Modern cinema is shaped by the pioneers of cinema’s infancy. So far, this series has touched upon the beginning of filming, embracing fantasy, epics, intimate dramas, basics of film grammar and comedy classics. Strike is the next important step. This film is an early experiment with an indispensable tool briefly toyed with by Abel Gance – […]Read more "Strike (1924)"
Lloyd, Keaton and Chaplin belong to a period of film history which was both developing and mastered. For as technology rapidly developed to instigate indispensable devices of sound and colour, the three geniuses had already perfected a genre. These great films operated and thrived on the purely visual and connected deeply with reality, as Lloyd once […]Read more "Girl Shy (1924)"
Originally running in at eight hours in length, Director Abel Gance enters the annals of auteurs to follow vision first and tackle practicalities later. The Wheel is an epic, but unlike those of Griffith or Lean, it is an intimate epic, channeling tumultuous emotion across the screen. The Wheel is the story of Sisif, a railway […]Read more "The Wheel (1923)"
Our Hospitality is the first feature film from silent comedy auteur – Buster Keaton. Created by Buster’s own company – Buster Keaton Productions – and written, directed and produced by Keaton himself, Our Hospitality was the beginning of a highly imaginative career which produced some of Silent cinema’s finest work. In this first inclusion, Keaton plays Willie […]Read more "Our Hospitality (1923)"
In the genre of Silent Comedy, two names stand at the forefront – Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. But a third comedy name is usually absent from praise, the highly underrated genius – Harold Lloyd. During the 1920s, Lloyd grossed higher from his pictures than his peers, perhaps because he churned out many more pictures than the perfectionist […]Read more "Safety Last! (1923)"
Foolish Wives is a tale of a con artist (Stroheim) posing as Russian nobility and his attempts to seduce an American diplomat’s wife (Miss Dupont). This is the vision of director Erich Von Stroheim whose career would become synonymous with extravagance. The greatest asset and limitation of the master was his unwavering eye for detail, an attribute which […]Read more "Foolish Wives (1922)"
The Art of film in 1922 was not as structurally or narratively rigid, and the large battles with expectations would not be begun until the 60s. Yet, Benjamin Christensen has created a macabre oddity. Haxan is once again close to a docudrama, but this label is uncomfortable and does not suit the esoteric and unique […]Read more "Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922)"
Since first lurking from the shadows, Vampires have endured drastic and frequent transformations. Some depictions include rebellious teens, sexy playboys, addicts, apathetic rockstars, twinkling teen heartthrobs, neighbours from hell, fodder for Lincoln, strippers, interviewees and so many more. These renditions are, for the most part, painful and draining. Nosferatu is simply the beginning. The origin of of one […]Read more "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror (1922)"
Nanook of the North or Nanook of the North: A Story of Love and Life in the Actual Arctic, is widely regarded as the first documentary ever created. In modern terms, it is closer to docudrama though no distinction between the two was yet made when director Robert J Flaherty first screened his unique film. […]Read more "Nanook of the North (1922)"
Fritz Lang was a writer/director with a highly successful career spanning Germany to the USA. During this time, Lang created some of cinemas finest work and its most macabre. Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler is the first episode in a trilogy, beginning early in Lang’s career and completed as his penultimate piece. The Gambler introduces the struggle of detective Wenk […]Read more "Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922)"