Posts filed under "Silent Movie Reviews"

The Mubi Cinematheque: The Circus (1928)

Posted by Jason Wilson April 24, 2014 0 Comment 1300 views

The Circus might not by Charlie Chaplin’s most emotionally potent film, but it sure is funny.

Men in Love (with) A Girl In Every Port

Posted by Wade Sheeler March 21, 2014 1 Comment 3177 views

Despite its charm, is Howard Hawks’ silent classic A Girl in Every Port really a story of unrequited homosexuality?

Overlooked Gems: The Freshman (1925)

Posted by Lesley Coffin March 14, 2014 0 Comment 2052 views

The Harold Lloyd classic The Freshman finally gets the treatment it deserves with a Criterion DVD and Blu-ray release.

Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans (1927)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 24, 2014 0 Comment 2557 views

Forget the silent era, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans is one of the most astonishing films in all of cinema history.

Spies (1928)

Posted by Wade Sheeler December 19, 2013 Comments are off 1464 views

Wildly entertaining, imaginative and groundbreaking, Spies offers up intrigue, spectacle and espionage the likes of which we still see today in the most advanced, cutting edge and CG laden blockbusters.

Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922)

Posted by Robert Liwanag December 15, 2013 1 Comment 1605 views

With Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, director Fritz Lang laid down the basic foundations of modern action scenes – in 1922!

The Mubi Cinematheque: Strike (1925)

Posted by Brandy Dean July 25, 2013 0 Comment 2789 views

Strike is currently available for streaming on Mubi. Get a free trial and watch it today.  Strike (Russian title Stachka) was director Sergei Eisenstein’s debut and the only film he made before directing the cinematic masterpiece Battleship Potemkin. Still, from the moment Eisenstein took camera in hand, he feels fully formed with the three major […]

Movie Review: The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Posted by Toyiah Murry June 27, 2013 2 Comments 5354 views

My introduction to The Battleship Potemkin was in film school. As an undergrad, learning about director Sergei Eisenstein and his association with the Kuleshov School of film theory was imperative, elementary knowledge. The Kuleshov effect, or a montage, is a form of editing believed by proponents to be the most powerful aspect of filmmaking. The […]

Ben Model’s Accidentally Preserved, Volume 1

Posted by Bennett O'Brian June 11, 2013 1 Comment 4127 views

Our culture has been disposable for much longer than people realize. Before the era of cellphone upgrades, Ultra HD and other forms of planned obsolescence, there was disposable entertainment like comic books and movie advertisements – some of which have become extremely valuable because of so few were rescued from the dustbin. There have always […]

Review: The Wind (1928)

Posted by Oubah O. May 17, 2013 0 Comment 5465 views

Perhaps one of the best films ever made, The Wind from director Victor Sjöström is both a cinematically ripe work of art and a great story told in the simplest of ways. Lillian Gish plays the central role of Letty Mason, a hopeful young woman traveling from Sweet Water Virginia to live with her cousin Beverly, and his miserably […]

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