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#25. The Eagle (1925)

It’s Friday afternoon right now and I watched The Eagle last night with a colleague in the abruptly-quiet last hour of what, to date, was probably the busiest eight-hour shift I’ve ever had at the college. 585 more words

20.11.16 - Napoleon's Invasion of Southbank

“Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Beethoven fera des films…toutes les légendes, toutes les mythologies et tous les mythes, tous les fondateurs de la religion, et les religions mêmes…attendent leur résurrection exposée, et les héros s’entassent à la porte.”

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Film Travel

Easy Virtue

There is a lovely scene midway through Easy Virtue where the main character Laurita telephones John to accept his proposal of marriage. We see neither character, but the story is told instead through the facial expressions of an eavesdropping hotel telephonist. 476 more words

British Cinema

Silent Winter Going Into Spring

We are still only a few weeks into this new year and yet 2017 has already been a busy time for us at South West Silents; it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down any time soon. 559 more words


Sharing the same star and scriptwriter as The Lodger, Downhill is an interesting companion-piece to its more lauded predecessor. They were made consecutively, though this was released a couple of weeks after last week’s The Ring- hence I regrettably viewed them out of order of production. 543 more words

British Cinema

The Ring

I was really looking forward to this. After two films that followed- to some extent or another- a reliably Hitchcockian formula, 1927’s The Ring held the promise of something intriguingly different. 614 more words

British Cinema

The Crowd (1928)

Directed by King Vidor, written by Vidor, John V.A. Weaver and Harry Behn, produced by Irving Thalberg

Identifying King Vidor’s greatest directorial achievement is almost as impossible as identifying the greatest artistic achievement of all of silent film. 1,600 more words

Film Criticism