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‘Laurel or Hardy’ Offers Another Fine Mess of Short Comedies

‘Laurel or Hardy’ Offers Another Fine Mess of Short Comedies

When skinny British music-hall comedian Stanley Laurel met portly American film comic Oliver Hardy, the result was cinema’s most enduring and beloved comedy duo.

Huxters and Do-Gooders and the “Forbidden Fruit” Film Series

Huxters and Do-Gooders and the “Forbidden Fruit” Film Series

Have a peak behind the censored curtain, if you dare, with provocative exploitation films Marihuana,Narcotic, Tomorrow’s Children, and Child Bride.

Applesauce to the Gander: Restoring RKO’s Early Talkies

Applesauce to the Gander: Restoring RKO’s Early Talkies

All or most of the films in RKO Classic Romances and RKO Classic Adventures are in the public domain and circulated in poor condition. These Library of Congress prints have been digitally restored by Lobster Films in Paris and consistently look and sound very good.

The Rise and Fall of Female Silent Filmmakers

The Rise and Fall of Female Silent Filmmakers

Silent filmmaking was only one element of a much wider feminist movement of various forms, from the flapper to the suffragette to the birth control advocate to the bohemian female writer and political activist.

‘Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers’ Brings Forth a Time When, Unlike Today, Women Made Lots of Movies

‘Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers’ Brings Forth a Time When, Unlike Today, Women Made Lots of Movies

Pioneers is an essential gathering of early film treasures that help redefine an era of glorious creativity by women filmmakers and often surprising access to means of production.

Slavery, Piracy, and Shirtless Men in Silent Film, ‘Old Ironsides’

Slavery, Piracy, and Shirtless Men in Silent Film, ‘Old Ironsides’

Kino Lorber's release of Old Ironsides offers derring-do with cannons firing and masts breaking off and hundreds of extras swarming all over each other's ships.

Silent Film Sleuths Unearth Crusty Gems with ‘Found at Mostly Lost, Vol. 2’

Silent Film Sleuths Unearth Crusty Gems with ‘Found at Mostly Lost, Vol. 2’

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, Mostly Lost is an annual film workshop in which unidentified or mis-titled silent films are screened to an audience of scholars and fans who try to figure out what they are. Sometimes they succeed.

From Lois Weber to Louise Brooks: Eight Silent Film Sensations

From Lois Weber to Louise Brooks: Eight Silent Film Sensations

Those of us who love silent cinema have much to rejoice about in this digital age, when both obscurities and celebrated classics arrive in new preservations and restorations, curated by scholars and fans who love the era.

Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art