Theme Month! March 2014: Silent Musicals

I have made any secret of the fact that musicals are absolutely not my cup of Darjeeling. Well, did you know that a good number of famous musicals were silent movies first? It’s true and we are going to be taking a closer look at them all month.

To whet your appetite, here are a few of my previously-published reviews that cover silent musicals:

The Wizard of Oz (1925)

Captain January (1924)

Daddy Long Legs (1919)

Carmen (1915)

Review #1: Before Disney…

Snow White (1916)

This 1916 version of Snow White was thought lost but resurfaced in the Netherlands. It is historically important as it is the film that inspired Walt Disney to make his musical animated feature of the same name.

Review #2: It wasn’t always a musical?

Kismet (1920)

While most famous as a musical, Kismet was actually a very popular stage play and was filmed as a silent movie twice. This is the second version.

Review #3: A song-free operetta

The Merry Widow (1925)

The Lehar operetta gets the von Stroheim touch in this lavish 1925 adaptation.

Review #4: Roar, Twenties, Roar!

Chicago (1927)

Satire of the legal system, saucy drama and secretly directed by Cecil B. DeMille!


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