Posts tagged with "silent film"

Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and “The New York Hat” (1912)

Posted by Brandy Dean April 8, 2013 3 Comments 12825 views

This post was originally published on May 11, 2011, but I’m reposting it today as part of the Mary Pickford Blogathon hosted by Classic Movies. Be sure to check out all of the other fantastic Pickford posts from a diverse and talent group of critics! I have the remarkable privilege of spending a great deal […]

D.W. Griffith’s The Battle at Elderbush Gulch

Posted by Brandy Dean March 28, 2013 4 Comments 8215 views

Guess what? Today is the release 99th anniversary of D.W. Griffith’s The Battle at Elderbush Gulch. Here’s an easy six step plan to fully enjoying this Biograph short! 1. Please do not offer me guff about the release date. It was made in 1913, released in Germany for some murky reason in 1913, but the […]

Buster Keaton and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Posted by Brandy Dean March 24, 2013 12 Comments 14059 views

Originally published on October 4, 2011.  From Laurel and Hardy to Abbott and Costello to Cheech and Chong (yeah, I said it) – duos make the comedy world go ’round. And why not? You’ve got the yin and the yang, the clown and the straight man, the graceful and the inept – and you’ve got […]

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Posted by Brandy Dean March 22, 2013 5 Comments 22250 views

This review was originally published on June 23, 2011.  TCM screened Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (1921) as part of the regular “Silent Sunday Nights” feature last week. While the movie’s title seems to promise a Nosferatu-like, mid-silent period creep fest it instead delivers  a melodramatic morality tale about specific social ills of the day […]

The Scarlet Letter (1926)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 15, 2013 2 Comments 13487 views

I’m repubbing this review of The Scarlet Letter, starring Lillian Gish, originally published in July of 2011. Am I being lazy? Yep, but I’m excusing it by saying there’s a lot of new faces here these days. Welcome everyone! After being a bit bamfoozled by The Phantom Carriage, I was excited when TCM aired another Victor Sjöström movie, The […]

Review: Nanook of the North: A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic (1922)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 12, 2013 1 Comment 16313 views

It’s really difficult to categorize Robert J. Flaherty’s 1922 masterpiece Nanook of the North: A Story of Love and Life in the Actual Arctic (now more commonly known as Nanook of the North). It is routinely named and considered to be the first feature-length documentary, and genre of filmmaking which did not actually exist in […]

The Patsy (1928)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 5, 2013 1 Comment 8176 views

Marion Davis is best known these days as the long time mistress of William Randolph Hearst and the inspiration for Susan Alexander Kane in Citizen Kane. While both of these facts are indeed facts, the portrait they paint is of Davies is not only unfair, it’s flat out erroneous. Davies was already building a nice […]

Watch It: Salome (1923)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 3, 2013 2 Comments 6039 views

Salome (1923), directed by Charles Bryant and starring Alla Nazimova, is the third film adaptation of  the Oscar Wilde play of the same name., after a short Salome (1910) and the Theda Bara version of Salome (1918, lost). The play itself is a loose retelling of the biblical story of King Herod and his execution […]

Watch It: Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 9, 2013 1 Comment 5157 views

Fatty and Mabel Adrift was released on January 9, 1916 by Keystone. Arbuckle plays a naive farm boy marrying his sweetheart, Normand. The pair honeymoons – with Fatty’s dog Luke in tow – at a cottage on the seashore. At high tide that night, Fatty’s romantic rival, played by Al St. John, and his confederates […]

Georges Méliès and the Birth of Filmmaking

Posted by Brandy Dean December 8, 2012 2 Comments 24762 views

Georges Méliès was born on December 8, 1861. I says hats off (or heads off if you’re as talented as Monsieur Méliès) to the man who first recognized cinema’s potential for magic. To honor the bday of one of cinema’s greatest pioneers, here’s a repost of a Méliès primer that I wrote for the Toronto Film Scene, […]

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