The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Victor Sjöström’s haunting morality fable entails three drunkards recalling a tale of the Phantom Carriage. As the myth goes, whomever dies at midnight on New Year’s eve must take over the ghostly reigns and collect the souls of the dead. As midnight approaches, David Holms dies and begins an eerie journey… The legendary director Ingmar Bergman once called […]

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Within Our Gates (1920)

“At the opening of our drama, we find our characters in the North, where the prejudices and hatreds of the South do not exist – though this does not prevent the occasional lynching of a Negro” So begins Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates. Created hot on the heels of both D. W. Griffith’s Klu Klux […]

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Way Down East (1920)

The beginning of the nineteen-twenties heralded a decade of marvels, both major and minor: F. Scott Fitzgerald published his magnum opus The Great Gatsby, flapper dresses became the rage, the Academy awards began, talkies were on the horizon and the Great Wall Street crash was looming. In tinsel town, as the year turned 1920, D. W. […]

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Widely considered as the very first Horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is an exemplary example of another first – German Expressionism. Robert Wiene’s eerie tale of murder and madness accompanying the travelling showman, Dr. Caligari, and his Somnambulist, Cesare, skulks inventively and ominously from the shadows to the silver screen in a unique vision. The star […]

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Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

After The Birth of a Nation earned a severe condemnation, D. W. Griffith’s return to the directorial chair produced a radically different thematic outlook on prejudice. Whilst the former, either consciously or unconsciously, encouraged racial inequality to prevail, Intolerance instead is a cautionary tale of sensitivity and acceptance of subjective ways of life. Simply, Intolerance is […]

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Les Vampires (1915)

French director Louis Feuillade became infamous in his time for producing exciting detective serials such as Judex and Fantomas. Today, Feulliade is celebrated for his avant-garde ten part film serial (or series, in this case it is undefined) titled Les Vampires. The story concerns a Journalist and his sidekick battling through Paris against the shady criminal organisation called The Vampires. […]

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