Falling Leaves (1912)

For last month’s Shorts Blogathon hosted by Movies Silently, the wonderful blog Silver Screenings covered the 1912 drama Falling Leaves, describing it as follows: “There is a film that makes us a little weepy every time we watch it. Every. single. time. Get this: The film is not even 12 minutes long – and it’s over 100 years old!” Immediately after reading those few sentences, I … Continue reading Falling Leaves (1912)

‘Pandora’s Box’ at the Redford Theatre

Though I attend screenings at the Redford Theatre pretty regularly, I’d only ever seen one silent film there — He Who Gets Slapped, which is one of my favorite silents. When I saw Pandora’s Box pop up on their schedule, projected from a 35mm print and accompanied by John Lauter, I couldn’t pass it up. Things were a little bit different at this screening than … Continue reading ‘Pandora’s Box’ at the Redford Theatre

One year, one film: 1928 – The Wind

One year, one film: 1928 The film: The Wind, dir. Victor Sjostrom starring Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Surprise, surprise – another Gish/Sjostrom/Hanson film! I was originally planning to go for variety with this “One year, one film” series but in this case I can’t help myself. They’re just a winning combination. Gish gives one of her … Continue reading One year, one film: 1928 – The Wind

One year, one film: 1927 – It

One year, one film: 1927 The film: It, dir. Clarence Badger starring Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Jacqueline Gadsdon Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Of the 1927 Clara Bow releases, two are the most iconic films she ever made: It and Wings. I struggled to choose between the two for this post, the only tie-breaker being that I’d already done a lengthy … Continue reading One year, one film: 1927 – It

One year, one film: 1925 – The Unholy Three

A note from Lindsey: Welcome to the first installment of “One year, one film,” a new series in which I’ll be highlighting one film that I love from each year over a 40-year period, 1925 through 1965! I’ll also talk a bit about whether my pick ranked highly with contemporary viewers. This series will appear every other Sunday until I run out of years to … Continue reading One year, one film: 1925 – The Unholy Three

The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

“Sunk into the Earth like a great molten bowl, lay the desert – unconquered Empress of the Wilderness – beautiful – mysterious, merciless. A tawny siren, whispering promises of a Paradise beyond – crushing out the lives of men in its poisonous embrace.” Despite its mysterious and merciless nature as described in the quote above, Willard Holmes (Ronald Colman) plans to conquer the desert. He … Continue reading The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)

World War I in Classic Film: Wings (1927)

A note from Lindsey: This article contains spoilers for a few minor plot points of 1927’s Wings. Read with caution if you have never seen the film and would not like to be spoiled. Details about the production process of this film are sourced from the documentary Wings: Grandeur in the Sky, IMDb and the TCM database. Wings (1927) is probably best-known for being the … Continue reading World War I in Classic Film: Wings (1927)