Silent (okay, Early Talkie) Movie Myth: “By William Shakespeare with Additional Dialogue by Sam Taylor”

I was catching up on my modern movie news and found that Disney is planning to “remake” their 1996 animated version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Part of the announcement was that the new film would be based on both the Victor Hugo novel and their cartoon version.

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M’Liss (1918) A Silent Film Review

Mary Pickford plays the title character in this wilderness curio. A wild youth living in a mining town with her father, the town drunk, M’Liss begins to appreciate civilization when she falls for the new schoolteacher, Thomas Meighan. Her life takes a turn for the tragic when her father is murdered and the crime is pinned on poor Mr. Meighan. It’s up to M’Liss (aided by the screen’s first Frankenstein monster, Charles Ogle) to save the hapless educator from a lynching.
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Fun Size Review: Stella Maris (1918)

John has the role of nurturer.
John has the role of nurturer.

The tale of two women, both played by Mary Pickford. Stella is a beautiful invalid while Unity is an abused orphan. Both fall in love with the same man but he is trapped in an abusive marriage. One of Pickford’s darker films but still manages to have plenty of light touches, thanks to the direction of Marshall Neilan. The performances are first-rate and the picture has strong feminist undertones. Highly recommended.

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(You can read my full-length review here.)

[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Out of love and loyalty, Unity murders the abusive wife and then commits suicide, leaving Stella to pursue happiness.[/toggler]

If it were a dessert it would be:

 

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(via marthastewart.com)

Molten Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. Dark, bitter and sweet. An unforgettable experience.

Fun Size Review: A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)

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Mary Pickford and Cecil B. DeMille combined forces for the first time in this romantic melodrama and the results are mixed. Elliott Dexter is a bandit. Mary Pickford is a little lady. Can they find love? Well, you know they can but what comes first is a rather dark and brutish wooing with a dollop of sleaze. Dexter plays the Good Bad Bad Man a little too well but the film is not without its pluses and the cinematography is lovely.

If it were a dessert it would be:

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(via wikiHow)

A Dirty Girl Scout. What else could it be?

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Recommended

Fun Size Review: The Hessian Renegades (1909)

hessian-renegades1776! Spies! Hessian aggression! And all in a tidy, one-reel package. Mary Pickford plays a Colonial miss who helps get a message past some very determined redcoats after her brother (a messenger/spy) is killed. Not a masterpiece from director D.W. Griffith (who was in his second year on the job) but fast and amusing. Plus, we get to see Pickford disguise herself as an enemy soldier. That’s worth something, right?

If it were a dessert it would be:

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(via Munchkin Munchies)

Disguise cookies. Little trifles but amusing and ideal for budding spies.

You can read my full-length review here.

Recommended

Fun Size Review: The New York Hat (1912)

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It’s the story of an impoverished teen, a kindly minister, gossipy neighbors and a $10 hat. Griffith spins an alluring confection of small town America that both satirizes and celebrates the culture. Lionel Barrymore and Mary Pickford are excellent as the innocent pair who find themselves the subject of slander.

If it were a dessert it would be:

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Strawberry Cheesecake Bites. Short, sweet, classic.

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Fun Size Review: Friends (1912)

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Henry B. Walthall is a slick miner. Mary Pickford is the local lady of the evening. Lionel Barrymore is Henry’s rootin’-tootin’ pal. Both guys like Mary but who will win the day? This is a short subject from D.W. Griffith extolling the virtues of male friendship. Some very fine acting from Mary.

If it were a dessert it would be:

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Gold Rush Cake. There’s gold in them thar hills.

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Fun Size Review: My Best Girl (1927)

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Textbook Boy meets Girl. Fancy it ain’t but no romantic comedy has been sweeter than this one. Mary Pickford was never spunkier, Budder Rogers was never more adorable. An accomplished supporting cast rounds out this good-natured tale of a shop girl falling for the boss’s son. An ideal silent film for first-timers.

If it were a dessert it would be:

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(via cakestudent.com)

Sweetheart Cherry Pies. Very classic, very cute, very irresistible.

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