Articles tagged silent film

Slapstick, Thrills, Spooks and Camera Tricks in the 9.5mm Format

Indie entrepreneurs Undercrank Productions and Grapevine Video keep old silent films preserved for new generations.

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Spread the News Silently: ‘Dr. Mabuse’ and ‘The Captive’

Fritz Lang and Cecil B. DeMille couldn't have done it without their female collaborators.

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Fritz Lang Shows His Hand With ‘The Spiders’ and ‘Destiny’

From playing with Death to finding a lost Incan civilisation, these two silents are bursting with adventure and intrigue.

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‘The Daughter of Dawn’ Is a Rare Native American Romance

The Comanches are the bad guys; the Kiowas are the good guys, and love conquers all in this previously lost film from the '20s.

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That’s Keaton, Buster: The Complete Silent Shorts

These 32 shorts are often ingenious and for some reason rely frequently on cross-dressing.

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Fantôm Menace: The Films of ‘Fantômas’

One can’t help but feel as though the movements of this romantic and dreamlike world are the work of some whimsical puppet-mastery.

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Art Decadence in ‘L’inhumaine’

Smart, sharp and fashionably ahead of its time, L’inhumaine hangs in an aesthetic balance between the cerebral pretensions of a popular literary novel and the continental-chic of a glamour magazine.

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From Hungary to Hollywood: “The Undesirable”

At just over an hour, a lot happens in this broadly gestured, melodramatic story set in Transylvania.

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Films in ‘Found at Mostly Lost’ Are Mostly Concerned With Avoiding the Police

Tramps, dapper husbands, fake dinosaurs and young William Frawley.

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Asquith’s 1928 ‘Shooting Stars’ Is ‘The Player’ of Its Day

Half-affectionate and half-critical, Shooting Stars mines both comedy and drama from the workings of the studio and the machinations of movie-making at this time.

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Cultural Critique, Silent Film Style

These five '20s-era silent films, newly available on Blu-ray, bring key moments in history vividly to life.

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‘Fantômas’: The Affair of the Freshly Scanned Scoundrel

Should Fantomaniacs go Blu-ray?

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Silent Film Speaks Up: This Newly Restored Chaplin Comedies Elicit New Laughs

Flicker Alley’s recent release of 15 newly restored comedies from Chaplin’s time at Essanay Studios is another priceless intervention in the decay of Hollywood history.

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21 Dec 2015 // 8:00 AM

We Wish You a Silent Christmas

Fans of silent cinema might bug Santa for these.

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The First Wave of Releases in ‘The Films of Charlie Chaplin’ Find the Tramp at His Comic Peak

The Kid, The Gold Rush and The Circus prove that the years have done nothing to diminish the brilliance of Chaplin's early comedy.

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Tribeca Film Festival: Harold Lloyd’s ‘Speedy’ With Live Soundtrack by Z-Trip

Criterion's new restoration of Harold Lloyd's Speedy was screened with a live score accompaniment from turntablist Z-Trip at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

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20 Apr 2015 // 11:18 AM

Double Take: Metropolis (1927)

Double Take looks at the men, the machine, the Moloch, the maiden, the master, and Metropolis as we attempt to find the intermediary heart between the Expressionism and politics.

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2 Mar 2015 // 10:00 AM

Double Take: The Kid (1921)

This installment of Double Take turns its gaze to Charlie Chaplin's debut full-length silent film, which is at turns funny, heartbreaking, and tender.

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Living and Dying for Silent Film

Home video companies such as Kino Lorber, the Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley have been instrumental in meeting the changing methods of distributing silent film.

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In the early years of the 20th century, Harry Houdini was larger than life. He was the world’s best-known escape artist, the “king of

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'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

// Moving Pixels

"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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