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Cover: The "Forgotten" Phantom of the Opera

In order to celebrate the significant achievement that is The Phantom of the Opera (1925) released 90 years ago today, September 6, 2015, it is perhaps necessary to briefly contextualise it as belonging to the earliest wave of Universal monster movies. 927 more words


Column: Way Down East: A Lasting Look at Silent Film’s Potential

D.W. Griffith’s Way Down East, released  on September 3, 1920, uses its first intertitle to deem itself “A Simple Story of Plain People.” While this statement may serve to make its melodramatic plot accessible to audiences of plain people, the film itself is anything but ordinary. 314 more words


THANK you, David Kalat!

“I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but in TCM’s program descriptions, every single silent film shown is described with “In this silent film, …” as a sort of talismanic warning: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here. 88 more words

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Glimpses of a lost silent film: Far from the Madding Crowd (1915)

For me, there are few things more tantalising than stumbling across an old theatre programme for a play that closed many years back, or reading about a film that was made a century ago but has not survived. 857 more words


2015/Screening #1: Sunrise (1927) - 95 min.

In this melodrama a farmer is forced to choose between a seductive it girl from the big city and his simple and innocent country wife. 174 more words

My silent cinema shelfie

When I am not watching silent movies, I’m often reading about them. Or writing about them. Or dancing in my kitchen to Taylor Swift, but that’s another matter entirely. 424 more words

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Wild Orchids (dir. Sidney Franklin, 1929)

Be warned: this review features spoilers.

Wild Orchids is never going to be listed as one of the finest films of the silent era, but for those who adore uninhibited kitsch, then this Garbo vehicle is perfect. 1,057 more words

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