve had enough and they’re not going to take it anymore!
This is possibly one of the most beautiful films William S. Hart made and so it is appropriate that it is also the first Hart film available in HD. The cinematography and gorgeous tints are absolutely breathtaking.
Maggie, the eldest daughter of a successful boot merchant, decides that she will not go quietly into spinsterhood and instead marries one of her father’s bootmakers and goes into business for herself. Based on of the most delightful comedy plays England has produced.
More merch for you to enjoy! This one is a minimalist proclamation of our chosen area of geekery: classic movies.
A rather strange film about a yachtsman who discovers that the woman he loves is about to marry another… so he bandages his face and tricks her into marrying him instead? Mm-kay. This is one of those Sheik pictures, isn’t it?
Some exciting releases on the horizon (and on the shelves now) for silent film fans so let’s get started!
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and what better way to celebrate this most important occasion than by bringing out some piratical silent movies?
I’m back with another peek into my silent movie collection, a selection of mysteries and programmers this time. If you want to catch up on other “shelfie” posts, you can find them here.
I’m based in California, so while these films might be region-free, they are quite possibly region 1 or region A. Readers living outside the region will need to check their equipment before purchasing.
Lon Chaney plays a ventriloquist-turned-criminal mastermind who robs from the rich with help from his sideshow pals. Just as bonkers and just as much fun as you might imagine.
Harold Lloyd is terrified of women but makes up for it by writing about his romantic conquests conquering vamps and flappers with skill. (In his own mind, anyway.) Then he meets a real, honest-to-goodness Jobyna Ralston and falls head over heels. Can he overcome his girl shy ways and find true romance?
Why Do They Do It? was a regular feature in Photoplay Magazine that allowed readers to write in with complaints about tropes, mistakes and annoyances at the movies.
These selections are from the September 1918 issue and feature complaints about the weather, stockings and day-for-night shooting. My comments follow in italics, the header text was part of the original publication. As always, I will make a note if the film in question is currently available on home video.
I started writing about silent films on the internet in March of 2009. That means March of 2019 will be my ten-year anniversary, which is kind of mind-boggling. Well, I mean, not the fact that such a stretch of time equals ten years, just that I have been at this for so long!
Last week, I asked readers to vote on which “essential” silent film title would get voted off the island. Well, here are the results.
Things get so silly sometimes that you just have to let out a giggle. Silent movie stars excelled in all sorts of expressions but most charming of all, perhaps, is the silent movie giggle.