Posts filed under "Silent Movie Reviews"

Review: The Divine Lady (1929)

Posted by Brandy Dean December 17, 2012 1 Comment 5178 views

The Divine Lady (1929) is an historical drama based on the true life love affair between Emma Hart and Admiral Horatio Nelson of the British Navy. The story opens with the arrival of slatternly Emma Hart, a cook’s daughter, at the home of Charles Greville. Emma becomes Greville’s kept woman until he tires of her.

Review: The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Posted by Brandy Dean December 17, 2012 0 Comment 5858 views

The Great Train Robbery is a 1903 American Western film written, produced, and directed by Edwin S. Porter. The story opens with two masked bandits breaking into a railroad telegraph office, where they force the operator at gunpoint to stop the train at the station’s water tan. When the train pulls into the station, the bandits board the train, kill […]

Review: The Spanish Dancer (1923)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 21, 2012 0 Comment 5342 views

My review of The Spanish Dancer, a silent costume drama from director Herbert Brenon, could really be six words long Pola Negri, Pola Negri, Pola Negri. She is dazzling in this 1923 programmer. Sure, there’s action and romance; there’s a dissolute king and a dashing prince; there’s even Wallace Beery. But mostly, there is Pola […]

Review: The Hands of Orlac

Posted by Brandy Dean October 25, 2012 0 Comment 7083 views

If you like silent movies, you gotta admire those Germans. And if you’re a fan of the horror genre, you’ve got to raise a toast to those Germans. That style of movie-making known as “German Expressionism,” with it’s peculiar tension between clinical reality and feverish expressionism is often terrifying, even when it doesn’t mean to […]

(Don’t) Watch: Cleopatra (1917)

Posted by Brandy Dean October 14, 2012 1 Comment 12055 views

Cleopatra, starring the sexy and mysterious Theda Bara, was released on October 14, 1917. It was the most popular movie of 1917 by a landslide. The public was intrigued and infatuated with The Vamp. The studio worked overtime to promote her mystical image. So let’s watch Cleopatra now, right? Wrong. It’s lost, gone – it’s […]

Review: The Bells (1926)

Posted by Brandy Dean October 10, 2012 0 Comment 4409 views

I didn’t know anything about The Bells (1926) until I was browsing the catalogue at reelclassicdvd.com. But when I see silent + Lionel Barrymore + Boris Karloff – well, sign me up! Directed by James Young and based on the stage play Le Juif Polonaise (The Polish Jew), the movie is a kind of hybrid […]

Review: The Original Felix the Cat (1922 – 1930)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 6, 2012 0 Comment 15898 views

It is damn near impossible to understand the popularity and influence of Felix the Cat during the silent era. Impossible until you watch this cool kitty pull some really surreal tricks, that is. Since I’m sometimes sad that I no longer get to indulge in Saturday morning cartoons, I curled up on the sofa this […]

Review: Laurel and Hardy Rarities

Posted by Brandy Dean August 29, 2012 2 Comments 7476 views

I’m not a card carrying member of the Sons of the Desert or anything, but I do harbour an abiding fondness for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. My fondness goes beyond admiring their work and enjoying their movies. Sure, Laurel and Hardy are always funny, always clever, always enjoyable – but there’s something else, something […]

Review: A Fool There Was (1915)

Posted by Brandy Dean July 31, 2012 2 Comments 6723 views

A Fool There Was (1915) wasn’t Theda Bara’s first film (The Stain (1914) holds that special honor), but it was her first lead role. It also, I think, sets the template for every other role she played and her entire persona. I say that I think, because while I am familiar with Theda Bara the […]

The Cameraman (1928)

Posted by Brandy Dean July 19, 2012 1 Comment 8188 views

I’ll get to The Cameraman in a sec, just bear with me. Did you watch Lost? I hope, for your sake, that the answer is no. I mean, c’mon – J.J. Abrams, I’m going to kick your ass in a dark alley if I ever get the chance, just for wasting my time. But I […]

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