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Tim Brayton on Rex Ingram's "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"

“Even as an anti-war film, [The Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse] has a certain reputation that it doesn’t earn. There’s still a tang of heaving melodrama to the proceedings, particularly as concerns the German characters; so soon after the war, the German people were still viewed as outright villains of the worst sort by the Americans, and regardless of whether this was an appropriate attitude or not (the history of 1934-’45 would tend to suggest, to me, that a modicum of forgiveness couldn’t have hurt), it harms the film’s polemic. 91 more words

Silent Film

Rex Ingram

In the March 2015 issue of Sight & Sound magazine, I reviewed Ruth Barton’s wonderful new biography of the idiosyncratic silent era director Rex Ingram.


1940: A Year In Review (IV)

Welcome to a new Musical Theatre Monday! Today continues our series of posts on Broadway musicals of 1940. While my initial intention was to highlight shows that opened in 1939 (since this is the 75th anniversary of that marvelously entertaining year), I realized that 1940 has been represented less frequently on this site — almost criminally so. 630 more words


Rex Ingram: Glamorous Director of the Silent Era

Ingram came to America to study sculpture at the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1911. But he soon became fascinated by filmmaking. His great movies included “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, “Prisoner of Zenda” and “Scaramouche”.   50 more words


Classic Hollywood Birthdays

Bela Lugosi, actor (1882-1956)

Charley Chase, comedian, actor, screenwriter & director (1893-1940)
Olive Thomas, actress & model (1894-1920)
Rex Ingram, actor (1895-1969)
Anna Neagle, actress & singer (1904-1986) 14 more words

Classic Hollywood Birthdays

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2014: Opening Night: "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

And so thus it is with the patterns of the moon and, alongside the Earth’s shift upon its axis in which, verily, as the dawn doth shine… Ah, excuse me; neo-Romantic and Griffith-esque phrasing in intertitles are addictive. 660 more words