I Don’t Want to Be a Man (1918)

Ossi (Ossi Oswalda) is a girl living under strict, hypocritical judgement from her guardians. She smokes, and they say that the don’t understand how a woman can smoke… but then proceed to smoke and enjoy it, themselves. She drinks, and they chastise her for being indecent… only to enjoy alcohol themselves, just as much as the cigarettes. Tired of living under the strict rules and … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Be a Man (1918)

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 9: The Race is On

Welcome to the ninth installment of TMP’s Slapstick Encyclopedia series! Today we’ll be taking a look at four films centering around the theme “The Race is On.” Though the title of this volume refers to the race between studios to churn out the greatest two-reelers, these four films also all happen to include racing or chasing scenes of some sort. Water Wagons (1925) Directed by: … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 9: The Race is On

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Sennett in the Twenties

Welcome to the third week of my exploration of the Slapstick Encyclopedia set! Volume 3, appearing on the second disc of the set, is titled “Sennett in the Twenties” and features six shorts produced, as the volume’s title would suggest, at Mack Sennett’s studio in the 1920s. All of these six films were produced mid-decade and released in 1925 or 1926. On to the reviews! … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Sennett in the Twenties

Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 1: In the Beginning

A Note from Lindsey: Today begins TMP’s 11-part series on the Slapstick Encyclopedia DVD set! This series will run every Thursday for the next 11 weeks. Slapstick Encyclopedia is a unique little DVD collection. Containing films with release years ranging from 1909 to the late 1920s, it was curated and produced by film historians David Shepard and Joe Adamson. Major figures of the silent era … Continue reading Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volume 1: In the Beginning