Happy Anniversary to Me! (Movies Silently is Eight Years Old)

If this website were a human child, it would be well into its grade school career. If it were a skirt, it would probably be out of style. If it were a wine, it would be starting to get expensive. Yes, Movies Silently has turned eight years old!

I launched the site in March of 2009 with five whole reviews and switched to a daily post format in 2013. Since then, I have accomplished:

300 Silent Films Reviewed: That’s a lot!

Dozens of Recipes Tested: I just published my 48th taste test of a silent star recipe. I’m kind of addicted to vintage celebrity cookbooks now.

Lots of Lists: Lists are a fun and easy way to convey a whole slew of information into the waiting brains of readers. Mwahahaha!

Assorted Nonsense: I have published polls, quizzes, GIFs and anything else that pops into my brain.

Not bad at all, is it? The overall goal of this site has always been to make silent films accessible to everyone, no film history degree required. My secondary goal is to step off the beaten path and show that there is much more to silent cinema than Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, the Germans and D.W. Griffith. (If you think this isn’t still a problem, you need to step out of the film geek bubble and explore the wilds of the internet. Or Time Magazine.) My third goal is to showcase mainstream Hollywood dramas, which are often sidelined in favor of comedies and European fare.

Let’s pop the sparkling cider and celebrate. Here’s to another eight years!


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  1. Paul Davenport

    You are a genius Fritzi! You are so articulate and witty! Happy 8th Anniversary and thank you so much for leading us into your Wonderland!

  2. Eidoloscope

    In the words of the great Maggie, Terre and Suzzy Roche: “Keep on doin’ what you do!” Happy Birthday, Fritzi!!!

  3. Erin

    Congratulations! I always looking forward to reading your posts every day, and I appreciate the fact that you highlight so many lesser-known films and make everything simultaneously fun and informative.

  4. Matthew Walls

    To the very entertaining and hardest working silent film host on the web…I don’t think you ever miss a day; Congratulations and Thank You!

  5. Marie Roget

    Congratulations to my favorite bookmarked site and to the wonderful author who makes it all possible! May Patreon bulge at the seams with 8 years worth of Movies Silently supporters!!!

  6. jazzfeathers

    WOW!! Congratulations!!!
    This is a huge achievement. From what I hear, so many blogs give up after just few months. You’re a hero!!!!

    And personally, I think you’re doing great with all your goals. Keep up the good job!

  7. Mohammed

    Happy 8th birthday! I found this blog back in 2012 with your “The Sheik” review and recently rediscoveres it a week ago, and I’ve been bingee reading ever since! I love this blog!

  8. Aurora

    Congratulations on a fabulous blog! This is one of my go-tos! Here’s to many, many more years of fabulous silents!!

    One Upon a Screen

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