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Marvel Rea: A Blonde Marvel

Marvel Rea has been one of my favourite people for quite a long time. I’ve wanted to write about her but have always been somewhat unsure as to whether I could tackle it properly because Marvel’s story upsets me to such a great degree that I am reduced to tears every single time I read about or even think about it. 622 more words


The Last Man on Earth


The United States’ first all-out sci-fi film, released in 1924, imagines what the world would look like if all men (but one) had been wiped out by a virus, leaving women to run the world. 1,841 more words

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Master of San Francisco

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival screened Carl Th Dreyer’s fantastic Master of the House this year, and I was delighted to write the essay for the catalogue. It’s online now.

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Celebrating Mabel and Mickey's Anniversary

This year marks 100 years since Mabel’s masterpiece, Mickey, was released. A contemporary reviewer describes its plot far more succinctly than I can: “At first is a simple rollicking unsophisticated country girl; second, she is dressed up in society clothes; third, she returns to her former life and fourth she marries her rich sweetheart.” The film stars Mabel and was produced by the Mabel Normand Feature Film Company, because Mabel liked to dip her fingers in all the industry’s proverbial custard pies (she often wrote comedy shorts and  404 more words


All aboard the Silent Railway Day at the Kennington Bioscope

What’s better than a film set on a train? A silent film set on a train. You know it’s true, and so do the wonderful people at the Kennington Bioscope, who have compiled a day of railway-themed silent films with live music for next month. 524 more words

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The Hands of Orlac


(9/10) The Austrian 1924 film that inspired cult classics like Mad Love, The Beast with Five Fingers and Body Parts is a tour de force of psychological Expressionist terror. 7,067 more words

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I watched my favorite silent movie recently, Metropolis by Fritz Lang. I liked its dystopian vibe, the early special effects and the sense of innocence one gains from watching it. 49 more words