Like most of you, 2020 has been shot to hell and I am still picking up the pieces but since we need silent movies more than ever, I have done a bit of rearranging in my schedule.
(I haven’t really talked about it much but I had a major non-COVID-19 health scare with my red blood cell count dropping dangerously and I needed to seek emergency treatment. So, it’s been fun around here.)
I had originally planned to do this in the Summer as a kind of vacation-themed month but since so many of us are limiting our travel and are actually quarantined in some cases, I thought that April should be about different European films.
Now, obviously, Europe is a big continent so we can’t cover every country in a month, so I selected silent films from countries that don’t get quite as much attention. Why limit ourselves to just five or so national cinemas when we have the whole world to discover?
And here are some freebies for all of you:
- Free-to-stream Finnish films with English subtitles! There are silents but also classic era talkies in a variety of genres.
- Over 400 Danish silent films are also available on a newly-launched website.
- Also, I’ve mentioned it before but the European Film Gateway is a treasure trove of content.
Anyway, I hope you will enjoy this little tour and that it will make you feel a little less housebound. And if you live in one of the countries that will be reviewed, I hope you won’t mind a few virtual tourists coming by to admire the art, the culture and the view.
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