Posts filed under "Silent Movie Reviews"

Film Friday | Weekly Roundup

Posted by Brandy Dean January 20, 2012 2 Comments 1338 views

Could it be that Pretty Clever Film Gal is nursing another cold, waking up all sneezy, and stuffy, and scratchy? I’ve already put in the cold-time this season, so I call bull on that. Fortunately, it’s Friday which means I have a couple of days of rest, fluids, and nourishing movies ahead of me. A […]

Bah Humbug!… It’s a Silent Movie “A Christmas Carol”, Times Four

Posted by Brandy Dean December 20, 2011 0 Comment 2870 views

Watching a movie adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is always the warning shot fired over the bow of Christmas for me. It doesn’t really matter which movie version it is, and there are so so  many of them, this classic Victorian Christmas tale confirms that  it’s time to prepare the milk and cookies […]

The Freshman is the Moneyball of 1925

Posted by Brandy Dean September 23, 2011 0 Comment 1190 views

For some nice advertorial tie-in to the release of Moneyball, Time.com has a 25 Best Sports Movies of All-Time feature. And, lo-and-behold, Harol Lloyd’s 1925 classic comedy The Freshman is included! Now, I’m not so sure I would necessarily call The Freshman a sports movie,  and I’m not so sure about Moneyball advertorial tie-ins, but […]

Jackie Coogan in The Rag Man (1925)

Posted by Brandy Dean August 10, 2011 5 Comments 10634 views

If charm and a certain preternatural precociousness are the currency of a great child actor, then Jackie Coogan was a very rich little boy in the 1920’s. Best known as Charlie Chaplin’s sidekick in The Kid. Coogan was a meteoric success in the silent era. As with Shirley Temple a few years later, movie-goers couldn’t […]

The Lost World (1925)

Posted by Brandy Dean July 20, 2011 2 Comments 8523 views

One of the distinct pleasures of watching silent movies is witnessing the birth of an art form. Techniques were not established, narrative forms were not structured, there was no such thing as trope. In watching silent movies, you can see the invention of all the things we now accept as standard not only from year […]

Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)

Posted by Brandy Dean July 7, 2011 2 Comments 5685 views

Thanks (again) to TCM’s “Silent Sundays” series, I watched my first Max Linder movie, Seven Years Bad Luck. Slapstick comedy typically asks us to accept the outrageous in the name of fun, but in Seven Years Bad Luck, Max Linder engineers a narrative context for the madness, asking us to accept nothing other than that […]

Harold Lloyd in “An Eastern Westerner” (1920)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 28, 2011 3 Comments 8082 views

In the holy Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd trinity of silent film comedians, I find Harold Lloyd the funniest. Charlie Chaplin moves me to tears with his Victorian pathos and Buster Keaton amazes me with inspiring physical acrobatics and obsessive problem solving. But it’s Harold Lloyd that makes me laugh, often out loud, and for a very long time. […]

Buster Keaton in The Haunted House (1921)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 17, 2011 4 Comments 9700 views

Of the five Buster Keaton two-reelers I’ve watched this week, “The Haunted House” is certainly the most ambitious in terms of narrative. Buster is an honest, if hapless, bank teller who is falsely accused for a bank robbery/counterfeiting scheme. Joe Roberts, also a bank teller, is the ring leader of the counterfeiters and has rigged […]

Buster Keaton in Neighbors (1920)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 16, 2011 3 Comments 8702 views

Buster Keaton’s Neighbors is Romeo & Juliet set in a tenement courtyard. Buster plays The Boy, in love with The Girl (played by Virgina Fox), who lives just behind the back fence. Not surprisingly, The Boy’s and The Girl’s fathers, Joe Keaton and Joe Roberts respectively, are none too pleased. But love will always find […]

Buster Keaton in The Scarecrow (1920)

Posted by Brandy Dean June 15, 2011 3 Comments 8163 views

After my disappointment with Convict 13, viewing The Scarecrow was like coming home. Just as the excellent One Week is a demonstration of the germ of Buster Keaton’s movie making skills, The Scarecrow ranks very high in his body of two reel comedies. In The Scarecrow Keaton (the only actor with a screen credit) is paired again […]

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