Posts tagged with "silent movies"

Ben Model’s Accidentally Preserved, Volume 1

Posted by Bennett O'Brian June 11, 2013 1 Comment 7482 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 10789 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 […]

Watch It: Our Dare-Devil Chief (1915)

Posted by Brandy Dean May 10, 2013 0 Comment 5554 views

Starring Al St. John, Ford Serling, and Mina Durfee Our Dare-Devil Chief (also know as Our Daredevil Chief) was released by the Keystone Studios on May 10, 1915. Our Dare-Devil Chief is 27 minutes or so classic Keystone Kopism, with yuks to spare. A gang of thieves, led by St. John, is constantly threatening or attempting to […]

TCM Classic Film Fest: The Big Parade (1925)

Posted by Wade Sheeler May 2, 2013 0 Comment 5990 views

Kevin Brownlow was on hand to introduce the newly restored version of this astounding World War I film, one of the first to deal realistically with the horror and tragedy of war on a very personal level. Brownlow is probably the greatest living expert on The Big Parade, not only based on his vast knowledge […]

Watch It: The Iron Mask (1929)

Posted by Brandy Dean February 21, 2013 3 Comments 5664 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 4004 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 20219 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 4146 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 5057 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 5925 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 […]

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