Questionable Relationships of the Silent Movies: Their song was “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” Animated GIF

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Since tomorrow is the launch of the Russia in Classic Film Blogathon, it is fitting that we talk about a Russian movie, in this case, The Forty-First. Our leading lady is one of the feistiest of the silent era. She’s a sniper and she’s good at her job, boasting forty kills. She keeps a tally on her rifle strap. The titular forty-first– oh dear, she missed.

Now you know and I know that it is not always the best idea to embark on a romance with someone you have tried to kill. However, no one seems to have told our sniper this little fact. Things cannot end well.

I absolutely love the subverted fairy tale plot and the gritty setting, not to mention the decidedly anti-damsel heroine.

You can read my full-length review here.

The Forty-First (1927) A Silent Film Review

One of my favorite love stories! (What does this say about me?) She’s a sniper with forty kills to her name. He’s an enemy officer who is targeted as her forty-first. One missed shot later, the officer is not dead but a prisoner. Do I even need to say that a dark romance is in the offing? A gritty tale of revolution and class divide, this is a lesser-known picture from the legendary Yakov Protazanov, best remembered today for the pioneering Aelita, Queen of Mars.
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