There are many, many things to love about silent films but one thing that doesn’t get discussed a whole lot is how WEIRD so many of them are. Well, I think it’s time that we discuss it, don’t you?
My favorite weirdo silent (besides the famously weird cabinet of a certain Caligari) is The Burning Crucible, in which Ivan Mosjoukine… well, he does this:
He plays a detective who is assigned to find and return a wife’s affections to her husband. I think we can all see the problem here.
What are your favorite oddball silents? And remember, like many things, weirdness is in the eye of the beholder and one reader’s weird may be another’s normal. I’m looking forward to strange things.
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