silent film

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

Silent Film Jewels About Mothers, Horses and Gorillas

A female Tarzan and her gorilla, a horse that revenges his murdered master, mothers, and comical aviators make the scene in these silent film jewels.

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

‘Robot Dreams’ Quietly Encourages You Not to Be Afraid

Pablo Berger’s animated Robot Dreams is a near-perfect marvel of silent cinema nearly a century after talkies ended the silent era.

The Troubled History of Silent Film ‘Pandora’s Box’

The Troubled History of Silent Film ‘Pandora’s Box’

Its lesbian love interest was once modified and a saccharine ending tacked on, but a new controversy arises with G.W. Pabst’s silent film classic Pandora’s Box.

‘Laurel & Hardy: Year One’ Shows Why 1927 Was a Vintage Year for Comedy

‘Laurel & Hardy: Year One’ Shows Why 1927 Was a Vintage Year for Comedy

Most of the comedies in Laurel & Hardy: Year One starred others, so this set shows the evolution of the dual film by film, getting better as they go along.

The Dance and the Duel in Silent Epic ‘The Spanish Dancer’

The Dance and the Duel in Silent Epic ‘The Spanish Dancer’

Somewhere amid the swigging and carousing in restored silent film The Spanish Dancer it’s love at first eyeball for Don Cesar and Maritana

Erich von Stroheim Outraged Those Who Lined Up To Be Outraged with ‘Foolish Wives’

Erich von Stroheim Outraged Those Who Lined Up To Be Outraged with ‘Foolish Wives’

In monocle and leather boots, waving a whip, and fetishizing his character into a camp masterpiece, Erich von Stroheim never winks in Foolish Wives, but you see the glint in his eye.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival: Bizarre Twists, Frantic Disasters, and Dangerous Women

San Francisco Silent Film Festival: Bizarre Twists, Frantic Disasters, and Dangerous Women

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival features iron-masked swashbuckling, flabbergasting twists, sexy farce, visual beauty, and strong women who stare into the camera, unnerving viewers.

Silent Film’s Raymond Griffith Pulled Tricksters Out of Top Hats

Silent Film’s Raymond Griffith Pulled Tricksters Out of Top Hats

In Raymond Griffith: The Silk Hat Comedian, the two clever silent films Paths to Paradise and You’d Be Surprised, make a working-class hero out of a toff in a top hat.

The Awe-Inspiring ‘Film: The Living Record of Our Memory’

The Awe-Inspiring ‘Film: The Living Record of Our Memory’

Film: The Living Record of Our Memory provides an awe-inspiring, expedited survey of film preservation and the urgency of capturing humankind’s visual memories lest we let these precious histories disintegrate.

Suffering in Silents: Two 1922 Melodramas from Frank Borzage

Suffering in Silents: Two 1922 Melodramas from Frank Borzage

Frank Borzage, king of silent film melodrama, shows how it’s done with Back Pay‘s tale of redemption and the James Oliver Curwood-inspired The Valley of Silent Men.

The 10 Best Classic Films on Blu-ray and DVD in 2022

The 10 Best Classic Films on Blu-ray and DVD in 2022

From gentle satire to something like an anarchist paint bomb tossed into an uptight dinner party, we feature the 10 Best Classic Films on Blu-ray and DVD in 2022 – and we toss in a few more, just for kicks.

Lutist/Composer Jozef Van Wissem Hears ‘The Call of the Deathbird’ 

Lutist/Composer Jozef Van Wissem Hears ‘The Call of the Deathbird’ 

Longtime Jim Jarmusch collaborator Jozef Van Wissem turns his attention to another film soundtrack with Nosferatu, which redefines the lute.