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Sadie Thompson (1928) - Raoul Walsh

This surprisingly dark pre-code Hollywood chamber play has fun-loving Swanson in a hostel in the South Seas with a Christian reformer who wants her to return to an unfair prison sentence in San Francisco; his lecherous attraction suggests what she has escaped. 38 more words

Art Cinema

CfP: Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives on Silent Cinema Conference

Postgraduate Conference
Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives on Silent

Keynote speakers:

Jennifer M. Bean (University of Washington, US) Stefania Serafin (Aalborg University, Copenhagen)​

The conference organisers welcome proposals for papers on any aspect relating to silent cinema and film industry of the silent period. 139 more words

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Dizzy Heights with Mountainous Films

Sometimes you get that odd confluence when a string of films of the same ilk all pop up at once. Well two and a half anyways, with one modern film, one silent, and a string of documentaries on the BBC iPlayer to follow. 611 more words


Film: L'Argent (1928)

“Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it money.”

I love that line from David Mamet’s Heist (2001), the idea that the thing is so important that it can only have been named after itself.  

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Film Favorites: The Wind

It is not a new or interesting argument to rain down laurels upon silent cinema for its vigorous, spirited transformative self-exploration. No time in cinema history matches the medium’s earliest years for pure ecstatic inventiveness and unbridled, unhinged storytelling experimentation. 1,441 more words


Dreams of Toyland (Arthur Melbourne-Cooper, 1908)

A young boy dreams that his toys come to life.

Watch here.

Another example of the fine curiosities available on the brilliant BFI Player. I recently discovered this was pre-loaded onto my TV (a Samsung) so I’ve been watching some pretty obscure silent films in my lounge in all their glory.* 143 more words