Posts tagged with "silent films"

5 Overlooked Silent Films that I Love

Posted by Brandy Dean March 4, 2013 8 Comments 12521 views

Sure, everyone knows Buster Keaton and The General, Charlie Chaplin and – well, all of ’em. The people love Harold Lloyd hanging off that clock face in Safety Last. Everyone knows the controversy surrounding D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation. Angsty teenagers still flock to the “cult classic” outliers like Nosferatu and The Cabinet […]

Watch It: The Pleasure Garden (1926)

Posted by Brandy Dean March 1, 2013 0 Comment 4888 views

Today, my friends, is the anniversary of one Mr. Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial debut. The Pleasure Garden, Hitch’s first credited as director, debuted for the London press on March 1, 1926.  It was officially released in 1927, after the success of The Lodger. This is the movie that launched a brilliant career in film and ultimately lead to […]

Watch It: The Iron Mask (1929)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 21, 2013 3 Comments 5646 views

The Iron Mask, starring Douglas Fairbanks, was released on February 21, 1929. It’s the first talking role for Fairbanks and it’s also one of those inter-period, half silent, half talkie movies. Typically, the movie has been shown in its silent version. The Iron Mask stars Fairbanks as d’Artagnan, Marguerite De La Motte as his beloved Constance (who is […]

Watch It: A Girl in Every Port (1928)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 19, 2013 0 Comment 3981 views

Today we’ve got a treat in this rare silent from director Howard Hawks. A Girl in Every Port follows the adventure of sailors on shore leave (always a good time). This little comedy gem features not only real-life stripper Sally Rand, but none other than Louise Brooks. It’s quite a change from her heavier roles […]

10 Things About The General (1927)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 1, 2013 3 Comments 20133 views

So my Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra silent film calendar tells me today is the release date for The General. I get really excited about this – a great reason to talk about The General! The problem is February 1 doesn’t match up with any of the release dates in the IMDB entry. What’s a […]

Watch It: The Hands of Orlac (1925)

Posted by Brandy Dean January 31, 2013 1 Comment 4117 views

The Hands of Orlac, or Orlacs Hände, is a late expressionist silent film produced by Robert Wiene (of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari fame). This is a weird one, people. A pianist loses his hands and gets a pretty amazing hand transplant. But they’re the hands of a killer! Does Orlac control his own hands, […]

Film Friday Weekly Round Up: The Holiday Hangover Edition

Posted by Brandy Dean January 4, 2013 0 Comment 5024 views

Well now the holidays are over (boo!). Pretty Clever Film Gal transformed the yule tide season into one mega Bond-a-thon. In late November, I had never seen a single Bond movie. Now I only 5 titles plus Skyfall left.  As a matter of fact I holidayed so hard it’s almost a relief to get back […]

Review: The Spanish Dancer (1923)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 21, 2012 0 Comment 5877 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 […]

Watch: Raggedy Rose (1926)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 7, 2012 0 Comment 2242 views

Raggedy Rose is a cute little silent comedy from 1926 starring Mabel Normand. Rose works for a cheap-skate junk dealer and dreams of romance with a wealthy bachelor. I say: who doesn’t, sister? There’s not a lot that’s truly special about Raggedy Rose. Except that Mabel is always charming. And except that it was co-written […]

Watch: The Headless Horseman (1922)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 5, 2012 0 Comment 2573 views

The Headless Horseman starring Will Rogers was released November 5, 1922. While this wouldn’t be the last film adaptation of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, it is the earliest that I can rustle up. In this version, the sleepy town of Sleepy Hollow is prepping for the arrival of new school master Ichabod […]

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