Silent movies were often shot outside in less-than-ideal circumstances, either by choice, by accident or because it simply could not be avoided. But whether the snow was real or fake, silent movies loved their winter scenes.
One of the persistent myths about the silent era is the notion that silent stars had funny voices and had to retire in shame.
A charming bit of early sci-fi from René Clair. A small group of people in Paris discover they are the only moving things in a world that has suddenly frozen in place. They respond by looting but are soon bored with material goods.
The priceless footage of Amundsen’s successful attempt to reach the South Pole, this material was meant to accompany the explorer’s lectures. We get ships, ice and penguins.
Silent movie audiences loved their fairy tales and the era had its fill of the fair folk, particularly the 1910s. Of course, not every fairy was benevolent…
Every year, I like to hold a Reader Requests month during which I review films requested by my site’s readers. It’s that time of year again!
Welcome back! I am cooking every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you are invited to come along. Today’s recipe is from a popular but forgotten comedian.
Some readers have easy access to silent film screenings while others dream of someday experiencing their first in-theater silent film. Whichever category you belong to (or somewhere in the middle) I would love to hear about your dream screening, the silent movie you would love to catch in the theater.
Greetings! I wanted to try something a little different today so I decided to share some of the over-the-top silent era books I have been reading/have read.
Alice Guy pokes fun at the hip and stylish beverage of her day: absinthe. Despite its druggy reputation, the gag of this short film is that the customer drinks the extremely concentrated beverage undiluted.
William Boyd is a shipping heir who hopes to trade tea with China but first must best his British rivals in a race to Boston. Elinor Fair is aboard as the love interest and Junior Coghlan as a kid with a homicidal streak.
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.
Welcome back! I am cooking every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you are invented to join me. This week’s recipe is from a star who is most remembered for a sound era cameo.
A little while ago, I launched a line of silent movie-themed goodies like T-shirts, mugs, scarves, dresses, etc. I mentioned that if these items sold well, I would try a second design.
Onions were a controversial subject during the silent era, it seems. They could ruin your workday or cost you your marriage!
Elinor Glyn’s story of love among the smart set is adapted to the screen as a silent film with talking sequences and the results are mixed, to say the least.
I cannot improve upon the original ad: “The story of a singer who at the height of his career loses his voice through the hypnotic influence of an evil, designing rival, and later adopts the films as a means of livelihood and becomes a great star.” You know, as one does.
Summer is rapidly approaching and I want to take the opportunity to feature some warm weather recipes from the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook. How does some nice punch strike you? (“How would you like a nice Hawaiian Punch?”) However, this particular recipe has a small mystery attached to it.
While awareness of silent cinema is on the rise thanks to the internet, misinformation is spread as well. There are still people who think silent films were all weird melodramas and Keystone Cops with not much in between.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but sometimes I take detours. Today, I am preparing the last sandwich from a collection published back in 1916. The idea was to capture a popular female star’s personality in sandwich form. Today’s star is one of the biggest of all time.
Today, we’re finishing up our tour of the DVD cover design process. It’s been a while but the DVD cover has been approved and I am finally at liberty to reveal the finished design!
Several readers have inquired about Carlo. Sorry for not posting an update sooner! He’s doing much better.
Silent movies were far more self-aware than many modern folks realize and they often took audiences backstage for some meta commentary on filmmaking.
The classic children’s book comes to the screen courtesy of America’s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford, and the lavish production design is fun to see.
Mabel Normand plays a moviestruck small town girl who leaves the boy she loves (Ralph Graves) for a chance to make it big in Hollywood. Naturally, chaos ensues, especially when she mixes up a Great Dane and a lion…
We all know that color was in the movies long before sound and that hand-colored dance films were part of Edison’s early screenings. So tell me this: What’s your favorite kind of cinematic color that was used during the silent era?
Many apologies for the lateness of posts this week. My older dog has been sick for the past couple of days. We thought he was over it yesterday but he relapsed today.
I’ve been a little quiet these past few days because I have been working on something that has been percolating in my brain for a bit and I finally had a design idea that tickled me pink: Movies Silently t-shirts and swag!
Sometimes, things just don’t go well for silent movie stars. Maybe they were bonked on the bean, maybe their horse fails to cooperate. Whatever the reason, they’re just a little woozy.
An American production team shooting in Ireland with a screenplay based on a true crime scandal that fascinated the entire nation… Who said silent films were boring?