Theme Month! June 2013: Silent Revolutions

General: Sire, the peasants are revolting!

King: They certainly are.

The theme for this month is revolutions. I am going to be reviewing a selection of films that are set in times of political unrest. In the meantime, here are some revolutionary films I have already reviewed:

The Volga Boatman (Russian Revolution)

Scaramouche (French Revolution)

Review #1: The spirit of 1776

The Hessian Renegades (1909)

Early collaboration between director D.W. Griffith and future America’s Sweetheart Mary Pickford. The tale involves a courier trying to sneak past German mercenaries in order to deliver an important message to General Washington. Chaos obviously ensues.

Review #2: Start the revolution without me

Tempest (1928)

John Barrymore’s penultimate silent is a romance set against the backdrop of World War One and the Russian Revolution. Gorgeous sets and camera work and some virtuoso acting from Mr. Barrymore make this one a real find.

Review #3: Where’s the revolution?

Lorna Doone (1922)

Maurice Tourneur directs this adaptation of the classic English novel concerning the adventures of a long-lost heiress and (theoretically) the revolt against James II.


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